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Deidre Williams has covered city schools for The Buffalo News since 2013.


Jerome Evans had just negotiated a payment plan with the city to keep his Riley Street home off the auction block. The home was a gift from his mother-in-law, he said, but this was not the first time the dwelling was at risk of being sold in Buffalo’s foreclosure auction. But this time will certainly be the last time, he vowed. “It will never be again,” sai…

The titanium screws inserted in Amber Simone Baker Chinn’s skull when she was 6 months old are still in her head. And they probably will be for the rest of her life. But that hasn't stopped the singer/songwriter from performing on TV or wanting to give back to the hospital that made an imperfect baby look "fine." Baker Chinn was born with a rare condition with…

Terrence Robinson is the Green Party challenger to incumbent Byron W. Brown in next month’s general election for mayor. Robinson laid out his five-point agenda for his long-shot chances of becoming the next mayor. Brown won the primary election last month, which essentially put him on the road to his fourth term. Still, Robinson says he’s in the race until the en…

A controversial plan to open a bar on Main Street that appeals to people as young as 18 is on hold. University District Common Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt sent the plan back to the Council's Legislation Committee for further information. "We're going to talk to the law department to see if there's standing not to approve it," Wyatt said. "Residents don't want …

A 21-year-old Niagara Falls man has been arrested in a fatal shooting in a gas station’s parking lot Saturday morning. The incident occurred at around 10:20 a.m., when the Niagara Falls Police Department received a call that a man was shot at 19th Street and Walnut Avenue. Witnesses told police that after the victim was shot, he was put into a car and driven off. P…

Fake news is obviously anything that does not check out factually, but it’s not just a matter of fact or fiction. Fake news has some gray areas. That’s according to Les Trent, a senior correspondent with the nationally syndicated television show “Inside Edition.” “Fake news can have an element of truth to it, but the dissemination of that I think makes it e…

Public opposition to a plan to open a bar on Main Street that will market to people as young as 18 has a city lawmaker reconsidering his support. University District Common Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt said his office has been flooded with neighbors and nearby property owners who oppose the bar.  Because of that opposition, Wyatt said, he will rethink approval of …

Terrence A. Robinson, who is registered as a Democrat, is the Green Party candidate for Buffalo mayor. He serves on the Buffalo Preservation Board and is a founding member of Preservation Buffalo Niagara. Even though Byron W. Brown won the primary election last month and seems to be a shoe-in for next month’s general election, 62-year-old Robinson is not deterred. …

There will be at least one write-in candidate challenging incumbent Byron W. Brown in the race for Buffalo mayor in the November general election. Taniqua Simmons, a political newcomer and Humboldt Park resident, announced her candidacy back in May but  skipped last month’s Democratic primary that Brown won, virtually sealing a fourth term for him. Despite that, S…

Even though Byron W. Brown won the all-important Democratic primary last month, the race for Buffalo mayor is not over yet. Heading into the November general election, Brown spent almost $32,500 from Sept.19 – that's a week after the primary – through the end of September, according to campaign spending reports filed in the past few days with the state Board of Elec…

A plan to bring a helicopter touring business to the riverfront and downtown Buffalo has been grounded. Mike Campbell, owner of FlyBuffaloNY, wanted to operate the company from a heliport that would have been built at 20 Buffalo River Place, just off Ohio Street not far from Silo City. The 5.9-acre vacant parcel is jointly owned by Ellicott and Benderson development …

Breaking down barriers and building relationships. Most people are used to dealing with cops when there's a crisis or emergency situation. But on Wednesday, "Coffee with a Cop" day was an opportunity for neighbors and residents to hang out and chat with police officers over a free cup of coffee and donuts. "Coffee with a Cop" is a national law enforcement program …

When his two challengers snared a combined 31 percent of the vote in Mayor Byron W. Brown's home turf in the Masten District on primary day, it reflected  a long-simmering perception by some that big chunks of the East Side – away from downtown and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus – have been neglected in the city's revitalization push. Both city Comptroller M…

Lights out On Monday afternoon, there was a recommendation to the Common Council to adopt a resolution asking Albany for authorization to proceed with a one-year pilot program to install red-light cameras in the city. The pilot program would allow city lawmakers to gather data to help determine if it would even be worth using the technology in Buffalo. But by Tues…

More than $15,000 has been collected in the Buffalo region for the Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief Fund. The on-going donation drive runs until Friday, Oct. 6, at least. Special donation boxes are available at Buffalo City Hall, 35 Erie County buildings, Erie Community College, the Belle Center at 104 Maryland St. and Lackawanna's St. Anthony's Church, 306 Ingham …