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


When Kenmore's forefathers decided a century ago that lining village streets with silver maple trees was the right thing to do, they weren't thinking about sewer lines, pollution and ant infestations.As a result, the towering trees, which create a canopy over streets and are beloved by many homeowners, are slowly being taken down, changing the character of the streets.The …

Women for Human Rights and Dignity will celebrate 21 years of service Saturday at the Buffalo Convention Center."Making the Connection: Challenges of the Intergenerational Family" will be the theme. The celebration will focus on issues faced by families where heads of households are not mothers only, said Constance B. Eve, chair and founder of the group."In working with th…

Rapid and uncontrolled development. The shortage of green space. Traffic congestion and wildlife issues.About a dozen officials from the towns of Amherst and Clarence met Wednesday night in Amherst's municipal building to discuss some of those issues and ways they can work together to the greater benefit of the two municipalities."There's no reason for each town to reinven…

Two people were killed Friday afternoon when their westbound station wagon crossed over the yellow line on Route 20 in the Town of Evans and collided head-on with an oncoming truck. Investigators said they are baffled by what caused the driver of the car to swerve into oncoming traffic.The accident happened at 4:15 p.m. Tiger Schmittendorf, captain of the Evans Center Volu…

Time heals all wounds, but faith is the key to success.At least it is for 18-year-old Faith Wardlaw.Her unforgettable lesson in faith came after the brutal slaying of her brother three years ago. Michael "Tony" Hargrave, 28, drove a cab to support his pregnant wife and 2-year-old daughter. He was shot in the head and robbed of $20. Jamar Sullivan and Marcus Robertson both …

Shulamit "Shula" Reinharz, founding director of Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women, will kick off a two-day conference today in Temple Beth El on Eggert Road."Jewish Women on the Threshold of the 21st Century" is presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo. Reinharz, also a Brandeis University sociology professor, will talk about what kind …

City animal control authorities are puzzled about the dumping of a coyote carcass in a parking lot at 35 Rano St. And they want to know who did it.The Department of Environmental Conservation identified the carcass on Thursday as that of a coyote. The remains were discovered by an employee of a nearby manufacturing plant at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. The animal was stuffed…

If John Dixon has his way, his youth group will never again march in Buffalo's St. Patrick's Day Parade. The reason: bad behavior by adults.Some of the spectators at Sunday's parade hurled objects and shouted racial slurs at the 200-member predominantly African-American unit as it marched down Delaware Avenue from Niagara Square to North Street, Dixon said.He is captain of…

When the Rev. Gregory Washington got the feeling he was being discriminated against at work, he first turned to one of the country's longtime civil rights organizations for help -- the local Southern Christian Leadership Conference.The NAACP or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission probably are more popular choices, particularly since SCLC has been relatively quiet o…

Shamrocks, shillelaghs and a green New York Yankees cap.It was all things Irish -- plus New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani at Sunday's St. Patrick's Day Parade.Flanked by two top area Republicans, Erie County Executive Joel A. Giambra and Rep. Jack Quinn of Hamburg, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate mingled with the crowd that lined Delaware Avenue for the ann…

When Svetlana Gebeleva made a promise to a dying friend, she knew it would change her life.It did. It also taught her a lesson in how immigration bureaucracy works -- slowly -- how generous people can be -- extremely -- and how satisfying it is to look into the face of her newly adopted son and know that it was worth it.Gebeleva, who lives in Buffalo with her husband, Yuri…

Two inmates who slipped away Thursday morning from a 10-member work detail at Sheridan United Methodist Church were captured late Friday.Leon Wiggins, 18, of Debra Lane, Buffalo, was arrested at 10:40 a.m. Friday in the Buffalo bus terminal. Chad Bessette, 17, of Rochester was apprehended later at the Rochester bus terminal.The pair, serving time for burglary in Lakeview C…

Alexi Salamone, 12, and his sister, Tatiana, 13, can go wherever they want and do whatever they want.It's a far cry from what life was like before Joe and Sue Salamone of Grand Island made them part of their family.Adopted from the same orphanage in Moscow, the children were born with severe birth defects caused by exposure to a radioactive cloud that blew over parts of Eu…

Five-year-old Roman Henry is getting better every day.As a matter of fact, his mother says he's almost back to where he was before a traffic accident shattered his body and resulted in a stroke in the right hemisphere of his brain. It left him unable to walk and talk.In August, a van Roman was riding in rolled over. He suffered multiple injuries, including a broken jaw, le…

Decades after the Black Panther Party dissolved, the first woman to lead the group still is trying to clear up perceptions and defend the actions of some of its members -- including herself.From 1974 to 1977, Elaine Brown headed of the organization that FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover once called the greatest threat to the nation's internal security. Thursday, she spoke at Ni…