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Jay Tokasz

Jay Tokasz, who covers higher education for The Buffalo News, has spent 24 years in newspapers, writing on a wide range of subjects, from evidence-tampering cops to papal elections. He previously worked for the Ithaca Journal and the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.


It is an autumn ritual in many Western New York workplaces: the pitch, the campaign film, the pledge cards.Each fall, Marybeth Karnuth is one of thousands of area employees who dutifully complete a form authorizing the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County to deduct a weekly charitable gift from her paycheck. She plans to give $3 a week this year."I've upped it 50 cents ever…

The digital divide in Buffalo may be getting a little narrower.State and city officials Thursday celebrated the grand opening of a $500,000 computer laboratory aimed at bringing high technology to people with low incomes.The new lab at the Martha Mitchell Community Center on Oakmont Avenue is the first of its kind in a public housing complex in New York State.It features 2…

Pasha Turner surveyed the sturdy Berber carpeting, window blinds and spacious closets and figured the sparkling apartment on Jefferson Avenue would be a comfortable home."They just really don't look like apartments. They look like homes. The quality is very impressive," said Turner, 26, who lives in Niagara Falls and was looking to move closer to her mother on nearby South…

A Hamburg radiologist has been suspended from practicing at Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving following the death Tuesday of a 37-year-old woman.Ann Taylor Dougherty died in the hospital after being injected earlier in the day with a dye for an X-ray test called a myelogram. Hospital officials said they are investigating whether her doctor administered an incorrect d…

Public scrutiny of the work of fund-raisers is growing as a result of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the subsequent outpouring of charitable giving, the head of an international organization of professional fund-raisers said Wednesday.Paulette Maehara, president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, told members of the Western New York chapter they…

The area's largest health insurer, seeking to decrease the amount it pays for prescription drugs, is promoting the use of generic drugs over more costly brand names.Wearing buttons that read "Go Generic! The Smart Choice," representatives of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Western New York introduced a new educational campaign Tuesday during a news conference at the Rite Aid Pha…

Jane Goodall became famous living in isolation in the Tanzania forest, with chimpanzees as her primary neighbors.Now she's traveling around the world, hoping to spark a passion in children so that future generations will save the chimps and preserve the environment.The renowned primatologist, whose landmark studies of chimps in the Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve made her …