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Federal prosecutors say that Alain Kaloyeros and LPCiminelli officials worked behind the scenes to ensure that the RiverBend request for proposals was tailored specifically for LPCiminelli, to the exclusion of any other company. In a criminal complaint unveiled Thursday morning, nine people stand accused in a sweeping corruption case that accuses the major Buffalo Billi…

In a criminal complaint unveiled Thursday morning, nine people stand accused in a sweeping corruption case that accuses the major Buffalo Billion economic development contract being tainted by allegations of bid-rigging and bribes. The federal government's complaint details some of the perks that Peter Galbraith Kelly Jr., an executive with Competitive Power Venture Ho…

City officials say they are aware of the traffic tie-ups that trapped motorists this weekend on their way to or from Canalside – but none of them seems to be spearheading an effort to fix the problem.The city’s elected officials put a positive spin on the situation, noting that Buffalo waited for years to have so much going on downtown to draw enough people to have to …

Along with a few-dozen other activists and community organizers, Aysja Pryor walked into 113 Ketchum Hall on the SUNY Buffalo State campus Saturday morning to learn about participatory budgeting.And she did. The concept is simple: Community members use a democratic process to decide how to spend public dollars.Pryor and others at Saturday’s CommonBound conference on prog…

Bow ties for dogs, hand-sewn clutches and soy candles with scents ranging from Buffalo blizzard to clementine green tea – shoppers could find all that and plenty more under the blazing sun this weekend at the season’s first Saturday Artisan Market on the boardwalk at Canalside.Laurie Juszkiewicz knew almost instantly Saturday afternoon that she had found just the right…

People in Buffalo use words considered offensive and derogatory to gays in their tweets more often than people in any other city in the United States, according to a recent study.Such terms showed up in Buffalonians’ tweets more than among tweets from any other city, the study found. Arlington, Texas, and Riverside, Calif., came in a relatively close second and third.The…

The Buffalo school district has filed a lawsuit against LPCiminelli, alleging that the company that managed the district’s massive school renovation project withheld financial information as part of “a scheme to conceal the excessive profits it was pocketing.”The district seeks the release of Ciminelli’s financial records, documenting how $1.3 billion was spent ren…

Paul Moran used to be quite a pessimist.And then, at 29, he was diagnosed with rectal cancer – which spread to his liver.“I have a deeper appreciation for the present moment that just wasn’t there before,” he said, four years after his initial diagnosis. “I can honestly say I strive to live life now. It wasn’t until my life was almost taken away from me that I …

The long simmering dispute over the billion dollar project to reconstruct Buffalo’s schools is likely headed to court after project manager LPCiminelli took the first significant legal step this week toward suing the school district.LPCiminelli claims the school district and the Joint Schools Construction Board breached their agreements by withholding the final $3.1 mill…

Buffalo is likely to make weather history this week. And this time, it’s not because we’re about to get dumped on with several feet of snow.In fact, this year, we are in the running for the latest measurable snowfall ever. Usually, Buffalo has somewhere around 7 inches of snow in November. So far this year, however, Buffalo has gotten only a “trace” of snow – whi…

LPCiminelli has withdrawn its application for the final $3.1 million it is owed for the $1.3 billion project that renovated Buffalo’s schools – but says the company still wants the money.The company has been locked in an impasse with the Joint Schools Construction Board for nearly a year. While Ciminelli wants its final payment, the board wants extensive records that e…

Michael Sendlbeck spends two months erecting a 700-square-foot house in the backyard of his Clarence Center home, to temporarily house a ghoulish cast of characters that includes everyone from Norman Bates to a man roasting on a spit.For most of October, Brad Roberts parks a two-tone ’65 Cadillac hearse – complete with a casket sticking out the back – on the front la…

John B. King Jr. championed Common Core as essential to helping students learn to think more critically and be prepared for college or careers, and as state education commissioner, he prided himself on the fact that New York was among the first states to implement the standards.Reaction to Common Core was mixed; supporters agreed with King, while others challenged the wisd…

By the time Justin and Cody Cwiklinski were a year old, their parents realized something was amiss. Neither boy was sitting up, rolling over or crawling when other babies were. MRIs and CAT scans revealed that the twins both had cerebral palsy. Justin had a stroke in utero. And Cody, their parents would learn, is legally blind and has epilepsy.Doctors told Lisa and Chuck C…