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If ever there were a lesson in allowing the justice system to work its way through issues that can be complex, it was delivered last Thursday in a Buffalo courtroom. There, a Supreme Court judge dismissed two more breach-of-contract claims filed by the Buffalo school district against LPCiminelli. It was the second time a judge a threw out legal complaints against the Bu…

Someone knows someone – or is that someone – who has not saved enough money for retirement. Social Security average annual benefit at $15,580 in New York State is not going to pay all the bills. Retirement savings is virtually nonexistent for many working people. This is especially true for minorities. Roughly 67 percent of Hispanic workers, about 52 percent of African-…

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Fire districts have to be among one of the most sensitive local issues that nearly no one wants to tackle. But when one neighbor sees another across the street paying far less for this critical protection, questions are going to arise. They need to be answered in a way that takes account of modern conditions and works to reduce the number of taxing districts in Erie County…

Explore & More museum’s Valentine’s Day gift is a box of multimillion dollar chocolates the entire community will enjoy, thanks to the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. The museum will appropriately be named: Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Children’s Museum. The foundation’s promise to award $6 million to the project if the museum also raises $6 milli…

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The state’s decision to not renew Oracle charter school after some 13 years in operation does not come lightly. Indeed, 300 high school students must find a new school home. The school is scheduled to close at the end of June. It was the right decision. There are 19 charter schools in the region, mainly in Buffalo. In the last five years, the state has not renewed ch…

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It’s hard not to despair over the country’s inability to deal with gun violence, especially when its victims are students, in school where they belong and where, by all rights, they should be safe. They’re not. It has been proved over and over again, from Columbine, Colo., to Sandy Hook, Conn., and now, to Parkland, Fla. The tally from those massacres and others in betw…

Social engineering gone mad: There is a movement afoot to prohibit children from having a best friend. A best friend, you see, is exclusionary and that’s bad. OK, look: The idea, possibly originating in London, arises from a noble sentiment. Children who feel excluded can suffer emotionally. That may be especially true among that cliques that form in schools. We get …

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Three incontrovertible points: • Russia tried to influence the 2016 presidential election. Whether it succeeded – producing the election of Donald Trump or playing no role – is beside the point. Our democracy is being manipulated by a dangerous political adversary. • The people paid to know say they are trying to do it again in this fall’s elections. • Washington …

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A Minneapolis consulting firm still does not like the idea of constructing a new multi-use facility for sports, conventions and concerts in Niagara Falls. For now. It's a smart conclusion. In the meantime, Falls officials should upgrade. Put more money into the Conference & Event Center in this tourist city. Boost attractions and lures to draw more visitors before b…

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It’s one of those stories that is easy to pass over: the costs of title insurance in New York. But it described a practice that costs New York homebuyers hundreds of dollars in extra closing costs and, in some cases, thousands of dollars. Albany allows it and state legislators are maneuvering to protect it. What homebuyer even thinks about title insurance? It’s one o…

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New York State legislators should vote to allow Tesla Inc. to expand from five to 20 state stores. Indeed, it should never have limited the company to just five locations to sell its cars and show off its solar panels. A bill to do that is pending in the State Legislature. Sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, a Monroe County Democrat, the bill authorize…

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It might be trite but appropriate to the moment, nevertheless: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The LLC loophole may not confer absolute power, but its corrupting influence is on display in a Manhattan courtroom, where Joseph Percoco is on trial for accepting bribes. He was for years the political right-hand man to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo an…

Here is a must-read ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): Last Sunday’s Niagara Weekend featured an article about David Glahe, recently announced winner of the U.S. Teacher of the Year Award from Niagara University’s College of Education. The big announcement came during an assembly held at his school: Hyde Park Elementary in Niagara Falls. Glahe’s story, told by News staff re…

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To be charitable, let’s start with what’s good – genuinely good – about the otherwise reckless bipartisan budget deal announced Wednesday by Senate leaders. First of all, it is bipartisan. These days, that’s an achievement worthy of fireworks. Rather than throwing metaphorical rocks at each other, Republicans and Democrats compromised and found a way to agree. That’s en…

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Improved high school graduation rates, even by inches, means things are heading in the right direction but more important is making sure students have actually learned something. Graduates must be able to get a job, support a family and contribute to society. Sadly, too many graduates are unable to complete basic college work. If students are socially promoted without t…