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Pardon us for getting personal, but Stan Lipsey loved his dog. This is beyond dispute. Whether he loved him more or less than he did The Buffalo News, which he led as publisher for 29 years, we’re not sure. But you get the idea. Although Lipsey died in 2016, his influence continues to benefit the community, including the SPCA Serving Erie County. There, the new 6,500-sq…

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What’s hiding behind the curtain? That’s the multimillion-dollar question at General Motors’ Tonawanda Engine Plant, which is on a winning streak when it comes to major business developments. The plant announced last week it would be producing a new type of fuel-efficient V-8 engine for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. That’s a win for 635 employees there whos…

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Three years after a civil rights complaint against Buffalo schools was confirmed by a national expert, enrollment problems at City Honors school have gone from bad to worse – and we mean worse: Buffalo’s unhappy example is now serving as a case study in a new book. City Honors is generally considered to be Buffalo’s top public school, but it’s also a criteria school: It…

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It’s not often that Rep. Chris Collins differs with Republican Party leadership on legislative issues. That’s why it was front-page news this week when the Clarence congressman joined an effort to force a vote in the House on a bill to protect “Dreamers” from deportation. Collins is one of 20 Republicans backing a discharge petition, a move that can bypass party leaders…

Buffalo Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder may be right: The Brown administration’s effort to shield city residents from the pernicious effects of the new federal tax law may fall short. But we’re glad the mayor is trying, anyway. The law, poorly vetted and hastily approved in Congress, punishes many New Yorkers by limiting the deducibility of state and local taxes from th…

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A bill under consideration in Albany would allow undocumented New Yorkers to obtain driver’s licenses. It’s likely a long shot for passage by the Legislature, but that didn’t stop Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns from announcing last week that should it become state law, “we will not process any of these licenses in Erie County.” Kearns, who is up for re-election in …

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What do you know? The water authority that hires unqualified leaders and frolics in a sewer of patronage is viewed by its own customers as one of the nation’s worst. Sometimes, there is justice in the world. The annual service by J.D. Power ranks the Erie County Water Authority eighth worst among the largest 88 water providers in the country and third worst among those …

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It’s long past time for Amherst and other municipalities to move against the zombie properties that blight their streets and neighborhoods. If the owners of these plots don’t care enough about their responsibilities to their neighbors, then it’s the town’s responsibility to explain things to them. Eminent domain might make for a good explainer. We’re mainly talking here…

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Approving school budgets is getting to be a habit with voters in Erie and Niagara counties. An exception in Tuesday’s election was Eden Central, which was seeking to go over the tax cap. Eden voted down the budget, 57 percent to 43 percent. Remind us again: Why is it necessary for voters to approve school budgets at the polls? New York is one of a handful of states that…

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Today concludes national Police Week, a time to honor the memories of the men and women who have lost their lives while doing their best to protect our communities. About 30 Buffalo police officers traveled to Washington to salute the short life and career of Officer Craig E. Lehner, their 34-year-old colleague who died in the Niagara River while on a training exercise …

Now it all makes sense. It’s not that the country is hopelessly divided, it’s that things are getting lost in translation. The question isn’t just whether it’s Laurel or Yanny – you surely know what we’re talking about – it’s the startling revelation that our ears hear different things. Take gun control. It’s obvious now that a large contingent of Americans thinks so…

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In the film “The Godfather,” Vito Corleone explains to a fellow gangster that the politicians on his payroll would turn against him if he went into the narcotics business and got out of gambling, “which they regard as a harmless vice.” The U.S. Supreme Court this week came to a similar conclusion about gaming, striking down a 1992 federal law that prohibited all states …

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Maybe, in the end, it won’t seem like such a reckless decision. Maybe, despite the decision to cut down 70 mature trees in Niagara Falls State Park, the state will create a different beautiful setting worthy of the nation’s oldest state park. But even if it does, the reason it gave for this sudden, unpopular decision makes no sense. The state Office of Parks, Recreation…

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Buffalo Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder last week released a critique of Mayor Byron W. Brown’s 2018-19 budget proposal. The comptroller says the budget is based on overly optimistic assumptions about revenues the city is counting on. The mayor responded by saying he stands by his budget. “We don’t submit budgets that are not balanced, that are not sound,” Brown said. …

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Sheldon Silver and his legal team still say the former Assembly Speaker is not a crook. For the second time in three years, a jury in a Manhattan federal court wisely concluded otherwise. To recap: Silver was tried on corruption charges and found guilty in November 2015. U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni sentenced him then to 12 years in prison. However, an appeals…