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The old DL&W railroad terminal, it seems, may soon be ready for its close-up. With both federal and state officials interested in redeveloping the station and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority laying plans, it’s possible this valuable, underused structure will be put to profitable use. How soon that could happen will depend upon a number of factors, from…

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Finally, some approximation of justice has been secured for Barry Moss. The 52-year-old handyman from Evans was struck by an SUV whose driver, Gabriele Ballowe, callously fled the scene, leaving him to die in the December cold three years ago. Ballowe, who worked hard to conceal her guilt, was sentenced to a year in jail Tuesday, two months after she pleaded guilty to l…

The calendar says winter arrived at 5:44 this morning. Meteorologists would tell you it appeared on Dec. 1 – the start of the year’s three coldest months. But if you were to ask Western New Yorkers, they’d probably say it began last Wednesday. That’s the day the mercury plunged, the lake threw a fit and the people of this hardy region came into their own. We understand …

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The CIA, the FBI and the Office of National Intelligence have all reached the conclusion Russian hackers infiltrated Democratic National Committee computer systems with the intention of influencing U.S. elections. The details as outlined by the New York Times are both shocking and embarrassing. Mistakes were made on many levels, opening the door to foreign influence. Th…

For years, the International Joint Commission has been working responsibly on a plan to vary the water levels on Lake Ontario. Now, it has produced an agreement that has drawn nearly universal support. It’s a wise approach that should be implemented. The plan is to use a power dam on the St. Lawrence River to allow the lake to fluctuate in a way less contrived than the …

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More people and more activity are good for the city and the future vitality of its neighborhoods. The backlash against two five-story mixed-use development projects on Elmwood aims to limit new housing. Residents living in the Elmwood Village should be encouraging density, not discouraging it. An expert with the Urban Land Institute noted that “vibrant and sustainable e…

Now Kim Pegula is in the mix. Normally reluctant to insert herself into the political fray, she is speaking out in favor of ride-hailing. Good for her. Kim Pegula is the co-owner, with her husband, Terry, of the Buffalo Bills and Sabres. Their customers make up a chunk of visitors to the area, putting them in a position to understand the importance of ride-hailing se…

Maybe Sherry Holtz would have been a lifesaver even if she weren’t a cop. She seems to have the knack. But she is a cop, and in that role, the Buffalo police officer has saved three lives in nine years, the most recent of them just five days ago. That was when she responded to a call of a baby not breathing. When she arrived at the Bryant Street address, 1-month-old O’B…

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Here we go again. Another data breach at a mjor American corporation. And worse, it’s the second one at Yahoo. Just like the last one, customers are learning about a giant breach of personal data long after the fact. And if they thought September’s disclosure was huge – 500 million user accounts – try 1 billion this time These are stunning failures on the part of any…

Frank Mesiah, it seems, has always been a man on a mission: soldier; master’s degree graduate; Buffalo cop; schoolteacher; state discrimination watchdog; civil rights leader. His is an inspiring American story that unfolded here in Buffalo. Now, at 88, Mesiah is drawing the curtain on part of that story, preparing to step down as the president of the local NAACP, a posi…

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It’s been a glory year for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. The nonprofit group has flexed its environmental muscle in ways that benefit Western New York and that, earlier this year, won international acclaim for the organization. The most recent attention for the Riverkeeper was news about its “Living Shorelines” restoration pilot project along a stretch of shoreline on th…

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Buffalo has not tired of coming through. As of Wednesday, the News Neediest Fund had collected a total of $146,322.15. That’s nearly $14,000 more than the drive had collected at this time last year. There’s still time to donate to the fund, but at this time gifts of money, rather than toys, are what is needed. Information on how to donate is at the bottom of this plea. …

The marked air quality improvement in the Tonawandas over the last eight years is a huge win for residents who fought vigorously on this issue. As recently reported in The News, the state Department of Environmental Conservation operates two air quality monitors, on Grand Island Boulevard in the town and in the Brookside Terrace neighborhood in the city. It reports peri…

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Western New York’s manufacturing heart got a welcome jolt Wednesday with word of two enormous investments: Nearly $400 million will be injected into the region’s automotive industry over the coming years. These are winning days for Western New York. The biggest of the investments is the $295 million General Motors is committing to its engine plant in the Town of Tona…

Western New York is being duly rewarded by the state to the tune of $62 million for its continuing efforts to improve the regional economy – everywhere from rural communities to metropolitan areas. The funding will be spent on 105 projects selected by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council. The council is one of 10 statewide created by Gov. Andrew M.…