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Sara Paulson Meehan is the digital news editor for The Buffalo News. She's also a resident of Elma, a graduate of the University at Buffalo and a native of Ithaca. She has been with The News since 2005.


News columnists Jerry Sullivan and Bucky Gleason, Bills beat reporter Vic Carucci and WGRZ's Jonah Javad get you ready for the Bills-Buccaneers game with "Sports Talk Sunday" at 10 a.m. on WGRZ. Here are some preview clips from the show: https://www.youtube.com/embed/Xsiu7KFUv14 https://www.youtube.com/embed/0BsEpSJOOrw

Go ahead and add actor Josh Gad to celebrities gushing about Buffalo. Gad – known for voicing Olaf in Disney blockbuster "Frozen" and for his role as LeFou in this year's "Beauty in the Beast" – came to Buffalo to shoot "Marshall," which filmed at about a dozen sites here in summer 2016. A year later, the impression our city made on him is still strong, apparentl…

The Biomedical Research Building on UB's South Campus is safe to re-enter, according to the university. Emergency crews were on the scene of a "potential hazardous materials incident" there Monday afternoon. The "incident" was contained to the basement of the building, which was evacuated, the university reported.

Bills coach Sean McDermott and the players will speak to the media in advance of this Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos. Follow along for live updates from our team at One Bills Drive. https://twitter.com/thebuffalonews/lists/bn-blitz-staff?lang=en

Can't get out of work to watch the solar eclipse? NASA has you covered – with four full hours of eclipse-centric TV. "Eclipse Across America" will stream from noon to 4 p.m. and will feature live coverage of the eclipse, plus eclipse-related activities around the country. The video will come from 12 locations and will be shot using airplanes, ground telescopes and 57 …

It's a stinky mystery on the Niagara River: What's behind an unusually dark patch of water spilling in the Niagara River, surrounding the dock of the Maid of the Mist, on one of the most gorgeous weekends of the summer? http://buffalonews.com/2017/07/30/sewage-tank-discharge-alarms-niagara-falls-businesses-tourists/ The discolored water can be clearly seen in a video…

News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes talks with WBFO's Eileen Buckley about the toll that violence takes on schoolchildren in an area not often considered: the classroom. "There's no shortage of kids who are are affected by this," Lankes tells Buckley. "We had one forum with some students from the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology and we asked the room – there …

Fifty years ago, the manufacturing giant that bought Lackawanna Steel produced millions of tons of steel a year, employed 22,000 workers and supported entire cities. “Help Wanted” posters papered the complex. The legacy: hollowed-out buildings, piles of brick and broken glass and tall trees that grow in places that once would have withered a blade of grass. Here's a…

It was Jim McDonnell’s 70th birthday Thursday, and he decided to stop by the casino at the Hamburg Fairgrounds to celebrate. “On your birthday they give you some freebies,” he said. He was at the slots at about 12:30 p.m. when the lights suddenly shut off and he heard what sounded like a dozen bombs detonating. “We heard: Boom! Boom! And the rain was pouri…

Ever wondered what goes into making Weber's Horseradish Mustard? Get a peek through this virtual tour in the Heintz and Weber Co. in South Buffalo. This video is best viewed using Google Cardboard, but you can also view it on your mobile device (move phone to change view) or desktop computer (click and drag to change view). https://youtu.be/LKcoXxcaabY [Photo…

A map of the most misspelled words in America is making the rounds of the internet, and the words it highlights are both hilarious and horrifying. Disease. College. Angel. If you live in Utah, South Dakota or North Carolina, you're more likely to ask Google how to spell those words. As for us New Yorkers, beauty is our downfall, it seems. Take a look for yourself: …

A man is in custody following a domestic incident that turned into a standoff with police Sunday morning at a home in South Buffalo, authorities said. South District officers were called about 10 a.m. to the first block of Duerstein Street for a report of a man physically assaulting his girlfriend, police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said. At some point the man ba…

A young person fell or jumped from a second-story window at a Lockport school and was transported by Mercy Flight to a hospital in Buffalo, City of Lockport Police Chief Michael F. Niethe confirmed on Monday. Lockport City School District officials issued a statement Monday afternoon stating that Emmet Belknap Intermediate School had "activated a hold-in place as a resu…

Warm weather is headed our way – but in the meantime, watch out for hail this afternoon. The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement at 12:39 p.m. Sunday, warning of scattered showers and thunderstorms that could produce pea-sized hail in the afternoon. "Heavy rainfall may also occur briefly within these showers and thunderstorms at times," th…