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The easiest explanation for Colin Kaepernick's extended stay in the unemployment office would be pointing to politics. He refused to stand for the national anthem last season in protest of racism and police brutality, became the focus of a national controversy and scared away NFL executives in charge if building rosters. It's a neat and clean theory that's easy to compr…

West Seneca has sweetened the tax exemptions it offers small businesses making improvements to their buildings. The exemption applies to town taxes only, and only where the construction, alteration, installation or improvement exceeds $50,000, according to Town Attorney John Fenz. The Town Board approved changes Monday in the amount of the exemption allowed each year ov…

You have questions, I have answers. Inquiring minds want to know: What happened to the launch of "TBD" on one of the Sinclair Broadcasting sub-channels? A WUTV spokesperson said Tuesday that "TBD" has launched earlier on Sinclair stations across the country, but it won't happen here until May 1. The delay may have confused some readers expecting to see the channel…

By Cecilia Kang WASHINGTON – Republican senators moved Thursday to dismantle landmark internet privacy protections for consumers in the first decisive strike against telecommunications and technology regulations created during the Obama administration and a harbinger of further deregulation. The measure passed in a 50-48 vote largely along party lines. The House is…

The Bills have it darn good in Buffalo. It's worth reminding them of that fact on a week when the NFL moved the Raiders to Las Vegas. Oakland is a good football town, and it supported the Raiders through a mostly lean millennium. The Raiders are 108-164 the past 17 years, the third worst record over that stretch. They have made the playoffs four of those 17 years. Th…

Toutant owners Connie and James Roberts are opening a second restaurant featuring American and Pacific seafood, Asian street food and ramen noodle soup. The restaurant, called Dobutsu, will be part of the 500 Seneca project. The first-floor space will offer 80 seats and 20 more at a sit-down food bar. A patio should seat 20 more. If all goes well, it should open in J…

Developers shouldn't get tax breaks to build downtown lofts that only affluent people can afford, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said. So Poloncarz intends to back a new policy that would require developers seeking local tax breaks for downtown residential projects to include some cheaper apartments in their projects. "If downtown is only available to people…

A Buffalo man accused in two bank robberies last January has pleaded guilty in Erie County Court. Samuel Roberts, 22, of Stockbridge Avenue, was convicted of robbery in the third degree and attempted robbery in the third degree for separate incidents on Jan. 5. Roberts robbed the M&T Bank branch in University Plaza and a KeyBank branch on Elmwood Avenue, accordin…

Growing up in Western New York, there were always a few “opening days” that you looked forward to every year  – the deer opener, the pheasant opener, the bass opener, the walleye opener and the inland trout opener. Sure there were other opening days that generated some interest, but these were the top five … for me anyway. Back then, any opening day meant a day…

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of March 29, 1917: * Richard Gordon, an actor in a play in Buffalo, was arrested after his performance and charged with abandonment and being a fugitive from justice. His wife in Cleveland alleged that Gordon abandoned her and their 5-year-old son. He was released by a Buffalo judge and taken back to Cleveland. *…

A transplant surgeon-turned-developer is seeking the final approvals he needs to move forward with an 18-unit, upscale apartment complex in East Amherst. Dr. Fadi Dagher plans to put up a two-story, multifamily building at 9150 Transit Road, just north of the Transit Valley Country Club and next to Grover's Bar & Grill. All but two would be two-bedroom units, rangin…

Position: Offensive tackle School: Alabama Measurables: 6-foot-6, 322 pounds Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 5.15 seconds. Vertical jump: 26 inches. Broad jump: 8 feet, 10 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.81 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.82 seconds. Career stats: 43 games, 43 starts. Draft projection: First-second round. Reasons: 1. He's highly decorated. One of Alabama's thr…

Renee Montagne. 6 p.m. WNED/WBFO Studios, 140 Lower Terrace. 845-7000. wned.com. $50. Don't miss the chance to see former NPR correspondent and one-time host of NPR's "All Things Considered" live in person. Crafts and Drafts. 6 p.m. 42 North Brewing Company, 25 Pine St., East Aurora. 805-7500. 42northbrewing.com. $38. Learn to craft beautiful stained glass while enjoyin…

A new bandshell will be installed this year in North Tonawanda's Raymond Klimek Veterans Park with money from the Niagara River Greenway covering most of the cost. The committee that controls Greenway money in Niagara County approved $90,000 for the project on River Road. The total cost, including landscaping, is estimated at $150,000, said Patricia A. Brosius, North To…