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"Annihilation." Starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Wong. Directed by Alex Garland. A biologist signs up for a secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply. (Rated R for violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality.) Now showing at AMC Maple Ridge, Flix, Regal Elmwood, Walden Galleria, Niagara Falls, Quaker Crossing an…

Food and Drink

If you want to feel like you’re on vacation this spring break without ever leaving Western New York, head to Scallywags Grub & Spirits in Derby. The nautical/pirate theme will make you feel like you’ve stepped onto a Caribbean island that pirates have invaded – or at least make you feel like you’re in a restaurant that you’d find on vacation. Every inch of the place…

Nation and World

By ALAN BLINDER and PATRICIA MAZZEI FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The only armed sheriff’s deputy at a Florida high school where 17 people were killed took cover outside rather than charging into the building when the massacre began, the Broward County sheriff said on Thursday. The sheriff also acknowledged that his office received 23 calls related to the suspect going back a…

Weather

The warm-again, cold-again roller-coaster is back to warm-again in Buffalo for Friday and the upcoming weekend. However, it could be a little bumpy at times, especially toward the end of the weekend, the National Weather Service said. Rain is likely across the Buffalo Niagara region today, with up to one-quarter inch possible during the day and less than one-tenth in…

Business

Ulta Beauty will leave its space at McKinley Mall next month and relocate to Quaker Crossing. The cosmetics retailer will have about 2,000 more square feet for its hair, skin, beauty, nail, massage and salon products in the new Orchard Park location. It will close the McKinley Mall store on March 27 and open at 3489 Amelia Drive on March 28. The move will leave a yaw…

Business

One of the biggest auto dealer groups in the country wants to make inroads in the Buffalo Niagara region. Lithia Motors recently bought Ray Laks Honda in Orchard Park and Ray Laks Acura in Amherst. As an Oregon-based company, Lithia is going up against entrenched, locally based auto dealer groups. Time will tell if Lithia establishes more than just a foothold in the …

Business

For more than 45 years, Dennis Penman has been a fixture in Buffalo's real estate community, primarily in housing development. The Western New York native focused his efforts on building up residential development projects, affordable housing and single-family homes in Buffalo and its suburbs, particularly through M.J. Peterson Corp. That's where he spent most of his mo…

Business

Auto dealer groups that have expanded into the Buffalo Niagara region from outside the area: Some have come and gone: AutoNation: Florida-based group bought Ford dealership in Clarence in 1997, sold it in 2006. Zeigler: Michigan-based group bought a Honda dealership in Amherst in 2013, recently sold it to Northtown. Auction Direct USA: Rochester-based used ca…

Erie County

The beginning of the end of stopping – or even slowing – to pay tolls on the Grand Island Bridges has begun. Workers have installed a pair of metal structures that stretch over the I-190, one over the southbound lanes near the North Grand Island Bridge, the one that connects the island with Niagara Falls, and one over the northbound lanes near the South Grand Island Bri…

Buffalo

Developer Rocco Termini and state officials are preparing to move forward with an "expedited cleanup of contamination" at one of his Chandler Street properties, prior to starting work on his plan to convert the building into another business incubator. The Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public comment through April 7 on an "interim remedial measure"…

Business

Three auto dealer groups grew larger through recent deals: Northtown Automotive Cos. – bought Zeigler Honda dealership in Amherst Lithia Motors – bought Ray Laks Honda in Orchard Park and Ray Laks Acura in Amherst Towne Automotive Group – bought Schmitt's Audi Volkswagen in Bowmansville

Business

A Florida food company business owner has acquired a waterfront mansion in Evans from the Buffalo Bills' former wide receivers coach. Frank and Lisa Pero, of Delray Beach, paid $1.25 million earlier this week to purchase the five-bedroom Nantucket-style home at 637 Larkin Road from Sanjay and Melody C. Lal. The 14.76-acre property features 480 feet of lakefront land …

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A wide receiver corps headed by Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones is a wide receiver corps that could use a boost. The Bills could certainly help their 2018 signal-caller by adding to his receiving threats. If they choose to address that need through free agency, there are a number of options. Vic Carucci broke down the free agent wide receiver class. After Jacksonville'…

Boys basketballSECTION VI TOURNAMENT(Game times at 7 p.m. unless noted)Class AAWednesday’s prequarterfinal8-Frontier 61, 9-Niagara-Wheatfield 36Friday’s quarterfinals9-Frontier at 1-Niagara Falls5-Clarence at 4-Jamestown7-Orchard Park at 2-Lockport6-Lancaster at 3-Williamsville NorthSemifinalsThursday, March 1 at Buffalo State9-Fron/1-NF vs. 5-Clar/4-James, 6 p.m.7-OP/2-Lo…

Area bowlingABBOTT: Thursday Seniors — Ron Sacilowski 679, Mike Struski 258, John Olivate 257.AIRPORT: Local 1173 Retirees — James Hall 258-692, Percy Paulfrey 267, Mel Showard 259.ALLIE BRANDT: Lockport Businessmen — Ron Kipp 278-739, Craig Fontana 257-681, Todd Wheeler 256.BROADWAY: Mixed Blues — Bruce Morlock 256, Dwayne Dewyea 713. Wednesday Nite Trios — Chris Zolnowsk…