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A crowded fight scene, including two men waving guns, led to a serious baseball-bat assault that left one person unconscious in the Black Rock neighborhood early Tuesday morning, Northwest District police reported.Police officers responded to the fight call at 12:20 a.m. at the corner of Thompson and Hamilton streets, just north of Amherst Street, where they had to dispers…

The Coalition for Economic Justice will gather Wednesday afternoon outside the downtown bus station a day before scheduled contract talks between the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and agency employees.Coalition members, along with bus riders, drivers and mechanics, will come together to “pray for a softening of the hearts of NFTA executives who have refused to …

NIAGARA FALLS – Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will host a community meeting Thursday seeking public comments on plans to expand care for maternal-infant health, healthy heart services and outpatient mental health programs.The session, dubbed “a community conversation on health care,” will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Medical Center auditorium, 621 10th St.It wil…

A jogger killed Sunday on Walden Avenue was identified Tuesday by police as Marianne Annibali, 56, of Depew.Depew police said a driver struck Annibali at about 1:30 p.m. near 3332 Walden, several blocks east of Transit Road.Police have not released other details about what happened.The former Marianne Snyder was an ultra marathon runner, according to her death notice. She …

A Genesee Street man was stabbed several times in the back and forearm early Monday afternoon in downtown Buffalo, Central District police reported.The victim was taken to Erie County Medical Center following the attack that occurred at about 12:45 p.m. at Court and Pearl streets, police said.Detectives investigating the assault are armed with street-surveillance video and…

Candace S. Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, has been named the 2016 Buffalo Niagara Executive of the Year by the University at Buffalo School of Management.The award will be presented at the 67th annual School of Management Alumni Association awards banquet on Nov. 1 at the Statler Hotel.Johnson, who also serves as the Wallac…

A West Seneca real estate developer is seeking approval from the Town of Lancaster to nearly double its upscale Edgewater Apartment Homes community on Broadway, with more than 100 additional units proposed along with a clubhouse and a pool.Young Development wants to put up four more three-story buildings with a total of 104 upscale residential apartments at 5820 Broadway, …

Overnight lane closures start Tuesday night on the westbound Youngmann Highway in the Town of Tonawanda between the Niagara Falls Boulevard and Delaware Avenue exits, the state Department of Transportation said.Lanes will be closed between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. until Friday to let crews complete maintenance on the Interstate 290 bridges over Parker Boulevard, the agency annou…

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This is only a drill:Your child will be sitting in class this year, and an “intruder” will enter the school.The “bad guy” will be walking suspiciously and carrying a weapon. Someone will see him in the school and call for a lockdown. Someone else will call 911.As thousands of students return to school for a new year, New York State is mandating that schools, which are used…

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Big changes began today for traffic on the American side of the Peace Bridge.• All traffic coming out of U.S. customs inspection will now proceed to the right.• Baird Drive, which bisected Frederick Law Olmsted’s Front Park en route to Porter Avenue, will be eliminated, along with its traffic light.• A new Porter Avenue roundabout and ramp will carry motorists to the Peace…

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Back to school we go. No more loosey-goosey bedtime, no more flying by the seat of our pants. No more scheduling vacations whenever we feel like it – we have to stick to a strict schedule of district breaks and national holidays. Boo!But we still have the weekends – 52 opportunities to get away with the family. And though we may not be able to drive off to Myrtle Beach or …

Thank heaven for Michael Phelps.It’s a good thing that the all-time Olympic gold-collecting champ seems virtually above reproach. We know that he has some familiarity with a bong that wouldn’t belong on a Wheaties box, but he seems, otherwise, a contented young father in responsible, family-man mode.We can also thank Katie Ledecky for being a swimming Olympian from Phelps’…