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Like a fever that finally breaks, the flu's grip on Western New York appears to have loosened – a bit. Is the worst over for the 2017-2018 season? Maybe. The rate of laboratory-confirmed influenza cases dropped in the week ending Feb. 17 in several regions of New York State, including the Buffalo area, as did the percent of weekly emergency department visits. B…

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I finally tried Chick-fil-A, guys. I was driving through Erie, Pa., on my way home from an assignment in Cleveland and just had to see what all the fuss was about. Long story short: it was good. It was very good. Would I drive 190 miles round trip for it like some diehard Buffalo fans are known to do on occasion? No. But I also haven’t driven to Columbus, Ohio sin…

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Some parents offer their children a sip of wine or beer on occasion, thinking it's harmless or they're teaching a lesson. Is it really so benign? A new University at Buffalo study joins a small but growing body of work whose conclusions strongly question the popular practice, finding that even infrequent tastes do not remove the aura around alcohol or subtly promote …

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Dr. Adam Burzynski shares a Polish heritage with many Western New Yorkers, but the way he ended up in Buffalo is more unusual. His father, Ryscard (pronounced Richard), was a recent chemistry graduate in 1980 when Communist government officials in Poland gave him a choice: He could leave the country to work as chemist or find a different career. If he left, he had to le…

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Mark S. Klein, the new chairman of Buffalo-based Hodgson Russ, considers it to be "the pre-eminent law firm in Western New York" - and he hopes to "keep it that way." "There's a reason why this firm has been around for 201 years," Klein said on Friday. "We work hard for our clients and we are proud that many people choose us when they have a choice to make." Klein, 6…

CUBRC, a Cheektowaga research and development company, has landed a $4.1 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense. The three-year contract is through a segment of the Defense department called the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, which is responsible for countering weapons of mass destruction. "This is an extremely valuable and long-term customer of ours …

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Buffalonians living in Florida are getting ready to bite into some Bocce Club pizza, Platter's Chocolates sponge candy and other Western New York delicacies they left behind for the Sunshine State. The second annual Everything Buffalo party will serve up Queen City food, drink and entertainment to homesick Buffalo transplants next week. It will take place at the White B…

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The investor group behind a planned remake of the old Jersey Street Firehouse into a tavern and microbrewery suffered a setback after the Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals denied four variance requests for the project. The Zoning Board rejected the applications, saying it would have a "negative impact on the neighborhood, doesn't fit the character of the neighborhood, and…

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Dr. John Marzo once spent this time of year conducting physicals and working up medical reports on more than 300 college athletes as the Buffalo Bills prepared for the NFL Draft. The orthopedic surgeon has other plans next week while pro football team physicians, trainers and scouts put players through the paces during the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. He will teach anat…

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There's an extra $200,000 in the pockets of Paul Michael Bliss, and he's certainly not complaining. The Clarence construction contractor and developer won Thursday's court-ordered foreclosure sale for a Lancaster hotel — just one week after he nearly paid significantly more at a public auction for the same property. With his bid of $1.35 million, Bliss gained the rig…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…