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Warren Sutton never blamed Alfred University. Sutton was a solid student, a star basketball player and one of just six black students at the university in 1959. He also was secretly dating the white daughter of a high-ranking university administrator. When the administrator discovered the relationship, he wanted it broken up. Sutton refused. But rather than risk expu…

Caregivers for those with dementia tend to experience isolation, a loss of sense of self, and a lack of time for other relationships and activities. Grief and guilt can come with such an unwelcome change, and family issues can arrive when family members disagree over care and end-of-life planning. As crushing as all of this can be, caregivers in the LGBTQ community ofte…

Seven students were arrested after West Seneca Police responded to a "large" fight at West Seneca East High School Thursday morning. Seven students were charged with disorderly conduct following the 10:24 a.m. incident, police said, and one student will face discipline through Family Court. Police declined to release the names of the students, "due to the ages of those …

Robert T. Scott, the president of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, will retire at the end of the 2017-18 school year, the high school announced Thursday. Scott, who became president in 2004, started his career at St. Joe's when he joined the faculty in 1971. He began teaching religion, became vice president for student affairs in 1981 and was named the school's princi…

The Williamsville Teachers Association is 6 for 6 in getting its preferred School Board candidates elected since 2015. The union is hoping that success continues in Tuesday's election, as tensions remain unresolved between the union and Superintendent Scott G. Martzloff since a rift opened in 2014. The union has endorsed Philip S. Meyer, Susan D. McClary and Kurt …

Byshop Elliott doesn’t consider himself an activist, or the one you’d normally find on the front lines during a protest or a march. But when repeated attempts to start an after-school club for gay and lesbian students at his high school went ignored by the principal, Elliott knew he had to take a stand. So the 11th grader, who is gay, sued McKinley High School and th…

Barbara Albi and her food service staff in the Depew school district generally do their jobs without accolades. May 5 was different. Students across the district celebrated School Lunch Hero Day by drawing thank-you notes, writing poems and giving gift cards. Similar celebrations – inspired by the popular “Lunch Lady” kid’s novels by Jarrett J. Krosoczka …

SANBORN – Students at Niagara County Community College can plan to pay 3.5 percent more in tuition this fall. Hit by a projected 13 percent enrollment decline, the college's Board of Trustees unanimously approved a 2017-18 budget Tuesday night, increasing tuition by $72 per semester, to $2,112 for a full-time student. William C. Schickling, vice president of financ…

Out are grass fields that need mowing and that get muddy in the spring. In is synthetic turf. Out are Saturday afternoon games. In are Friday nights under the lights. Out are individual football or soccer fields. In are large, multi-use athletic complexes. If you haven’t noticed, school districts across the Buffalo Niagara region are giving high school sports a mak…

As the football floated through the air, Jacob Lanning read the play perfectly and snatched an interception. But his pickoff was only the beginning. Lanning spiked the ball on the Coyer Field turf, struck a Fred Jackson-like "Hulk" pose, and capped the play with a flying chest bump with one of his team's coaches, who charged toward him from the sideline. High-energy …

Police say two Akron Middle School students attacked a pair of classmates last month and then bragged online afterward that the injuries they inflicted should serve as a "warning" to others. Authorities charged the two students with felony assault in Erie County Family Court late last week, and the Akron Central School District conducted a suspension hearing prior to th…

The Buffalo Association of Black Journalists is accepting applications for its 2017 Carl R. Allen Memorial Scholarship. The deadline is June 30. The Buffalo News and the Buffalo Newspaper Guild also contribute to the competitive $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship is open to African-American high school seniors, as well as college freshmen, sophomores and juniors who…

Teachers in the region's largest suburban school system were recently made a somewhat unusual offer – $30,000 to jump-start their retirement. The incentive was how the Williamsville Central School District closed a $1.4 million budget deficit. About 40 employees – roughly 5 percent of the staff – took the deal, and some of their positions will remain vacant. Mo…