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Two-thirds of the students in the Buffalo Public Schools are either black or Latino, while 87 percent of their teachers are white. Four out of 10 students in Niagara Falls are black or Latino, while 93 percent of their teachers are white. And at Cleveland Hill, 37 percent of students are black or Latino, while there is one African-American teacher. In fact, a th…

Thieves stole $1,450 in gift cards and $2,800 worth of musical equipment from vehicles parked in driveways in separate incidents late Sunday or Monday in Buffalo, police reported. In the first case, the owner of a 2015 Toyota minivan said she had left a small purse inside the vehicle while it was parked on Carlyle Avenue, off Abbott Road in South Buffalo. The van was lo…

A Buffalo man was driving drunk when he crashed his vehicle into a porch and tried to flee into the house next door , according to Buffalo police. Kevin M. Garner, 36, of East Utica Street, was driving at about 4:45 a.m. Sunday on Grider Street, near Erie County Medical Center, when he left the road and smashed into a side porch at 305 Grider. When officers responded, a…

The overnight parking ban in the Town of Tonawanda begins Nov. 1. Winter parking on all streets in the town will be prohibited between 2 and 6 a.m. until April 1, town police said. Parking tickets will be issued beginning Nov. 1, police said. Police also reminded residents that town code prohibits parking motor vehicles or trailers on the landscaped portion of any fr…

Young professionals love Buffalo Niagara, but some are afraid they won't be as successful here as they could be elsewhere. That's according to a survey released Monday by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and its young professional program, BN360. With the local population of young professionals projected to trend downward, the group is focused on helping its members rec…

Niagara Parks Police in Ontario said Monday they have not as of this time charged the mother of a 10-year-old boy who was badly injured when he fell about 80 feet off a railing into the gorge near the base of the Horseshoe Falls over the weekend as she was taking a picture of him. Police said they had no update on the boy's condition from McMaster Children's Hospital in…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin, born on this date in 1930, “Don’t trust a brilliant idea unless it survives the hangover.” . . . LICKIN’ GOOD – St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, will host a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $10, drive-through only. Call 297-6421…

Classes have been canceled on Tuesday in Clemens Hall on the University at Buffalo's North Campus due to flooding caused by a broken valve in a water line, the university has announced. Floors one through four of the building will be closed as well, while floors five through eight will be open Tuesday and have water access. The upper floors were unaffected by the flo…

A proposed increase of 12 percent in West Seneca's property taxes didn't sit well Monday night with a capacity crowd of more than 150 residents that filled Council Chambers. With a line of at least 60 residents standing in line outside Town Hall waiting to get in, the Town Board got an earful from residents upset about the tentative 2018 town budget of $40.2 million. …

A member of the Niagara Falls Water Board said Monday that the board is sorry for the black, smelly sewer discharges that have fouled the Niagara River — and the city's image. But without a massive investment in new infrastructure, the overflows can't be stopped and will continue for years. That was the message from Nicholas J. Forster, the City Council's appoint…

All Andrew Franz, his fellow teachers and the students at Hamlin Park School 74 knew was there would be an assembly Monday afternoon with some invited guests. As the dignitaries spoke, one introducing the next, it became clear something special was afoot. The drama built when a representative from the Milken Family Foundation said she had come from California to hono…

Aaron Hicks became the latest Schuele Boys member to face prison time when a jury found him guilty last week of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. The verdict came just weeks after another jury found Schuele Boys member Roderick Arrington guilty of murder. Investigated by the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force, Hicks was accused of taking part in the street gang's drug o…

ALBANY – On the eve of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the Buffalo area, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Monday urged New Yorkers to demand an explanation about Republican proposals to eliminate a major federal tax deduction used by millions of state residents. “When Vice President Pence arrives in Buffalo I hope he’s prepared to explain why he…

Jerrod T. Robinson, who drove the getaway car after the Feb. 4 gunpoint robbery of a man in a Town of Lockport apartment, will spend five years on probation and 20 days in the Niagara County work program for his guilty plea to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree robbery. Robinson, 23, of Sweetwood Drive, Town of Lockport, was sentenced Monday by County Judge M…