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You've heard it all before. Black Friday isn't what it used to be. The deals aren't as great. People would rather shop online than brave the crowds. Sales start as early as August, dampening shopper enthusiasm. And stores open on Thanksgiving, stealing Friday's thunder. But in Buffalo Niagara, Black Friday has changed in another important way: it's no longer a magnet fo…

Winter parking rules along city bus routes in Buffalo are being suspended until Dec. 1, in part because the weather is forecast to be unseasonably mild and also to boost patronage in neighborhood shopping districts. "This is good for business in the city, and it's good for residents," Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown said Tuesday in the 500 block of Delaware Avenue. The …

A Buffalo woman faces the possibly of a maximum 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug charges, the U.S. Attorneys Office reported. Damar Currie, 42,  pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of cocaine, before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. Currie sold cocainey on three separate occasions between Dec. 10, 2014, …

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Efforts to keep landmark St. Ann's Catholic Church open on Buffalo’s East Side have been dealt a blow by the Vatican. The Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court of appeal, has ruled that Bishop Richard J. Malone’s 2013 decree to close the church “retains its original force,” the Diocese of Buffalo announced. Friends of St. Ann, a group of parishio…

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A Williamsville husband and wife each face time in prison after pleading guilty to charges related to the husband's medical practice. Shaheen Hassanali, 45, pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return, and her husband, Riyaz, 57, pleaded guilty to receiving and delivering misbranded drugs. The charge against Shaheen Hassanali carries a maximum penalty of three years…

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The weather menu is serving up some cold turkey this Thanksgiving Day for Buffalo. With a side of snow flurries. Thanks to a passing cold front that went through the region overnight, today's high temperature is forecast to barely push above the freezing point and Thursday will mark the city's chilliest Thanksgiving in three years. "As colder air continues to pour…

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OLAF FUB SEZ: A complaint from comedian Rodney Dangerfield, born on this date in 1921, “My wife kisses the dog on the lips, yet she won’t drink from my glass!” . . . NIGHT TO REMEMBER – Monday is the deadline for reservations and sponsorships for the annual Spirit of Sharing Dinner at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 hosted by the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce in the Cheektowaga …

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City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis' $22.3 million budget proposal went into effect Tuesday -- after the Common Council failed to adopt an alternative budget. Davis' 2018 budget calls for an increase in property taxes of 4.99 percent, which would raise taxes nearly $90 per year for an average home. The Council held a public hearing on the budget Nov. 8, but had publis…

Education

The kindergartner wouldn’t walk, wouldn’t talk and wouldn’t stop screaming. So Greg Johnson scooped her up and brought her into his school’s new room where she let off some steam bouncing on the small trampoline in the corner. “Three jumps later, she stopped screaming and started talking,” recalled Johnson, principal at the George E. Blackman School of Ex…

Buffalo Police said Tuesday charges are pending in a case involving the alleged manufacturing of methamphetamine at a South Buffalo residence that brought police and the Buffalo Fire Department's hazardous materials team Monday to a Macamley Avenue home. During a news conference Tuesday, Lt. Jeffrey Rinaldo said the Buffalo Police's narcotics unit executed a search warr…

A Salamanca man was charged Tuesday with second-degree manslaughter following a fatal motor vehicle accident Saturday on Old Route 17, according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office. Damion R. Taylor, 21, of Jimerson Road, was arraigned in Salamanca Town Court and held in the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail, the Sheriff's Office said. The…

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Money continues to roll in by the millions of dollars — but there's no harmony between battling law partners Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes. On Tuesday, Barnes accused Cellino of trying to burn the Cellino & Barnes law firm "to the ground," regardless of how many employees are hurt. He accused Cellino of trying to hire a former information technology…

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Buffalo police conducted more traffic checkpoints this year in Lovejoy than in any other Common Council district, according to figures released Tuesday. But no one's complaining to Lovejoy Common Council Member Richard A. Fontana about the 92 checkpoints in his district. “No one’s complained to me,” Fontana said. “They realize it’s keeping the community saf…

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Republican challenger Michael R. Young declared himself the winner Tuesday of the City of Tonawanda Third Ward Common Council seat after absentee ballots were counted and his slim lead over Councilmember Sean Rautenstrauch grew slightly. Young was ahead by 11 votes after absentee ballots were counted at the Erie County Board of Elections two weeks after the Nov. 7 elect…

Crime

A Marilla man charged with robbing a Mighty Taco in Orchard Park on Sunday has also been accused of robbing a Subway in Newstead earlier this month, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Ryan Loos, 30, was already in the Erie County Holding Center on charges related to the Mighty Taco gunpoint robbery when sheriff's deputies charged him with the Nov. 1 holdup a…