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At sunrise on a recent morning, several dozen people gathered in an unused unit at Women & Children's Hospital and surveyed the beds, monitors and equipment in five rooms. Cassandra Church, who is overseeing the move in November to the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, checked that someone from every department that need…

After sidestepping press inquiries and making a last-minute changes to its agenda, the Erie County Water Authority board Thursday morning unanimously appointed its former chairman, Earl L. Jann Jr., as executive director at a salary of more than $145,000. No mention of the appointment was listed on the board's draft agenda sent to reporters late Wednesday afternoon. …

If there was a theme song for retail in 2017, it would be “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen. While there have always been store closures in retail, they’ve been coming fast and furious for the past few years. It has left enclosed shopping centers especially vulnerable. Malls have been left scrambling to fill tenant vacancies or struggling to reinvent themselv…

Here's a look at the stores that have come and gone in area malls since 2016. Boulevard Mall What’s Out: • Sears • Game Stop • PacSun • Foot Locker • Hollister • Aeropostale • Jainlee • Littman Jewelers • Mastercuts • The Limited • 5-7-9 • Regis Salons What’s In: • Pure Integrity Candles • Book Outlet • Elegant Nai…

The Tonawanda Housing Authority doesn't have a website, but its employees used office computers for online shopping and to browse porn sites. That was one of the findings – along with unfair treatment of tenants, high vacancy rates and missed opportunities to receive revenue – of a critical audit of the City of Tonawanda authority that was released Thursday by state…

A 42-year-old man who killed his mother during an argument in her South Buffalo home was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison. Froilan Torres, of Rochester, was visiting Gloria Rivera, 57, on Oct. 9. Family members said Torres and his fiancee planned to move back to Buffalo and live near Rivera's home at 1704 South Park Ave. An argument started when Rivera told Torr…

Buffalo police identified the body of the man pulled from the Niagara River on Tuesday morning as Tyler Harrington, 48. Harrington, of West Utica Street, had been reported missing and was last seen May 8. His body was recovered near Unity Island. Police have said they did not suspect foul play. Harrington was described as a talented musician and artist by The Buffalo…

Niagara Falls tourism officials customarily say that their city draws 8 million visitors a year, but a new study may show the figure may be larger than that. A consultant estimates 7.3 million Americans visited Niagara Falls last year. Longwoods International is still working on numbers for Canadian and other foreign tourists, said John H. Percy Jr., president of Destin…

The motorcyclist killed Wednesday night ran a stop sign and was ejected from the bike when he collided with an SUV, Buffalo police said Thursday. The crash happened at 7:45 p.m. at the intersection of Roesch and Condon avenues near Riverside Park. Police have not identified the 25-year-old Buffalo motorcyclist, who authorities said died at the scene. He was heading n…

Bail was revoked Thursday morning for a motorist accused of running down and severely injuring three pedestrians on Richmond Avenue in the first hour of the new year. Abdikadir M. Jaffar, 31, has been free on $100,000 bail following his arrest at the scene of the New Year's Eve crash on charges of drunken driving. However, an Erie County grand jury recently indicted Jaf…

Demolition has begun at the site of the $60 million Northland Corridor project, marking the physical start of the transformation of the 35-acre site into a light industrial business hub that will include a state-of-the-art workforce training center. The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. wants to convert 100,000-square-feet of space at 683 Northland Ave. into the new state-…

A Town of Tonawanda woman is accused of stealing about $1,900 in jewelry from a relative's home, according to City of Tonawanda police. Christina M. McConnell, 25, told police she took rings and other pieces of jewelry earlier this month and pawned the items to get money for a "pill addiction," police said. Police said they are attempting to recover the items from a…

Want to get a flavor for a prospective career in medicine or health sciences? The Jacobs Institute on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is accepting reservations from educators for Brain Boot Camp sessions for middle and high school students. It's an opportunity to learn more about strokes, heart attacks and what medical simulators are all about. To learn more and a…

Plenty of practice is going into planning the big move of Women & Children's Hospital to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. There's plenty of cleanup work, too. Like many an old building in Buffalo, the hospital has accumulated years' worth of old paint. Some of it has already begun moving out – for good. The hospital has at least 120 gallons of pain…

At 5:23 p.m. Wednesday, in the middle of the commute to the Southtowns, the Thruway Authority described the situation on the westbound I-90 in a tweet: "Delays exist." For drivers stuck in the bottleneck, that was an understatement. Emergency road repairs on the Thruway triggered a 6-mile traffic backup during the evening commute. The Thruway Authority said no mo…

Hamburg's community playground officially opens following a ribbon cutting ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday. The $500,000 playground, located between Prospect and Highland avenues in the Village of Hamburg, replaces a 25-year-old wooden playground that had come to the end of its natural life. [Photo gallery of building the playground] The new playground includes five sli…