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First period at Bennett High School was interrupted Monday by a rock concert. At least it started out that way. The Nashville-based, Kansas-bred band GOODING rocked the high school’s auditorium for four or five songs before the band’s lead singer and namesake turned teacher and gave the howling crowd of students a lesson on a subject they don’t often hear abou…

OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite lyric from songwriter Jerry Leiber, born on this date in 1933, “Take out the papers and the trash/ Or you don’t get no spendin’ cash/ If you don’t scrub that kitchen floor/ You ain’t gonna rock and roll no more ...” . . . TOUGH TALK – Lee Coppola, award-winning newspaper and television reporter and former dean of the journalism scho…

The Coast Guard rescued two small vessels Monday that were adrift on the Niagara River, headed towards Niagara Falls. A spokesman for the Coast Guard said the Buffalo Station received a call about 7:30 p.m. from a man on Cayuga Island who spotted the vessels, a pair of jet skis and a small aluminum boat that was about 14 feet in length. Both were disabled in the midd…

At 15, Leontae Parker is kind, smart and courteous. He likes the Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks and the Golden State Warriors, and he wants to be a police officer when he grows up. Or maybe a football or basketball player. He's active in his church. And he needs a new kidney. His kidneys were removed in March 2011 after disease attacked them, preventing them from…

Carson Dayka is wise for his 16 years. Those close to the Hamburg High School junior chalk it up to his battle with chronic illness that compromised his ability to eat and breathe. The illness has resulted in more than 20 surgeries, 100 hospitalizations — and the formation of countless friendships. "Carson has never complained in his life," said Nicole Dayka, Cars…

Jackson Buyea was born 16 weeks early in a small hospital outside of Indianapolis while his parents were on a road trip to pick up their two older sons visiting relatives in Kansas. The baby, weighing 1 pound, 12 ounces, was kept alive by a respiratory therapist. “She stood for an hour or an hour and a half with two fingers on Jackson’s chest and a little pump j…

For the second time in recent months, a developer behind a controversial Elmwood Avenue apartment complex has cut the size of the proposed building in an effort to fend off vehement neighborhood criticism and win approval for the project. Chason Affinity Companies on Monday filed an amended proposal for its mixed-use project at the corner of Elmwood and Forest avenues, …

A 28-year-old woman – the last person pulled from an apartment house fire in Lackawanna's First Ward early Saturday – remained in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center on Monday night, according to relatives. Claudia Chamo Soliman, who lived with her husband and three young children, is one of seven people who remain hospitalized after the fire, authoriti…

An Albany County Court judge Monday turned down a motion to dismiss a corruption case against State Sen. Robert Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, on a claim that he was improperly denied a chance to speak before an Albany County grand jury on March 23. In his decision, Judge Peter A. Lynch noted that Ortt had declined to give a statement in advance of questioning in front of the…

An effort to turn the former Central Park Plaza site into the new Highland Park Village is now cleared to begin in coming months. After a two-week delay to obtain needed zoning variances, and because of a public notice glitch, Buffalo's Planning Board on Monday approved the first phase of construction for one of the biggest redevelopment initiatives in Buffalo, by geo…

WASHINGTON — It's no joke: Both the federal and state governments are lining up to support the new National Comedy Center being built in Jamestown. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, announced Monday that the federal New Market Tax Credit would, in essence, provide $4.8 million in net funding for the comedy center. That money comes on top of $8.3 million appropriated to th…

Buffalo police are investigating a report that a 15-year-old girl was accosted Monday by two men in a yellow SUV. The incident happened about 11 a.m. near South Park Avenue and Louisiana Street, police said. The girl told school officials that the men asked her if she wanted to get into the vehicle with them. Police are seeking to hear from anyone with information ab…

The newly named president of the Buffalo Zoo has big shoes to fill. But Norah Fletchall starts her new job May 22 knowing Donna Fernandes, the outgoing zoo president and chief executive officer, was firmly behind Fletchall's selection. The two industry leaders became acquainted through their involvement with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which sets industry st…

Local dairy farmers such as John Richmond suddenly see one of their biggest challenges – and President Trump's first big trade controversy – emerging from, of all places, north of the border. Amid a worldwide milk glut that has pushed prices down and left some local farmers just scraping by, the Canadian dairy industry in recent months made moves that, in essence, c…