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Buffalo may own a national reputation for snowstorms off Lake Erie, but it turns out some know us for our tsunamis, too. No, not 100-foot wall-of-water, earthquake-driven tsunamis that swamp far-away places in the Pacific. The tsunamis around here are different and pass with little impact. They're called meteotsunamis, and researchers have determined more than 100 of…

Several private colleges and universities in Western New York won't participate in a new state financial aid program that includes some of the same controversial strings attached to the free-tuition program for the public SUNY campuses. Daemen College, Medaille College, D'Youville College and St. Bonaventure University have informed the Higher Education Services Corp., …

Since he was elected to the Buffalo School Board, Carl P. Paladino has cultivated more enemies than friends. Now, he's using those foes' attempts to have him removed from office as a platform to air his grievances about the Buffalo schools, essentially shifting the spotlight off of himself and onto the many problems he's criticized since he was first elected. That ma…

A Niagara Falls man was stopped by State Police at 9:56 a.m. Saturday on Tuscarora Road in the Town of Niagara and charged with drunken driving. Troopers said someone called 911 to report a possible intoxicated driver. Police stopped the suspect, Ruben Flores, 50, and he was taken into custody. A breath test revealed a blood alcohol level of 0.28 percent, which three an…

A cast iron sign that touts "Birthplace of the Grain Elevator" was reported stolen to the Buffalo Police Department on Saturday by Industrial Heritage Committee President Lorraine Pierro. The heavy, metal sign was taken off a concrete post located near lamp post No. 7 on Erie Street. Pierro said it wasn't certain exactly when the sign was taken, but the Buffalo Histo…

Instead of risking hypothermia in April, Buffalo’s Burmese community waits until it is shorts-and-sandals weather to get wet. Hundreds of people attended the annual Buffalo Myanmar Water Festival on Saturday, celebrating the Burmese New Year, which occurred in mid-April. In Burmese culture, water is sacred. On a day-to-day basis, it sustains life; on their New Year, i…

Dec. 20, 1937 – June 18, 2017 Whether it was working as an office boy for the Butler family or serving customers as a district manager, Donald J. McPhee Sr. was always proud of what he did for a living. Proud enough to spend 46 years doing it at The Buffalo News. Mr. McPhee, a longtime district manager, died Sunday at his home in Alden. He was 79. Born and ra…

Phillip Jackson, 24, of Buffalo, who was on probation for selling drugs when he was caught selling drugs again, was sentenced to prison on Friday. Jackson received a probationary sentence of five years in February after being convicted of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth-degree. Just four days later the Buffalo Police Narcotics Unit executed a …

A Buffalo man was sentenced to a year and a half in prison for a drunken driving crash that paralyzed another driver. Kevin Reyome, 55, was sentenced by Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case on Friday. In March, Reyome pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular assault and leaving the scene of a serious injury accident. Shortly after midnight on Sept. 16, Reyome drove his…

WASHINGTON – The Senate Republicans' health care bill will cost New York billions more than the House bill passed last month. That's the consensus that health care experts reached after a close look at the legislation. What concerns analysts most is the Senate's different approach to changing Medicaid, the state-federal program for the poor and the lower middle cla…

The City of Lockport was approved earlier this week for a $470,000 state grant that Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey said would pay for new computer hardware and software, including more efficient payroll and water and sewer billing systems. Finance Director Scott A. Schrader said there also will be connections to the Niagara County Information Technology Department two blocks f…

A robber struck a convenience store at 975 Abbott Road early Saturday, a clerk told Buffalo police. The robber carried what appeared to be a gun, but it was covered with a black plastic bag. He told the clerk he'd shoot her if she didn't hand over cash. He made off with about $50, according to a police report of the incident.

A young driver identified as a fugitive from Georgia led police on a short car chase early Saturday before losing control of the vehicle, rolling it and striking a tree, police said. There were several passengers in the car, including a 2-year-old child. Willie D. Green III, 19, attempted to flee the crash on foot but was apprehended by Officer Joseph Bonner. Green was…

Someone didn't want a tow truck driver to repossess an auto early Saturday. Police are treating the incident as a case of criminal mischief and harassment. The tow truck operator told police that shortly after midnight he tried to hook a car in the 400 block of Stockbridge Avenue, not far from Buffalo's Bailey and Kensington Avenue intersection. Someone then ran from…

Richard A. Metcalf Sr. has waited four and a half years for the criminal justice system to address the homicide that took his son's life in November 2012. "Obviously, the whole process has been very tedious, very frustrating and very painful to my wife and myself," Metcalf said. "It doesn't get any easier." A breakthrough may be near. An outside district attorney …