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Thick black smoke filled the room where Lackawanna firefighter Brian Murphy found Claudia Chamo Soliman unconscious, shortly after she tossed her 6-month-old daughter Tasneem Soliman out of a second-floor window and into the arms of a neighbor below. One more child was still missing. Murphy hoped the other firefighter searching the back of the house would find her…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actor and comedian Bill Murray, born on this date in 1950, “The best way to teach your kids about taxes is by eating 30 percent of their ice cream.”  . . RECOVERY MODE – Pet owners affected by Hurricane Irma will benefit as Ten Lives Club, the cat rescue and adoption agency, holds a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to…

It took 13 years, but the 250-plus administrators for the Buffalo Public Schools finally have a new contract that includes raises. But, for the first time, it also requires contributions toward their health insurance. The deal also came with some caution for the cash-strapped school district. The Buffalo Board of Education Wednesday approved, 8-0, a three-year de…

A new office for a physician practice at 564 Niagara St. is now seeing patients -- and it represents some big changes. The $6 million, 40,000-square-foot building that houses the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network is one of the largest projects on the city's lower West Side in recent years. Physicians and other health care providers in the group wh…

A free after-school program that introduced soccer to thousands of Buffalo kids over the years is getting a big boost from a big donor. Soccer for Success was awarded $650,000 from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, bringing total contributions to $1.4 million and allowing the program to not only keep running but expand to new locations and serve more kids. It's wel…

Platter's Chocolate will celebrate National Sponge Candy Day with a three-day festival on Thursday through Saturday at the Wurlitzer Building, 908 Niagara Falls Boulevard, North Tonawanda. The Sponge Candy Fest will begin Thursday with all day sampling and candy-making demonstrations at the factory, and a magic show from 7 to 8 p.m. On Friday there will be a beer and c…

ALBANY — Indictments against six defendants in the Buffalo Billion case have been amended, for the second time, after defense lawyers sought to get the corruption case dismissed. The previously amended indictment against the six individuals is being changed “to provide further clarification of the government’s theory in its case,’’ Acting U.S. Attorney Joon K…

Universal prekindergarten spots are still available in the Amherst Central Schools' program for the 2017-18 school year, district officials said. Pre-K is provided at Amherst Community Church Child Care Center, 77 Washington Highway; Amherst Nursery School, 350 Saratoga Road; and Windermere Elementary School, 291 Windermere Blvd. Transportation is available only to th…

The City of Tonawanda Common Council did not pass a local law on Tuesday that would have allowed the city to override the state's 2 percent cap on a tax levy increase. "For a city like ours, to stay under the 2 percent tax cap requires some drastic cuts in services," said Treasurer Joseph Hogenkamp. "This budget is all salaries and benefits." The city has had to over…

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer traveled to North Java in Wyoming County on Wednesday to announce his push for federal funding for farm safety programs. President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget proposed a 40 percent cut in funding for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Schumer said that could mean less money for the Northeast Center for Oc…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo joined the Democratic governors of California and Washington Wednesday to harshly criticize the Trump administration on climate change policies. Pulling out of the 2015 Paris environmental accord has helped make the Trump administration “the most ignorant” ever on climate change, Cuomo said in a Manhattan appearance with California Go…

The Independent Bankers Association of New York State will hold its annual conference Sept. 25 to 27 in Niagara Falls. The group, which advocates for independent community banks, will hold the event at the Conference and Event Center. About 160 people are expected to attend. The scheduled speakers include Jose Gonzalez, the president and CEO of the Federal Home Loan…

If you knew your genetic makeup, would it help you lose weight? Linda Taylor, a functional medical provider, says yes. The nurse practitioner specializes in helping adults better address chronic health challenges including obesity, and recently started offering a multi-week weight loss program based on genetic testing. "The patient comes in and it's a very quick v…

The teenage bicyclist struck by a motorcycle Monday night in Amherst is not as seriously injured as initially believed and police are not filing charges against the motorcyclist. The 17-year-old girl was hit at about 9:30 p.m. while riding her bike on Main Street by a motorcyclist heading south on North Forest Road, police said. Motorcyclist Justin Clukey, 32, was cross…