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1) Blizzard Ball, 8 p.m. Feb. 25 in Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum (453 Porter Ave.). Tickets are $60 and can be purchased here. Commentary: The Allentown Association presents a party to celebrate Buffalo's resilience against historic winter storms, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the Blizzard of '77. While the open bar from 8 to midnight, two DJs and foo…

Albert Makila appears to be living a refugee's American dream – except for the broken heart. Fifteen years after fleeing tribal warfare in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for a modestly safer life in Kenya, and six months after arriving in America, the former school teacher and his family feel at home in Buffalo. He got a good job, as did his wife, a daughter …

NIAGARA FALLS - Depending on who you ask, the removal of the entire top management of the Niagara Falls Water Board Thursday was a deserved housecleaning or a union-engineered coup. With little advance notice, the board, bolstered by new members chosen by Mayor Paul A. Dyster and the City Council, replaced the agency's top three executives and its part-time attorney. Ne…

Bud Crumlish inherited a mess when he took over as CTG's new CEO last July. Six months later, he has a plan to fix the long-struggling Buffalo information technology company – and investors are buying into it, at least for the moment. "In short, we are taking the necessary steps to address sustainable and profitable growth," Crumlish said during a conference call …

St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral has spent a decade trying to figure out what to do with a 121-year-old parish house on Pearl Street that has sat mostly vacant since it moved its offices down the street. At first, church leaders thought they would sell the four-story building. That wasn't successful. Then, they looked at all the downtown redevelopment around them an…

ATLANTA -- The political organization electing a new chairman here Saturday is called the Democratic National Committee, but to hear members tell it, in recent years it might as well have been called the Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Barack Obama (and Hillary Clinton). That didn't work out so well. Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, and oth…

Two women were victims in separate sexual assaults that occurred between Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, according to Buffalo police on Friday. The victims included a teenager and a woman in her 30s, according to police. The first assault happened at around 8 p.m. Tuesday in the vicinity of the 300 block of Curtiss Street, when a teenage girl was walking h…

Two people were struck by gunfire just before 4:40 p.m. on Friday in the first block of Cornwall Avenue, according to Buffalo police. Both victims were identified as males, according to police. They were being treated at Erie County Medical Center for injuries that appeared to be non-life-threatening, police said.

Agents seized 48 kilograms of cocaine in Illinois earlier this week, and that bust led to the dismantling of a Mexico-to-Buffalo drug trafficking network, federal officials announced Friday. The cocaine that was discovered as part of a traffic stop included 18 kilograms that was headed to Buffalo, the federal officials said. They estimated the wholesale value of the coc…

LOCKPORT - A Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty Friday to assault in State Supreme Court in connection with the shooting of another man last summer. Courtney A. Williams, 19, of Whitney Avenue, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree assault, in exchange for a promise from Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. to impose a prison term of no more than 10 years when Wi…

Colvin Cleaners is looking for several thousand prom gowns to be donated for teenagers attending proms this year. The 12th annual Gowns for Prom campaign kicked off Friday. The project provides gowns free of charge to young ladies from high schools throughout Western New York who could not otherwise afford a gown. Gowns can be donated from Monday through March 31 at …

NIAGARA FALLS -- A dog and its owner were rescued from the Niagara River Thursday afternoon after another man walking a dog saw them in the water, Niagara Falls fire officials said. The incident took place at about 4 p.m. at the Hooker Docks by 53rd Street. A passer-by was walking his dog by the area when the dog began reacting strangely, said Fire Chief Michael Wink…

Amherst police were alerted to a robbery attempt at a Kenmore Avenue gas station near Englewood Avenue about 3 a.m. Friday. A  thief handed over a note claiming he had a firearm, and  the clerk pulled the alarm, police said. The thief fled on foot, failing to get any cash. Amherst police are working with Town of Tonawanda police in investigating the incident.

Jared Brown spent 15 months in prison for threatening then President Obama. He's going back to prison, this time for threatening President Trump. Brown, 20, of Niagara County, was sentenced Friday to two years in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo for violating the supervised release that followed his previous prison sentence. Brown was accused of m…

An elderly Orchard Park man was seriously injured about noon Friday when he apparently lost control of his vehicle on the west ramp of the I-290 to Niagara Falls Boulevard, according to Amherst Police. Earl C. Besecker, 86, was taken to the Erie County Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of back and chest pain and abrasions he suffered in the crash, according to C…

The 43-year-old man fatally shot Sunday at Ashley and Krupp streets has been identified by police as Sasheen Sheppard of Buffalo. Sheppard was shot at about 11:30 a.m. and died later that night, police have said. Police have asked anyone with information to call or text the department's confidential tip line at 716-847-2255.