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At the start of the school year, Lynn Shanahan went from University at Buffalo professor to the front lines of public education. By the end, she had learned some valuable lessons - about what teachers are being taught, what it's really like in urban schools and how she'll prepare her graduate students before they head into   classrooms. Her lessons learned came duri…

A man wanted on a parole violation warrant held Jamestown Police at bay for more than three hours Friday in a barricaded room and armed with a knife, according to Jamestown Police. Police said they were called to a disturbance at about 10:46 a.m. Friday at a residence on McKinley Avenue. When officers arrived, Alberto J. Acevedo, 27, had fled to another residence on …

ALBANY - The influence of the teachers union in the politics of Buffalo Public Schools emerged as a main theme in the second day of testimony in the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from the Board of Education. Buffalo Teachers Federation President Philip Rumore testified, and Paladino's attorneys pressed him on his role in the May 2016 school board races and whether …

A nearly year-long cleanup on a 20-acre spot of the former Hanna Furnace site at Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park is underway, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday. The $7.4 million project is expected to include the excavation and disposal of blue-colored fill contaminated with cyanide and numerous other clean-up goals near the city's Union…

When the Rev. Vincent M. Cooke became the 23rd president of Canisius College in 1993, it was primarily a commuter college clustered around Christ the King Chapel on its central quadrangle. In 2010, when he retired, it had become a comprehensive private university, the area’s largest, and had expanded through 24 major projects, including eight residence halls for out-o…

Jason Mendola and his wife, Abbi, became interested in kayaking about a decade ago during a trip to Central America. “We were on an excursion in Guatemala. We were kayaking and wondered, ‘How come we’ve never done this at home?’ When I came back, I did what everybody else does: went to a sporting goods store, bought the cheapest boat imaginable, got out on the B…

The Erie County Legislature approved a $110.8 million budget for Erie Community College on Thursday that will increase student full-time tuition by $167 for local, full-time students. That amounts to a 3.5 percent increase to a full tuition of $4,900 per academic year. The Legislature voted 9-2 in favor of the college's 2017-18 budget, which was unanimously approved by …

While Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority fees charged to ride-hailing companies' customers at Buffalo's airport are new, taxis have been paying for access to the Buffalo airport for years. So have parking lot shuttles, limousines and other ground transportation companies. The taxi company with exclusive rights to pick up fares at Buffalo Niagara International …

Five Star Bank's parent company has added a prominent Buffalo media leader to its board of directors. Donald K. Boswell, 65, the president and CEO of the Western New York Public Broadcasting Association, was elected at the annual meeting of Financial Institutions  in Warsaw this week. Boswell serves on the board of New Era Cap, and previously served on the board o…

The Kmart store at 2801 W. State St. in Olean is the latest casualty of retail downsizing. The store will close in mid-September, according to its parent company Sears Holdings. The store will begin a liquidation sale Thursday "We have been strategically and aggressively evaluating our store space and productivity, and have accelerated the closing of unprofitable sto…

Canalside has become the center of the summer outdoor fitness craze in Western New York, but those who don’t often frequent the downtown Buffalo waterfront won’t be left in the cold in the coming weeks. Independent Health will continue to sponsor Fitness in the Parks group fitness classes in several counties. State parks have a slate of hikes, kayaks and other event…

Sister of Mercy Edia Lopez took to the streets of Buffalo Friday, 7,000 miles from her home. The Panamanian sister joined with hundreds of fellow Sisters of Mercy from the Americas, Native Americans and other environmental advocates to rally for clean water in Buffalo, the Great Lakes and globally. "We sisters understand that the policies that are being made in our c…

Shirley Carnall’s family wasn’t sure what to make of it five years ago when she joined the Buffalo Outdoor Meetup group. “My dad put it this way: ‘You’re meeting people online and going into the woods with them?’” Carnell was in her late 40s when she clicked on Meetup.com and gained access to dozens of groups for hundreds of outings. It was a welcome…

City of Tonawanda police charged an East Aurora man with trying to break into a woman's home Thursday night and later struggling with officers who tried to arrest him. When police arrived at a Steiner Avenue home at about 8:45 p.m., they found a woman screaming and Kevin Wolf, 42, of Chestnut Hill Road, bleeding from his forearm. Wolf broke a window and tried to enter t…

The petition to remove Carl P. Paladino from his elected Buffalo School Board position argues that he violated board policy when he disclosed confidential information discussed in executive session. The board members seeking his removal argue that disclosure interferes with their ability to conduct business. Paladino's main defense at a hearing in Albany before stat…