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Karen Magee delivered her message in no uncertain terms. "I am saying that I would urge parents at this point in time to opt out of testing," the New York State United Teachers president said in a 2015 interview on the radio show "Capitol Pressroom." The remark made Magee among the first high-profile union leaders in the country to explicitly encourage parents to opt the…

Restoring the Great Lakes and tackling the environmental challenges facing them is being discussed this afternoon at a public meeting held by the International Joint Commission at the WNED-TV studio at 140 Lower Terrace in downtown Buffalo. The Buffalo News' environment reporter, T.J. Pignataro, is there. Talking #GreatLakes in #Buffslo with @IJCsharedwaters @WBFO pi…

LOCKPORT - Joseph J. Lloyd, a Southtowns contractor with a long history of defrauding clients, will serve 3 1/3 to 10 years in state prison for failing to repay his victims. "In the words of Nobel Prize-winning poet Bob Dylan, 'Some men rob you with a fountain pen,' and you fall into that category," Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III told Lloyd. Lloyd had ple…

Spiritual leaders can use their pulpits to educate their congregations on the disease of addiction and embrace those who are suffering. That message is part of Tuesday's daylong seminar in the Catholic Newman Center serving the University at Buffalo's North Campus where some 30 members of the clergy and counselors have come for guidance on how to help those in the mids…

LOCKPORT - A Niagara Falls burglar who quickly flunked out of a drug treatment program by committing another break-in was sentenced Monday to 2 1/3 to seven years in state prison. "This is how I was raised: stealing, robbing and selling drugs," Atrel M. Hudson told State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. Hudson, 23, of 24th Street, added that he was "addicte…

LEWISTON - A 185-year-old house was torn down Tuesday morning in a village- and state-approved demolition. Harry W. Wright, chairman of the Village of Lewiston Historic Preservation Board, said 470 Ridge St. was too deteriorated to be saved. "Another little piece of Lewiston's history is gone," mourned Eva Nicklas, artistic director of the Lewiston Council on the A…

The Buffalo City Mission won approval Monday from the Buffalo Planning Board for its $15.1 million proposal to construct a new four-story complex in downtown Buffalo to house its growing operations. The nonprofit, together with McGuire Development Group, plans to erect a new 74,138-square-foot facility on its current parking lot at 90 E. Tupper St. and then demolish i…

The remaining commercial building of the former Shea's Seneca Theatre will get a new lease on life. The Buffalo Planning Board Monday night approved developer Jake Schneider's $9 million adaptive-reuse proposal to renovate the two-story building at 2178 Seneca St. into a mixed-use facility. Plans call for 21 apartments, a new 136-seat black-box theatre for Second Gen…

Two weeks after initially signalling their readiness to approve a major project on Jefferson Avenue, the Buffalo Planning Board formalized its support Monday for People Inc. and two development partners to construct a pair of new apartment buildings just north of the Johnnie B. Wiley Amateur Athletic Sports Pavilion. The social services nonprofit is working with Nick S…

The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday approved a proposal by the owners of the Tri-Main Center on Main Street in Buffalo to finish their $4.5 million redevelopment of the nearby former Phoenix Frontier building into a mixed-use project. Plans by Tri-Main Development LLC call for renovating the three-story building at 45 Jewett Parkway, at the corner of Halbert Street, wi…

The Town of Tonawanda temporarily put the brakes on the erection of all new cell phone towers, including monopoles or micro cell towers, by declaring a moratorium Monday night. The moratorium was put in place until the Town Board meets with a consultant and updates the town code. These smaller towers, which can be as small as a lamp post or a flag pole, can be locate…

Keith O’Neil, who played for the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants, will speak April 6 during the 33rd annual National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Buffalo & Erie County Awards & Dinner at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. Also, the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Erie County will host its Annual Dinner and Auction from 6 to 8:30 p…

Kenmore East High School will present its spring musical, "Once On This Island," at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 30-April 1, at the school, 350 Fries Road. The acclaimed Broadway musical was the winner of the 1995 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical and is based on the book "My Love, My Love," also known as "The Peasant Girl," by Rosa Guy. Inspi…

Mayor Byron W. Brown proclaimed Monday "Randi Weingarten Day" in Buffalo to honor the influential president of the American Federation of Teachers union. Brown called Weingarten "a trailblazer and true champion" during a ceremony at City Hall. Weingarten has served as head of the federation, which has 1.6 million members and is one of the nation's largest labor unions, …

Registration is now open for the 37th  J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Buffalo at  www.jpmorganchasecc.com. The 3.5-mile road race is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. June 15. It's open to runners, joggers and walkers and companies can order race-night hospitality in Delaware Park. Over 13,000 are expected this year. Last year, the race attracted 12,488 entrants from 38…

John Andreozzi, author of "The Italians of Lackawanna, NY: Steelworkers, Merchants and Gardeners," will talk about the legacy of Italian-Americans in the Steel City at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 6 in the Lackawanna Public Library, 560 Ridge Road. The talk will include the history of Lackawanna, the immigrant saga and the role immigrants played in the steel-making industry. …