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UPDATED: 12:30 p.m. Carl P. Paladino spent the first minutes of his testimony in a hearing to have him removed from his position lodging his usual criticisms of the Buffalo Public Schools, saying that he interviewed high school graduates who were unable to read job applications. "I saw things I just didn't feel were right," Paladino testified, adding that he felt the…

Prosecutors say they have evidence the Canadian tractor-trailer driver involved in last week's fatal hit-and-run in Lancaster removed the victim's hair from the front of the grill of his rig. As a result, Sebastien Y. Lavertu, 32, of Quebec faces a new charge of evidence tampering, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn Jr. said Tuesday. Flynn declined to elabo…

City of Tonawanda police charged a man with arson in connection with a June 16 garage fire on Broad Street, authorities said Tuesday. John E. Smith Jr., 46, who lives in a Broad Street apartment in front of the garage set ablaze, was charged with fourth-degree arson, criminal reckless endangerment of property and reckless endangerment, police said. The fire happened …

WASHINGTON -- More than 25 members of the Families of Continental Flight 3407 gathered here Tuesday to once again press lawmakers not to water down the aviation safety law passed after the crash that claimed the lives of their loved ones in 2009. And a child led them. Ten-year-old Summer West, daughter of the late Ernie West, led off the families' news conference wit…

ALBANY – A week after lawmakers ended their 2017 session, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday said he is calling both houses of the State Legislature back to Albany Wednesday to deal with items the sides could not resolve last week. The sole issue Cuomo mentioned in a proclamation issued this morning for the “extraordinary session” was control of the New York City school…

The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine has completed the first phase of a $25 million renovation of its pre-clinical simulation center and patient clinics. This is the school’s first major renovation in more than 30 years with a goal of significantly upgrading Squire Hall on the South Campus as an educational and clinical treatment facility. The new si…

Hamburg's timeout from its proposed public/private ice rink and sports facility could last six months or more. And as the town steps back from approving the multisport complex, questions about the feasibility of the $25 million to $30 million project continue. One youth sports group said there's no way it could afford basketball court time if the cost is the $100 a…

In what will likely be the last day of the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from his seat on the Buffalo School Board, his ally Larry Quinn took the stand and testified that the disclosure of information about teacher contract negotiations was done in the public interest. Quinn also noted that the Artvoice article in which Paladino revealed information given to board …

An 18-year-old man was fatally shot Monday night in Buffalo's Hamlin Park neighborhood, police said. The man, whose name was not released, was shot at about 10:50 p.m. near Daisy Place and Florida Street, a Buffalo police spokesman said. The killing is the city's 27th homicide of the year. The man was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center where he later…

Dash's supermarket has decided not to pursue a controversial change to the city's zoning plan – known as the Green Code – to accommodate its plan for a larger Hertel Avenue supermarket. Owner Joe Dash released a letter to neighbors announcing the company will not seek a zoning change and instead will go through the zoning appeals process for a myriad of exemptions …

Boy Scout Troop 286 Scoutmaster Mark Oetinger obtained the highest rank in scouting 40 years ago as a member of the troop he now leads. He's one of 62 Scouts in the troop that have become Eagle Scouts in the 63 years since the troop was chartered in 1954 at Brighton Community Church in the Town of Tonawanda. On Wednesday night, six Town of Tonawanda high school senio…

WASHINGTON – Shares of the Australian biotech firm that Rep. Chris Collins touted to other members of the House and to leading Buffalo-area figures collapsed in value Tuesday after the company announced its once-promising new drug for multiple sclerosis had failed in clinical trials. Innate Immunotherapeutics stock, valued as high as $1.77 a share in January, quickly …

The Amherst Town Board next month could vote to borrow up to $255,000 to pay for improvements to Dann Lake Park in the town's northeast corner. It's the next step in the town's efforts to make it easier for people to fish, canoe or kayak on Dann Lake. http://buffalonews.com/2017/06/13/amherst-wants-make-easier-find-dann-lake-park/?utm_campaign=puma&utm_medium=social&…

The public is invited to offer input on what kinds of development they'd like to see take place along the existing Metro Rail line in Buffalo and along the proposed expansion into the Northtowns at a workshop Wednesday on the University at Buffalo South Campus. The Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority…