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You've heard it all before. Black Friday isn't what it used to be. The deals aren't as great. People would rather shop online than brave the crowds. Sales start as early as August, dampening shopper enthusiasm. And stores open on Thanksgiving, stealing Friday's thunder. But in Buffalo Niagara, Black Friday has changed in another important way: it's no longer a magnet fo…

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Norstar Development wants to start work next spring on the second phase of its redevelopment of the low-income Shoreline or Waterfront apartment complex, after it got the final go-ahead from a key city agency Monday. Company officials still have to finalize a package of state financing for the $45 million project, before demolition can begin on the old structures. But …

Erie County

Erie County lawmakers again heard about the devastating toll of the opioid epidemic as nearly a dozen parents and siblings Tuesday shared their painful stories about their deceased sons and brothers. "Two years ago was normal," Julie Welsted, a mother, said at a public hearing. "I had my whole family." Then in December 2015, she lost her first-born son, Christopher, …

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Michael J. Hill, who served 28 years in prison for manslaughter, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court to charges of invading a Niagara Falls home and stabbing the resident. Hill, now held on $150,000 bail, was indicted for first-degree assault and two counts of first-degree burglary. Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Hill on Oct. 1 enter…

Erie County

Kenmore Mayor Patrick Mang said the Village has had great success with the rehab work done by the Buffalo, Erie, Niagara, Land Improvement Corporation, also known as the Land Bank. The  village board has decided to allow the Land Bank to consider the purchase of an abandoned property at 206 Warren Ave. in the next Erie County foreclosure auction. The Land Bank purch…

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It could be mistaken for a homegrown Nancy Drew mystery. The case of the missing time capsule at Women & Children's Hospital, which grew from 12 beds in a converted home to a maze of seven interconnected buildings over 125 years, remains unsolved. But a glimmer of hope is on the horizon after Carl L. Bucki, chief U.S. Bankruptcy Court justice for New York's Weste…

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A former Town of Lockport resident faces up to eight years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to two felonies stemming from a confrontation with State Police. Corey Bilby, 29, now of Route 275, Friendship, was living on Dysinger Road in Lockport May 22, when he resisted arrest after troopers investigated an incident at an apartment house. Trooper Shaun Fallon f…

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A Buffalo man with a prior conviction for driving while intoxicated was charged with felony DWI Wednesday morning in Cheektowaga, according to the State Police. Jerry Williams, 39, was pulled over for speeding at 2:14 a.m. on the Kensington Expressway, police said. Williams showed signs of intoxication and was taken into custody. He refused to submit to a breath …

Winter parking rules along city bus routes in Buffalo are being suspended until Dec. 1, in part because the weather is forecast to be unseasonably mild and also to boost patronage in neighborhood shopping districts. "This is good for business in the city, and it's good for residents," Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown said Tuesday in the 500 block of Delaware Avenue. The …

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Hispanics United will finally get to build its new senior-housing project on Buffalo's West Side. After several months of hearings and revisions, the Buffalo Planning Board backed the nonprofit group's proposal, in conjunction with Acacia Inc., to construct the 46-unit La Plaza Senior Residences on four parcels of vacant residential land on Virginia Street. The prop…

A Buffalo woman faces the possibly of a maximum 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug charges, the U.S. Attorneys Office reported. Damar Currie, 42,  pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of cocaine, before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. Currie sold cocainey on three separate occasions between Dec. 10, 2014, …

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Efforts to keep landmark St. Ann's Catholic Church open on Buffalo’s East Side have been dealt a blow by the Vatican. The Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court of appeal, has ruled that Bishop Richard J. Malone’s 2013 decree to close the church “retains its original force,” the Diocese of Buffalo announced. Friends of St. Ann, a group of parishio…

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A Williamsville husband and wife each face time in prison after pleading guilty to charges related to the husband's medical practice. Shaheen Hassanali, 45, pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return, and her husband, Riyaz, 57, pleaded guilty to receiving and delivering misbranded drugs. The charge against Shaheen Hassanali carries a maximum penalty of three years…

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The weather menu is serving up some cold turkey this Thanksgiving Day for Buffalo. With a side of snow flurries. Thanks to a passing cold front that went through the region overnight, today's high temperature is forecast to barely push above the freezing point and Thursday will mark the city's chilliest Thanksgiving in three years. "As colder air continues to pour…

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OLAF FUB SEZ: A complaint from comedian Rodney Dangerfield, born on this date in 1921, “My wife kisses the dog on the lips, yet she won’t drink from my glass!” . . . NIGHT TO REMEMBER – Monday is the deadline for reservations and sponsorships for the annual Spirit of Sharing Dinner at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 hosted by the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce in the Cheektowaga …