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Four renowned writers – including Jesmyn Ward, the first woman to win two National Book Awards, and George Saunders, the acclaimed author of "Lincoln in the Bardo" – will be in Buffalo as part of Just Buffalo Literary Center's 2018-2019 BABEL series. "Ten years ago, when we started, people weren't sure that we could sustain a literary series that focused on such serious…

Edward Cavan was reelected to the Erie 1 BOCES School Board for his eighth term, and longtime Cheektowaga School Board Member Renee Wilson also was elected in a vote of member districts Tuesday. Wilson will fill the position held by Judith Katz, who is retiring from the board after serving on it for 40 years. “Words cannot express our gratitude for Mrs. Katz’s unwave…

The Teacher's Desk has been awarded a total of $12,500 by First Niagara Foundation and KeyBank Foundation so the store on Northampton Street can expand its literacy program. The Teacher's Desk - where teachers of students in need shop free of charge for schools supplies, reading materials and classroom resources - will use the funds to acquire and distribute more than 2…

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The newest affordable housing complex in the city is now open for residents, as sponsor Regan Development Corp. completed its $17.3 million makeover of the former Buffalo Milk Co. building on the West Side into new residential units. The Westchester County developer, who acquired the aging industrial facility at 885 Niagara St. in June 2016 for $140,000, converted the 7…

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A gunman robbed a Riverside 7-Eleven early Friday morning, according to a Buffalo police report. The robber hopped over the counter at the convenience store at Ontario and Skillen streets at 4:23 a.m. and pointed what appeared to be a black handgun at an employee's head, demanding money from the register. The robber swiped more than 40 packs of cigarettes and fled no…

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A Buffalo woman told police a man slashed three of the tires on her parked car earlier this week after she said she accidentally cut him off in the Tops parking lot on Elmwood Avenue in North Buffalo. The incident happened just before 2 p.m. Tuesday. The woman told police the SUV driver watched her walk into the store and then damaged the tires while a man and two child…

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A taxi driver crashed into another vehicle when a fare tried robbing him at gunpoint early Friday morning just north of Delaware Park, according to a Buffalo police report. The attempted robbery happened on Middlesex Road between Delaware Avenue and Lincoln Parkway. The taxi driver told police he picked up two men at about 1:45 a.m. at the Utica Street Station at Main a…

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Andrew Krzesinski cannot make it to a dinner Saturday honoring Bob Scott for his impending retirement, a dinner so big the organizers had to move it from the gymnasium at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute to the downtown Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Yet Krzesinski, 42, already said what he needed to say to Scott. He caught up with him at an event a few months ago …

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The talk surrounding next week's special election in the heavily Democratic 142nd Assembly District hearkens to 2012, when Democrat Michael P. Kearns ran on Republican and Conservative lines and stunned the experts by defeating endorsed Democrat Christopher J. Fahey. This time, endorsed Democrat Patrick B. Burke, who is also backed by the Working Families and Reform par…

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A Hilbert College freshman who is accused of making threats to fellow students was arrested by Town of Hamburg Police this week. Breandan Mantz, 19, of Newark, N.Y., was arraigned Friday in Hamburg Town Court on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree and one charge of menacing, all misdemeanors. Town Justice Gerald P. Gorman set bail at $…

Usually in civil matters that make it all the way to jury trial, the court seats six jurors plus one alternate to hear the case. This week, in State Supreme Court Justice Henry Nowak’s courtroom, there is an extra party in the jury box. A woman on the jury is accompanied in court by her service dog, a medium-size brown pup who, unlike the two-legged jurors, is free to i…

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M&T Bank Corp. has agreed to a $2.5 million settlement to resolve a case involving 240 current and former information technology employees, who claimed the bank owed them overtime pay. The complaint was launched in federal court in 2014 by James Schaefer Jr. of Lockport. He worked for M&T from March 2003 to October 2012 as a network computing analyst and then as…

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The developer that plans to transform Amherst's Northtown Plaza into a regional shopping and entertainment destination has started removing asbestos from the aging, largely vacant retail buildings that remain on the site. Massachusetts-based WS Development wants to start demolition on the old buildings and construction on the new buildings in the next 60 days, with a ho…