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Niagara University no longer will require SAT or ACT scores for admission, joining a growing list of colleges and universities that make the standardized college admissions exams optional for prospective students. Niagara now becomes the largest college or university in Western New York to go entrance-test optional. The Rev. James Maher, the university's president, s…

For several dozen Praxair employees, this year's United Way Day of Caring turned into several Days of Caring. Staff at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park had asked the volunteers to sand and stain the wooden deck of the submarine USS Croaker on the 25th annual community service event held Wednesday. But after one look at the deck's current state,…

WASHINGTON – The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi news source that critics say is the nation's top hate website, found itself virtually kicked out of the country earlier this week, as both GoDaddy and Google refused to host the site anymore after its incendiary coverage of protests in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. But by Wednesday morning, the Daily Stormer had found a…

A tractor-trailer driver from Nova Scotia wrecked his rig full of produce at about 8:40 a.m. Wednesday while trying to squeeze beneath the Grand Island bridges in Niagara Falls. The route onto the Niagara Scenic Parkway, where commercial traffic is prohibited, passes underneath the north bridges connecting the Falls and Grand Island. The roadway is accessible via an exi…

The state canal schooner Lois McClure has added a Pendleton stop to the local schedule for its Erie Canal bicentennial tour. The state Canal Corp. announced Wednesday that the 88-foot replica of an 1862 vintage canal sailing ship will dock from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at West Canal Marina and Park on Tonawanda Creek Road. Pendleton Supervisor Joel Maerten and Amherst Su…

Ramon Armand, one of the two men caught April 21 when Niagara Falls police stopped a rented truck and found metal objects allegedly stolen from a house under renovation, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in State Supreme Court. Armand, 24, of 17th Street in the Falls, was indicted on charges of burglary, criminal mischief, possession of stolen property and grand larceny. …

Remediation work on the dam at Como Park Lake in the Village of Lancaster will start in late August. The work will replace the damaged lower-level gates in the dam that help control water flow. The project should help alleviate the mounting silt deposits that have plagued the lake for years, said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. Como Park Lake will …

July 19, 1949 – Aug. 8, 2017 Diann Zinteck was ready to start a career in the classroom after graduating from SUNY Buffalo State with a bachelor’s degree in art education in the early 1970s, but she could not find the teaching position she wanted locally. Rather than move out of town, her interest in photography led her into freelance camera work and a job at Car…

Prosecutors say the false compartments in Harinder Dhaliwal's tractor trailers was the innovation that allowed more than 3 tons of cocaine to move through Buffalo. By Dhaliwal's own admission, the 6,600 pounds of cocaine he and others smuggled into Canada had a street value of $120 million. A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced the 47-year old Brampton, Ont., man to…

Well, it's official. I am completely unafraid of heights. The first thing I said when I stepped outside onto the narrow metal platform 1,168 feet above the ground wasn't, "Oh my God. What was I thinking?" It was, "It's raining!" I'd waited two months for this day, ever since my inspired husband handed me an envelope for my birthday and said, "I just want to say, this…

Organizers are holding the first Arts and Epilepsy Variety Showcase later this month to promote epilepsy awareness and to provide financial support to those diagnosed with the neurological disorder. The showcase will include musical acts, poetry readings, comics, informational booths and live testimonials. Scheduled acts include Shaun Jones from BET's "ComicView," Karim…

The South Buffalo Italian Festival will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday on South Park Avenue in front of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Started in 2005, the festival this year will honor co-founders Rich Angrisano and Carmella Bongiovanni Schroeder, who both passed away this past year. A tree will be planted in their memory. Children's activities…

Bryant & Stratton will hold an open-house hiring event to fill faculty and other positions at its three local campuses. Recruiters at the event will be looking to hire full-time criminal justice, information technology, paralegal studies and physical therapist assistant faculty, as well as adjunct faculty, director of admissions, academic adviser, admissions represe…

This is the part of the calendar when Lake Erie's waters near Buffalo are typically the warmest of the season. Except for this year. After starting out the summer with record warmth, the lake waters have cooled off over the last several weeks. Driven by cooler temperatures and more precipitation, Lake Erie is six degrees cooler than both this date a year a…