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WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins served for more than a year as Donald Trump's most loyal congressional surrogate, speaking out again and again on behalf of the billionaire who became president. Meantime, Rep. Tom Reed seemed to serve as sort of a supportive but somewhat distant younger brother to the president, backing Trump because of his Republican bloodlines but of…

The Buffalo Board of Education has started thinking about life without Carl Paladino. The school district has released information on how people can submit applications for the board's Park District seat, which was occupied by Paladino until Thursday when he was removed by State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. http://buffalonews.com/2017/08/17/state-education-…

When Joel Jaffe marched up to the front door of his Transit Road jewelry store on a Monday morning last month, he noticed part of the lock was missing. At the nail salon next door, as well as the cosmetics store on the other side of his business, the same thing had happened. Jaffe, owner of Amherst Jewelers, thought it was a prank. He pried open his front door with a…

For months, Erie County's lawyers protected Sheriff Timothy B. Howard from questioning in a lawsuit focused on the death of Richard Metcalf Jr., an inmate who a state agency says was suffocated by jail deputies in November 2012. The county's lawyers lost the battle in recent weeks when the judge presiding over the case let Metcalf family lawyers depose the sheriff, who …

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has temporarily closed off access to several areas near the Kinzua Dam on the Allegheny River in Warren County, Penn, but they're not saying exactly why. The dam parking lot, pedestrian access area, visitor information center and its parking lot as well as the downstream picnic area are all off limits to visitors until further notice. Of…

NIAGARA FALLS — Children dressed as demons. Grandmas studded in spikes. Macho men plastered in makeup. And a full-collared priest standing without any irony in general admission. This — and then some — is a Kiss concert. If you’ve never seen Kiss, as I hadn’t, you truly can’t prepare for it. I’ve seen a lot of theater, quite a bit of circus, some opera,…

Sometime in late 2014, Acea M. Mosey, a wealthy Buffalo attorney with strong political connections, decided she wanted to become Erie County’s Surrogate Court judge, one of the most powerful seats in the county’s court system. One thing all judicial candidates – including Mosey – know is that the surest way to win an election is to run unopposed. So she obtai…

An arrest has been made in the hit and run death of a Buffalo man on Bailey Avenue earlier this summer. Wade J. Sanders, 54, of Buffalo turned himself in to Buffalo Police Saturday, according to Lt. Jeff Rinaldo. He is charged with leaving the scene of an accident without reporting, resulting in death, a Class D felony. Sanders allegedly was driving the white Lincoln…

A motor vehicle accident in the Town of Evans led to a road closure Saturday evening on a short stretch of Route 62, according to Town of Evans Police. Police cordoned off Route 62 between Richardson Road and Route 39 around 8 p.m.  It was not clear how long the road would remain closed. There was no further information available about the motor vehicle accident tha…

Pictures of what looked like a tiny tornado over Lake Erie began popping up on social media Saturday evening as air cooling aloft the warm lake created the right conditions for a cold air funnel cloud. The disturbance didn't register on the National Weather Service's radar but, judging from pictures taken by bystanders, meteorologists assume it was a funnel cloud as opp…

The walkway on the Peace Bridge shut down this month. It's being replaced and improved as part of an extensive $100 million rehabilitation of the bridge, and the walkway won't reopen until 2019. One of the highlights for those on foot will be a new observation deck, high above the Niagara River. Sam Mancuso, 57, remembers getting a look at the old walkway that was a lit…

Thousands of people visited the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Saturday for the museum's 33rd annual Scottish Festival. The celebration of Scottish and Celtic culture features piping and drumming, Scottish dance, Scottish food, bands, vendors and kilts at every turn. The main event is the so-called "heavy athletics," which begin as a way for Highland warriors to stay…

Dec. 22, 1930 – Aug. 17, 2017 Donald J. Holzman of Amherst, an attorney who wrote extensively on tax law, died Thursday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 86. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Holzman graduated from Amherst High School in 1948 and the University at Buffalo in 1953 with a bachelor's degree in economics. He served in the Army Count…

A 7-year-old girl died Friday night when a fire broke out at a home at 1632 South Ave. in Niagara Falls, Mayor Paul Dyster's office confirmed. Two adults and 12 children, all from one family, safely escaped the home, according to the Niagara Falls Fire Department. Firefighters found the young victim on the upper floor of the two-story frame building. The fire was …

For decades, he has been known as the attorney for some of Buffalo’s most notorious defendants, including accused mobsters, killers and those suspected of political corruption. Now, some people also know him as “Reverend Paul Cambria.” The feisty and outspoken Buffalo defense lawyer is now certified as a minister in the Universal Life Church. He got the certifi…