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A century ago, the area now known as Larkinville in Buffalo was a densely packed community, with restaurants, drugstores, movie theaters, a bowling alley, ice cream shops and other businesses, with apartments above. "I think there were 40 restaurants and bars from Van Rensselaer Street to Smith Street," said Howard Zemsky, the businessman-turned-developer-turned-state-o…

Buffalo police will provide additional information related to Wednesday's funeral for Officer Craig E. Lehner at a news conference scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday. News Staff Reporter Aaron Besecker will provide live updates via his Twitter feed. Police are expected to release details about road closures, parking, traffic and live broadcasts of the funeral. The funeral,…

Delivery of McDonald's food through UberEats is now available through 12 McDonald's restaurants in Buffalo and Amherst. Customers can place McDonald’s orders on the UberEats mobile app or on UberEats.com, with the same account they use to take Uber rides and track their order. The full menu at participating McDonald’s restaurants will be available as part of "M…

Two new bridges on Bailey Avenue over the Buffalo River and Cazenovia Creek are expected to open to traffic this week, according to Rep. Brian Higgins' office. A pair of nearly 90-year-old bridges, located between Elk Street and McKinley Parkway, were replaced in the $22 million project. Construction began in July 2016. Thousands of motorists cross the bridges on a d…

The opiate epidemic in Erie County is taking lives at a rate of 1.5 per day. A community training workshop in opioid overdose recognition and Naloxone use will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 14 at Good Shepherd Community of Faith, 187 Southside Parkway. Members of the public will learn about the symptoms of drug overdose and how to administer Naloxone via nasal sp…

One of Buffalo's warmest Octobers on record could end with the region's first snow flakes of the season, according to early forecasts. Successive shots of cold air will barrage the Buffalo Niagara region starting mid-week, according to the National Weather Service. After two more days of unseasonably warm air (interrupted with some wind and rain association with a pa…

For nearly 40 years, state and federal officials looked into cleaning up radioactive hot spots in Lewiston and Niagara Falls. The owners of those contaminated properties, frustrated by years of inaction, are now suing in federal court in Buffalo. The new suit, filed just a week after Sen. Charles Schumer raised questions about the clean-up delays, identifies three al…

ALBANY – If there is a single item on the statewide ballot on Nov. 7 that is 100 percent certain to pass, it’s Proposal 2. After nearly a generation of relentless headlines about corruption cases in Albany, voters are being asked if they want to strip pensions from state and local government officials who commit felonies related to their work. The proposed change…

The $20 million Western New York Welcome Center on Grand Island is under construction and expected to begin welcoming visitors next year. "The fact that they have put in some major structures shows that its going to happen and its going to happen quicker than people thought," said Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray. For the past few weeks, residents have been he…

Car crashes, fires, fights, criminal mischief, intoxication and counterfeit NFL merchandise — it was a busy Sunday afternoon for Orchard Park Police, who responded to more than 100 calls before, during and after the Buffalo Bills football game at New Era Field. Officers and EMS personnel also were kept "very busy" responding to medical calls, the result mostly of alco…

A 21-year-old man was beaten up and robbed while delivering food over the weekend, Buffalo police reported Sunday. The Tonawanda Street man was delivering food in the Jefferson Avenue-Clinton Street area at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday when he was approached by four or five males, police said. The assailants punched and kicked the man before taking his iPhone, vehicle …

NIAGARA FALLS – A tourist from Michigan had her pain medication robbed from her hotel room Saturday morning while she was out sightseeing, police said. The 83-year-old victim told police that she suffers from arthritis and other ailments and, after sightseeing for about four hours Saturday, returned to her Quality Inn hotel room in pain. When she went to take some of …

Gunfire broke out over the weekend in the city's University District. A man said three gunshots were fired at his vehicle near Eggert Road and Shirley Avenue, one striking the rear driver's side door, Buffalo police reported early Sunday morning. The suspect ran away through yards. No injuries were reported. Three shell casings were recovered on the sidewalk.

Once again, the annual trebuchet competition at Clarence's Great Pumpkin Farm has catapulted STEM students into the middle of the action. In its 12th iteration Sunday, teams from 13 schools hauled full-sized trebuchets to the venue and took turns launching pumpkins across a field, scored on distance and accuracy. Designed, constructed and perfected by students, the hand…

The last farmers' markets of the season take place in several locations this week, the second-last Slow Roll Buffalo of the traditional bike season hits the road on Genesee Street, and Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. They are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see …

Volunteer firefighters diagnosed with certain cancers would be eligible for health care benefits under legislation signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday. Volunteer firefighters injured in the line of duty are currently eligible for accidental disability and death benefits through workers' compensation, but under the new legislation firefighters also will be eligible …