NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Almost a century ago, a huge crowd – estimated at 30,000 – was on hand to see the 90-minute inauguration of the lighting of Niagara Falls. In 1925, a Niagara Falls reporter wrote: "The scene was one of almost incredible grandeur. The falls almost seemed to glow into life under the artistry of the directors of the giant searchlights." [Gall…

For Elon Musk, the hard work is just beginning now that Tesla Motors has gobbled up SolarCity. Musk succeeded in getting shareholders to buy into his vision that the $2.1 billion merger was a linchpin in his vision of turning Tesla into a renewable energy powerhouse, offering solar panels, electric vehicles and the batteries that each uses. The question now facing Mu…

LOCKPORT - A Wilson man pleaded not guilty Friday to a 10-count indictment accusing him of a hate crime for allegedly using racial slurs during an assault on an African-American man. The indictment accuses Gary R. Bell II, 32, of Hamilton Avenue, of assaulting Cornell Ford, 39, of Niagara Falls, with a rock or brick, a tree branch and his feet in Bell's kitchen at a…

Local artist Matthew Crane has always sought to be standup guy. A freelance painter, Crane has stood up for organized labor, and even met his wife, Megan, at a Labor Day parade. And while many of his peers headed off to college from high school 14 years ago, Crane stood up for his country by joining the Navy, shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. On Sunday, he wi…

A former sheriff’s deputy who had been accused of smuggling opiates to inmates in the Erie County Holding Center pleaded guilty this week to one misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Adam Fiegl, 32, of Orchard Park entered his plea before Erie County Judge David Foley. In exchange, the judge dismissed felony counts of accepting a bribe an…

Gibraltar Industries plans to close five facilities and eliminate 250 jobs as the Hamburg-based manufacturer drops its Alabama-based bar grating product line and stops selling residential solar racking systems in Europe. The job cuts, expected to take place within the next four months, are part of Gibraltar's efforts to put more of its capital into its most profitable a…

A group of faculty at Canisius College want the institution to increase focus on justice and diversity issues and the college become a "sanctuary campus" in the wake of several racial incidents. Canisius faculty also want the college administration to create a "director of equity and inclusion" after recent incidents, faculty members wrote in a letter addressed to the c…

It takes a whole school to celebrate being a national Blue Ribbon School, and the school turned out Thursday afternoon when state Assemblyman Michael Kearns, D-Buffalo, presented the award to Orchard Park High School Principal Jonathan Wolf. Juniors and seniors were in the auditorium, and the rest of the students who could not fit in the auditorium watched the assembly …

A man's body was pulled from the water in the Union Ship Canal, according to Buffalo police spokesman. The department's Underwater Recovery Team recovered the body at about 10:30 a.m., spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said. No further details were immediately available. …

A Gowanda man with a previous drunken driving conviction and wanted on a warrant for driving while intoxicated was charged Thursday with felony DWI after authorities found his vehicle in a ditch in North Collins. Erie County Sheriff's deputies charged Jeremiah Bednarek, 35, after they responded to New Oregon Road at about 6 p.m., the sheriff's office said. Bedna…

1) Kerfuffle Before Christmas, 5 p.m. doors Dec. 2 in KeyBank Center. Ticket prices range from $25 to $45 and can be purchased here. Commentary: The biannual Kerfuffle series returns, courtesy of Alternative Buffalo 107.7 FM, with a six-band bill of that station's favorites, including Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness, Judah & the Lion, Atlas Genius, Capital Cities,…

The federal indictment of Louis P. Ciminelli and two of his top deputies is sure to affect the 56-year-old construction company he leads. The question is how much. Supporters say LPCiminelli is much bigger than three executives, with a deep cadre of leaders to carry on. State, county and city officials say it’s not barred from seeking government work, and the company …

LOCKPORT - Alessi Leather Corp., which manufactures leather gun holsters, has been approved for a low-cost hydropower allocation by a Niagara County board as it moves from Buffalo to Wheatfield. The County Legislature is to vote Dec. 13 on the 75-kilowatt allocation to the company, which will bring seven jobs to the former Niagara Gun Range, 3355 Niagara Falls Blvd. …

LOCKPORT - A Buffalo man was sentenced Friday to 65 years to life in prison for killing one man and seriously wounding another in a shooting that grew out of a fistfight in a North Tonawanda parking lot. Dominick Cruz, 40, of Amherst Street, was convicted Oct. 13 of second-degree murder in the killing of Mark D. Sternin Jr., 25, of the City of Tonawanda, and atte…

The final Coats for Kids distribution of the year will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 East Ferry St. Any family who needs winter coats may receive one coat per person. In order to obtain a coat, individuals must show their benefits card. Colvin Cleaners has distributed more than 75,000 winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves …

NIAGARA FALLS – A man being pursued by police who was wanted on a warrant for robbery jumped out of a second-story window early Thursday trying to evade capture, according to a city police report. Tywaun L. Barnes, 35, was spotted by an officer driving by as he was walking on the 1900 block of Pine Avenue at about 1:40 a.m. Barnes turned onto 20th Street and began to …