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The Buffalo School Board is now in the spotlight, with today's start of an unprecedented hearing to have Carl P. Paladino removed from his seat garnering interest across the state and nation. http://buffalonews.com/2017/06/22/live-coverage-hearing-move-kick-carl-paladino-off-buffalo-school-board/ It is what some call a first of its kind hearing during which the …

The University at Buffalo wants to add a doctoral degree program in social work. The State University of New York board of trustees this week gave UB the green light for the new program, which would be offered entirely online. The university still needs approval from the state Board of Regents before it can offer the program. But if that approval goes through, it wou…

A Buffalo woman is accused of starting an apartment fire earlier this week by lighting a comforter and a couch on fire, according to police. Shantel Evans, 35, faces charges of second-degree arson and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment in connection with Monday morning's fire at 35 Emerson Place. She was arrested Monday, police said. According to inves…

Protesters have dogged Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino ever since his racist comments about then-President Barack Obama and his wife were published in December. But Thursday morning, when State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia commenced an unprecedented hearing in Albany to determine if Paladino should be kicked off the School Board, there were no protest…

A Williamsville warehouse that functioned as a brewery until the 1890s could begin producing cold beers once again. The building at 34 W. Spring St. is being eyed by village officials as the future home of a microbrewery, as well as a food cooperative, artisan market and artists' studio and gallery space. The village is seeking a $10 million grant through the state's…

Buffalo police have identified the man fatally shot earlier this month in South Buffalo as Calvin Williams, 25, of Buffalo. Williams, the city's 26th homicide victim of the year, was shot at about 11:45 p.m. June 12 on the 100 block of Pries Avenue. Pries runs between South Park Avenue and Hopkins Street, several blocks north of Tifft Street. No one has been charged …

A lengthy process meant to guide future growth and redevelopment in Amherst may reach a critical point at a special Planning Board meeting on Thursday, June 22. Board members will review proposed amendments to the town's comprehensive plan during a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at Amherst Town Hall, 5583 Main St., Williamsville. The amendments were …

Hundreds of Sisters of Mercy are expected to lead a walk of prayers to Canalside Friday, where they will advocate for water rights and protection of the Great Lakes. The "Walk for Water" is spurred by the United States' recent withdrawal from the global climate agreement struck in Paris in late 2015. "The U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement and all threa…

Dunn Tire has received the final approvals the company needs for its new store planned for Sheridan Drive in Amherst. The town Planning Board last week approved the site plan for the store at 3424 Sheridan, just east of Sweet Home Road, which will take over space that now houses Color-Tech Photo Lab. And the town Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday approved a variance al…

A pedestrian was killed early Thursday morning after being struck by a vehicle on Broadway, according to WKBW and WGRZ. Lancaster police have not released any information, but the television stations reported the pedestrian was hit on Broadway between Pavement and Schwartz roads. WKBW reported the person was hit at about 12:30 a.m., while WGRZ reported the incident h…

Hamburg Central maintenance and clerical workers and the school district have agreed to contracts with annual pay increases of 2.5 percent. The three-year pact with the 57-member Local 200, Service Employees International Union, which represents maintenance workers, also addresses the use of personal time and vacation scheduling. It provides two additional days of berea…

A hearing to determine if Carl P. Paladino will be removed from the Buffalo School Board is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. today in Albany. [See photos from the hearing.] Buffalo News education reporter Tiffany Lankes, who will be one of only 15 to 20 spectators in the unprecedented hearing before state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, will be covering the event …

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy's landscape work between the Marcy Casino and Rose Garden has relocated parking for people with disabilities and limited vehicle access to the park. “We are proud of this beautiful restoration, and as your Olmsted parks are on the National Register of Historic Places, we ask that the public be patient and respectful of our hard wo…

WASHINGTON – A lawyer, a teacher who just moved to the state, a guy who sells running shoes and a Klingon dressed up as Mark Twain walked into a Southern Tier congressional race, and … it's no joke. The lawyer, Eddie Sundquist, 28, of Jamestown, Wednesday became the fourth candidate to announce that he's seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Rep. Tom Reed, …

OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite lyric from songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson, born on this date in 1936, “Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.” . . . TEMPUS FUGIT – Friday is the deadline for reservations for the Northtown Christian Women’s Connection Dessert Buffet Social, which will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in Christ United Methodist …