The cellphones we handle countless times a day to make calls, check social media and surf the Internet are also good at something else: carrying germs. That’s turned into a potential problem in hospitals and other health-care settings where doctors, nurses, other staff and the public come into contact with patients at risk of infection from bacteria and viruses broug…

LOCKPORT – Niagara County's total number of confirmed Legionnaires' Disease cases this year is up to 37, but the county public health director said Friday that could be attributable to more testing for the disease. Daniel J. Stapleton said 25 of the 37 cases are in the City or Town of Lockport, with the number of confirmed fatalities at two. Niagara County had onl…

By Dan Clark NEWS ALBANY BUREAU The Cato Institute recently issued fiscal policy report cards to America’s governors, and the libertarian think tank gave Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo a "B" for his "impressive tax cutting." But Cato also warned New York state’s spending is rising briskly. Since then Cuomo has boasted about the state’s restrained spending since he took offi…

Two city cab drivers were robbed at gunpoint in separate incidents 12 hours apart over the weekend, they told Buffalo police. In the first incident, a driver for Cold Spring Cab said he picked up a fare at Bailey and Navel avenues on the city's far East Side. When the driver arrived at 5:20 p.m. Saturday, the fare got in the back seat of the cab, pulled out a large, si…

George Watts graduated from Fosdick-Masten Park High School in 1941 and quickly discovered that job opportunities for a young black man were limited and paid very poorly. His entry into the workforce began at a women's dress shop  in downtown Buffalo as a stock boy, porter and whatever else the boss required of him.  And though the work could be demeaning, Webb says h…

University at Buffalo professor Victor A. Doyno already was one of the foremost authorities on Mark Twain when he was thrown into the literary world’s spotlight in the 1990s. That was when the missing first half of Twain’s manuscript for "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was discovered in an attic in Los Angeles. For Doyno, the news was earthshaking. "My mouth got…

The art deco train palace opened in 1929, built by esteemed railroad architects Alfred Fellheimer and Steward Wagner, who designed New York Grand Central Station and Cincinnati Union Terminal. With much of the structure in ruins, a Toronto developer faces a daunting challenge in redeveloping it. Here's what it looks like today. To view the gallery, please click here.…

ALBANY – In the historic halls of the Capitol, governors and lawmakers have long insisted that words like “trade” and “linked” are not part of their vocabulary and that each policy matter stands on its own. Everyone, of course, knows better. These days, because it’s December and time is of the essence, the current linkage rage is focused on two things: h…

An off-road trip through a crop field in the Town of Ellington landed a driver in trouble Saturday when the teen was unable to flee the scene because the vehicle got stuck. When State Police arrived, they were able to interview not only the land owner and witnesses, but the driver, as well. Police said the teen did about $1,500 worth of damage to crops and that the incid…

Christie Brooks spent 10 hours on Thanksgiving Day – which was also her 35th birthday – working at her regular job at a Rochester Wal-Mart store. According to her family, she finished work at midnight, came home and quickly went to bed, knowing she had to be back at Wal-Mart at 6:30 a.m. for Black Friday. But Brooks never made it to work on Black Friday. She and her…

YOUNGSTOWN – Youngstown’s Christmas in the Village will unfold from  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Featured are  free horse and carriage rides, music, gift ideas, cookie decorating and crafts  and a chance to visit with Santa Claus. “This is a really nice event and it brings families together to share the joy of Christmas,” said Youngstown  Village…

NIAGARA FALLS – The Lewiston Choraleers will perform at 2 p.m. today, Dec. 4, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 140 Rainbow Blvd., Niagara Falls, and 2 p.m. on Dec. 10 at St. John de LaSalle Catholic Church, 8477 Buffalo Ave. The group also will give a concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 11 in Messiah Lutheran Church, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston. The family-friendly program, entitled …

TUSCARORA NATION — Jay Clause is well-known on the Tuscarora Nation for many reasons. He served in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division. He was a fearless ironworker until he was forced into retirement in 1989 by injuries. He and his wife of 56 years, Teresa, have taught generation of Tuscaroras about their nation’s history. But there was another, more anon…

A Mexican citizen who was deported from the United States in 2011, then  arrested on the Lewiston-Queenston  Bridge while trying to enter Canada, has been charged in federal court with illegal re-entry. Jose Guerreo Garcia, 28,  will remain in custody pending a  trial on the charge. If convicted he faces a federal prison term and  deportation proceedings. Garci…

LOCKPORT - Michelle Ann Kratts, author of a new book called "Niagara Falls in World War II," will discuss the city's role in the war effort in a free talk at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Niagara History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. Kratts, a local historian and librarian at the Lewiston Public Library, will talk about how the Bell Aircraft plant turned out 30,000 planes …