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ALBANY – To listen to top state officials, Washington is poised to hammer the finances of New York State government. Notwithstanding President Trump’s decision to halt the vote to replace the Affordable Care Act, which had billions of dollars at stake for New York, other proposals in the Washington pipeline would reduce federal money for public education, and cut bl…

Norman R. Hameister took his uncle's advice and enlisted in the Navy, rather than face the likelihood of the Army drafting him into World War II. His Uncle Charlie knew all about the Army and marching into harm's way. He had served in the  killing fields of World War I. "I had about two years of high school at Hutch Tech and quit to join the Navy at 17. My uncle sig…

When Father Joseph F. Moreno Jr., was found shot to death in October 2012, Buffalo police and other authorities declared his death a suicide. Investigators, after an autopsy, said they believed the 54-year-old priest killed himself with a handgun that was found by his side in the rectory of St. Lawrence Church. Members of the priest’s family never accepted that findin…

Even now, after years of penetrating their armor and finding her way into the dark secrets of refugees, Kim Griswold finds herself taken aback by their stories of trauma and torture. “What people do to each other,” she says. “It’s hard to wrap your head around.” For three years, the Buffalo physician has sat with refugees from some of the worst war-torn reg…

An 11,000-year-old mastodon can't walk into the offices of a radiology group and ask for a CT scan to see what's ailing it. But a retired curator from the Buffalo Museum of Science studying a set of mastodon bones thought running them through a CT scanner would help him understand what caused some of their unusual features. The diagnostic equipment at Great Lakes Me…

It's been quieter this year in the lead-up to New York State English language arts assessments, which begin this week. It seems the lines have not moved much since more than 200,000 students around the state refused to take the standardized test last year. "Opting out" started in spring 2012, when small numbers of children in school districts in pockets around the state…

A Decker Street man is accused of harassing a woman and hurling bricks at her car Saturday morning. Mark E. McCarthy, 33, was charged with felony third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment. He was arrested by Buffalo police at Delaware Avenue and Nottingham Terrace about 10 a.m. Police said the suspect forced his way into the victim's car at a gas s…

A Condon Avenue man is accused of drunken driving after veering onto the sidewalk and nearly striking a parked car in the 2100 block of Niagara Street about 9:45 p.m. Friday, Buffalo police said. Sai Thi Ha, 40, posted a blood-alcohol level of 0.20 percent, more than twice that state's legal limit, police said. A a bottle of vodka was found in his car, police added. …

Two men  are facing drug charges after Buffalo police spotted them sharing a bottle of cognac in the 1100 block of East Ferry Street late Friday. Jordan Williams, 20, of Buffalo and Trevon Howard, 18, of Lackawanna  were charged with felony fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana. Both remained in cu…

A Curtis Street man arrested late Friday is accused of stabbing a neighbor in the back. Tyrone Sanger, 43, is charged with felony assault. He was arrested about 9:50 p.m. in the third block of Curtis, Buffalo police said. The condition of the victim, a man who  was taken by ambulance to the Erie County Medical Center, is unknown.  Sanger remained in custody at the …

ELLICOTTVILLE  -  A Bolivar man who failed to signal a turn on Hughey Alley about 9:25 a.m. Saturday has been charged with felony driving while intoxicated, State Police said James J. Jurbala, 49, posted  a blood-alcohol level of 0.31 percent, nearly four times higher than the state's legal limit. He also was charged with felony aggravated driving while intoxicated a…

NIAGARA FALLS - Police lodged several charges against a man driving slowly and who slammed on his brakes when a police officer signaled he wanted to pass. Niagara Falls Police Lt. Jay Fisher said the incident occurred on Hyde Park Boulevard just after 5 p.m. Friday. Malique L. Page-Rogers, 25, of Whitney Avenue was charged with unlicensed operation, failure to keep rig…

TOWN OF LOCKPORT - An arrest warrant has been issued for a man who posed as a police officer and broke into a Tonawanda Creek Road home Wednesday, terrorizing a resident, Niagara County Sheriff's deputies said. The victim told deputies he was in his bedroom with the door locked about 8 a.m. when he heard a loud pounding, followed by the sounds of two men entering the ho…