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The Delaware Avenue nursing home where an 82-year-old woman suffered fatal injuries in a beating last year has been fined $10,000 by the New York State Health Department. Ruth Murray was a resident of Emerald South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 1175 Delaware Ave. near West Ferry Street, in Buffalo. On the morning of Aug. 26, she mistakenly wandered into a man’s r…

And the award for the healthiest housing market in New York state goes to...... Lackawanna? No, it's not another example of envelope confusion, although some might argue that financial technology company SmartAsset could be moonlighting in La La Land. The company, in its third-annual Healthiest Housing Markets Study, reported that the Southtowns city ranked No. 1 in …

A historic grain elevator in the city’s Valley neighborhood, just south of Larkinville and the Niagara Thruway, is getting a new lease on life, thanks to an architectural firm. The city Planning Board on Monday approved a $1.8 million proposal by Young + Wright Architectural to convert the former Kreiner Malting Grain Elevator at 50 Elk St. into its new offices. T…

A strong storm system will blow away near record-high temperatures and bring winter back to the Buffalo Niagara region today. Wind gusts of 60 mph or more are expected this evening, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service issued a high wind warning through 7 a.m. Thursday for Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming and Chautauqua counties. …

Leah R. Landman, a Buffalo woman who stole a debit card from a parked car outside a Niagara Falls health club and went on a shopping spree, was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months to three years in state prison. But State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski ordered that the sentence be served simultaneously with a one- to three-year prison term Landman started in Octo…

Shortly after a fire severely damaged St. Patrick's Church in Lackawanna, Father Nelson Baker dreamed of replacing it with a grander building dedicated to Our Lady of Victory. The Basilica construction began in 1921 and was finished by Christmas of 1925. Take a look inside one of Western New York's most beautiful churches.

There are openings for two members on the Tonawanda City School District's Board of Education. The election for school board seats and the budget vote will be held on May 16. Terms are for three-years and elected members will served from from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020. Board member application packets are available in the Tonawanda City School District Board of E…

The Erie County District Attorney's Office has received permission to appeal an appellate court's reversal of Matthew W. Kuzdzal's murder conviction. Prosecutors now are waiting to hear when their appeal will be scheduled and heard, a process that could take several months. The Kuzdzal case was back in State Supreme Court court Wednesday for an update on the status of t…

Groundwater at the former Trico windshield wiper factory on Washington Street is contaminated with various chemicals. There are PCBs and metals such as arsenic, mercury and barium in the soil. And various metals also contaminate standing water in a basement at the 617,000-square-foot complex, which includes five connected buildings. Those problems and others are p…

It wasn't the attention that killed the owl. Nor a predator. Nor toxins near Scajaquada Creek. Most likely, it was rat poison. The 2-year-old female Great Horned Owl found dead last month under its perch at Forest Lawn appears to have been poisoned by its prey. Preliminary results from wildlife pathologists determined the owl's likely cause of death was from…

WASHINGTON – The people calling in bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers in Buffalo and across the country will lose their cloak of anonymity if Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer gets his way. The New York Democrat on Wednesday asked the Federal Communications Commission to grant a waiver to the nation's Jewish Community Centers and others that have been ta…

A Buffalo man was fatally shot early Wednesday morning in front of his home on Pershing Avenue, near Best Street. Police said the shooting took place just before 4 a.m. Police identified the victim as a 39-year-old Buffalo man. He was declared dead at the scene. Relatives gathered outside of the house said his name was James Smith but declined to talk to a reporter.…

Skateboarders, inline skaters and BMX bike riders by late summer should get to flip and grind and roll around Amherst's first skate park. The new skate park near the University at Buffalo North Campus will offer unlimited fun. But it's also a place to keep alive the memory of Alix Rice, the teenager killed by a drunk driver in July 2011. "It's just been a lot of w…

Mercy Hospital Foundation received a grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation to combat heart disease in one of Buffalo’s poorest neighborhoods. The first-time grant, for $165,770, will fund the hospital’s Heart Smart for Life program, which focuses on improving the underlying causes of heart disease for high-risk patients served by the hospital’s Mercy Co…

The federal government has approved the multiple myeloma drug lenalidomide for a new group of patients, and Dr. Philip McCarthy of Roswell Park Cancer Institute was at the heart of the work. The latest approval for the drug, commonly known as Revlimid, would be for use as continuing or "maintenance" therapy for patients following blood and marrow transplants. The drug …