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Travelers who want to use Lyft to get a ride to or from the Buffalo airport will apparently have to call a cab. Or an Uber. Lyft says it won't offer passengers rides to Buffalo Niagara International Airport after the airport operator enacted fees for ride-hailing services that will see riders paying an additional $3.50 per ride to or from airport property. "While we …

A Lockport lawyer accused of stealing more than $63,000 from the proceeds of a real estate sale told an investigator that he spent the money on his 26-year-old son's dental work. "It went in my kid's mouth," Edward R. Thiel told Investigator William Thomson of the Niagara County District Attorney's Office, according to court papers. Thomson interviewed Thiel at Thie…

Buffalo Teachers Federation President Philip Rumore is expected to testify during today's continuation of the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from his elected position on the Buffalo School Board. Rumore will follow a brutal interrogation of School Board President Barbara Nevergold on Monday at the hearing in Albany, during which Paladino's team of attorneys covered …

Philip Wilcox, a local labor leader who has been actively involved with energy issues for many years, has been named to the state Public Service Commission. Wilcox, a business representative for Local 97 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union, was confirmed this week by the state Senate. He is the only Western New Yorker on the commission and the f…

Ravinder K. Bansal is a man on a mission. The Clarence man is about to fly a single-engine plane solo around the world to raise $750,000 for a hospital in his hometown in Ambala, India. The goal of the 19,878-mile trip - scheduled to begin July 4 from Buffalo Niagara International Airport - is to purchase an MRI machine for the hospital. Bansal decided to try to h…

Uber and Lyft will make their long-awaited entrance into Western New York on Thursday and when they do, they're going to need drivers. The ride-hailing services, which use apps to connect drivers with customers looking for a ride, have already received thousands of applications from would-be drivers across the state. But there's plenty to know before you hop in the c…

By now, the sprawling solar panel factory in South Buffalo was supposed to be buzzing with activity. If everything had gone according to the original plan, hundreds of factory workers would be working at the Tesla Inc. factory. Instead, on a recent weekday afternoon, only about 50 vehicles were in the factory's parking lot, which has spaces for 500, and just a couple…

Independent Health has started a new company to help a group of primary care physicians make the transition as health care reimbursement makes a dramatic change to what's known as value-based payments. Value-based care ties payments to quality, efficiency and effectiveness, such as reducing hospital readmissions, tracking performance and improving preventative care. Tha…

Drawings of what Hamburg's west end and Lake Street corridor could look like will be on display Tuesday, June 27. An open house will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department, 301 Union St. Billed as "Underutilized Sites Strategy," the initiative is to create opportunities for repurposing and redeveloping underutilized Hamburg …

Plans for the historic restoration and adaptive reuse of the old Schoellkopf ice house are on hold amid concerns about the structural integrity of parts of the historic building in Buffalo's Valley neighborhood. Businessman Jon Williams wants to redevelop the entire 21.7-acre industrial site at the corner of Elk and Lee streets, near the Buffalo River, into residential,…

One of the many tragic parts of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in late 2012 is that several of the 26 victims bled to death before emergency medical crews could get to them. It’s why a group of first responders and trauma care medical specialists, called the Hartford Consensus, recommended a federal effort to train the general public about how to help slow sev…

  Former WGRZ-TV weekend anchor Erika Brason is pedaling into a new career by opening an indoor cycling and fitness complex in Clarence this year. Brason plans to open Rebel Ride Indoor Cycling & Strength at 6449 Transit Road, just north of Transit Valley Country Club. Brason's business will take up 3,500 square feet in The Abbey. Immersive indoor cyc…

Someone threw a Molotov cocktail through the window of a Buffalo home Friday morning, according to the city fire department. It happened at about 6 a.m. on Edna Place, between Michigan and Masten avenues, just north of Best Street. The incendiary device started a couch on fire. Damage to the home was estimated at about $2,500.

Thunderstorms expected to hit Western New York this afternoon and tonight carry a marginal risk of becoming severe with gusty winds, according to the National Weather Service. The region will face a chance of rain most of Friday, with the likeliest period from about 7 to 9 p.m., the weather service said. The rain will come through ahead of a cold front, though today's h…

The vast former Niagara Machine & Tool Works factory casts a huge shadow on Northland Avenue. Inside its hulking interior, black oil-soaked wood blocks, some buckled into mounds, cover most of the dirt subfloor. Puddles of rainwater collect below gaps in the roof, while broken glass litters the ground. Rusty yellow cranes sit overhead on tracks, their unused hooks d…