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By RORY SMITH and SEWELL CHAN MANCHESTER, England – An explosion that may have been a suicide bombing killed at least 19 people Monday night and wounded dozens at an Ariana Grande concert filled with adoring adolescent fans in what police were treating as a terrorist attack. Panic and mayhem seized the crowd at the Manchester Arena as the blast reverberated through…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actress and author Joan Collins, born on this date in 1933, “The problem with beauty is that it’s like being born rich and getting poorer.” . . . LEG UP – “Arthritis and Degenerative Disorders of the Knee and Hip” is the topic as the Town Hamburg Senior Services holds the final session in its series for adult learners 55 and older a…

Two Hamburg town councilmen are in favor of putting a freeze on the proposed $30 million public/private ice rink project. The Buffalo News reported Sunday that the Erie County District Attorney's Office is investigating an allegation of a bribe in connection with the project. The councilmen, speaking to a town council chambers filled with residents Monday night, said…

A Buffalo man was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison for his conviction on a heroin possession and distribution charge in U.S. District Court, officials said. Steven Martinez, 51,  was one of five people convicted in the case, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Another man, Jeffrey Coleman, 47, was convicted earlier this month on the same charge as Martine…

A Cattaraugus County man was sentenced on Monday to an indeterminate term of 5 to 15 years in state prison for his conviction in a fatal crash a year ago in Red House, according to the Cattaraugus County District Attorney's Office. Cyrus N. Spruce, 20, of Little Valley, had been convicted of second-degree manslaughter and first-degree assault for his role in the fatal c…

Don't get used to all that open space at Canalside. After mostly incremental changes, bigger projects are planned to make Canalside into the vibrant, historically themed downtown waterfront envisioned a decade ago. That plan called for buildings with residences, restaurants, shops and bars along cobblestone streets. "Ultimately, most of the green space that you see a…

The newest project headed for the downtown area isn't office space, retail or apartments. It's a high school. Buffalo Public Schools will publicly air proposals for a second Emerson School of Hospitality during a special meeting on Wednesday. The success of Emerson on West Chippewa Street - known publicly for its popular student-run restaurant - prompted the schoo…

WASHINGTON – Buffalo-area political consultant Michael R. Caputo wants to testify publicly before a House committee that asked to interview him privately about his involvement in the Donald Trump campaign and Russian interference in last year's presidential election. A source told The Buffalo News on Monday that Caputo wants to appear in public before the House Intell…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced funding to expand or enhance hiking trails at three locations in Western New York. The trails are at: Whirlpool and Devil's Hole State Park, where $450,000 will pay for continuing rehabilitation efforts at trail stairways to the Niagara Gorge; Niagara Falls to Artpark state parks, which will get $50,000 for the design and…

Niagara Falls City Judge Robert P. Merino seems to think it was unfair for Seneca Niagara Casino to deny a $1,400 jackpot to a Canadian woman last month. She was instead charged with trespassing, and that's why she appeared before him on Monday. Pasqua DiGianni about two years earlier voluntarily barred herself from the casino, and that's why the casino denied her the s…

The former Gilda's Club of Western New York has a new owner: Canisius High School. The Jesuit school will transform the mansion into a fine and performing arts center. Its first floor will have an art gallery and special event venue. It is also developing plans for a music rehearsal space, individual practice space, a recording studio and classrooms devoted to archite…

A young person fell or jumped from a second-story window at a Lockport school and was transported by Mercy Flight to a hospital in Buffalo, City of Lockport Police Chief Michael F. Niethe confirmed on Monday. Lockport City School District officials issued a statement Monday afternoon stating that Emmet Belknap Intermediate School had "activated a hold-in place as a resu…

The University at Buffalo's chief fundraiser will step down in July. UB President Satish K. Tripathi announced the departure of Nancy Wells, who spent five years as vice president of philanthropy and alumni engagement. University officials credited Wells with strengthening UB’s fundraising and alumni outreach efforts by implementing major organizational changes in …

A Cheektowaga man has pleaded guilty to attempting to possess child pornography, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Monday. Andrew Reiner, 29, communicated with a 15-year-old girl using cellphone applications known as Kik and Skout starting last June. After learning the girl's age, authorities said, Reiner texted her messages "of a sexual nature in order to entice her into…

Authorities are looking for information on the whereabouts of a 14-year-old Niagara Falls boy. Jameir Jordan was last seen May 7, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Jameir is black, 6-feet tall and weighs 120 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone who may have information should call 911, Niagara Falls Police at 716-28…