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At sunrise on a recent morning, several dozen people gathered in an unused unit at Women & Children's Hospital and surveyed the beds, monitors and equipment in five rooms. Cassandra Church, who is overseeing the move in November to the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, checked that someone from every department that need…

Buffalo police identified the body of the man pulled from the Niagara River on Tuesday morning as Tyler Harrington, 48. Harrington, of West Utica Street, had been reported missing and was last seen May 8. His body was recovered near Unity Island. Police have said they did not suspect foul play. Harrington was described as a talented musician and artist by The Buffalo…

Niagara Falls tourism officials customarily say that their city draws 8 million visitors a year, but a new study may show the figure may be larger than that. A consultant estimates  7.3 million Americans visited Niagara Falls last year. Longwoods International is still working on numbers for Canadian and other foreign tourists, said John H. Percy Jr., president of Dest…

The motorcyclist killed Wednesday night ran a stop sign and was ejected from the bike when he collided with an SUV, Buffalo police said Thursday. The crash happened at 7:45 p.m. at the intersection of Roesch and Condon avenues near Riverside Park. Police have not identified the 25-year-old Buffalo motorcyclist, who authorities said died at the scene. He was heading n…

Bail was revoked Thursday morning for a motorist accused of running down and severely injuring three pedestrians on Richmond Avenue in the first hour of the new year. Abdikadir M. Jaffar, 31, has been free on $100,000 bail following his arrest at the scene of the New Year's Eve crash on charges of drunken driving. However, an Erie County grand jury recently indicted Jaf…

Demolition has begun at the site of the $60 million Northland Corridor project, marking the physical start of the transformation of the 35-acre site into a light industrial business hub that will include a state-of-the-art workforce training center. The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. wants to convert 100,000-square-feet of space at 683 Northland Ave. into the new state-…

A Town of Tonawanda woman is accused of stealing about $1,900 in jewelry from a relative's home, according to City of Tonawanda police. Christina M. McConnell, 25, told police she took rings and other pieces of jewelry earlier this month and pawned the items to get money for a "pill addiction," police said. Police said they are attempting to recover the items from a…

Want to get a flavor for a prospective career in medicine or health sciences? The Jacobs Institute on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is accepting reservations from educators for Brain Boot Camp sessions for middle and high school students. It's an opportunity to learn more about strokes, heart attacks and what medical simulators are all about. To learn more and a…

Plenty of practice is going into planning the big move of Women & Children's Hospital to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. There's plenty of cleanup work, too. Like many an old building in Buffalo, the hospital has accumulated years' worth of old paint. Some of it has already begun moving out – for good. The hospital has at least 120 gallons of pain…

At 5:23 p.m. Wednesday, in the middle of the commute to the Southtowns, the Thruway Authority described the situation on the westbound I-90 in a tweet: "Delays exist." For drivers stuck in the bottleneck, that was an understatement. Emergency road repairs on the Thruway triggered a 6-mile traffic backup during the evening commute. The Thruway Authority said no mo…

Hamburg's community playground officially opens following a ribbon cutting ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday. The $500,000 playground, located between Prospect and Highland avenues in the Village of Hamburg, replaces a 25-year-old wooden playground that had come to the end of its natural life. [Photo gallery of building the playground] The new playground includes five sli…

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northtowns will host a kickball fundraiser between teens and community leaders at 6:30 p.m. June 2 in the Kohler Recreation Center, 291 Kohler St., Tonawanda. The deadline to register is Friday, May 26. The fee for city officials and community leaders is $25 to play against City of Tonawanda teens. You can also sponsor a teen for $25. …

Banana Republic fans have about a month left if they want to shop its Walden Galleria store. That location will close at the end of June, the company confirmed Wednesday. "We always evaluate our store fleet to ensure we have the right stores in the right locations to best serve our customers' needs," said Sheikina Liverpool, a spokesperson for Banana Republic. The…

Buffalo has long taken pride in its parks, but a national nonprofit group ranks the Queen City's system as near the middle among cities nationwide. The Trust for Public Land puts Buffalo's parks at No. 58 among the 100 biggest cities in terms of its "ParkScore," which looks at park acreage, public access, investment and amenities, the group said. The organization, wh…

The Memorial Day weekend includes four free community bike rides organized by Slow Roll Buffalo. A "Friday Night Pedal Party" ride leaves at 7 p.m. from Soho Burger Bar, 64 W. Chippewa St. The 13.1-mile ride in honor of Sunday's Buffalo Marathon is slightly faster and longer than a Slow Roll Monday ride. Bicyclists leave at 12:30 p.m. Saturday from the inaugural Tot…

Timothy P. Carter, principal of Niagara-Wheatfield High School, has been chosen as the new superintendent of the Wilson Central School District. The Wilson School Board gave Carter a three-year contract at $145,000 a year, starting July 17. He  replaces Michael S. Wendt, who is retiring as superintendent. Carter began his career as an elementary school teacher in …