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If you want the secret, maybe it was the shoes. Officer Patrick McDonald does not wear your grandfather's thick-soled leather police shoes. He wears jet black, uniform-matching, department-approved black Under Armour sneakers, which allow him to be nimble in any number of split-second on-the-job situations. Let's say, for instance, he was playing wide receiver in a game…

Legally speaking, Ross M. Cellino Jr. did not turn the other cheek Wednesday. Cellino filed court papers accusing his estranged law partner Stephen E. Barnes of creating a "toxic environment" in the Cellino & Barnes law firm that Cellino now wants dissolved. Cellino called Barnes "a bully." He said Barnes created a "venomous culture" in the firm through threat…

WASHINGTON — President Trump has a message for down-on-their-luck blue-collar workers all across upstate New York: Move. And don't look back on the house you left behind. In a Wall Street Journal interview published Wednesday, the president said that people in New York and some other states are going to have to move to states such as Wisconsin, Iowa and Colorado…

Reddy Bike is offering a promotion through the rest of the biking season, which ends in November. Memberships are half price. The special is in honor of the bikes' one-year anniversary. Online at reddybikeshare.socialbicycles.com, use the promo code BUFFALOBYBIKE2017, and you will receive a 50 percent discount. Portland, Ore., is also celebrating a one-year anni…

WASHINGTON — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Wednesday made a rare appearance in the U.S. Capitol to meet with fellow Democrats in the New York congressional delegation, pressing lawmakers to continue to fight Republican health care legislation while pushing for increased infrastructure investment. Cuomo met for nearly an hour with congressional Democrats in a Capitol conference…

The changing face of retail has cost Western New York thousands of jobs in recent years. Now, those same retail changes are bringing some jobs back. Brick-and-mortar retailers have closed more than 50 stores in the Buffalo Niagara market since last year, taking a slew of retail jobs with them. But other jobs are beginning to surface as a result of the consumer preferen…

Lake Shore Bancorp surpassed $500 million in assets for the first time in its history, which dates to 1891. The Dunkirk-based holding company for Lake Shore Savings Bank reported total assets of about $505 million as of the end of its second quarter. The bank crossed the threshold mainly because of an 11.5 percent increase in loans receivable, or the amount owed to…

On first glance, you might think one game looks like soccer, and the other hybrid lacrosse. Look again. You'll see those "soccer" players bouncing the ball, and the players holding sticks are also catching the ball in their hands. About 2,000 young athletes from 250 teams will be playing the fast-paced games of Gaelic football and hurling during an international tour…

A City of Lockport man accepted a plea offer Wednesday in connection with a Feb. 4 home invasion in which a Town of Lockport man was robbed at gunpoint in his Lincoln Avenue apartment. Markevious K. Davis, 23, of South Street, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree robbery and faces up to seven years in prison when sentenced Sept. 13 by Niagara Co…

A girl was injured in a two-car crash Wednesday morning in the village of Silver Creek, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said. The incident took place at about 10:20 a.m. at Central Avenue and Hanover Street. The driver of one of the vehicles, Robert Fisk, 87, of Silver Creek, was issued a ticket for failure to yield the right of way. He was scheduled to appear…

Fido might love taking a dip or a sip from ponds, lakes or streams. But, if they're tainted with hazardous blue-green algae, it could be deadly. That's why New York Sea Grant and the State Parks system collaborated to issue a fact sheet and a brochure to help dog owners educate themselves about the dangers of harmful algal blooms. "Dogs can be particularly susce…

The Western New York Integrated Care Collaborative has been awarded a 30-month, $342,000 grant from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York to form an integrated care network of community-based organizations and Area Agencies on Aging in Western New York. The collaborative is made up of member community-based organizations and aging agencies that provide …

Sentient Science, a Buffalo industrial equipment monitoring company, has raised $22.5 million in new funding from a Toronto venture capital firm. The funding from Georgian Partners will help Sentient Science expand its workforce by about 70 people and also expand its presence in the wind energy industry, where the company's materials science-based software is used to pr…

The eyesore that for a decade tainted a busy intersection in Cheektowaga is finally being torn down, said Diane Benczkowski, the supervisor. Demolition began Tuesday at the vacant Garden Village Plaza on the southeast corner of Union and French roads, the supervisor said. "I promised the revitalization of this plaza would be one of my top priorities and after cou…

A nonprofit health insurer for those eligible for Medicaid, Child Health Plus (CHP), Essential Plan, and other government-sponsored programs will host a pop-up event focused on summer safety Thursday at its downtown office. The free event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at YourCare Health Plan, 446 Main St., near Lafayette Square. Community organizations that w…

David Menzies made a living preparing tax returns. On the side, he also bought and sold information about phony dependents. Menzies, a 51-year old tax preparer from Floral Park, served hundreds of clients in Western New York and, over a five-year period, filed fraudulent tax returns that claimed false dependents and resulted in refunds his clients were not entitled to. …