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ALBANY – A new industry plans on opening up in the Buffalo area in June, but it’s not coming with some shiny new buildings or even desks, filing cabinets or any manufacturing equipment. Ride hailing, featuring Uber, Lyft and possibly others, is expected to start service June 29 and quickly redesign the way people get around the region. Uber says 5,000 people from…

Early week bike rides, and two 5Ks and fundraising bike ride next weekend, are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. xxx MONDAY Slow Roll Memorial Day Ride: Meet at 5:30 p.m., ride at 6:30, Buffalo Naval Park, Canalside. Roughly 1…

They have become as familiar on America's roads as rumble strips. The roadside memorials create somber landscapes along suburban highways and urban streets. Spontaneous displays dedicated to the memory of a loved one lost through accident or homicide, the memorials often feature stuffed animals, floral bouquets, solar lights, candles and crosses, and personal messages t…

Adam Strug, 30, of Fougeron Street was arrested on Ryan Street off Seneca and Mineral Springs Road late Friday afternoon shortly after allegedly stealing  a car. A Ryan Street woman told officers Strug got into her house in the first block of Ryan through an unlocked window and took her car keys out of a purse. She said as she tried to take her car keys, Strug grabbed …

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is receiving $4.6 million in federal funding for improvements along Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, including breakwater repair and dredging, according to Congressman Brian Higgins, (D-Buffalo). The South Breakwater will undergo $4 million in restoration work, to rebuild the protective armor stone on the lakeside of the structure. The 10,200-f…

NIAGARA FALLS -- Scammers conned a Niagara Street pizzeria employee out of $790 after they told him he needed to pay a fee immediately to avoid having his electrical service shut off. The victim contacted police Friday morning to report that he had received a call from a man claiming to be with National Grid. he said the man demanded immediate payment to avoid a discont…

LITTLE VALLEY -- Jaron Anthony Ball, 21, of Salamanca was sentenced by Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald D. Ploetz last week to a state prison term of two and one-third to seven years for his convictions on disseminating indecent material to minors in the first degree and sexual misconduct. The incidents, including forced sexual intercourse, happened in the Town of Great Val…

BATAVIA -- Two Genesee County men were charged with drug possession after a minor car crash on Alexander Road in Alexander early Thursday night, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office reported Saturday. Darazian "Willie Paul" Williams 23, of Batavia and Chris K. Mukendi, 28, of Le Roy, were both charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.Depu…

Emma Sipos' dad helped lay down a layer of stone for the ground. Logan, Irelin and Madison's grandmother donated $150 for a paver stone with the kids' names on it. Casey and Sydney Fata's parents helped them run a lemonade stand that raised $200. On Saturday, moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas and all the other people who volunteered their time and raised money …

My father told me the story only once, less than two years before he died. He was smoking a cigarette on the sidewalk, by a Dunkirk street where workers from the nearby steel plant flooded past each afternoon. This was more than 30 years ago. My mother was at the kitchen table inside our house, already staggered by the lung cancer that would take her life. That moment r…

A man and a woman were shot during "some type of dispute involving a large group of individuals" early Saturday morning at East Delavan and Jefferson avenues in Buffalo, police reported. The incident was reported just before 1:30 a.m. The victims, whose names were not released, are in their 20s, police said. They were taken to Erie County Medical Center with non-…

A Buffalo woman was charged with driving while intoxicated after her car crashed into a tree on Orchard Park Road at Union Road early Saturday morning, Orchard Park police said. Police were dispatched to investigate a report of a car hitting a tree at about 1:40 a.m. They found a small SUV with heavy front-end damage. Police "determined that the vehicle was traveling at…

Police are searching for the driver of an SUV that struck and killed a 60-year-old man as he was crossing Bailey Avenue at Lang Street at about 6:40 p.m. Friday. Investigators released a photo of the vehicle suspected to have been involved in the fatal hit and run. It was described as a newer model SUV with tinted windows. Police said the SUV "should have heavy front e…

WASHINGTON – To hear country-rock relic Charlie Daniels tell it, it's as if the devil went down to the Senate floor – in the form of Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer. "There's something sinister about seeing you bent over the lectern in the Senate Chamber, your countenance resembling what I would imagine Edgar Allen Poe's would look like reciting one of his…

We can’t accept that this happened. We can’t grasp why, either. We don't know when it’s going to happen next. But we do know it likely will. This is about the May 22 bombing in Manchester, England, that killed 22 people and injured dozens more as a crowd left an Ariana Grande concert. But this is also about the Orlando nightclub massacre. The Boston Marathon…