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Martial Manyere has an extraordinary tale to tell. He came to Buffalo last summer to seek the help of Vive, a shelter in Buffalo for immigrants seeking asylum in Canada. But with no close relatives in Canada, he learned there was only a slim chance he’d be given asylum. Seeking asylum in the U.S. can take years. People who applied for asylum in January and Februa…

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 Redhouse, 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 cr…

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…

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…

Western New York high school and college students will be among the beneficiaries when the Buffalo branch of the American Association of University Women opens its 63rd Scholarship Book Sale  on May 31 in the Burlington Plaza, 1551 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. More than 150,000 books, DVDs, CDs, games and puzzles will be on sale during the five-day event that ends J…

Hate crime accusations against a Wilson man were dismissed Monday, and he was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in an incident the judge blamed on "consuming copious amounts of malt beverages." State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. granted a one-year conditional discharge to Gary R. Bell II, 32, of Hamilton Avenue, who was indicted on h…

The Buffalo mother arrested Friday night after she took her toddler to a Franklin Street bar says she she won't be taking him out to taverns anymore. "I'll never do it ever again," Anne K. Callan told The Buffalo News on Monday. Callan, 38, was charged with two counts of child endangerment outside the Tudor Lounge, according to a Buffalo police report. According t…

It's "all hands on deck" at the Buffalo office of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, processing emergency repair permits for those whose property along Lake Ontario has been damaged by flooding or erosion this spring. "It was pretty straightforward, I'll give them that," Ben Faery of Wilson said. He said he filled out a one-page form and in two days ha…