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ALBANY – On the eve of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the Buffalo area, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Monday urged New Yorkers to demand an explanation about Republican proposals to eliminate a major federal tax deduction used by millions of state residents. “When Vice President Pence arrives in Buffalo I hope he’s prepared to explain why he…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin, born on this date in 1930, “Don’t trust a brilliant idea unless it survives the hangover.” . . . LICKIN’ GOOD – St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, will host a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $10, drive-through only. Call 297-6421…

Classes have been canceled on Tuesday in Clemens Hall on the University at Buffalo's North Campus due to flooding caused by a broken valve in a water line, the university has announced. Floors one through four of the building will be closed as well, while floors five through eight will be open Tuesday and have water access. The upper floors were unaffected by the flo…

A proposed increase of 12 percent in West Seneca's property taxes didn't sit well Monday night with a capacity crowd of more than 150 residents that filled Council Chambers. With a line of at least 60 residents standing in line outside Town Hall waiting to get in, the Town Board got an earful from residents upset about the tentative 2018 town budget of $40.2 million. …

A member of the Niagara Falls Water Board said Monday that the board is sorry for the black, smelly sewer discharges that have fouled the Niagara River — and the city's image. But without a massive investment in new infrastructure, the overflows can't be stopped and will continue for years. That was the message from Nicholas J. Forster, the City Council's appoint…

All Andrew Franz, his fellow teachers and the students at Hamlin Park School 74 knew was there would be an assembly Monday afternoon with some invited guests. As the dignitaries spoke, one introducing the next, it became clear something special was afoot. The drama built when a representative from the Milken Family Foundation said she had come from California to hono…

Aaron Hicks became the latest Schuele Boys member to face prison time when a jury found him guilty last week of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. The verdict came just weeks after another jury found Schuele Boys member Roderick Arrington guilty of murder. Investigated by the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force, Hicks was accused of taking part in the street gang's drug o…

Jerrod T. Robinson, who drove the getaway car after the Feb. 4 gunpoint robbery of a man in a Town of Lockport apartment, will spend five years on probation and 20 days in the Niagara County work program for his guilty plea to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree robbery. Robinson, 23, of Sweetwood Drive, Town of Lockport, was sentenced Monday by County Judge M…

Christopher A. Penwright, who raped a woman while she was unconscious from drinking and using drugs at a party, was sentenced Monday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to four years in state prison and 10 years of post-release supervision. Penwright, 23, of Gardenwood Drive, Town of Lockport, didn't wait to be indicted by a grand jury before pleading guilty A…

Bolstered by a favorable court decision last week, supporters of the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center are continuing their fight to prevent a shutdown of the West Seneca facility. Members of the Save Our Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center Coalition are "pleased and gratified" with the decision rendered Wednesday by State Supreme Court Judge Cat…

A 29-year-old Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter a week before jury selection in his murder trial was to begin, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Monday. Raquise Bryant of Buffalo faces a maximum of 25 years in prison when sentenced by Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio on Nov. 29. Bryan fatally stabbed 29-year-old Raheem…

The encounter, brief and unforgettable, returned to Shannon Davis as soon as she read the news reports. She is an Atlanta photographer, born in Buffalo, who's been working for two years on a photo essay about her hometown. Her focus is capturing the lives of everyday people in the city's Old First Ward. Three months ago, in July, Buffalo Police Officer Sean Zoll agreed …

ALBANY – Many supporters of the state referendum to convene a constitutional convention are citing as reason the possibilities to diminish incumbent-friendly campaign finance laws, enact term limits and end gerrymandered districts. Other advocates are pressing a much different reason to vote yes: legalization of marijuana in New York. Stymied in their efforts to ge…

A Medina man was killed in a Saturday night motorcycle crash on Main Street in Shelby, State Police announced Monday. Brian J. McKee II, 28, died when he lost control of his eastbound 2014 Yamaha motorcycle about 10:15 p.m. The cycle ran off the pavement and struck a concrete block, causing McKee to be ejected. Troopers said McKee was attempting to enter a driveway at 1…