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A century ago, the area now known as Larkinville in Buffalo was a densely packed community, with restaurants, drugstores, movie theaters, a bowling alley, ice cream shops and other businesses, with apartments above. "I think there were 40 restaurants and bars from Van Rensselaer Street to Smith Street," said Howard Zemsky, the businessman-turned-developer-turned-state-o…

A 21-year-old man was beaten up and robbed while delivering food over the weekend, Buffalo police reported Sunday. The Tonawanda Street man was delivering food in the Jefferson Avenue-Clinton Street area at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday when he was approached by four or five males, police said. The assailants punched and kicked the man before taking his iPhone, vehicle …

NIAGARA FALLS – A tourist from Michigan had her pain medication robbed from her hotel room Saturday morning while she was out sightseeing, police said. The 83-year-old victim told police that she suffers from arthritis and other ailments and, after sightseeing for about four hours Saturday, returned to her Quality Inn hotel room in pain. When she went to take some of …

Gunfire broke out over the weekend in the city's University District. A man said three gunshots were fired at his vehicle near Eggert Road and Shirley Avenue, one striking the rear driver's side door, Buffalo police reported early Sunday morning. The suspect ran away through yards. No injuries were reported. Three shell casings were recovered on the sidewalk.

Once again, the annual trebuchet competition at Clarence's Great Pumpkin Farm has catapulted STEM students into the middle of the action. In its 12th iteration Sunday, teams from 13 schools hauled full-sized trebuchets to the venue and took turns launching pumpkins across a field, scored on distance and accuracy. Designed, constructed and perfected by students, the hand…

The last farmers' markets of the season take place in several locations this week, the second-last Slow Roll Buffalo of the traditional bike season hits the road on Genesee Street, and Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. They are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see …

Volunteer firefighters diagnosed with certain cancers would be eligible for health care benefits under legislation signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday. Volunteer firefighters injured in the line of duty are currently eligible for accidental disability and death benefits through workers' compensation, but under the new legislation firefighters also will be eligible …

Democratic Hamburg town Councilman Michael P. Quinn Jr. said he's the best candidate to take on incumbent Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon, a member of the Independence Party. "Just because you're registered Independence doesn't mean you're independent," Quinn said. "She always votes with Republicans." But Dixon has had no trouble in the past beating her challenger…

Feb. 3, 1931 – Oct. 19, 2017 Maria Torres, who raised six children and served for decades as a leader of Hispanic Senior Services at Hispanics United of Buffalo, died Thursday. She was 86. In a written tribute, her family and friends called Mrs. Torres dynamic, powerful, strong-willed, encouraging and a model for others in the Puerto Rican community. Mrs. Torres…

Dawn Hochsprung's life was cut short by the killer at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Now her cousin, Melanie Bunch of Hamburg, wants to make sure Hochsprung's legacy continues to shine. As principal of Sandy Hook, Hochsprung had a passion for literacy. To light a love of reading in the hearts of her students, she would dress up as a book fairy, wearing a l…

The Niagara Parks Police are checking the water below Niagara Falls after an unconfirmed report that someone may have gone over the Falls, a dispatcher said Sunday afternoon. A second Parks Police officer said two tourists believed they saw a white male go over the U.S. side of the Falls. Officers are checking the shoreline, personnel in a helicopter scanned the water f…

A Jamestown man who damaged a woman's apartment and held her face down on a bed as she tried to call 911 faces a misdemeanor charge of unlawful imprisonment, Jamestown police said. Adam R. Lanphear, 44, was arrested as he tried to run out a basement door on East 6th Street, in the building where the incident occurred, according to police. Officers said they respond…

Former national security adviser and U.N. ambassador Susan Rice will speak via webcast at "CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections" from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Buffalo Niagara Marriott, 1340 Millersport Highway in Amherst. The program, sponsored by World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara and several partners, will delve into China's rapid dev…

When Edward J. Lattuca Sr. was born in Italy in 1920, he was named in honor of his uncle Edward who had died fighting the Germans in World War I Ten years after Lattuca's parents moved the family to America, young Edward found himself in his own little war of sorts on the streets of Buffalo's West Side. The youngster quickly learned how to fight off neighborhood bull…

A 14-year-old girl was reported in critical condition in Women and Children's Hospital late Saturday after being involved in an ATV crash in Clarence, officials said. The girl was a passenger on a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle driven by a 15-year-old boy, who also was injured though not as seriously, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said. The Sheriff's Office said i…

WASHINGTON – Rep. Brian Higgins isn't exactly sticking to his guns. After accepting $5,000 in donations from the National Rifle Association between 2006 and 2012, the Democratic lawmaker from Buffalo announced on Facebook earlier this month that he now plans to donate that money to local and national organizations dedicated to fighting for what he called "common sens…