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Annie Leeds had two corneal transplants when she was 4 years old, but severe glaucoma developed, leaving her blind in her left eye and with severely limited vision in her right. Within months of the cornea transplants, a kidney disorder affected her ability to absorb electrolytes into her bloodstream. And Annie also lost her hearing at around the same age. For a w…

The Veterans Administration Western New York Healthcare System will hold a series of workshops on Tuesday designed to bridge the gaps in health care disparities. The Buffalo VA Medical Center, 3495 Bailey Ave., will host the free workshops in Freedom Hall, Room 301. Health care professionals and community residents are encouraged to attend one or all of the following…

A middle school student made a threat against Grand Island's Connor Middle School on social media on Monday morning, according to a statement from the school district. School officials and police were notified of the threat at 6:45 a.m. by a parent whose child saw the post on Snapchat, School Superintendent Brian Graham said. Authorities declined to specify what th…

Norah B. Fletchall, senior vice president of the Indianapolis Zoological Society, will succeed Donna Fernandes as the Buffalo Zoo's next president, officials announced Monday. Fletchall, who had been with the Indianapolis Zoo since 2009, had most recently served as COO, and previously served as supervising vice president of operations from 2013-2016. As COO, she was a m…

At eight stories tall and 628,000 square feet, the University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences makes a statement. The $375 million facility is under construction on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. [PHOTO GALLERY: UB's downtown medical school nears completion] Here are seven facts about the new building: 1. The building is equi…

Raymond VanBuskirk, 45, of Jamestown, who was convicted of unlawfully possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon, was sentenced Thursday to six months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang, who handled the case, stated that in May 2016, VanBuskirk moved two rifles, one shotgun and more than 1,000 round…

Joshua D. Olschewski, 22, of Henrietta and Jacob Boudrez, 27, of Rochester were arrested on felony drug charges after officers found they had at least 1.5 grams of powdered cocaine and cocaine residue when they were arrested in the stairwell of a parking ramp in the 100 block of West Chippewa Street, Buffalo Police said. Both were charged with fifth-degree criminal poss…

Longing for the 80s again? The first 80-degree day of 2017, and warmest day in Buffalo since September, is forecast on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. The forecast temperature is 84 degrees for the day. A sharp ridge will help pull warm southerly air into the Buffalo Niagara region during the middle of the week, forecasters said. "Tempe…

Making Grand Island a walkable community went a big step forward with the announcement of a state transportation enhancement grant that will fund 80 percent of a $1.2 million project to develop sidewalks along a 2-mile stretch of Grand Island Boulevard, between Webb Street and Fantasy Island. Grand Island Supervisor Nathan D. McMurray said the improvement is something r…

Plans to expand the Metro rail from the University at Buffalo South Campus in Buffalo to the North Campus in Amherst ran aground in the 1980s and 1990s in the face of stiff community opposition and a lack of funding. Residents and officials who didn't support bringing the Metro rail into Amherst back then say they didn't want construction tearing up their neighborhoods …

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actress Shirley MacLaine, born on this date in 1934, “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. It’s where all the fruit is.” . . . STOCK UP – The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual Spring Used Books and Media Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday in the hospital atrium. Numerous books, CDs and DVDs will be a…

Triad Recycling and Energy in the Town of Tonawanda on Monday will co-host Open Turbine Day, an open house and Earth Day event, to show visitors the benefits of wind power. The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the plant, 3755 River Road, is co-sponsored by Northern Power Systems and Buffalo Renewables. It will show off the plant's first wind turbine and the planned inst…

The Kenmore Village Improvement Society is looking for volunteers who would like to put their green thumbs to good use. Each year, the organization maintains and beautifies small gardens along Delaware Avenue. Those who rally to the cause as volunteers are known as "KVIS Green Thumb Helpers." Two of the gardens are at Delaware Avenue and Delaware Road and at the libr…