Christie Brooks spent 10 hours on Thanksgiving Day – which was also her 35th birthday – working at her regular job at a Rochester Wal-Mart store. According to her family, she finished work at midnight, came home and quickly went to bed, knowing she had to be back at Wal-Mart at 6:30 a.m. for Black Friday. But Brooks never made it to work on Black Friday. She and her…

The cell phones we handle countless of times a day to make calls, check social media and surf the Internet are also good at something else – carrying germs. That’s turned into a potential problem in hospitals and other health-care settings where doctors, nurses, other staff and the public come into contact with patients at risk of infection from bacteria and virus…

The art deco train palace opened in 1929, built by esteemed railroad architects Alfred Fellheimer and Steward Wagner, who designed New York Grand Central Station and Cincinnati Union Terminal. With much of the structure in ruins, a Toronto developer faces a daunting challenge in redeveloping it. Here's what it looks like today. To view the gallery, please click here.…

ALBANY – In the historic halls of the Capitol, governors and lawmakers have long insisted that words like “trade” and “linked” are not part of their vocabulary and that each policy matter stands on its own. Everyone, of course, knows better. These days, because it’s December and time is of the essence, the current linkage rage is focused on two things: h…

An off-road trip through a crop field in the Town of Ellington landed a driver in trouble Saturday when the teen was unable to flee the scene because the vehicle got stuck. When State Police arrived, they were able to interview not only the land owner and witnesses, but the driver, as well. Police said the teen did about $1,500 worth of damage to crops and that the incid…

YOUNGSTOWN – Youngstown’s Christmas in the Village will unfold from  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Featured are  free horse and carriage rides, music, gift ideas, cookie decorating and crafts  and a chance to visit with Santa Claus. “This is a really nice event and it brings families together to share the joy of Christmas,” said Youngstown  Village…

NIAGARA FALLS – The Lewiston Choraleers will perform at 2 p.m. today, Dec. 4, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 140 Rainbow Blvd., Niagara Falls, and 2 p.m. on Dec. 10 at St. John de LaSalle Catholic Church, 8477 Buffalo Ave. The group also will give a concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 11 in Messiah Lutheran Church, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston. The family-friendly program, entitled …

TUSCARORA NATION — Jay Clause is well-known on the Tuscarora Nation for many reasons. He served in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division. He was a fearless ironworker until he was forced into retirement in 1989 by injuries. He and his wife of 56 years, Teresa, have taught generation of Tuscaroras about their nation’s history. But there was another, more anon…

A Mexican citizen who was deported from the United States in 2011, then  arrested on the Lewiston-Queenston  Bridge while trying to enter Canada, has been charged in federal court with illegal re-entry. Jose Guerreo Garcia, 28,  will remain in custody pending a  trial on the charge. If convicted he faces a federal prison term and  deportation proceedings. Garci…

LOCKPORT - Michelle Ann Kratts, author of a new book called "Niagara Falls in World War II," will discuss the city's role in the war effort in a free talk at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Niagara History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. Kratts, a local historian and librarian at the Lewiston Public Library, will talk about how the Bell Aircraft plant turned out 30,000 planes …

LOCKPORT - A program on holiday traditions, including making a Christmas ornament, will be featured at this month's Family Night program from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Niagara History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. The program is called "Ghosts of Christmas Past: Victorian Holiday Traditions Still Practiced Today." Reservations are required by calling 434-743…

LOCKPORT - A Lockport man was charged with driving under the influence of drugs after a chase about noon Saturday ended in a three-vehicle crash at Akron and Davison roads. Alexis W. Cruz, 20, is expected to face other charges in the case as the investigation continues, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. His vehicle was the subject of a cellphone call by another m…

LOCKPORT - Residents of the Lockport City School District will pass judgment Tuesday on a $28.66 million package of construction and maintenance projects, which district officials say will not affect property taxes. The package is to be paid for by money the district has saved up in reserve funds and by state aid. The plan includes $14.2 million worth of improved spo…

LOCKPORT - A man who entered a North Tonawanda woman's apartment, and ran away after awakening her, pleaded guilty Friday in Niagara County Court. Judge Matthew J. Murphy III assigned Zion I. Brunson, 22, of Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment. He pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary for the Sept. 22 …

Oct. 19, 1934 - Nov. 25, 2016 John F. Fix, who started with The Buffalo News as a paperboy and retired as a district circulation manager, died Nov. 25 in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a four-month illness. He was 82. Mr. Fix, a Town of Tonawanda resident, was born in Buffalo, joined what was then The Buffalo Evening News as a paperboy at age 13, the year af…