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Lyme disease is called “the great imitator,” because its symptoms – which can include severe headaches, joint pain and swelling, fainting spells, heart palpitations and the flu – mimic those of other conditions. It helps explain why medical professionals feared that landscaper Chuk Roll of West Seneca had cancer, lupus, multiple sclerosis and reactive arthritis …

WASHINGTON -- For years, Reps. Chris Collins and Tom Reed took every opportunity to bash Obamacare as a failure. But, after House Republicans failed Friday in their attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the two GOP lawmakers from Western New York offered vastly different reactions to their party's failure. Collins focused on his disappointment. Reed…

The Western New York Doulas are a loosely knit, five-member group of women with a total of 20 children. And one on the way. “A lot of people looking to start a family want to know what their options are,” said Jenny Beam, 30, of North Tonawanda, who is expecting her fifth child in June. Beam is among the doulas who will throw a public baby shower next weekend …

April 2, 1938 -- March 24, 2017 On Saturday, the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park will open for the season. But it won't be the same as it has been, for more than two decades. The man who guided the park from lean years into a major Canalside tourist attraction -- sometimes refusing to accept a paycheck while secretly paying other workers' salaries …

Developers who want to put a "faith-built" apartment community in a former Kenmore church school are seeking $215,000 in tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to support the  conversion. Developers Lawrence Bicz and Ken Vasile intend to transform the former St. Paul's School at 45 Victoria Blvd. into 37 market-rate apartments. The project, du…

Tesla Inc. plans to start taking orders in April for the solar roof shingles that it will begin making at its South Buffalo solar panel factory later this year, Elon Musk said Friday. Tesla unveiled four different designs for solar shingles at an event in Hollywood last October, but the electric vehicle maker still has not disclosed pricing details. The roof product is …

The man who robbed and sexually abused a Japanese woman during her visit to Niagara Falls in 2015 was sentenced to 22 years in prison Friday by a Niagara County judge. Robert E. MacLeod, 45, of 30th Street in the Falls, was sentenced to 15 years for his conviction on two counts of second-degree robbery and seven years in prison for first-degree sexual assault. "That …

Habitat Buffalo wants to encourage more women to play a role in construction. The local nonprofit homebuilding organization wants to engage women to learn construction fields and participate in building homes. Habitat Buffalo has previously built homes with all-female teams. But this spring, it will participate for the first time in the national Habitat for Humanit…

Thank Winter Storm Stella for driving the final stake into Western New York's drought. For the first time since last May 24, the National Drought Monitor in its weekly report that the region is entirely free of drought or abnormally dry soil conditions. The nearly 10-month stretch was the longest consecutive dry spell on record in Erie and Niagara counties, since t…

LEWISTON -- “A Taste of Jazz,” a fundraiser to help keep the annual jazz festival in Lewiston a free event, is scheduled 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 2 at Water Street Landing, 115 S. Water St. The Jacob Jay Quintet, Carina and the Six String Preacher, and My Cousin Tone’ will perform at the fundraiser. Admission includes entertainment and an array of food donated by…

As Sumitomo Rubber USA prepares for the first phase of a major expansion of its Tonawanda tire plant, company officials are asking for sales and property tax breaks to assist the costly project. A subsidiary of the Japanese company has applied to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency for an incentive package that includes $245,000 in sales tax breaks on materi…

When it comes to technology jobs, the Buffalo Niagara region still is one of the industry’s backwaters. That’s a problem, because employment in the technology sector across the country is booming, growing roughly three times faster than the overall pace of U.S. job growth. Even worse, at a time of such rapid growth nationwide, the Buffalo Niagara region’s techn…

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz deliberated on whether to show before-and-after photos of Ruth Murray as part of his press conference for a new measures to protect nursing home residents. In the end, he decided he could show the "before" photo -- taken one day before she was attacked -- but not the "after." "Truthfully, they're too shocking to show in public," Polo…

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