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The Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center is notifying 526 patients that the use of an improperly cleaned medical scope may have put them at risk of infection. During a recent review of the disinfection process for the reusable equipment generally known as endoscopes, it was noted that steps in the manufacturer’s instructions may not have been followed in some cases…

Upset that Carl Paladino is still on the Buffalo Board of Education and impatient that the state's Education Commissioner has yet to rule on his possible removal, protesters once again turned Wednesday's School Board meeting upside down. More than 15 protesters dressed in black essentially shut down the meeting from the start, each taking turns reading statements or com…

The hatred and bigotry that descended on Charlottesville, Va., Saturday when a coalition of white supremacist groups clashed with anti-racist and anti-fascist protestors will not be allowed to happen here, leaders vowed during a prayer vigil on Wednesday in Durham Memorial AME Zion Church. The gathering attracted 600 to 700 people to the small church, located at 174 Eas…

Neighborhood Health Center has opened its newest site in Blasdell, marking the nonprofit community health care organization's fourth location in Western New York. The 38,000-square-foot site is in a former Jubilee Supermarket that was converted into a medical facility at 4233 Lake Ave. It's aimed at expanding services for patients in Blasdell, Lackawanna and South Bu…

The Peace Bridge was temporarily closed and traffic delayed when a woman stepped over the ledge of the bridge in Fort Erie, Ont. According to reports on social media, the woman was later pulled to safety using a harness and taken away by paramedics. https://twitter.com/JamesCulic/status/897915895183544320 https://twitter.com/JamesCulic/status/897916106165374976

For several dozen Praxair employees, this year's United Way Day of Caring turned into several Days of Caring. Staff at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park had asked the volunteers to sand and stain the wooden deck of the submarine USS Croaker on the 25th annual community service event held Wednesday. But after one look at the deck's current state,…

WASHINGTON – The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi news source that critics say is the nation's top hate website, found itself virtually kicked out of the country earlier this week, as both GoDaddy and Google refused to host the site anymore after its incendiary coverage of protests in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. But by Wednesday morning, the Daily Stormer had found a…

Niagara University no longer will require SAT or ACT scores for admission, joining a growing list of colleges and universities that make the standardized college admissions exams optional for prospective students. Niagara now becomes the largest college or university in Western New York to go entrance-test optional. The Rev. James J. Maher, the university's president…

A tractor-trailer driver from Nova Scotia wrecked his rig full of produce at about 8:40 a.m. Wednesday while trying to squeeze beneath the Grand Island bridges in Niagara Falls. The route onto the Niagara Scenic Parkway, where commercial traffic is prohibited, passes underneath the north bridges connecting the Falls and Grand Island. The roadway is accessible via an exi…

The state canal schooner Lois McClure has added a Pendleton stop to the local schedule for its Erie Canal bicentennial tour. The state Canal Corp. announced Wednesday that the 88-foot replica of an 1862 vintage canal sailing ship will dock from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at West Canal Marina and Park on Tonawanda Creek Road. Pendleton Supervisor Joel Maerten and Amherst Su…

Ramon Armand, one of the two men caught April 21 when Niagara Falls police stopped a rented truck and found metal objects allegedly stolen from a house under renovation, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in State Supreme Court. Armand, 24, of 17th Street in the Falls, was indicted on charges of burglary, criminal mischief, possession of stolen property and grand larceny. …

Remediation work on the dam at Como Park Lake in the Village of Lancaster will start in late August. The work will replace the damaged lower-level gates in the dam that help control water flow. The project should help alleviate the mounting silt deposits that have plagued the lake for years, said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. Como Park Lake will …

July 19, 1949 – Aug. 8, 2017 Diann Zinteck was ready to start a career in the classroom after graduating from SUNY Buffalo State with a bachelor’s degree in art education in the early 1970s, but she could not find the teaching position she wanted locally. Rather than move out of town, her interest in photography led her into freelance camera work and a job at Car…