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Remember buying cassette singles at Cavages? What about shopping with your mom at Jenss department store? My sister and I used to turn the mannequins' glass eyes so they were looking in different directions. That same sister always grumbled about stopping at Waldenbooks because she knew she would have to drag me out. And don't even get me started on Child World. I ca…

Hate crime accusations against a Wilson man were dismissed Monday, and he was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in an incident the judge blamed on "consuming copious amounts of malt beverages." State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. granted a one-year conditional discharge to Gary R. Bell II, 32, of Hamilton Avenue, who was indicted on h…

The Buffalo mother arrested Friday night after she took her toddler to a Franklin Street bar says she she won't be taking him out to taverns anymore. "I'll never do it ever again," Anne K. Callan told The Buffalo News on Monday. Callan, 38, was charged with two counts of child endangerment outside the Tudor Lounge, according to a Buffalo police report. According t…

It's "all hands on deck" at the Buffalo office of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, processing emergency repair permits for those whose property along Lake Ontario has been damaged by flooding or erosion this spring. DEC Regional Director Abby Snyder said Monday during a visit to Olcott that 64 permits have been issued in Niagara County this spring, wi…

Walden Galleria has a new breakout food star. Dough Boyz, a purveyor of edible raw cookie dough, opened at the mall last Tuesday and has been drawing crowds ever since. Lines regularly snake outside the store and into the corridor. There are roughly a dozen flavors, including chocolate chip, peanut butter and red velvet. The dough is scooped like ice cream into cones…

WASHINGTON – Rep. Brian Higgins may be more well-known for fighting for Buffalo's waterfront and Central Terminal than he is for fighting over major national issues such as health care reform, but that seems to be changing. Higgins, D-Buffalo, has been increasingly raising his voice on national issues. He proved it last week when he took the lead in decrying the fact …

A proposed parkland swap that would allow the Town of Amherst to pursue development of a hotel at the Northtown Center is in the hands of state lawmakers. Bills were introduced last week in the Assembly and State Senate that would remove the parkland designation from 3 acres at the town-owned ice rink complex on Amherst Manor Road and transfer it to a 26.6-acre parcel…

Martial Manyere has an extraordinary tale to tell. He came to Buffalo last summer to seek the help of Vive, a shelter in Buffalo for immigrants seeking asylum in Canada. But with no close relatives in Canada, he learned there was only a slim chance he’d be given asylum. Seeking asylum in the U.S. can take years. People who applied for asylum in January and Februa…

Dr. Jeremy P. Doak's philosophy on medicine is simple – fix those broken bones and get on with life. "It's also kind of like a glorified body mechanic," said Doak, a North Tonawanda native who returned to Buffalo to work at Women & Children's Hospital after his medical school stint at the University of Florida and residency work. His career chart includes put…

The story of Army hero Charles N. DeGlopper reads like a Hollywood script: A small town boy joins the Army in World War II and gives his life to save his platoon, stepping out into the open to fight the Germans alone and stopping them from taking control of a strategic bridge in the Normandy campaign. But on June 9, 1944, this was the true story of local hero Pfc. D…

Can Amherst Town Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein stay? Or should he go? Weinstein has made no secret of the fact that he's interested in staying on the Town Board, but there's a question about whether he's even eligible to run for a council seat due to term limits imposed by town law. Now, Weinstein has hinted that he may propose amending the law, to clear up any c…

The owner of the Northtown Plaza has reeled in one of the big-name retailers from its wish list. L.L. Bean has signed a lease to open its first store in the area at the Amherst shopping plaza, according to a document filed with the Erie County Clerk's Office. The venerable outdoor retailer is the second tenant publicly identified for the plaza on Sheridan Drive near …

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, born on this date in 1859, “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. . . . PASSPORT – The Western New York Peace Center sponsors a presentation, “Understanding ICE and Border Patrol in Western New York,” at 7 p.m. today in th…

Roasted red pepper and crabmeat proved to be a winning combination Sunday for Ru's Pierogi at the first Buffalo Pierogi Fest in Buffalo's Outer Harbor. The unconventional take on the traditional Polish dumpling was voted "Most Creative Pierogi" and "Buffalo's Best Pierogi" by those who attended. The third title, "Most Traditional Pierogi," went to Keeping Traditions fo…