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Nearly 50 years have passed since New York City police officer John E. Varecha died during a routine traffic stop that turned quickly into a shootout. And it's been more than 17 years since Albert Victory, one of the men who killed the rookie officer, was granted parole and then, when the word got out, rejected. Victory still won his release but now, after all that t…

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

Moog Inc. is feeling upbeat about the direction its business segments are headed. "We're feeling the businesses are starting to perform better than I would say over the last couple of years," said John Scannell, Moog's chairman and CEO. ""We're starting to see some positive signs." The Elma-based motion control equipment maker reported fiscal second-quarter profits o…

John Pawlowski admits he’s a creature of habit. Once a week Pawlowski drives from his office in the City of Tonawanda to the same sub shop, Tailgate Deli, in the Town of Tonawanda, where he picks up the same order, a ham and turkey sub with Swiss cheese and lettuce. The 36-year-old Lancaster man then drives around the corner to Zimmerman Boulevard, parks in front o…

Carl Paladino’s problems with Barack Obama are well known by now, with his comments about the former president getting him in hot water as a member of the Buffalo Board of Education. But there was room for a little levity this week when Superintendent Kriner Cash made a favorable comment about Obamacare, and then shot a sly look at Paladino, trying to get a rise out o…

Mayor Byron W. Brown faced some grumbling earlier this week when he spoke to a group of about 50 senior citizens about celebrating what the city calls “Older Americans Month.” “Seasoned!” the audience bellowed during introductory remarks, drowning out the mayor. “Seasoned?” Brown asked with a quizzical expression. After a little more ribbing, it seemed…

The Williamsville School Board holds its third and final community forum of the school year from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the cafeteria at Williamsville North High School, 1595 Hopkins Road. The town-hall style meeting gives the public a chance to have a two-way conversation directly with decision-makers. School Board members and Superintendent Scott Martzloff will…

A 63-year-old man is missing from an Amherst nursing home, town police said Friday. Paul M. Cieslak got dropped off in front of Williamsville Suburban Health Care Facility, 163 South Union Road, at about 6:42 p.m. Thursday but he walked up South Union Road instead of going inside, Amherst police said. Security video showed him getting dropped off by Buffalo Transport ab…

Thousands of families and local business leaders will join forces Sunday at Canalside for the March for Babies, the nation’s oldest fundraising walk, which helps the March of Dimes support newborns, including the most vulnerable, across Western New York. Those interested can sign up at marchforbabies.org. to start a team with co-workers, family or friends; or make …

Want the opportunity to run around outside in your underwear for a good cause? The annual 5K Undy Run/Walk – to support the fight against colon cancer – will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday in Delaware Park. Hundreds of participants will don silly boxers and briefs during the race – mostly over their shorts or sweats – to benefit the Independent Health Foundati…

Markilo Hayes was trying to protect his family both times that he was arrested for carrying loaded guns illegally in his neighborhood, his attorneys said. He comes from a hardworking family living in a dangerous neighborhood, defense attorney Molly Jo Mussara said. His mother’s home was shot up for reasons unknown and his girlfriend was wounded in a drive-by shooting,…

Rob Jones lost his wife in 2013, six years after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Colleen Jones was 53. She told her husband she wasn't afraid to die but didn't want to leave their loved ones behind. Beverly Jasinski was diagnosed with breast cancer nearly four years ago, seven months after her husband died from colon cancer. Marcia Heaney has survived more than…

A criminal case that raised questions about bitcoin and its legal status as a currency ended Thursday with a guilty plea. Richard Petix, a 32-year old Rochester man, admitted making a false statement and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business as part of a plea deal that ends his two-year old prosecution. Petix, who has a previous child pornography convic…

National Grid is proposing a rate hike that would result in a residential electricity customer's monthly bill increasing 14 percent, or $11.23, and a residential natural gas customer's monthly bill rising 14 percent, or $10.38. The state Public Service Commission must approve the request after a review process that is expected to last 11 months. If approved, the hikes w…

Bank on Buffalo has pushed back the opening date for two additional branches. Its Orchard Park and Amherst locations probably won't open until late August or early September, said Martin T. Griffith, Bank on Buffalo's president. The bank had targeted opening a branch at 5190 Sheridan Drive in late May, followed by a location at 3049 Orchard Park Road in Orchard Park a f…

The value of Rand Capital's investment portfolio slipped by 1 percent as the Buffalo venture capital firm reduced its valuation on a some of its investments. The net asset value of Rand's investments slipped to $32.3 million, or $5.10 per share, at the end of March, compared with $32.6 million, or $5.16 per share, at the end of last year. During the first quarter, Ra…