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Two years of altering the admissions process at City Honors School has done nothing to get more African-American students enrolled in the school. In fact, the disparity has grown a little worse. In a school district where half the students are black, African-Americans make up just 16.4 percent of the enrollment at City Honors this year, according to figures from the …

WASHINGTON -- The day could come soon, if some Republicans get their way, when filing your federal tax return would be as simple as filling out a postcard. But Democrats, as well as Republicans from high-tax states such as New York, worry that many residents of such states would pay a heavy price for that simplicity: dramatically higher federal taxes. Reps. Brian Hig…

The U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning corruption charges against the former governor of Virginia continues to haunt prosecutors' efforts against some of the state’s highest elected officials. It hit home again Tuesday, when a federal appeals court reversed the conviction of Dean G. Skelos, at least temporarily derailing the U.S. attorney’s effort to put behind…

Quick, what's more unlikely? The Bills in first place or Buffalo's back-to-back days with temperatures in the 90s? Didn't see it coming? Who could? The mercury hit unseasonable highs on Sunday and Monday, 90 and 91 degrees, respectively. It hasn't been that hot on consecutive days this late in the year since the National Weather Service started keeping records in…

KeyCorp might no longer be the only bank with its marquee name plastered on a building in Larkinville, easily seen from cars on the Niagara Thruway. M&T Bank Corp. is looking for some new visibility for its longtime presence in the Larkin Center of Commerce, where it is the anchor tenant with 250,000 square feet of leased space. That's almost the equivalent of what …

A member of the Niagara Falls Human Rights Commission has been accused of firing a shotgun into the back of an abandoned car, according to a city police report. Denise M. Mejia was charged Monday with first-degree reckless endangerment after police were called to a report of gunfire near 15th Street and Pierce Avenue just before 2 p.m., according to the report. A wit…

Food safety and advancing sustainability in farming will be the focus of the 14th annual World On Your Plate conference Oct. 6 and 7 in the Wick Campus Center at Daemen College. It kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday with a showing of the documentary “Cesar Chavez,” about the labor organizer and co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association. The Saturday afternoon key…

Traffic on the northbound North Grand Island Bridge will be shifted to the southbound span from 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, through 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2, to make deck repairs to the bridge. The closure is part of an $8.4 million improvement project on the deck that began in June, according to the New York Thruway Authority. All traffic on the I-190 will be shifted i…

A robber who held up three gas stations in July was sentenced this week to six years in prison. Michael Church, 39, had pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court in August to three counts of robbery in the second degree in connection with three stick-ups. At 10:12 p.m. on July 14, he confronted a clerk at the Mobil station on Love Road on Grand Island and stole cash from…

NIAGARA FALLS – The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University is putting a new twist on a storied event as it presents “CAMfest” from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Conference & Event Center of Niagara Falls. This new, fun and casual fundraiser replaces the formal gala held annually, in order to offer broader appeal, according to organizers. Classy, casual attir…

LEWISTON – A furry, blue half-shell of a woman’s torso awaits final artistic touches and hangs next to one with wild, psychedelic swirls in Shawn’s Gate Art Studio. It competes for attention with another torso shell with a zany Pac-Man motif and a regal black number with a haunting, moonlit tree silhouette. Shop owner Barbara Gray is collecting these creative cont…

The Buffalo Billion has helped fund big-ticket projects in Western New York, but it also fueled the rebirth of a key small business in the heart of University Heights: Parkside Candy. A $125,000 matching grant from the Buffalo Billion's Better Buffalo Fund was used to restore the iconic candy store and ice cream parlor  to its former 1927 art deco glory. Work at …

Bank on Buffalo is set to open two suburban branches next month, as it builds its presence in the Buffalo Niagara region. The bank plans to open a location at 3049 Orchard Park Road in Orchard Park on Nov. 2, and a branch at 5190 Sheridan Drive in Amherst the week of Nov. 13. Bank on Buffalo is reviving two former First Niagara branches that closed about a year…

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Board of Education will hold its Oct. 10 meeting at the Philip Sheridan Building, putting off for at least one month its plan to move School Board meetings to Kenmore Middle School. Moving the School Board meetings to the high tech room at the former middle school has been held up by construction and material delays, according to school spo…

A 16-year-old Buffalo high school student faces two felony charges after being accused of taking a cell phone video of another student urinating in a school bathroom and posting it on Snapchat. Markel S. Dean, a student at Frederick Law Olmsted School at Kensington, was arrested Monday after he allegedly took the video of a male student, according to the criminal compla…