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Barbecue doesn’t call for the choicest parts of the animal, rare spices or innovative ideas. Instead, it involves gnarly cuts, simple seasonings and some of the oldest cooking techniques known to civilization to produce breathtaking results. The best barbecue is the one that makes you happy, but my search reminded me of the axiom: If it needs sauce to satisfy, you nee…

Former jail attendant merits harsher sentenceThe News did a good job bringing to public awareness the details of the recent abuse of a prisoner by an attendant in the city cellblock. But it is incredulous that the defendant is only facing up to 21 months of imprisonment. Which means it could be several months less.Did people read the severity of physical torment and trauma…

Applications for the $5,000 Jacquie Walker Scholarship offered by the  Buffalo branch of the American Association of University Women are due by July 15. The scholarship is open to female residents of  the eight counties of Western New York who  graduated from a high school in the region. An applicant must have completed two years of college and be a full-time …

The woman who died after being hit by a vehicle Sunday night in the Tops Markets parking lot in East Aurora has been identified. Wendy L. Bus, 48, of Colden, was pushing a shopping cart to her vehicle just a few feet from a store entrance when she was hit. Bus owned a computer-assisted design business, WB CAD Consulting, which she started in 1999, according to the co…

Susan G. Komen Upstate New York recently announced more than $200,000 in new community grants for Western New York efforts to help reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen annually funds local projects to help meet critical community needs, including projects that provide breast cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment services and …

Buffalo police have identified the man fatally shot Monday night as Jequan Wilson, 18, of Buffalo. Wilson was shot at about 10:50 p.m. near Daisy Place and Florida Street in the city's latest homicide, police said. Wilson recently graduated from an alternative program in the Buffalo Public Schools, according to district officials. Buffalo has had 27 homicides to d…

Cheektowaga won't hold its Fourth of July fireworks display next week. Three members of the Town Board issued a statement Wednesday saying the problem lies with Cheektowaga's decision, at the urging of Supervisor Diane Benczkowski, to cut overtime across all town departments by 5 percent. That meant there wouldn't be enough funds to pay police or other personnel to s…

Local law enforcement officials hope the arrival of ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft will decrease the number of DWIs in the area. Ride-hailing services will become legal in upstate New York at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and both companies are planning to extend service to Western New York. During a news conference on Wednesday, Erie County Sheriff Timonthy Howard and other …

Ever wonder what happened to Willoughby Exchange? It hasn't gone away. But it did go back to the drawing board. Craig Willoughby's proposal for a 10-story apartment building at Main and East Ferry streets created some furor in the surrounding neighborhood when the auto insurance purveyor first promoted it over a year ago. So he and his partners have been tweaking it thro…

State Parks Police on Wednesday released a photograph of the inflatable plastic ball recovered below Niagara Falls that investigators believe daredevil Kirk R. Jones may have used in a fatal plunge over the falls. The body of Jones, of Spring Hill, Fla., was recovered June 2 in Lake Ontario near Youngstown. Jones, who survived a previous plunge over Niagara Falls in …

Members of the largest union representing Town of Tonawanda workers, who have worked without a contract for six years, erected a billboard this week to pressure the town into negotiating a new deal. The Hourly Employees Association of the Town of Tonawanda represents 195 workers in the town's highway, water, parks, water and wastewater treatment departments. On Monda…

Jeffrey Sortisio, principal at Frontier Central High School, has been named superintendent of the Fredonia Central School District. Sortisio, who has been principal since 2008, will start his new job July 21, when interim Superintendent Laura Pless steps down.  Paul DiFonzo retired in March after 14 years as superintendent. “When looking for another new challenge …

A firearms safety event with representatives from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms will be held at 11 a.m. July 8 at Empact America of New York, 7615 Seneca St., East Aurora. Topics to be covered include gun safety for new and existing gun owners and information on Second Amendment rights. The event is being spon…

When Catholic Health System made plans to offer methadone, suboxone and other medications to drug-dependent patients in Amherst, it wanted to do that at its existing outpatient drug treatment center on Sheridan Drive. But the clinic's landlord balked at drugs being distributed there. It refused to renew the lease. That meant Catholic Health had to seek a new location…

A $10.8 million project to convert a vacant former Methodist church on Richmond Avenue into a performing arts campus is getting $395,600 in tax breaks through the Erie County Industrial Development Agency. The subsidies were approved by the IDA board Wednesday for developers Rachel Ann and Ryan Heckl's project to turn the former Richmond Methodist Episcopal Church at 46…

The five-day hearing to determine whether Carl P. Paladino should be removed from his seat on the Buffalo School Board has now concluded after both attorneys finished giving their closing statements. Both attorneys delivered those final remarks Wednesday morning. Frank W. Miller, who is representing those board members seeking Paladino's removal said the disclosure o…