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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, born on this date in 1706, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” . . . SNOWS OF YESTERYEAR – “Old Time Christmas Memories” is the theme of the next meeting of the Historical Society of North German Settlements on Thursday in Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Road, Wheatfield. In a change …

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Daniel Derenda, who earned a reputation as a no-nonsense disciplinarian when it came to police misconduct, retired Tuesday after seven years as Buffalo police commissioner. Derenda rose from street cop to detective sergeant and then deputy commissioner to commissioner during his 32 years in the Buffalo Police Department. He heard criticism for not having a college degre…

Education and public schools. Recreational facilities and afterschool programs. Participatory budgeting. Those were some of the main points that residents told city lawmakers they would like to see money allocated for in the Byron W. Brown administration’s 2018-19 recommended budget that will be made available to the Common Council on May 1. Tuesday’s public meeting …

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Rep. Chris Collins told a national television audience Tuesday that President Trump is not a racist. He said the senators who said that Trump identified Haiti and African nations as "(expleteive deleted) countries" should be ashamed of themselves for publicizing the details of a private White House meeting on immigration issues. Collins -- a Clarence Republican and o…

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The Town of Amherst hired a new director of strategic planning Tuesday night -- over the objections of one Town Board member and a town Republican committee member. The Town Board voted, 4-1, to appoint Maggie Hamilton Winship to the job that will pay $75,092 per year, with the Village of Williamsville expected to cover $15,000 of her salary in a shared-services agreeme…

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Cab companies that want the city to treat the taxi industry and new ride-hailing services the same took their case directly to Mayor Byron W. Brown on Tuesday — but may have to go even higher. License fees, background checks and set rates put cab companies at an unfair disadvantage, they say, because ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are not bound by those same r…

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The flu season started earlier this year than the past two seasons, saw a rapid rise in cases in recent weeks and may already be near a peak. But it is far from over. What's worse, the predominate virus strain circulating now is causing severe symptoms. "Right now, you can walk into any emergency room shift and a good percentage of the patients will be there for flu-…

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants to spend above the rate inflation for education and health care, but make cuts in other areas, all while raising more than $1 billion in new revenues. That would mean tax hikes on health insurers and freezing breaks for New Yorkers enrolled in the STAR property tax program. In a relatively somber budget address Tuesday that contain…

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A man who beat the mother of his children with two baseball bats and threatened her with a sword was sentenced Tuesday to two to four years in state prison. Jason E. Evrard, 33, of Quain Place, Town of Niagara, was living with the woman on Lockport Road in Wheatfield at the time of the assault May 26. "I was pleasantly surprised when I saw how genuine Mr. Evrard's re…

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Robert K. Cox, who riddled a Niagara Falls house with gunfire and shot a man in the arm in separate crimes, was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. quoted a Falls policeman as saying Cox, who has been arrested 19 times, is "arrogant, brazen and probably will evolve as a criminal." Cox, whose record includes a 2010…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposed budget did not mention any additional Buffalo Billion programs. He proposed $750 million for an eighth round of Regional Economic Development Councils, which set regional economic development priorities and compete against each other for funding allocations. Cuomo also proposed continuing projects through the Upstate Revitalization Ini…

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A Buffalo man was convicted of attempted second-degree murder after a weeklong trial in Erie County Court. The jury also found Warren Meredith, 35, guilty of first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with a June shooting of a man in the Fruit Belt on Rose Street. The victim suffered several gunshot wounds but survived. Meredith was arrested …

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Donald M. Sinclair of Cambria was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for the fatal beating of a man who was having an affair with Sinclair's wife. Sinclair, 38, waited in his car for an hour on Aug. 30, 2016, outside the Niagara Falls home of Cameron M. Weingartner, 44, and attacked him when Weingartner returned home from work. Weingartner suffered a brain inju…

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"The New Education Bargain," the Buffalo school district's reform plan to improve academic performance, will be the subject of an in-depth program premiering at 9 p.m. Monday on WNED-TV. It also will air at 3 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 27 and will be available for streaming at wned.org. The bargain from the district is this: If students work hard and parents commit to t…