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By Griff Witte and Karla Adam LONDON — A lone attacker blew himself up at a pop concert filled with teenagers and their parents killing 22 people in an apparent effort to harm as many young people as possible in the English city of Manchester, police said Tuesday, describing it as a terrorist attack. Hundreds of police officers swarmed through the city in the after…

After months of discussion, the Town of Tonawanda is taking the last steps to purchase 30,000 garbage totes at a cost of nearly $1.4 million. A public hearing to approve a bond for the purchase will be held at 7 p.m., June 5 in the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave. Councilman John A. Bargnesi Jr. said these are the final steps to bring the covered recycling bins…

An estate sale drew thousands of antique-hunters and curiosity-seekers over three days in late April to a privately owned castle on an island in Ellicott Creek in Williamsville. It also caused headaches for the neighbors on Oakgrove Drive, near the castle. Grass along the public right-of-way was torn up by vehicles, visitors parked in front of fire hydrants and resi…

Non-hearing appeals to Amherst's Board of Assessment Review must be received at the Assessor's office in Town Hall, or to the Board of Assessment Review, by 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The deadline to challenge your property assessment, also known as “Grievance Day,” is May 23 in most communities, according to the state Department of Taxation and Finance. Tentative assess…

A man with a gun who tried to rob a food trailer Sunday night in downtown Niagara Falls ran away when confronted by a relative of the victim, according to a city police report. The victim told police he was getting ready to close for the evening just before midnight when a man tried entering the trailer near the corner of Rainbow Boulevard and Old Falls Street, accordin…

A free rabies clinic will be offered from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 24 by the Town of Tonawanda and Erie County Department of Health at the Highway Department garage, 450 Woodward Ave., Kenmore. The clinic will offer free rabies shots for dogs, cats and ferrets. Residents are asked to bring pets on a leash or in a pet carrier. For additional information, please cont…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actress and author Joan Collins, born on this date in 1933, “The problem with beauty is that it’s like being born rich and getting poorer.” . . . LEG UP – “Arthritis and Degenerative Disorders of the Knee and Hip” is the topic as the Town Hamburg Senior Services holds the final session in its series for adult learners 55 and older a…

Two Hamburg town councilmen are in favor of putting a freeze on the proposed $30 million public/private ice rink project. The Buffalo News reported Sunday that the Erie County District Attorney's Office is investigating an allegation of a bribe in connection with the project. The councilmen, speaking to a town council chambers filled with residents Monday night, said…

A Buffalo man was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison for his conviction on a heroin possession and distribution charge in U.S. District Court, officials said. Steven Martinez, 51,  was one of five people convicted in the case, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Another man, Jeffrey Coleman, 47, was convicted earlier this month on the same charge as Martine…

A Cattaraugus County man was sentenced on Monday to an indeterminate term of 5 to 15 years in state prison for his conviction in a fatal crash a year ago in Red House, according to the Cattaraugus County District Attorney's Office. Cyrus N. Spruce, 20, of Little Valley, had been convicted of second-degree manslaughter and first-degree assault for his role in the fatal c…

Don't get used to all that open space at Canalside. After mostly incremental changes, bigger projects are planned to make Canalside into the vibrant, historically themed downtown waterfront envisioned a decade ago. That plan called for buildings with residences, restaurants, shops and bars along cobblestone streets. "Ultimately, most of the green space that you see a…

The newest project headed for the downtown area isn't office space, retail or apartments. It's a high school. Buffalo Public Schools will publicly air proposals for a second Emerson School of Hospitality during a special meeting on Wednesday. The success of Emerson on West Chippewa Street - known publicly for its popular student-run restaurant - prompted the schoo…

WASHINGTON – Buffalo-area political consultant Michael R. Caputo wants to testify publicly before a House committee that asked to interview him privately about his involvement in the Donald Trump campaign and Russian interference in last year's presidential election. A source told The Buffalo News on Monday that Caputo wants to appear in public before the House Intell…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced funding to expand or enhance hiking trails at three locations in Western New York. The trails are at: Whirlpool and Devil's Hole State Park, where $450,000 will pay for continuing rehabilitation efforts at trail stairways to the Niagara Gorge; Niagara Falls to Artpark state parks, which will get $50,000 for the design and…

Niagara Falls City Judge Robert P. Merino seems to think it was unfair for Seneca Niagara Casino to deny a $1,400 jackpot to a Canadian woman last month. She was instead charged with trespassing, and that's why she appeared before him on Monday. Pasqua DiGianni about two years earlier voluntarily barred herself from the casino, and that's why the casino denied her the s…