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High school data from the Class of 2016 shows race, gender, income, language lead to disparities in awarding of diplomas. Click here to view the story and data. By Jay Rey News Staff Reporter If you want to measure which students are falling short in high school, the Class of 2016 holds some clues. Despite a rise in graduation rates last year - reaching 81 perc…

Airbnb is co-hosting a "Winter Party" at Canalside tonight. But it probably won't feel much like one. With a forecast of some rain and a 60-degree high temperature, the event won't feature any ice skating, but will still give attendees a chance to mingle, according to organizers. https://twitter.com/CanalsideBflo/status/834749862403043328 The event, also co-hoste…

Whether March comes in like a lion or a lamb won't be known until Wednesday. But February will go out like spring, summer, fall and winter. Expect the following weather in Buffalo between today and next Tuesday: Fog and rain. Thunderstorms and near-record warmth. Gusty winds. Rapidly plunging thermometers. Lake-effect snow. And sub-freezing temperatures with maybe so…

A Cheektowaga man is due in court next week on an aggravated driving while intoxicated charge. New York State Police charged Jerome Cross, 27, after a traffic stop for speeding and other violations on the Thruway in Cheektowaga at about 12:30 a.m. Feb. 18, the agency said. Cross registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.20 percent, more than twice the legal limit,…

Who doesn't like watching frogs? You'll need special training to become part of FrogWatch USA, but then you can join an international team of citizen scientists by monitoring frog populations in the wetlands throughout the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in Cheektowaga. The training will take place at 7 p.m. March 21 at the preserve, 93 Honorine Dr. State Departme…

A Niagara Falls Police Department vehicle and a private passenger vehicle collided Wednesday at the intersection of Pine Avenue and Portage Road, police said. There were no serious injuries reported in the accident. According to the police department crash management team, which was called to the crash scene at 9:20 a.m., the driver of the police vehicle was headed s…

Southtowners who have a yearning to wax poetic now have the perfect place. The Hamburg Public Library has started a Poetry Club that meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at the library, 102 Buffalo St. Attendees can bring a favorite poem or a poem they have written, meet other aspiring poets or poetry lovers, be inspired or inspire others to write poetry.  

Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. has reached an agreement in principle to buy a 15-acre parcel owned by the Williamsville Central School District that will allow Ciminelli to build a second access road into its proposed Muir Woods development. Ciminelli has secured an option to purchase the land at 520 Campbell Blvd., between North French and Dodge roads, company spokeswoma…

Many local highway departments have started using a brine solution to wet their road salt as it's spread. Less salt is needed when the brine is used, lowering expenses, highway superintendents say. Plus the brine helps salt adhere better to roads instead of skittering away to the curb. And it works at lower temperatures. But until now, the idea hasn't caught on in Am…

Applications are now being accepted for the Amherst Police Department's Youth Police Academy, an internship program for high school students considering a career in law enforcement. The 3-week academy will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon beginning July 10 at Police Headquarters, 500 John James Audubon Parkway. In addition to learning about the op…

A Domino's Pizza that will offer customers the chance to call ahead and pick up their pizza at a drive-through window is planned for a vacant former bank branch on Main Street in Amherst across from the University at Buffalo South Campus. Benderson Development Co. is planning to renovate a former First Federal Bank at 3608 Main St., just east of Springville Avenue, on b…

Anthony Prep knows his way around the dozen or so church, fire and VFW halls that sponsor bingo in Cheektowaga. Prep is one of four part-time bingo inspectors each paid $6,000 a year by the town to monitor bingo operations run by nonprofit organizations. Or he was until he was recently let go. The Cheektowaga Town Board in a 4-3 vote did not renew the 89-year-old …

An employee of the New York State School for the Blind in Batavia has been accused of harassing and endangering three children in his care. Kenneth L. Darch, 57,  allegedly struck two of the children on an outing and used abusive language toward them. Darch also is alleged to have taunted all three by directing their bus driver to take them to a local jail, with the th…

Step inside Preservation Pub on Main Street and a quick glance at the walls takes you back in time. There's the 1929 black-and-white picture of City Hall under construction. Photographs of Main Street circa 1911, the Americana docked by Buffalo's imposing grain elevators and the Statler Building hosting a 1935 conference. Sandwiched in the mix is the framed 1923 dent…

Ash Wednesday ashes for people on the go will be distributed from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. March 1 in the parking lot of the Orchard Park United Methodist Church, 3700 N. Buffalo Road, Orchard Park. The church is taking the ancient tradition of Ash Wednesday and its practice of imposition of ashes by offering prayer and ashes to people who drive through in their cars. Ashes on …

Downtown Buffalo will get some attention from the Buffalo Planning Board next week, as a pair of neighboring rehab projects come up for consideration. Property owner and developer J. Roger Trettel wants to combine three adjacent buildings in the 500 block of Main Street into a single mixed-use facility, with four first-floor commercial or storefront spaces plus eight li…