NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Almost a century ago, a huge crowd – estimated at 30,000 – was on hand to see the 90-minute inauguration of the lighting of Niagara Falls. In 1925, a Niagara Falls reporter wrote: "The scene was one of almost incredible grandeur. The falls almost seemed to glow into life under the artistry of the directors of the giant searchlights." [Gall…

This week in pictures: Nov. 19- 25, 2016, highlights news, entertainment and sports images taken by Buffalo News photographers. Bringing a visual recap of the week through pictures and stories - from a salute to the military at the Bills game - to soulful stews. We hope you enjoy our favorites. Military Escort - Buffalo Bills Marquise Goodwin is introduced prior to …

A female University at Buffalo student was stabbed early Thursday evening near UB's South Campus and police are trying to determine if the assailant may have also been involved in the robbery of another woman on Nov. 21 in the same area. In addition,  two other robberies were reported in and around South Campus on Nov. 18, according to the university's website. UB p…

Green Lake in Orchard Park, which was drained last year for dredging, will be refilled starting next week. "We expect to have the project completed soon and a public ceremony with the closing of the gates will take place at noon on Thursday," Supervisor Patrick Keem said in an announcement on the town's website. Keem said the final concrete pour took place in late Oc…

For Elon Musk, the hard work is just beginning now that Tesla Motors has gobbled up SolarCity. Musk succeeded in getting shareholders to buy into his vision that the $2.1 billion merger was a linchpin in his vision of turning Tesla into a renewable energy powerhouse, offering solar panels, electric vehicles and the batteries that each uses. The question now facing Mu…

LOCKPORT - A Wilson man pleaded not guilty Friday to a 10-count indictment accusing him of a hate crime for allegedly using racial slurs during an assault on an African-American man. The indictment accuses Gary R. Bell II, 32, of Hamilton Avenue, of assaulting Cornell Ford, 39, of Niagara Falls, with a rock or brick, a tree branch and his feet in Bell's kitchen at a…

Local artist Matthew Crane has always sought to be standup guy. A freelance painter, Crane has stood up for organized labor, and even met his wife, Megan, at a Labor Day parade. And while many of his peers headed off to college from high school 14 years ago, Crane stood up for his country by joining the Navy, shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. On Sunday, he wi…

A former sheriff’s deputy who had been accused of smuggling opiates to inmates in the Erie County Holding Center pleaded guilty this week to one misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Adam Fiegl, 32, of Orchard Park entered his plea before Erie County Judge David Foley. In exchange, the judge dismissed felony counts of accepting a bribe an…

Gibraltar Industries plans to close five facilities and eliminate 250 jobs as the Hamburg-based manufacturer drops its Alabama-based bar grating product line and stops selling residential solar racking systems in Europe. The job cuts, expected to take place within the next four months, are part of Gibraltar's efforts to put more of its capital into its most profitable a…

A group of faculty at Canisius College want the institution to increase focus on justice and diversity issues and the college become a "sanctuary campus" in the wake of several racial incidents. Canisius faculty also want the college administration to create a "director of equity and inclusion" after recent incidents, faculty members wrote in a letter addressed to the c…

It takes a whole school to celebrate being a national Blue Ribbon School, and the school turned out Thursday afternoon when state Assemblyman Michael Kearns, D-Buffalo, presented the award to Orchard Park High School Principal Jonathan Wolf. Juniors and seniors were in the auditorium, and the rest of the students who could not fit in the auditorium watched the assembly …

A man's body was pulled from the water in the Union Ship Canal, according to Buffalo police spokesman. The department's Underwater Recovery Team recovered the body at about 10:30 a.m., spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said. No further details were immediately available. …

A Gowanda man with a previous drunken driving conviction and wanted on a warrant for driving while intoxicated was charged Thursday with felony DWI after authorities found his vehicle in a ditch in North Collins. Erie County Sheriff's deputies charged Jeremiah Bednarek, 35, after they responded to New Oregon Road at about 6 p.m., the sheriff's office said. Bedna…

1) Kerfuffle Before Christmas, 5 p.m. doors Dec. 2 in KeyBank Center. Ticket prices range from $25 to $45 and can be purchased here. Commentary: The biannual Kerfuffle series returns, courtesy of Alternative Buffalo 107.7 FM, with a six-band bill of that station's favorites, including Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness, Judah & the Lion, Atlas Genius, Capital Cities,…

The federal indictment of Louis P. Ciminelli and two of his top deputies is sure to affect the 56-year-old construction company he leads. The question is how much. Supporters say LPCiminelli is much bigger than three executives, with a deep cadre of leaders to carry on. State, county and city officials say it’s not barred from seeking government work, and the company …