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The Tragically Hip tweeted out the sad news this morning that their frontman Gord Downie, 53, died Tuesday night with his children and family by his side. The Canadian rocker was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in December. Here's a statement from The Tragically Hip's Twitter account: https://twitter.com/thehipdotcom/status/920628509369950208 In September,…

The Flint Water Crisis isn't in the national news like it was last year, but it's far from over, a youth development director from the Michigan city reported this morning at the Great Lakes Restoration Conference in downtown Buffalo. And, experts said other communities across the Great Lakes and the nation are facing lead crises of their own, including Buffalo. "Up t…

"Wearing the Letter P," a book about Polish women who were forced into labor in Germany from 1939 to 1945, will be the topic of a lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Canisius College. Author Sophie Hodorowicz Knab wrote the book to keep a promise with her mother, who was a slave laborer during the war. German soldiers forced approximately 12 million people from alm…

The City of Tonawanda Common Council is eyeing a $1 million plan to improve the city's public waterfront docking facilities. Four municipal dock locations would be upgraded if the city obtains the necessary funding. They are located on the Erie Canal, along Young Street, where local vendors provide kayaks and paddleboard rentals, and along the Niagara River in Niawanda …

One-hundred twenty-five Buffalo-based members of the New York National Guard will be leaving Wednesday afternoon to help with relief efforts in Puerto Rico. The soldiers with the 152nd Engineer Support Company, which is based at the Connecicut Street Armory, are scheduled to fly out of Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. The unit's heavy construction equipment is alre…

A Republican candidate for Amherst Town Board is calling on the chair and vice chair of the town's Industrial Development Agency board of directors to resign because the board paid the agency's former executive director for an additional eight months of salary after he resigned. Joe Spino issued the statement after The Buffalo News reported on compensation paid to top I…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in recent weeks has talked up the possible need for a special session of the Legislature to deal with such issues as federal funding cuts and additional bailout funds for victims of Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River. Assembly Democrats returned to Albany Tuesday to huddle in a private conference to discuss a range of issues coming up in…

County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo, C-West Seneca, found a way to give the Legislature credit for County Executive Mark Poloncarz's proposing a  budget with a tax cut of a penny. "After he tried to raise taxes on Erie County residents in the past, he has finally received the message that a majority of the Erie County Legislature will not let that happen,"…

The proposed $1.48 billion Erie County budget has come under fire from County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, who said County Executive Mark Poloncarz's plan relies too heavily on county fund balance and cash back from Erie County Medical Center to balance the scales. "This budget is balanced artificially using smoke and mirrors," Mychajliw said. He again criticized Po…

ALBANY – There was a time a few years ago when Gov. Andrew Cuomo didn’t have to listen to shots fired his way from the GOP. Nowadays, the Republican Governors Association headed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is regularly attacking Cuomo, who is looking to seek a third term in 2018 and one of many Democrats maneuvering for a possible White House run in 2020. The …

Terrence Robinson is the Green Party challenger to incumbent Byron W. Brown in next month’s general election for mayor. Robinson laid out his five-point agenda for his long shot chances of becoming the next mayor. Brown won the primary election last month, which essentially put him on the road to his fourth term. Still, Robinson says he’s in the race til the end.…

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from rock ‘n roll legend Chuck Berry, born on this date in 1926, “Don’t let the same dog bite you twice.” . . .  OLD SCHOOL – Only a few reservations are left for alumni, staff and others who want to attend a free semi-formal program at 6 p.m. Friday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the former Beech Avenue School in Niagara Falls, whic…

As Air Force Two departed Buffalo Niagara International Airport shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday, those familiar with Vice President Pence’s daylong visit to Erie County seemed thrilled. More than 200 people waited to meet him upon his arrival, one of the largest airport crowds he has encountered, one source said. Pence called a Lancaster session one of the best event…

Beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, the New York Thruway Authority will close one eastbound lanes on Interstate 290, in the vicinity of Exit 2, at Colvin Boulevard, as it continues roadwork on the I-290 bridge over Colvin Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda. The eastbound highway will be reduced to two lanes with the right lane closed for about two weeks. Work could be delay…

New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs  plans to announce Wednesday a major infusion of state funds to support the construction of the new Orchard Park Community Activity Center. The new 69,000 square foot facility will be the home of the new Orchard Park Senior Citizens Center, as well as the town’s recreation offices and programs. Construction should be completed on t…