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To the delight of consumers – and the chagrin of taxi cab companies – Uber and Lyft officially opened for business in Western New York at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Jeff Whacker, of Snyder, was among the first drivers to rove for rides shortly after midnight on Hertel Avenue. It started out slow. He checked out UB South and the airport with little luck. His first request …

A dispatcher with the Olean Police Department was arrested Wednesday on a misdemeanor charge of falsifying business records, state police said Thursday. Lorraine G. Sloane, 55, of Olean, was arrested following an investigation by the State Police. As part of their duties, Olean police dispatchers are supposed to check prisoner cells every 30 minutes, according t…

What's in your wallet? For many of us, the answer to that question hasn't changed much throughout the economy's long and steady recovery from the Great Recession: Not much more. Until recently. New data from the federal government show that our incomes finally started growing at a faster pace during 2015, potentially signalling a breakout in earnings after just te…

Seven local country, rock and blues bands will perform Sunday at a music and art event at Silo City, to benefit the Sportsmen's Americana Music Foundation. The "bike and kayak friendly" event will be held at 100 Silo City Row along the Buffalo River from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m.. Tickets will be $7 for adults, with no admission fee for children. Works of local artists will b…

A man charged with four burglaries last year in Niagara County pleaded guilty to two this week. If Corey A. Soock succeeds in a two-year court-supervised drug treatment program, the charges will be reduced or dismissed and he will avoid jail time. But if he fails, Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III can send Soock to prison for as long as 14 years. Soock, 26,…

The iPhone was introduced 10 years ago today. I often think about the way it's influenced my life, so much changed for the better and in a certain nagging fashion for the worse, although I'd love to hear your thoughts on the way the iPhone has affected you. I would use a deer as my example. I'm driving home from Wegmans late the other night, along a city street. A co…

Cheektowaga Supervisor Diane Benczkowski said rising security costs, lagging attendance and the disbanding of the group that put on the town's Fourth of July fireworks show all led to the cancellation of the event this year. She was responding to three Town Board members who pinned the blame for the show's demise on the town's decision to cut overtime by 5 percent acro…

WASHINGTON – Some investors mysteriously bailed out on an Australian drug company three days before its stock price collapsed, but Rep. Chris Collins, his son, his daughter and his chief of staff didn't do that, Collins' office said. Asked whether Collins' son Cameron, his daughter Caitlin or chief of staff Michael Hook sold any of their Innate Immunotherapeutics stoc…

Frontier Central School Board voters are overwhelmingly in favor of the district offering veterans a partial property tax exemption on their school taxes, according to a straw poll conducted by the district. Nearly 80 percent said they would be in favor of an exemption. About 40 percent favored giving veterans exemptions of up to $30,000 on property values, and about 33…

If you have a boat, don't expect to get close to the second annual Dunkirk-Lake Shore Air Show by sea. The U.S. Coast Guard will set up a temporary safety zone on Lake Erie near Dunkirk from 12:45 p.m. Saturday, July 1 to 5:15 p.m. Sunday, July 2, the Department of Homeland Security announced in the Federal Register. Boats and people will be prohibited from entering …

Work is expected to begin soon on window upgrades and air conditioning in the Lackawanna Public Library. A state grant of $165,218 will fund most of the project, while the City of Lackawanna will provide $40,000, according to state Assemblymen Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, and Michael Kearns, D-Buffalo. Windows in the Ridge Road building will be replaced, and two new air con…

The Coast Guard and police agencies will be on the lookout for drunk boaters on area waterways this weekend. Authorities will be boarding watercraft as part of "Operation Dry Water" from Friday through Sunday, the Coast Guard said. The effort is part of a national awareness and enforcement campaign aimed at reducing alcohol- and drug-related incidents on the water, t…

Few people start to seriously about gender inequality, poverty and homelessness at age 6. Muskan Virk is a rare exception. It helps explain why the now 10-year-old, from Vancouver, B.C., has embarked on a tour to promote her first book, “365 Days of Gratitude: My Attitude of Gratitude.” “She is a very special young lady,” said Jill O’Hara, a holistic health…

Sister Corinne Yarborough of Buffalo was among the readers who offered thoughtful, passionate replies to a column last Sunday that made a simple point: Dawn at Terrapin Point, at Niagara Falls – where the sunrise forges a brilliant and often short-lived rainbow from the mist – is a moment of almost otherworldly beauty. That account led Yarborough, of the Sisters …