Nineteen suspected opiate deaths in the first 19 days of January have Erie County on pace for 365 deaths in 2017. It could be worse. Last year started more deadly. During the early weeks and months of 2016, the epidemic was claiming so many lives that county officials projected more than 500 people would die that year. The pace, however, slowed as the county took agg…

Two vacant houses on James Street sustained $65,000 in damage on Friday evening following a fire, according to the fire department. Buffalo Fire officials ordered an emergency demolition of a two-story house at 192 James St., where the fire started on the first floor. It then spread to a second house at 194 James St. The fire caused $60,000 in damage to the first hou…

WASHINGTON – This was the day they worked for and waited for, the day the pollsters and pundits and other people they don’t trust said would never come. And Donald J. Trump’s supporters from Western New York reveled in the moment as their hero was inaugurated as the nation’s 45th president on Friday. Braving occasional chilly rain showers and a security prese…

Buffalo Fire Department crews were responding to a fire in a two-story frame house at 192 James Street, off Fillmore Avenue, early Friday evening. The fire was reported at 6:22 p.m. The blaze was declared under control at 7 p.m., but crews remained at the scene. No further information was immediately available.

WASHINGTON – Nine Buffalo State students traveled to the capital Friday for President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration and a lesson in democracy, but the first thing they learned is that freedom of movement is not fully guaranteed in the Constitution. Arriving in the morning with their professor, Peter Yacobucci, the students encountered roadblocks and detours that le…

WASHINGTON – Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York – the lone Democrat to speak at President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration Friday – delivered a subtle rebuke to the new commander in chief, reveling in America’s diversity. Speaking moments before Trump took to the podium in front of the U.S. Capitol, Schumer paid tribute to a host of groups that may have felt in…

Tops Markets plans to start moving by late summer into new headquarters on Wehrle Drive that will give the grocer room to expand. Frank Curci, Tops' chairman and CEO, said the company expects to hire another 40 workers within a year or two after the move is complete. Tops has 300 employees at two nearby sites on Spindrift and Earhart drives and leasing the space a…

As more than 300 Buffalo area residents board buses tonight bound for the Women's March on Washington, Buffalo News reporter Maki Becker and photographer Robert Kirkham will travel with them. The two  will ride through the night on a chartered bus to provide live coverage Saturday of  the protest against President Donald Trump in Washington, one day after Trump was in…

We shouldn’t encourage disrespect for the policeI find it surprising that anyone can defend the painting titled “Untitled #1” hanging in a busy walkway leading to the Capitol Building. Could there be an “Untitled #2” coming soon?Op-ed columnist Clarence Page sees nothing wrong. Page states that the former high school student from Ferguson, Mo., is simply exercisi…

LOCKPORT - When a Niagara County Court jury convicted Robert E. MacLeod Friday of robbing and sexually abusing a female Japanese tourist in Niagara Falls, the victim smiled and, shortly thereafter, shed tears of joy and relief. "I was looking at the jury," Koyuki Nakahara told reporters. "I traveled 24,000 miles to hear that." The jury deliberated 6 1/2 hours, mo…

Members of the Buffalo School Board who held a secret meeting this week say the law allowed them to seek legal advice outside of the public eye. Seven board members held that meeting Tuesday without telling two other board members - Larry Quinn and Carl P. Paladino - or the public when they paid for legal advice on how to oust Paladino. At the regular board meeting W…

LOCKPORT - The Town of Lockport has received a $213,000 state grant to pay for the repair of a bridge on Snyder Drive over Donner Creek, Town Supervisor Mark C. Crocker said Thursday. The grant from the Department of Transportation is for the only one of three town projects for which the DOT approved funding. Bids for the contract are to be sought this summer, and the w…

Rebecca Lesniak knows what it’s like to struggle with Crohn’s disease and essential tremors, give birth to twins prematurely, undergo a hysterectomy. She’s been through divorce. Been laid off from a good job. Had to declare bankruptcy. Such a series of unfortunate events can put you into a deep physical and emotional pit. It also can force you to find ways to d…

The number of diagnosed cases of cervical cancer in New York State has dropped nearly 40 percent since 1976, and deaths from the disease fell 50 percent during that same time period, according to research findings issued this month by Univera Healthcare. Still, roughly 20 percent of upstate women age 21 to 65 don’t get screened. “Screenings are very important…

  Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for Jan. 21 to 28 for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Ma…

The anxiety that comes with a diagnosis of prostate cancer can lead men to choose more aggressive – and potentially unnecessary – treatments than they may need. That’s the conclusion of a University at Buffalo study that calls for informed decision-making between physicians and patients about prostate cancer treatment, as well as better support to help men deal w…