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At the start of the school year, Lynn Shanahan went from University at Buffalo professor to the front lines of public education. By the end, she had learned some valuable lessons - about what teachers are being taught, what it's really like in urban schools and how she'll prepare her graduate students before they head into   classrooms. Her lessons learned came duri…

While Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority fees charged to ride-hailing companies' customers at Buffalo's airport are new, taxis have been paying for access to the Buffalo airport for years. So have parking lot shuttles, limousines and other ground transportation companies. The taxi company with exclusive rights to pick up fares at Buffalo Niagara International …

Five Star Bank's parent company has added a prominent Buffalo media leader to its board of directors. Donald K. Boswell, 65, the president and CEO of the Western New York Public Broadcasting Association, was elected at the annual meeting of Financial Institutions  in Warsaw this week. Boswell serves on the board of New Era Cap, and previously served on the board o…

The Kmart store at 2801 W. State St. in Olean is the latest casualty of retail downsizing. The store will close in mid-September, according to its parent company Sears Holdings. The store will begin a liquidation sale Thursday "We have been strategically and aggressively evaluating our store space and productivity, and have accelerated the closing of unprofitable sto…

Canalside has become the center of the summer outdoor fitness craze in Western New York, but those who don’t often frequent the downtown Buffalo waterfront won’t be left in the cold in the coming weeks. Independent Health will continue to sponsor Fitness in the Parks group fitness classes in several counties. State parks have a slate of hikes, kayaks and other event…

Sister of Mercy Edia Lopez took to the streets of Buffalo Friday, 7,000 miles from her home. The Panamanian sister joined with hundreds of fellow Sisters of Mercy from the Americas, Native Americans and other environmental advocates to rally for clean water in Buffalo, the Great Lakes and globally. "We sisters understand that the policies that are being made in our c…

Shirley Carnall’s family wasn’t sure what to make of it five years ago when she joined the Buffalo Outdoor Meetup group. “My dad put it this way: ‘You’re meeting people online and going into the woods with them?’” Carnell was in her late 40s when she clicked on Meetup.com and gained access to dozens of groups for hundreds of outings. It was a welcome…

City of Tonawanda police charged an East Aurora man with trying to break into a woman's home Thursday night and later struggling with officers who tried to arrest him. When police arrived at a Steiner Avenue home at about 8:45 p.m., they found a woman screaming and Kevin Wolf, 42, of Chestnut Hill Road, bleeding from his forearm. Wolf broke a window and tried to enter t…

The petition to remove Carl P. Paladino from his elected Buffalo School Board position argues that he violated board policy when he disclosed confidential information discussed in executive session. The board members seeking his removal argue that disclosure interferes with their ability to conduct business. Paladino's main defense at a hearing in Albany before stat…

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher heard from more than 1,000 teachers and education professors on a listening tour of the state last year for ideas on bolstering New York's teaching ranks. Feedback from that tour with state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is reflected in a new SUNY TeachNY Policy on teacher preparation that SUNY trustees ado…

The Queen City Pop Up's latest iteration is now open for business. This year's retailers are Baskets by Ms. Regina, which sells themed gift baskets; specialty food retailer Najah Sauces and Ten Thousand Villages, which sells fair-trade housewares, jewelry and accessories from around the world. The temporary local market is located at 403 Main St. across from Lafayette S…

A Wilson man said Friday that he was under the influence of marijuana when he caused a fatal crash last summer in Porter. Michael A. Buchalski II, 22, of Randall Road, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and driving while impaired by drugs, in exchange for a two-year sentence - one year on each count - in the Niagara County Jail. State Supreme Court Just…

Three assailants tried to rob two people Thursday night at the University metro station on the University at Buffalo's South Campus, according to the university. One of the three would-be robbers displayed a knife during the attempt, which happened at about 9:30 p.m., the university said Friday morning. Two of the assailants were male and one was female. They shoved …

Key developments in effort to remove Carl P. Paladino from his elected position on the Buffalo Board of Education: Dec. 22: Paladino sends an e-mail to School Board President Barbara Seals Nevergold about an issue discussed in executive session and copies members of the media. The petition to remove him from the school board cites this as the first instance in which he …

A Lockport lawyer accused of stealing more than $63,000 from the proceeds of a real estate sale told an investigator that he spent the money on his 26-year-old son's dental work. "It went in my kid's mouth," Edward R. Thiel told Investigator William Thomson of the Niagara County District Attorney's Office, according to court papers. Thomson interviewed Thiel at Thie…