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WASHINGTON – Rep. Brian Higgins may be more well-known for fighting for Buffalo's waterfront and Central Terminal than he is for fighting over major national issues such as health care reform, but that seems to be changing. Higgins, D-Buffalo, has been increasingly raising his voice on national issues. He proved it last week when he took the lead in decrying the fact …

The former Gilda's Club of Western New York has a new owner: Canisius High School. The Jesuit school will transform the mansion into a fine and performing arts center. Its first floor will have an art gallery and special event venue. It is also developing plans for a music rehearsal space, individual practice space, a recording studio and classrooms devoted to archite…

The University at Buffalo's chief fundraiser will step down in July. UB President Satish K. Tripathi announced the departure of Nancy Wells, who spent five years as vice president of philanthropy and alumni engagement. University officials credited Wells with strengthening UB’s fundraising and alumni outreach efforts by implementing major organizational changes in …

A Cheektowaga man has pleaded guilty to attempting to possess child pornography, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Monday. Andrew Reiner, 29, communicated with a 15-year-old girl using cellphone applications known as Kik and Skout starting last June. After learning the girl's age, authorities said, Reiner texted her messages "of a sexual nature in order to entice her into…

Authorities are looking for information on the whereabouts of a 14-year-old Niagara Falls boy. Jameir Jordan was last seen May 7, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Jameir is black, 6-feet tall and weighs 120 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone who may have information should call 911, Niagara Falls Police at 716-28…

Western New York high school and college students will be among the beneficiaries when the Buffalo branch of the American Association of University Women opens its 63rd Scholarship Book Sale  on May 31 in the Burlington Plaza, 1551 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. More than 150,000 books, DVDs, CDs, games and puzzles will be on sale during the five-day event that ends J…

Hate crime accusations against a Wilson man were dismissed Monday, and he was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in an incident the judge blamed on "consuming copious amounts of malt beverages." State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. granted a one-year conditional discharge to Gary R. Bell II, 32, of Hamilton Avenue, who was indicted on h…

The Buffalo mother arrested Friday night after she took her toddler to a Franklin Street bar says she she won't be taking him out to taverns anymore. "I'll never do it ever again," Anne K. Callan told The Buffalo News on Monday. Callan, 38, was charged with two counts of child endangerment outside the Tudor Lounge, according to a Buffalo police report. According t…

It's "all hands on deck" at the Buffalo office of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, processing emergency repair permits for those whose property along Lake Ontario has been damaged by flooding or erosion this spring. DEC Regional Director Abby Snyder said Monday during a visit to Olcott that 64 permits have been issued in Niagara County this spring, wi…

Walden Galleria has a new breakout food star. Dough Boyz, a purveyor of edible raw cookie dough, opened at the mall last Tuesday and has been drawing crowds ever since. Lines regularly snake outside the store and into the corridor. There are roughly a dozen flavors, including chocolate chip, peanut butter and red velvet. The dough is scooped like ice cream into cones…

A proposed parkland swap that would allow the Town of Amherst to pursue development of a hotel at the Northtown Center is in the hands of state lawmakers. Bills were introduced last week in the Assembly and State Senate that would remove the parkland designation from 3 acres at the town-owned ice rink complex on Amherst Manor Road and transfer it to a 26.6-acre parcel…

Martial Manyere has an extraordinary tale to tell. He came to Buffalo last summer to seek the help of Vive, a shelter in Buffalo for immigrants seeking asylum in Canada. But with no close relatives in Canada, he learned there was only a slim chance he’d be given asylum. Seeking asylum in the U.S. can take years. People who applied for asylum in January and Februa…

Dr. Jeremy P. Doak's philosophy on medicine is simple – fix those broken bones and get on with life. "It's also kind of like a glorified body mechanic," said Doak, a North Tonawanda native who returned to Buffalo to work at Women & Children's Hospital after his medical school stint at the University of Florida and residency work. His career chart includes put…