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When the City of Buffalo announced it was lifting alternate-side parking restrictions on more than a dozen streets in Elmwood Village last summer, Janice Kyle was relieved. Being able to park on both sides of Ashland Avenue meant not having to walk entire blocks to and from her car for half the year. The change seemed especially promising to her husband, Bennie Kyle, 60…

Here's how Buffalo area residents can help Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico through Oct. 6: Special donation boxes will be set up at drop-off sites in Buffalo City Hall, 35 Erie County buildings, the Belle Center at 104 Maryland St. and at St. Anthony's Church, which is located at 306 Ingham Ave., Lackawanna. Needed supplies include bottled water, flashlights, …

Josh Barnett, the new executive sports editor of The Buffalo News, recently solicited questions from the readers of TwoBillsDrive.com about Bills coverage and the new BNblitz.com. Here is a sample of the questions and his responses. Q: Why are we being asked to pay for the same content that was free in the past? A: We have expanded our coverage and coverage team t…

A Buffalo man accused in a violent attack on a woman last June pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court Friday morning to attempted assault in the first degree. In exchange for the guilty plea, Justice Deborah Haendiges agreed that she would sentence Felix Velazquez to no more than 10 years in prison and five years post-release supervision when he returns before her on Nov…

Michael C. O’Neill, the Wheatfield man who lost part of his leg in an explosion at his home, now admits he owned an explosive device. O'Neill's admission, part of a guilty plea in federal court in Rochester to unlawful possession of a destructive device, came two years after the explosion at 6761 Walmore Road, and a subsequent police search that found evidence of a pi…

D.F. Stauffer Biscuit Co.'s  plant in Allegany County, which makes a variety of cookies and crackers, will close at year's end, eliminating 51 jobs. The company said it will close the Cuba plant and combine the site's manufacturing into "higher production facilities" in York, Pa., and Santa Ana, Calif. The company is headquartered in York, where it made its first ani…

The Seneca Nation of Indians has been awarded a $25,000 Culture of Health Prize by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation for its continuing work to give Senecas across Western New York the opportunity to live healthier lives. The nation announced this week it is one of eight winners out of 200 applicants across the country. Efforts that helped win the prize include an app…

SolarCity has agreed to pay $29.5 million to settle allegations that it lied to the federal government by submitting inflated claims through a solar energy stimulus program, the Justice Department said Friday. The settlement resolves a federal investigation that has been underway since 2012 into allegations that SolarCity submitted thousands of claims that overstated th…

Jose Hernandez-Rossy was unarmed and trying to escape a pistol whipping by two Buffalo police officers when he was shot in the back and killed, according to a new federal lawsuit. Filed by Hernandez-Rossy's mother, the civil suit claims Officer Justin Tedesco fired the shots that killed Hernandez-Rossy after an altercation May 7 in Black Rock. The suit accuses Tedesc…

Western New York’s uninsured rate of 3.68 percent is 39 percent lower than the statewide uninsured rate of 6.06 percent and 57 percent lower than the national uninsured rate, according to a Univera Healthcare analysis of new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. “Credit goes to the collaborative environment in Western New York, in which the health systems and the physic…

Medaille College will help as many as 60 Math, Science and Technology High School students get ready for college, using a $1.3 million federal grant over five years. The grant from the U.S. Education Department will fund Medaille's Upward Bound program, college and city school district officials announced Friday. Medaille will provide tutoring, college entrance exam …

Raine Manuel had just returned from dropping her husband off at his work at 6 a.m. Friday and was lying in bed, trying to get a few minutes of rest as her kids prepared for school, when her son, Pappu yelled, "Mom, fire!" Flames were at the front door of their second-floor apartment at 112 Massachusetts Ave. Someone was banging on neighbors' doors, screaming at everyone…

Five Star Bank's parent company said it generated net proceeds of about $29.8 million through its recent "at-the-market" stock offering. Financial Institutions, based in Warsaw, launched a stock offering of up to $40 million in late May. The recent trading window for sale of shares under the offering closed Sept. 15. "We will continue to assess our capital needs …

The Sisters of Mercy "Many Faces of Mercy" program recently pledged $1,800 to promote parenting education at Cornerstone Manor, an emergency shelter and temporary housing complex for women and their children, said Kathy Diina, grants manager for Many Faces of Mercy. It was part of nine grants totaling $17,100 that Sisters of Mercy provided to Buffalo area nonprofits …