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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Buffalo will present an award to Maj. Jose Santiago, leader of the Salvation Army in Lockport, at a luncheon Saturday. Santiago is to receive a Hero of Hope partner award, recognizing him for his work in the Lockport community, during a eastern Niagara County region Catholic Charities kickoff and volunteer training event at 11 a.m. i…

TV

There's an art to the banter that TV news announcers engage in between broadcast segments. Channel 2 anchors MaryAlice Demler and Scott Levin and meteorologist Kevin O'Connell were in rare form during a recent 6 p.m. newscast. Sitting at the news desk, Levin said, "I'll admit the warmer temperatures feel better, but I hate it when you get that slushy snow around your…

Health and Fitness

Marina Mukandala found yoga after graduating in 2001 from Clark University in Worcester, Mass. and going into the work force. “I was under a tremendous amount of stress making that transition into the real world and developing a lot of anxiety,” the Black Rock native said. Mukandala and her husband, Magezi, moved back to her home region a decade ago. She went to work as…

Crime

A Buffalo man accused of shooting a man to death at a neighborhood party 2 1/2 years ago was arraigned Friday on a second-degree murder charge. Cornelius Jones, 27, who was arrested in November, is charged with killing Dequawn Griggs, 21, of Buffalo on July 5, 2015 at a party on Montana Street. Jones pleaded not guilty to murder and second-degree criminal possession …

Business

Hamburg Mitsubishi has closed its doors, but says another dealer plans to take its place. The dealership, which opened in early 2015 in 5160 Camp Road, has posted a notice on its door informing customers of the closing. "Regretfully we have come to a position where we cannot sustain our dealership business longer," the note said. The message said a new Mitsubishi dea…

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Firefighters were on the scene of an occupied house fire at 45 Shepard St., north of Broadway midday Friday. The blaze was reported at about 12:30 a.m. Firefighters encountered heavy flames on the second floor. The cause was under investigation, fire officials said. The Red Cross was assisting four people who lived at the house.

Business

The Made in America store in Elma has attracted lots of visitors and international media attention over the years, for its policy of selling exclusively 100 percent American-made products, right down to the packaging. On Friday, U.S. Small Business Administration administrator Linda McMahon toured the store with its founder and owner, Mark Andol. She praised his commitm…

Twenty-five pigs were seized Tuesday from a Cattaraugus County property where 128 neglected animals were seized in 2002, according to Farm Sanctuary, a non-profit organization. The pigs, most of which were between 1 and 6 months old, were described as being "sick, emaciated and mange-ridden," the organization said. The group did not identify the property owner nor th…

Health and Fitness

The fear, pain and uncertainty that come with going to the dentist can unnerve even the healthiest among us. Imagine what it can be like for those with autism, dementia, physical limitations, developmental disabilities or cancer. These are the patients in the working world of Drs. Elizabeth Kapral and Maureen Sullivan, two of a dozen dentists who help staff three den…

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A 1-year-old male snow leopard has a new home at the Buffalo Zoo. Altai arrived at the zoo in October and has cleared health quarantine and been introduced to a new habitat, the zoo announced Friday. Altai was one of three snow leopards born at the Akron Zoo on March 5, 2016, and is named after the Altai Republic in Siberia and Altai Mountain Range in Central and Eas…

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WASHINGTON – Thousands of abortion opponents from around the country traveled to the nation's capital Friday for the annual March for Life, and many said they did so with mixed feelings of hope and trepidation – all because of President Trump. Attendees from Buffalo praised Trump for his appointments of a conservative Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch, as well as othe…

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More changes are being made at Buffalo's public housing agency. The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority is set to hire a top-level executive to take over some of the day-to-day responsibilities of running the 27 housing developments where some 10,000 tenants live. Yvonne C. McCray, who currently serves as director of housing at the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, will …

Crime

A Niagara Falls man who walked into a Pine Avenue bar carrying a loaded gun in his hand early Friday morning was tackled and detained until police arrived, according to Niagara Falls police. Tommy D. George, 47, of 22nd Street, also had a knife when he walked inside Empire Sportz Lounge, 1602 Pine, at about 2:25 a.m., according to a police report. Several people disa…

Crime

A cook at Attica Correctional Facility has been charged with official misconduct and misdemeanor sexual abuse, according to the State Police. Joann Thompson, 53, of the village of Wyoming, is accused of having an unlawful personal relationship with an inmate, troopers said. She has been suspended without pay, according to the state Department of Corrections and Communit…