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Those who follow the Buffalo School Board are well aware of the politics, infighting and racial tensions that typically underscore its interactions. But the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from his elected position offered even some insiders a more raw glimpse into the behind the scenes workings of the board and school district. There were no bounds when airing the bo…

Dionte D. Dolson, 23, of McKoon Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in State Supreme Court to an indictment accusing him of taking part in an unsuccessful May 12 robbery of an alleged Niagara Falls drug dealer, who was shot during the incident. The man who allegedly had the gun was Darius L. Bray, 23, of Pine Avenue in the Falls, who pleaded not guil…

The developer planning apartments and retail stores on Niagara Falls Boulevard in northwest Amherst said he expects to begin foundation work this fall. Anthony Cutaia, president of Rane Management, received final approvals from the town Planning Board earlier this month for his development at 3455 Niagara Falls Blvd., next to the former Evergreen Golf Course. Cutaia…

With the Carl Paladino hearing over, the betting window is now open. In the race from the bottom to respect the citizens who pay their salaries, the frontrunners have to be the Buffalo School Board and the Erie County Water Authority – if only because they have so much to clean up. After running with the pack so for so many years, the School Board made itself the odds-…

Firefighters battled an apartment fire early Thursday morning on Central Ave., according to the Lancaster Fire Department. A fire appeared to heavily damage a second-floor apartment above a business. The building houses Happy Tails Doggie Daycare, which said on Facebook it would be closed on Thursday. The building also houses Today's Dog, a pet boarding and grooming bus…

Dana Papaj, the Grand Island woman injured by a hit-and-run driver while walking her dog two weeks ago, remains in guarded condition in a coma, unable to speak or focus her eyes. But she has spontaneously opened her eyes on a few occasions, which has given her family "tremendous hope," according to Steven M. Cohen, the family attorney. "They are praying around the c…

For 14 years, Sally Jo Robins worked in billing and accounts receivable at Lincare in Amherst, rising through the ranks to become a supervisor and trainer. For about half that time, Kathleen Dunlap, a Town of Tonawanda resident, worked under Robins. No one knew at the time, but Robins – of Buffalo – and Dunlap became whistleblowers in a lawsuit accusing Lincare, …

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French author and aviator Antoine de Saint Exupery, born on this date in 1900, “Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.” . . . GIFT OF LIFE – The Williamsville Branch Library, 5571 Main St., will host a Unyts blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. today in the Community Room. Free T-shirt…

West Side resident Carolyn Taggart likes the idea of setting her own hours. Ann Taylor, of Amherst, is retired and wants to stay busy. Maria Sanchez, of Buffalo, spends half of her time "driving somebody somewhere" and figured she might as well get paid for it. All three recently applied to drive for ride-hailing company Uber, which will begin operating in Western…

ALBANY – It was a day like many past days in Albany, despite its one-day “extraordinary session” title, with the usual trappings of hurry up and wait. At 7:30 p.m., the Senate cried uncle and members left the Capitol to return again Thursday for another try at lawmaking. Democrats who control the Assembly, emerging nearly two hours later from a closed-door conf…

WASHINGTON – The threat that the Families of Continental Flight 3407 worried about finally started to take shape Wednesday, as a key senator said he would propose changes to the pilot experience requirements that the families fought to get enacted into law seven years ago. Sen. John Thune, a South Dakota Republican and chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, told P…

Jack F. Quinn Jr. has just a couple days left before retirement to clean out his office and say goodbyes to staff. His last official act as president of Erie Community College came on Wednesday at a lunchtime ceremony in the board room of the City Campus. Quinn honored Cory Stoczynski, a part-time clerk in the college's transportation office, with a President's Recognit…

State regulators fined Gerald Buchheit's Queen City Landing $50,000 for breaking a state environmental conservation law when it allowed a section of concrete wall to fall into Lake Erie last year during the demolition of the former Freezer Queen building on the waterfront site. Queen City Landing admitted to violations and agreed to pay the fine as part of a consent ord…

As work continues on the Northland Corridor project on Buffalo's East Side, two more workforce-related organizations are considering signing on as tenants for the East Side light-industrial hub. The Buffalo Employment Training Center and the Buffalo Public Schools' Nurse's Aide Training Program have asked the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. about taking up space in the …