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With the muffled sound of protesters calling for his removal in the backdrop, Buffalo School Board member Carl P. Paladino took the stand in the hearing that will determine whether he can be removed from his elected position. Paladino began his testimony as protesters gathered outside of the state education department building in Albany, chanting "Hey hey, ho ho, Pala…

Canterbury Woods has completed a $2.3 million renovation and expansion of its Amherst campus that includes a refurbished swimming pool, a fitness center and an environmentally friendly green roof. The senior community, sponsored by the Episcopal Church Home & Affiliates, unveiled its new suburban wellness and fitness center this week – the latest physical expansio…

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's help in locating Anna Belle Niles, 23, of Lockport who was last seen June 2 in Niagara Falls. Niles was described as a white female, 5 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds. She has brown hair and blue eyes. Sheriff's officials asked anyone with information to call 438-3393 or Inv. Amanda Irons at 438-…

William R. Hall will retire as chief of the North Tonawanda Police Department in July. Hall has been a member of the department for over 30 years. He previously served as chief of detectives for 11 years and stepped into the role of chief in 2013, succeeding Police Chief Randy Szukala. No interim chief has been announced. The selection of a new chief will be made aft…

William Fichtner could see the set already. "We'll put a light there, and a camera," he said Tuesday, pointing to corners around the central hall of the Buffalo History Museum. The museum, along with locations in East Aurora and elsewhere in Buffalo, will become the sets where the Cheektowaga-raised actor will film his directorial debut, "Cold Brook." Filming here st…

The University at Buffalo team of math students have advanced to the next round of "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge," the NBC obstacle course show that features teams persevering through a series of physically grueling and often muddy challenges. The UB team of Chris Komin and Ellen Lutnick, both of Grand Island; Zoe Herrick of Rochester; and Trevor Bernard of Long Isl…

Prosecutors say they have evidence the Canadian tractor-trailer driver involved in last week's fatal hit-and-run in Lancaster removed the victim's hair from the front of the grill of his rig. As a result, Sebastien Y. Lavertu, 32, of Quebec faces a new charge of evidence tampering, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn Jr. said Tuesday. Flynn declined to elabo…

City of Tonawanda police charged a man with arson in connection with a June 16 garage fire on Broad Street, authorities said Tuesday. John E. Smith Jr., 46, who lives in a Broad Street apartment in front of the garage set ablaze, was charged with fourth-degree arson, criminal reckless endangerment of property and reckless endangerment, police said. The fire happened …

WASHINGTON – More than 25 members of the Families of Continental Flight 3407 gathered here Tuesday to once again press lawmakers not to water down the aviation safety law passed after the crash that claimed the lives of their loved ones in 2009. And a child led them. Ten-year-old Summer West, daughter of the late Ernie West, led off the families' news conference wi…

ALBANY – A week after lawmakers ended their 2017 session, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday said he is calling both houses of the State Legislature back to Albany Wednesday to deal with items the sides could not resolve last week. The sole issue Cuomo mentioned in a proclamation issued this morning for the “extraordinary session” was control of the New York City school…

The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine has completed the first phase of a $25 million renovation of its pre-clinical simulation center and patient clinics. This is the school’s first major renovation in more than 30 years with a goal of significantly upgrading Squire Hall on the South Campus as an educational and clinical treatment facility. The new si…

Hamburg's timeout from its proposed public/private ice rink and sports facility could last six months or more. And as the town steps back from approving the multisport complex, questions about the feasibility of the $25 million to $30 million project continue. One youth sports group said there's no way it could afford basketball court time if the cost is the $100 a…

In what will likely be the last day of the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from his seat on the Buffalo School Board, his ally Larry Quinn took the stand and testified that the disclosure of information about teacher contract negotiations was done in the public interest. Quinn also noted that the Artvoice article in which Paladino revealed information given to board …

An 18-year-old man was fatally shot Monday night in Buffalo's Hamlin Park neighborhood, police said. The man, whose name was not released, was shot at about 10:50 p.m. near Daisy Place and Florida Street, a Buffalo police spokesman said. The killing is the city's 27th homicide of the year. The man was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center where he later…