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In the midst of a mayoral campaign featuring two of City Hall's major players, their surrogates are arguing over this: Does it make sense to pay city workers to sleep on the job? That is what Mayor Byron W. Brown's administration and city Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder's office are bickering over after the watchdog issued an audit report that criticizes the Fire De…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to moral and social philosopher Eric Hoffer, “The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” . . . COMING CLEAN – “Germs Are Gross” is the theme for this week’s edition of EPIC Storytime at Canalside in downtown Buffalo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Special guest will be local magician Paul Anto…

Arlene Weckel of East and West Road in West Seneca said she's tired of hearing the crack of a bat, and wondering if a baseball from Firemen's Park across the street will be crashing through a window of her house. "Why was it built too close to the street?" she asked the Town Board on Monday, displaying two of the three balls that have landed on the shoulder of the road …

Usually a nuisance call to the Buffalo Police involving children playing in the street ends with the children being sent home. But a series of videos, posted by Tasha Fields on Facebook, shattered any preconceived notions about what may happen when police show up on the scene. Now, the videos are going viral — with over 1,000 shares since July 19. The videos e…

West Seneca School Board members will be checking to see if Erie 1 BOCES Superintendent Lynn M. Fusco can head up a search for a new superintendent. "If we go through her for the superintendent search, it's free," Board Member Mary Busse said. Board members agreed during a work session Monday that the search has to get underway as soon as possible. School Leadersh…

BERRYVILLE, Va. — Congressional Democrats Monday began outlining a new agenda for the Trump era, and it showed the nation's most powerful Democrat — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer — embracing progressive economics first and foremost over the middle-of-the-road appeals he once favored. A decade after writing a book in which Schumer suggested that Democra…

The legal battle between millionaire law partners Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes took a nasty turn on Monday as Barnes accused his estranged partner of "reprehensible conduct," including efforts to steal lawyers from the Cellino & Barnes firm to begin a new law firm. Barnes accused Cellino of causing "significant harm" to Cellino & Barnes by publicly …

A hearing on a proposed rate hike by National Grid that would increase residential delivery charges by 17.5 percent will be held on Aug. 1 at the Central Library. The hearing, conducted by the state Public Service Commission, will be split into two sessions. An afternoon session, with an information session at 2 p.m. and then public comments at 3 p.m., will be followed …

“The Gathering of the Drums: Indigenous Drum Festival,” a free event, is planned for 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 29 at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Performers include Frankie McNaughton, Carl Jamieson, the African American Cultural Center, Monte Jones, Strong Water Women, SlyBoots’ Mohamed Diaby and his ensemble, Manding Foli…

Jamil T. Alhorebi pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court Monday to an indictment accusing him of robbing a Town of Lockport gas station at knifepoint Oct. 1. Alhorebi, 31, of Lakeview Drive, Somerset, is charged with first-degree robbery and fourth-degree weapons possession in the crime at the Sunoco station at South Transit and Robinson roads. Assistant District…

Tips to the Crimestoppers tipline led to the arrest of a Buffalo man in the July 14 armed robbery of a Grand Island gas station, Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said Monday. Michael Church, 39, was arrested July 21 on charges of first-degree robbery, a felony and misdemeanor menacing and petit larceny counts. A little after 10 p.m. July 14, Crimestoppers report…

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter beamed pictures back to Earth last month showing an image that looks a lot like the waterfalls in the Cataract City. But here's the difference: Instead of water, it's a flow of molten lava. NASA named the image the "Niagara Falls of Mars." The three-dimensional image taken from the orbiter's camera shows the rim of a crater abou…

As Senate Republicans struggle over their attempts to repeal Obamacare, one word describes the landscape for health insurers: uncertainty. It's not clear whether repeated GOP efforts to undo much of the Affordable Care Act will ultimately succeed, and time is running short with the approach in a few months of open enrollment for 2018 health plans. Nor has it been cle…

More than 19,000 Western New Yorkers signed up for the spring Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge, making it the most successful challenge to date. Overall, 3,285 new participants registered for the online communitywide health and wellness initiative, which ran from April 24 through June 4. The series of six-week challenges – which …

A 14-year-old boy accused of shooting another 14-year-old with an air rifle has been charged with a felony count of second-degree assault, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said Monday. Deputies began an investigation on June 25 after the victim was taken to Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo. The boy had been shot with a pellet gun on June 22 in the Town of Elma. …