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Barbecue doesn’t call for the choicest parts of the animal, rare spices or innovative ideas. Instead, it involves gnarly cuts, simple seasonings and some of the oldest cooking techniques known to civilization to produce breathtaking results. The best barbecue is the one that makes you happy, but my search reminded me of the axiom: If it needs sauce to satisfy, you nee…

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 …

Former jail attendant merits harsher sentenceThe News did a good job bringing to public awareness the details of the recent abuse of a prisoner by an attendant in the city cellblock. But it is incredulous that the defendant is only facing up to 21 months of imprisonment. Which means it could be several months less.Did people read the severity of physical torment and trauma…

Applications for the $5,000 Jacquie Walker Scholarship offered by the Buffalo branch of the American Association of University Women are due by July 15. The scholarship is open to female residents of the eight counties of Western New York who graduated from a high school in the region. An applicant must have completed two years of college and be a full-time studen…

The woman who died after being hit by a vehicle Sunday night in the Tops Markets parking lot in East Aurora has been identified. Wendy L. Bus, 48, of Colden, was pushing a shopping cart to her vehicle just a few feet from a store entrance when she was hit. Bus owned a computer-assisted design business, WB CAD Consulting, which she started in 1999, according to the co…

Susan G. Komen Upstate New York recently announced more than $200,000 in new community grants for Western New York efforts to help reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen annually funds local projects to help meet critical community needs, including projects that provide breast cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment services and …

Buffalo police have identified the man fatally shot Monday night as Jequan Wilson, 18, of Buffalo. Wilson was shot at about 10:50 p.m. near Daisy Place and Florida Street in the city's latest homicide, police said. Wilson recently graduated from an alternative program in the Buffalo Public Schools, according to district officials. Buffalo has had 27 homicides to d…

Cheektowaga won't hold its Fourth of July fireworks display next week. Three members of the Town Board issued a statement Wednesday saying the problem lies with Cheektowaga's decision, at the urging of Supervisor Diane Benczkowski, to cut overtime across all town departments by 5 percent. That meant there wouldn't be enough money to pay police or other personnel to s…

Local law enforcement officials hope the arrival of ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft will decrease the number of DWIs in the area. Ride-hailing services will become legal in upstate New York at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and both companies are planning to extend service to Western New York. During a news conference on Wednesday, Erie County Sheriff Timonthy Howard and other …

Ever wonder what happened to Willoughby Exchange? It hasn't gone away. But it did go back to the drawing board. Craig Willoughby's proposal for a 10-story apartment building at Main and East Ferry streets created some furor in the surrounding neighborhood when the auto insurance purveyor first promoted it over a year ago. So he and his partners have been tweaking it thro…

About 400 street parking spaces in the city's central business district are listed as "no-parking" zones or are not priced right, leaving them unused or underused at a time when downtown parking remains a problem for many, according to Buffalo Place. The nonprofit business improvement district, which oversees activities along Main Street and adjacent roads, is conductin…

State Parks Police on Wednesday released a photograph of the inflatable plastic ball recovered below Niagara Falls that investigators believe daredevil Kirk R. Jones may have used in a fatal plunge over the falls. The body of Jones, of Spring Hill, Fla., was recovered June 2 in Lake Ontario near Youngstown. Jones, who survived a previous plunge over Niagara Falls in …

Members of the largest union representing Town of Tonawanda workers, who have worked without a contract for six years, erected a billboard this week to pressure the town into negotiating a new deal. The Hourly Employees Association of the Town of Tonawanda represents 195 workers in the town's highway, water, parks, water and wastewater treatment departments. On Monda…

Jeffrey Sortisio, principal at Frontier Central High School, has been named superintendent of the Fredonia Central School District. Sortisio, who has been principal since 2008, will start his new job July 21, when interim Superintendent Laura Pless steps down.  Paul DiFonzo retired in March after 14 years as superintendent. “When looking for another new challenge …