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Get on your marks, shoppers. The big day is almost here. Never before has Black Friday been so scattered and segmented. The official kickoff to the holiday shopping season begins on Thanksgiving at some stores, on Friday in others. Some stores open before dinner, some open after dinner, and some don't open on Thanksgiving at all. Some stores will open on Thanksgiving, c…

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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to self-improvement advocate Dale Carnegie, born on this date in 1888, “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get." . . . DECK THE HALLS – Ten Lives Club Cat Adoption Group will sponsor a Holiday Bazaar and Wreath Sale from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 Pierce Ave., Hamburg. There will vendors…

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Lynette Lewis, of Buffalo, and her namesake niece did not have to worry about missing Thanksgiving dinner Thursday as the pair occupied parallel parking spaces in separate SUVs in the Target lot off Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga. "I met at her house at 9 o'clock this morning and we ate Thanksgiving dinner," said the younger Lynette Lewis. The Lewises were among about …

Town of Evans police were investigating several suspicious fires and vehicle break-ins Thursday morning in the Highland area between Prescott Drive and Schuyler Drive, on the Lake Erie side of Route 5. A vehicle fire on Wayne Drive  at about 5:30 a.m. was extinguished by Highland Hose Volunteer Fire Company  before it spread to a nearby residence. Police …

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A pack of shark girls. Three people dressed as a turkey, gravy boat and fork. A woman dressed as "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." A man carrying a canoe. The colorful costumes that are a big part of the annual YMCA Turkey Trot's gaiety were on full display Thursday, as thousands of runners took over Delaware Avenue beginning at 9 a.m. They ran from Tacoma Avenue all…

A City of Tonawanda woman faces felony drunk driving charges, after she crashed her vehicle into a pole at Delaware and Delton streets. Following the early morning accident Wednesday, Karli M. Holler, 30 of Gibson Street was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, in the first and second degrees, and six other …

A 23-year-old Buffalo man was shot shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday in the 1200 block of Fillmore Avenue, Buffalo police reported. The man was taken to Erie County Medical Center with what appeared to be serious injuries, police said. No other details were immediately available. Anyone with information  on the shooting is asked to call or text the Confidential TIP-CA…

A Buffalo fentanyl dealer has been sentenced to 33 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. John Walker Jr., 25, previously was convicted of distribution of fentanyl and unlawful possession of a firearm. Walker sold fentanyl to an FBI confidential source five separate times in March and April 2016, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang. The…

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When an arsonist destroyed the Lafayette-Barton Apartments on the West Side of Buffalo in March, all 36 units were damaged, leaving about 90 people, many of them resettled refugees and immigrants, without a home. Two young women decided to take action. Laila Ismail, whose family members were displaced by the fire, set up a gofundme.com account the following night to …

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Construction on the proposed new Emerson School of Hospitality in downtown Buffalo could begin by January, after the city Planning Board gave the $36.8 million project a green light. But first the developers have to sign a lease agreement that's being negotiated with the Buffalo Public Schools. They also want sales and mortgage recording tax breaks, to boot, as the pr…

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Naniette Coleman had a memorable homecoming last weekend at the University at Buffalo. "To say this place made me who I am is an understatement," said Coleman, a 2002 UB graduate who is studying for her Ph.D in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Coleman returns as often as she can. Still, this visit had particular meaning: She came back to serve as …

A vehicle was severely damaged and the house sustained smoke damage when a fire broke out Wednesday night in the attached garage of a home at 436 Lake Shore Drive East, the Dunkirk Fire Department reported. Two residents were displaced by the fire, which was reported at 11:44 p.m.  Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and fire and spent about two hours battling …

A multi-agency DWI "saturation patrol" in Orleans County resulted in seven DWI arrests and 45 traffic tickets between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 3:30 a.m. Thursday, according to the Orleans County Sheriff's Office. This effort involved every law enforcement agency in the county along with New York State Parole, the Orleans County Probation Department and U.S. Immigration an…

A Buffalo man who organized a telephone scam that defrauded people of more than $340,000 has pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Shawn Sylvia, 35, entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara and faces a maximum possible penalty of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced April 3. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisan…

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Two brothers are charged for illegal hunting practices earlier this month in Chautauqua County, the DEC announced Wednesday. Environmental Conservation Officers found two brothers standing over a large, newly slain 9-point buck in Charlotte and learned one of the men shot the deer and allegedly tagged it with his brother's archery tag. He admitted that a few days…

An increased amount of traffic enforcement by State Police will continue through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to discourage impaired, distracted, aggressive and reckless driving. Troopers in marked and unmarked vehicles will be more of a presence on highways through Sunday with sobriety checkpoints, underage drinker enforcement and Operation Hang Up enforcement, whi…