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WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins faces challenges that might be enough to knock off a typical politician: a stock investment that led to an ethics investigation, deep ties to an unpopular president – and the occasional habit of saying something controversial. But, so far, 17 months before his next election, the Clarence Republican lacks the most important challenge. …

Martin Boryszak, the new president and chief executive officer of Sisters Hospital and its St. Joseph Campus in Cheektowaga, came to health care from what seems like an unusual route – UPS. The differences in the businesses are not as great as you might think. As Boryszak sees it, they both adhere to basic business principles. The Buffalo native was working for the…

Local veterans groups and municipalities will host Memorial Day parades, services and other events to pay tribute to fallen veterans throughout the Buffalo Niagara area this weekend. Here's an alphabetical list of public events planned: Akron: The Commemorative Air Force Buffalo Heritage Squadron will hold a Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast and Fly In, from 7:30 am. to…

Bulldogs in the 'Burg begat the bulldog in the circle. A metal bulldog sculpture designed by Hamburg High School art students and produced in partnership with Griffis Sculpture Park and Essex Art Center now stands outside the high school's main doors. The bulldog, which is the school mascot, is dedicated to creative thinkers at the school, said art teacher Michael Ed…

The Erie County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday arrested seven people in a sweep for individuals with active warrants out of Erie County Family Court, the agency said. The Sheriff's Office's Family Court Warrant and Child Support Enforcement Unit conducted the sweep in Buffalo and across the county, authorities said. Arrested were: Norma Lattimore, 23; Samuel Pez…

There's no such thing as a typical day for a Niagara County coroner, but the stress and time demands can be too much for some. "There are times when there's no calls for days, and then there are days when you're gone from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. I've done that," Coroner Michael A. Ross of Lockport said. For the fourth time in less than 18 months, a coroner is resigning, as…

You go to your favorite grocery store hungry, spend way more than usual, then come home to find, as you start putting things away, that you already have many of the items you just bought. Worse, your significant other asks how you just spent $200 and didn’t manage to grab enough items to put together even one complete, healthy meal for the family. Allyson Odachowsk…

A Buffalo man faces a maximum of 40 years in prison after pleading guilty on heroin charges Thursday in U.S. District Court. Juan Oliverias-Arbello, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and the distribution of 100 grams or more of heroin when he stood before U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charges also carry a penalty of…

Four Niagara County men were arrested on federal charges  and accused of operating a cocaine distribution network in Niagara Falls and Lockport between April 2016 to May 2017. Ramone Westbrook, 27, Rico Freeman, 33, Corey Bradberry, 34, all of Niagara Falls, and Darius Dix, 27, whose alias is Darius Jenkins, of Lockport, were charged with conspiracy to possess and pos…

Buffalo police want the public's help locating a missing 77-year-old man. Rafael Vizcarrodo-Ocasio is described as a Hispanic male, 6-feet tall and 220 pounds with white hair. Vizcarrodo-Ocasio was last seen driving a blue Smart car. Police did not say when or where he was last seen. He is known to frequent shopping centers in West Seneca and on Seneca Street, p…

Connors Hot Dogs used to be a stand with a few picnic tables on the sandy gravel. The Evans institution is starting its 74th season with its familiar grilled Wardynksi hot dogs, locally grown potatoes and hand-cut pickles, but there's something new, too. There's a 16-foot addition across the front of the building that enlarged the area where orders are taken. Condim…

Opioid-related emergency room visits at Erie County Medical Center more than doubled from 2009 to 2016, a startling rise reflective of the addiction epidemic in Western New York and across the country. The growth mirrors an increase in opioid deaths and, like the fatalities tied to drug abuse, the patients come from every corner of the region – urban, suburban and rur…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French artist and novelist Edmond de Goncourt, born on this date in 1822, “A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world.” . . . POUR IT ON – Celebrity bartenders are among the attractions at the fourth annual In For a Penny fundraiser from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Lewiston Stone House, 755 Cente…

Grand Island bridge tolls are not just taking money from pocketbooks and time spent idling in traffic but could also be taking a toll on people's health. The group WNY for Grand Island Toll Barrier Removal took a new tack on Thursday – with an educational summit to talk about how idling traffic at toll barriers affects toxicity in the air. The group is pushing for …

A pedestrian was seriously injured Thursday when two vehicles collided in the 6600 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard, authorities said. The drivers of both vehicles also were injured, Niagara Falls Police said. The crash happened at about 10 a.m. when a vehicle traveling west on Niagara Falls Boulevard moved into the left lane and struck a second vehicle before cross…