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WASHINGTON – James C. Kopp, the anti-abortion zealot who fatally shot an Amherst physician nearly 15 years ago, lost his latest – and likely last – bid to have his convictions overturned at the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.Appealing a case that had been rejected by lower federal courts, Kopp asked the Supreme Court to hear his argument that he had been denied his con…

AmherstThe Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 5583 Main St., to discuss several issues. Two families will appear before the board to request permission to raise chickens in their backyards. The board in April denied another resident’s application for a chicken permit – the first such application – before reversing its decision.A…

The 16th annual Discover Amherst Street Festival will be held along Amherst Street from Elmwood Avenue to East Street in Black Rock from noon to 4 p.m. today. Features include a pie contest, strawberry festival, parade, musicians swap meet and celebrity dunk tank.

Beechwood Homes and Hospice Buffalo on Tuesday will partner to open The Hospice Wells House at the Beechwood Continuing Care Campus in Getzville.The aim of the service at Beechwood Homes is to offer more individuals with serious illness skilled nursing hospice care.“Beechwood Continuing Care has had a long-standing partnership with Hospice going back to 1992, when Beechw…

March 4, 1926 – June 6, 2013Dr. Franklin H. Glassman, who practiced medicine until last year, died June 6 in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He was 87.A lifelong resident of Snyder, Dr. Glassman maintained a family practice in Snyder for 60 years and was a member of the Western New York Osteopathic Society.He was a graduate of Amherst High School, the University of Buffalo Medic…

Katherine Bodde, policy counsel for the New York Civil Liberties Union, will discuss Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s women’s equality agenda during the annual meeting of the League of Women Voters of Buffalo Niagara on Saturday.The business meeting begins at 10 a.m. at the Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Amherst, followed by lunch at noon.The league will also recognize …

After more than three years of waiting, the Western New York communities that host the Seneca Nation of Indians’ three casinos will get the money they’ve been owed.Niagara Falls, the Salamanca area and the City of Buffalo will receive a total of $140 million that had been held up because of a dispute between the Seneca Nation and the state.Under a deal announced Thursd…

A woman and her young daughter were taken by ambulance from the crash of a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer rig on Sheridan Drive at Brompton Road about 2:30 p.m. today. Amherst police are continuing to investigate the incident involving injuries to a woman reportedly in her mid-30s and her daughter reportedly about 12 years old.

Developer William L. Huntress has won a $3 million jury verdict against the Town of Amherst after a four-week trial in state court.Huntress sued the Town Board after it voted in 2006 to rescind a previous approval for an office park at 2190 Wehrle Drive.During the trial, his lawyers argued that the board’s about-face on the project was due to opposition from neighbors an…

The Williamsville School Board has filled two key administrative positions, the district announced Wednesday.Jeffrey Jachlewski was appointed the new principal of Heim Middle School, and Christopher Mucica was appointed instructional specialist for health, physical education and athletics.Jachlewski has been the assistant principal at Heim Middle for five years, and Mucica…

The local YMCA is again offering free fitness classes in parks throughout the area this summer, through a program co-sponsored by Independent Health. This year, the program expanded into Niagara County, as sessions are being held at Artpark in Lewiston.The “Fitness in the Parks” program offers classes such as pilates, yoga and cardio dance at eight parks: Artpark, Bass…

The Grapevine, on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst, is known for its casual American menu with an emphasis on fresh seafood, a patio room with retractable roof, gurgling water features, tropical foliage, and spectacular saltwater tanks full of colorful tropical fish.Most entrees on the dinner menu hover around $13 to $18, with a few selections above that. So John, Pat an…

The Amherst Conservative Committee has endorsed a slate of Democrats for November’s elections.Chairman William L. Kindel announced that the committee is supporting Council Member Mark A. Manna for supervisor against incumbent Republican Barry A. Weinstein.The Conservatives also support Democrats Patricia S. Dunne and Ramona D. Popowich for Town Board, and Kara A. Buscagl…

Area shopping malls have been busy adding new attractions.H&M, a Sweden-headquartered retailer known for its trendy yet affordable clothing, will open at noon Thursday in Boulevard Mall. The 22,000-square-foot store will occupy part of the former Abercrombie & Fitch site in the corridor between Macy’s and the mall’s food court. It will have its own exterior entrance on…

Special Olympics New York is inviting the public to cheer on the 1,800 athletes and coaches competing in the annual State Summer Games next weekend at the University at Buffalo. All events and parking are free.Opening ceremonies, including a parade of athletes and the lighting of the Special Olympics cauldron, will be held at 8 p.m. Friday in Alumni Arena on the North Camp…