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Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) is launching a car seat safety initiative that includes free classes and safety checks of car seats. The new service will be offered by appointment at EPIC's offices at 1000 Main St. In addition, EPIC will take its car seat safety check to a number of community events this year. Fueling the program was a $10,000 donation from t…

TV

There's an art to the banter that TV news announcers engage in between broadcast segments. Channel 2 anchors Maryalice Demler and Scott Levin and meteorologist Kevin O'Connell were in rare form during a recent 6 p.m. newscast. Sitting at the news desk, Levin said, "I'll admit the warmer temperatures feel better, but I hate it when you get that slushy snow around your…

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A 1-year-old male snow leopard has a new home at the Buffalo Zoo. Altai arrived at the zoo in October and has cleared health quarantine and been introduced to a new habitat, the zoo announced Friday. Altai was one of three snow leopards born at the Akron Zoo on March 5, 2016, and is named after the Altai Republic in Siberia and Altai Mountain Range in Central and Eas…

Crime

A Buffalo man shoveling snow on Thursday night told police he was robbed by a man with a gun who threatened to shoot him, according to a city police report. The robbery happened at about 7:45 p.m. on Hempstead Avenue in the Kenfield/Langfield Homes, according to the police report. The victim told police he initially refused to hand over any belongings but the robber …

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A Buffalo woman ran into some trouble this week when she went to smoke marijuana with some people she had met on Snapchat. The woman told Buffalo police a man and a woman got into the backseat of her vehicle on LaSalle Avenue at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to a police report. The two then picked a fight with her and a male friend who was with her in the car. …

Art

Colorful paintings of the historic Fruit Belt neighborhood to the east of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus are making a statement in a common walkway on the campus. Tucked on the eastern end of a hallway between Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center is the newly installed Community Artists Gallery, giving many patients and …

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The new facades in the Fillmore Avenue business district can’t help but catch your eye as the area gets a facelift. But what you may not see are some of the lives in the neighborhood that also have a chance for a makeover. They are young men like 32-year-old Tyshawn Garner, who got hired temporarily last year by contractor Eddie Egriu as part of the $300,000 effort to re…

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After Amherst native Matthew K. Enstice wrapped up stints in the entertainment industry that took him to Broadway Pictures in Los Angeles and "Saturday Night Live" in New York City, his career dramatically swerved back to Buffalo. He landed at the helm of the nonprofit organization overseeing the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Now, 17 years later, Enstice finds himself…

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Some Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority commissioners could be heading to Las Vegas to learn how to do their jobs. While the BMHA board has restricted travel for the agency's top executives, commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to send themselves to a public housing conference being held at a hotel on the Las Vegas strip from March 7 to 9. BMHA Executive Directo…

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A Buffalo Common Council committee is recommending a $3 million settlement to a state worker who sustained “life-changing” injuries in a lawn mower accident on the job. Michael Yusczyk was working for the New York State Department of Transportation when he was injured May 4, 2011, while mowing the lawn on the bike path along Scajaquada Creek and I-198, said Delaware Cou…

Art

It gets awfully dull sitting in a chair, staring out the window of her fifth-floor room at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, said Angelic Banko. The Grand Island mother of two boys, ages 3 and 5, has been hospitalized for 21 days to treat internal bleeding. But just before lunch Tuesday, Banko got very excited. She knew what was coming. Like clockwork ever…

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A state judge late Wednesday appointed a temporary receiver to oversee some of the disputed financial dealings between Buffalo attorneys Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes. John G. Schmidt Jr. was appointed to the temporary post and given limited powers to oversee the separation between the Buffalo-based Cellino & Barnes firm, which is owned by both men, and …

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A Buffalo woman charged with attacking a man with a kitchen knife faces a slew of charges, including assault and child endangerment, because five children were also in the home, Buffalo police said. Tia S. Dunovant, 30, was arrested at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, about five hours after the attack left a man with a forehead wound. The incident in a home on Connelly Avenue, off Ba…

Crime

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with stabbing another freshman with a pocket knife at Bennett High School Tuesday morning, according to authorities. The victim was stabbed in the left forearm at about 10:15 a.m., according to a Buffalo police report. An ambulance was called to the scene but the victim's mother declined ambulance transportation for her son and took hi…