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Kids call it summer vacation. Educators think of it as the Summer Slide – that phenomenon when the knowledge students gained during the school year starts getting lost during two months off. Summer learning loss is in peak season, and efforts to fight it are in full swing, too. That includes the summer “camps” that kicked off last week in Buffalo, providing …

An apparent effort to steal a car in an East Side driveway ended with the car crashing into the owner's garage door, Buffalo police said Sunday. A woman on John Paul Court reported shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday that she heard a loud crash and came outside to find that her 2010 Ford Taurus had been crashed into the garage door. Another auto, parked inside the garage, was …

A stolen car that rammed a Buffalo police vehicle in an Amherst Street parking lot got away Friday night, after a high-speed chase that ended in Kenmore. Northwest District police said the incident began as an officer was checking out a report of reckless driving in the parking lot of Amherst Street Wine and Liquor, 601 Amherst St., at 9:48 p.m. Friday. The vehicle…

Three men were shot in two separate incidents Saturday, but their injuries were not life-threatening, according to Buffalo police reports. Two men were shot early Saturday outside a house on Genesee Street, just east of Doat Street, Ferry-Fillmore District police said. One man was shot in the right pelvis, and there was no exit wound from the bullet. He was taken to Eri…

A West Side man told Buffalo police Saturday that a man fired a pellet gun at his moving vehicle, striking the windshield near the corner of West Delavan Avenue and Herkimer Street. Northwest District officers said the auto was eastbound on West Delavan about 11:45 a.m. Saturday when the driver, a Baynes Street resident, saw a man standing on the corner pull out a black…

A male pedestrian who is about 30 years old was killed Sunday morning in a hit-and-run accident at Broadway and Gatchell Street, Buffalo police said. Police have not identified the victim, who was struck just after 3 a.m. by an SUV traveling east on Broadway as he attempted to cross the street. The victim was transported by ambulance to ECMC and pronounced dead at th…

Plans for a 30-unit affordable housing development in the old Central Park Plaza area will be unveiled Monday at a community meeting in Elim Christian Fellowship Church. The $9 million housing project, called Elim Townhomes, is the first project taken on by the Elim Community Development Corp., which is associated with the church. The 2.23-acres of vacant land are locat…

Carlo J. Marinello II is on a run of sorts. Two weeks ago, the Buffalo man learned the U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal of his 3-year-old tax conviction. A federal judge last week ordered him released from prison more than a year early. In granting Marinello his freedom, U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, the same judge who oversaw his trial, pointed to…

A photo that showed a U.S. Postal Service truck partially submerged in flood waters near a viaduct on Broadway in Buffalo on Thursday prompted comments and quips from Buffalo News readers. The photo also showed a second vehicle in the water from which Buffalo firefighters rescued three people. "I guess weather can stop the mail from being delivered afterall," wrote one…

Kurt Mylers, the Buffalo man accused of firing a gun into a crowd of people early last Sunday morning, remains incarcerated at the Erie County Correctional Facility, unable to post $100,000 in bail. Charged with felony first-degree reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon, Mylers, 22, of Kail Street was supposed to appear in Buffalo City Court Frida…

Nora OBrien-Suric learned to impact social change at the shoulder of some influential people in the aging field: • Robert N. Butler, a geriatric psychiatrist and founding director of the National Institute on Aging; • Rose Dobrof, a geriatric social worker who established the Brookdale Center on Aging at Hunter College in New York City, where she got her doctorat…

Former judge Anthony P. LoRusso is wrapping up an Allentown-area apartment project with a focus on green energy and solar power on a former brownfield site. He expects to open the Allentown Square Apartments next month. The three-story building at 295 Maryland St. will have 59 market-rate apartments. The $7 million project is designed as a "net-zero energy" build…

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

Piano teacher Victoria Stearns takes a short walk from her home every Monday morning to fill the lobby of Kenmore Mercy Hospital with the sounds of Broadway show tunes, Gershwin and other golden oldies. “It calms people down,” Stearns said. “The volunteers at the front desk say people are friendlier when there’s music going on.” Music holds the power to com…

Local leaders and city housing advocates said they are thrilled Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is earmarking some of the Buffalo Billion for the region's hardest hit residential neighborhoods. After focusing much of the state's efforts here on job growth and business development, Cuomo turned his attention Thursday to Buffalo's East Side housing, unveiling a $10 million, three-ye…