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Sandra, a Guatemalan woman in the U.S. without legal status who was seeking asylum in Canada, shared her recipe for tostadas de tinga, which she made at Mark and Joelle Herskinds' house in Buffalo while they were giving her sanctuary there. [Gallery: Asylum seekers want freedom in Canada] Tostadas de tinga For the chicken:  3 or 4 boneless, skinless chicken br…

Jose arrived at Vive's shelter for asylum seekers in Buffalo at 6 a.m. March 28, after a 15-hour trip by two buses and a taxi from Maryland. “I was maybe a little scared,” the 25-year-old said. “I don’t know. I just put my faith in Jesus. I knew he was going to protect me.” He was scared because he did not have legal status in the U.S., having overstayed a …

Danish Yahyaie arrived at the Peace Bridge Newcomer Centre in Canada with a bouquet of flowers to meet his wife, Alina. Alina, who is from Afghanistan, had taken a taxi from the Buffalo airport across the Peace Bridge on March 24 to seek asylum in Canada. Danish escaped from Afghanistan three years ago. He flew into Toronto Pearson International Airport with $700, no…

In the basement of a stately Buffalo home, a family of eight found a safe place to hide while waiting to seek asylum on the other side of the Peace Bridge. Originally from Guatemala, Daniel and Sandra did not have legal status in the U.S. As teenagers, they both crossed the border from Mexico illegally in pursuit of a better life, free of the violence and poverty of the…

Eric Fenar is a Type 1 diabetic who exercises regularly, rigorously measures his blood sugar levels and takes other steps to stay healthy. Still, he says, "In life, it's tough to eat tofu and salad and grilled chicken every day." He likes Asian food, pizza and beer too much for that. This is why Fenar has become one of the biggest volunteer pitchmen in the co…

Guzman, the Buffalo Zoo's 16-year-old American alligator, is retiring next week to sunny Florida. His departure is due to an upcoming $3 million renovation of the Zoo's Reptile and Amphibian Center, officials said Thursday. Guzman's exhibit in the reptile house will be replaced by one for Komodo dragons. Construction is expected to begin this summer. The 270-pound G…

When the pictures of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Bill Gates appeared on screen during the workshop, the young men immediately recognized them. The images of Benjamin Banneker, Henry Sampson and Lonnie Johnson? Not so much. None of the students of color at last weekend’s Boys to Men Youth Empowerment Conference recognized any of the highly accomplished black…

ALBANY – Two Buffalo apartment buildings will undergo extensive renovation to resolve lead paint hazards, according to a settlement announced by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The settlement requires a variety of abatement steps be taken at Elmwood Anderson Apartments, at Anderson Place and Elmwood Avenue, and the Lafayette-Barton Apartments, at Lafayett…

ALBANY -- A group pushing for the removal of Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino took their case Wednesday to Albany, holding a small rally near the office of the state official with the authority to oust or keep Paladino. “He’s the distraction. He’s the disruption. He needs to be removed,’’ Whitney Crispell, a member of Showing Up for Racial Justice, sa…

Timothy Tielman, one of Buffalo's most vocal historic preservation advocates, is being replaced on the city Preservation Board he's served on for the past decade. His replacement, Ruth D. Bryant, a former assistant dean for human resources at the University at Buffalo's School of Architecture and Planning, was approved Tuesday by the Common Council at the request of Cou…

When Buffalo teachers finally settled their long-standing contract dispute with the school district last fall, some thought it was a signal that their battle-tested leader, Phil Rumore, would ride off into the sunset. Rumore is about to turn 75 and has led the Buffalo Teachers Federation for more than 35 years. But union elections have rolled around again and Rumore …

A gaping civilian-military divide exists in the United States. Only a small percentage of Americans serve in the armed forces, and many civilians have little awareness of veterans or those serving. serving. Brian Castner, a Buffalo-born military veteran and memoirist, helps bridge that gap with his writing. “It’s my job to help get you into those shoes and see wh…

A New York City company wants to set up a movie, TV and music production and post-production facility at the Central Terminal. And, ROAR Logistics, run by Bob Rich III, wants to relocate its headquarters there. But there's a hitch: Both companies are part of the mix of tenants for the Central Terminal that were being assembled by Harry Stinson of Hamilton, Ont. – a…

When rescue workers and citizens began performing first aid on Buffalo police Officer Joseph Acquino, whose right ear was nearly torn off, a startling discovery was made. Clutched in one of Acquino's hands was a large plastic bag containing more than 100 smaller bags of suspected heroin. Two law enforcement sources say Acquino had grabbed the drugs during a struggle …