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Erie Community College officials say they are committed to using their downtown facilities to train the region’s workforce needed for new blue-collar jobs that will be opening up in the coming years.While the college recently decided to put a new building on the Amherst campus, school administrators say they remain committed to downtown Buffalo.More than $25 million has …

Decision Pace, a business intelligence Web service startup located in the Z80 Labs in Buffalo, has raised $1 million from investors.Richmond Capital Partners, Z80 Labs and some angel investors helped fund the startup company, which will use the money to further develop “data visualization” products, services and technologies. Its aim is to transform raw data into real-…

A state appeals court has upheld the conviction of Paul T. Imes, who was charged with sexually assaulting a SUNY Buffalo State student nearly five years ago.The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court rejected Imes’ contention that he had consensual sex with the student.Imes, now 27, is an inmate at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility serving a 12-year prison sentence.…

Most of the residents who fled a two-alarm fire in a six-story, 112-unit Elmwood Avenue apartment building Tuesday morning were able to return to their residences by the end of the day, according to fire officials and the Red Cross.But 23 residents on the second floor in the Brent Manor Apartments, where the blaze started in a studio apartment, needed temporary housing be…

One woman is dead and a man is being treated at Erie County Medical Center following a drive-by shooting at East Ferry and Stevens avenues about 8:30 p.m. MondayThe woman was pronounced dead at ECMC and the man is being treated there for what homicide detectives described as non-life threatening injuries.Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Confidential TIP…

A frozen yogurt war may be about to heat up a block this summer on Elmwood Avenue.Crowds have been streaming into Yotality since the storefront opened earlier this month at 715 Elmwood, last occupied by Chow Chocolat. They’re attracted to the low- and nonfat dairy alternatives to ice cream, and the dozens of candy and fruit toppings that can be mixed in.Friday, White Rab…

The Buffalo Museum of Science has opened a new science studio, begins a new 3D film Friday and holds its annual “Star Lights” fundraiser Saturday.The Motion Studio, which opened Saturday and is the third of eight themed studios, is a testing laboratory where visitors can explore the physics of motion by building devices and conducting experiments.The film, “Forces of…

The presence of a Buffalo police chief in one of Mayor Byron W. Brown’s first campaign advertisements has been questioned by one of Brown’s challengers. Northeast District Chief Kimberly L. Beaty is seen in the commercial in uniform, writing “Progress” on a piece of posterboard, and then standing in front of police vehicles, holding up the sign for the camera and t…

Two Buffalo teens have pleaded guilty to criminal weapons possession in connection with a January traffic stop during which Buffalo police found a sawed-off shotgun, a revolver and two pistols – all of which were loaded.Pleading guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon were Christopher N. McCleary, 17, of 1503 E. Delavan Ave. and Girard Jackson, 18, of 281…

The Burmese Water Festival will be held 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday (6/29) on Grant Street between W. Ferry and Hampshire streets, near the West Side Bazaar.The festival marks the Burmese New Year, and will feature cultural dancing, Burmese cuisine, colorful dress and traditional water activities.The official opening ceremony will be at noon.

Motorcyclist Rafael Maldonado Jr., 43, died today at Erie County Medical Center of the several injuries he suffered in a crash with a minivan in the 300 block of Grider Street last week, Buffalo police said.Maldonado’s helmet was reportedly knocked off when he crashed at about 2 p.m. Wednesday. He apparently underwent an emergency tracheotomy at the scene of the accident…

A corpse, apparently partially decomposed, was found by Buffalo police in a backyard in the first block of Fisher Street Monday afternoon.Homicide Squad detectives and the Crime Scene Unit were sent to the scene after Northeast Division police officers responded to a call about the body about 2:30 p.m.Police were trying to determine the identity of the body. An autopsy was…

Jireh D. Williams, 21, of Buffalo, has been identified as the passenger killed in the early morning Sunday motor vehicle crash at the ramp to the Kensington Expressway near Elm Street, police said today.Williams, a back seat passenger, was thrown from the vehicle just before 3:30 a.m. when it struck a guard rail and a tree before coming to rest on some nearby grass. Police…