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A 19-year-old Woodward Avenue man found hiding in his attic was arrested about 1:30 a.m. Friday for allegedly robbing a cab driver at gunpoint at Parkside Avenue and Amherst Streets less than a half hour earlier.Ramon Lopez was charged with first- and second-degree robbery and two counts of criminal possession of stolen property. Police said he held a gun to the cabbie’s h…

A 41-year-old Buffalo woman was sentenced to a 30-month prison term Friday on her conviction for attempting to receive a package of cocaine shipped from the U.S. Virgin Islands.Tracy D. Anderson was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara for attempting to possess with intent to distribute and distributing cocaine. U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. said…

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New York State is betting $225 million on a pair of Silicon Valley startup companies from the highly competitive solar and LED lighting industries.Top state officials spent nine months secretly researching about 35 potential tenants for a new, high-tech manufacturing campus in Buffalo before coming away convinced that Soraa and Silevo were the right partners for the state.…

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WASHINGTON – Four years after moving to Buffalo without knowing any English, Jose Lagares found himself striding across a stage in the White House East Room Friday to meet the first lady.And he found the perfect words for the situation.“I told her I was nervous,” Lagares, 18, said afterwards.And who wouldn’t be? Only two years after Lagares went to Buffalo’s CEPA Gallery t…

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Thursday evening at Daemen College, the Rev. Eric Johns took time out from his annual five-day stay on Buffalo’s streets to serve on a panel discussing homelessness and hunger.“I told the audience, ‘I don’t feel qualified to be on this panel, but I guess I can tell some stories, because I’ve been homeless for 2½ months,’ ” Johns recalled Friday.That’s 2½ months total – fiv…

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Construction is scheduled to get started next month on the redevelopment of the former Spaghetti Warehouse and Sensationz nightclub building at 141 Elm St.The $7 million project, to be known as The Planing Mill, will consist of about 22 market-rate residential apartments and 10,000 square feet of office space in the 43,500-square-foot, three-story brick building.The apartm…

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A tractor-trailer carrying carpets caught fire around noon Friday on the I-190 near the Clinton-Bailey exit.The fire appeared to have started in the cab. Buffalo firefighters initially brought the flames under control, but the fire flared up again, going through the roof of the tractor-trailer.Three fire trucks were parked on the Thruway, near an overpass, while another on…

A Buffalo man whose driver’s license has been suspended or revoked 18 times over the last 10 years gave police a novel excuse when he was pulled over in April.He told officers he was planning to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles the next day to clear up his license, prosecutors said.Damario James, 31, of Van Gorder Street, was charged with first-degree aggravated unli…

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Call it chicken soup for the soul on Thanksgiving week.Celebrity chef Rachael Ray on Monday will set the tone for Thanksgiving with a “Thanks for Giving” show and sharing the story of NFTA bus driver Darnell Barton.He is the guy who recently stopped his bus and stopped a woman who was preparing to jump from the Elmwood Avenue overpass into speeding traffic below on the Sca…

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy has announced that National Grid will invest $4.2 million in infrastructure upgrades toward the conversion of Ohio Street into an $11.3 million, tree-lined parkway. The 1.4-mile street, between Michigan Avenue and Fuhrmann Boulevard, connects the inner and outer harbors.The parkway is expected to be completed in Summer 2015.

When Alain E. Kaloyeros, hailed as a visionary for turning nanoscience research into a billion-dollar industry, got out of a car parked on South Park Avenue outside of a nondescript tract of land in May, he declined a big tour. “He indicated that he liked the feel of what he saw,” said Peter M. Cammarata, president of Buffalo Urban Development Corp. “We spent relatively a …

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The Cuomo administration is committing $225 million – the biggest single investment by the state in a new business venture in the Buffalo Niagara region – to try to turn Western New York into a Silicon Valley for green-energy companies.The massive investment, which accounts for nearly a quarter of the funds pledged through the Buffalo Billion initiative, is part of an all-…

A multiple-car accident on the northbound Niagara Thruway near the Hamburg Street exit has blocked the right hand northbound lane since about 7:35 p.m. State police are dealing with at least one injury in the incident, but have yet to release further information.

A 55-year-old East Utica Street woman in custody in the basement police cell block at the Buffalo City Court Building at 50 Delaware Avenue was charged with two felonies and two misdemeanor counts for fire alarm incidents. Diane B. Jones, who was in the cellblock for allegedly pulling a false fire alarm at 7:57 a.m. at Main and North streets, allegedly pulled another fire …

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Holiday fashion stories often begin something like this: “How to look festive – without looking overdone.” Or “Different ways to wear sequins – without looking like an ornament.”In this season of sparkle, shine and, yes, even silly seasonal sweaters, it’s easy to go a little overboard. And sometimes that’s OK. “It depends on your personality. I’m an over-accessorizer,” sai…