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Transparency on the Buffalo School Board became a showcase issue Wednesday when maverick board member Carl Paladino was originally denied the ability to bring his multiple resolutions before the board after being promised he could. Board member James Sampson was also initially denied an opportunity to present his resolution on – not coincidentally – improving board transp…

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It’s been clear for some time that Western New York is in the midst of a golden age of theatrical variety.No one can predict how long this era of seemingly endless options will last or how many new theater companies will join the pack before we arrive at critical mass. The only thing to do now is to gaze out with admiration at the constantly changing landscape and apprecia…

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Stan and Diane Nowak of Amherst, flying an American flag from the window of their car, were among the early arrivals Wednesday evening at Chef’s Restaurant on Seneca Street for the “World’s Largest Pasta Dinner.” “I’ve got flags flying for all these days,” said Stan Nowak, referring to 9/11, “and when I heard about the Wounded Warriors, I’m here.” Chef’s owners, Lou Billit…

Melvin Medina, 27, a member of Buffalo’s once-infamous 10th Street Gang, pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to a conspiracy count under the federal racketeering influenced corrupt organizations statute.He faces a prison term of up to 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000 or both when he is sentenced Jan. 24.U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul…

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All the attention is on the University at Buffalo’s growth on the downtown medical campus, but check out what’s happening at the other state school across town.SUNY Buffalo State unveils a new $36.5 million academic building today, the latest installment in the ongoing construction boom on the Elmwood Avenue campus.The new Burchfield Penney Art Center opened a few years ag…

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The Buffalo Zoo fell $2 million short of raising the $14 million needed to build the Arctic Exhibit and create a new home for its polar bear cubs.But Donna Fernandes, the zoo’s president, hasn’t given up. She and her team revised design drawings to shave expenses on the planned exhibit in advance of bids being sent out later this week to construction companies. Cost estima…

Democrats mostly stayed home for Brown-Tolbert primary, leaving political analysts to sort out why.By Robert J. McCarthyNews Political ReporterIn a city of about 261,000 residents, only about 14,000 Democrats voted in Tuesday’s primary for Byron W. Brown as mayor of Buffalo.This means that less than 6 percent of the city’s population gave him the votes that are tantamount …

A 19-year-old Perry resident was seen attempting to inject himself with drugs while driving on the Niagara Thruway earlier this week, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office reported today.The teen and a passenger, also from Perry, subsequently were arrested on multiple charges.Detectives were driving to Buffalo in an unmarked car at about 7 p.m. Monday when they saw a northbound…

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Two tall ships will sail into Canalside this afternoon and begin the four-day Maritime Fest with its rowboat rentals, beer garden, music, screening of “Pirates of the Caribbean” and fireworks. “We welcome the Lynx and Peacemaker to Canalside this weekend and invite the public to experience first-hand the maritime history and culture Canalside has to offer, tour the two tal…

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Two Buffalo institutions will team up this evening for a pasta dinner for the ages.More than 1,000 people have already reserved spots for Chef’s Restaurant’s “World’s Largest Pasta Dinner,” taking place at 6 p.m. at the historic 291 Seneca St. location. The dinner will benefit charity and be held as a celebration of Chef’s 90th anniversary operating in downtown Buffalo.“Wh…

Walk slated to raise funds for suicide preventionSaturday, family and friends of suicide victims will be joined by other supporters in Delaware Park for the Out of the Darkness suicide prevention and awareness walk. Money raised will go to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. According to the foundation’s website, suicide claims more than 38,000 lives ea…

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Though the horrific events unfolded hundreds of miles away, the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and each of the victims killed will be remembered in Western New York today, as nearly 3,000 American flags each bearing a victim’s name have been placed on the front lawn of the American Red Cross building at 786 Delaware Ave. The display continues until Sept. 22.Elsewhere …

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The four young men grew up on the rough streets of the barrio, in northeast Los Angeles, in the 1960s.One of them was taken to his first drive-by shooting at age 12. The others ranged from a hardened gang leader to a self-described “little hoodlum” to a youth who had his own scrapes with the law, busted for shooting out windows with a BB gun by the same police officer who …

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Mayor Byron W. Brown cruised to victory in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, a crucial step in his quest for a third term.Brown won with 68 percent of the vote against Bernard A. Tolbert, who attracted 32 percent of the vote, according to an unofficial tally of 99 percent of the ballots cast.Buoyed by an electorate that believes the city is headed in the right direction and de…

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A large sign advertising stuffed banana peppers blocks the window on the north side of Redlinski Meats in Cheektowaga.A new “window” on that wall should be finished by next week, offering customers and passers-by on Walden Avenue a glimpse into the past.Buffalo artist Amanda Hart is painting a mural depicting the shop in the 1940s, when Redlinski Meats debuted in Buffalo’s…