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In 2007, the Del Monte Foods Milk-Bone factory in Buffalo produced 549 tons of waste, which all piled into landfills.The factory has since cut the amount of waste by more than half, and diverted all of it from landfills, a first for a Del Monte company.Del Monte awarded the Buffalo factory with its inaugural Sustainability Excellence and Education award because of the sole…

Aye Chan, an historian and former political prisoner in Burma, will speak about Burma’s cross-border migration and ethnic violence at 2 p.m. Aug. 17 in Bulger Communication Center East, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.Chan is a history professor at Kanda University in Japan, and a founder of the World Arakanese Organization. For more information, call 308-7640.

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Evidence of Buffalo’s prehistoric past can be found at Delaware Park, if one knows how and where to look for it.A team of University at Buffalo archaeologists has been doing just that, recently digging up artifacts that include tools fashioned from the limestone bedrock where Scajaquada Creek once ran through the park.For thousands of years, Native Americans used the On…

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Almost 200 young people and staff members at Westminster Community Charter School participated in a practice fire drill Friday. At 3 p.m. Monday, they put those skills to use, fleeing the real thing at the Bailey-Kensington neighborhood school.All of the estimated 160 children enrolled in two summer programs there, and about 40 staffers, safely evacuated the school, accord…

When Dale Lockwood was arrested two years ago, he warned investigators about his ties to a high-ranking Buffalo police officer.“Do you have any idea who I am?” he said. “My brother’s the deputy police commissioner."Lockwood’s claim turned out to be true but it didn’t help him avoid allegations that he took part in a major drug-trafficking operation run by membe…

As cars streamed through the busy intersection, and pedestrians frequented the storefront at a nearby cafe, a small but impassioned group at Bidwell Park created signs from flattened pizza boxes, scrawling phrases such as “Freedom is slavery” and “Ignorance is strength.” The phrases are oft-recited refrains plucked from George Orwell’s book “1984,” which caut…

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Imagine being mayor of Buffalo and having the chance to solve some of the city’s most challenging problems.That is exactly what a local essay-writing contest is asking Buffalo schoolchildren to do: Put themselves in the mayor’s shoes and explain how they would address violence in the community, the need for more jobs and the education of students in the Buffalo Public …

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It’s not as high-profile as the Peace Bridge, but another long-envisioned transportation project has also been beset by delays and hard feelings.Talk for years has centered on building 2.6 miles of trail along a former railroad bed in a Y-shaped formation through North Buffalo and connecting to a planned trail in the Tonawandas.Now the city is leaning toward using the fe…

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Maybe it’s the fact that Buffalo voters have twice elected a black mayor. Or maybe it’s because they have twice helped elect a black president. Whatever the reason, the presence of two African-Americans and one Hispanic on this year’s mayoral ballot – and the absence of a white candidate – doesn’t impress many voters. While some said this first for Buffalo sign…

A man was robbed Saturday night by a suspect on a bike after leaving a store at 1351 Kensington Ave., according to Buffalo police reports. The victim told police he was leaving the store around 9:40 p.m. when a suspect approached and asked if he wanted to buy drugs. When the victim declined, the suspect demanded he hand over all his money. The victim handed over $360 and r…

A man walking down Hodge Avenue late Saturday was robbed of $80 by five or six men, according to Buffalo police reports.The victim was walking away from a gas station around 11:40 p.m. when he turned onto Ashland Avenue and the group of men surrounded him. One demanded money and emptied the victim’s wallet of the cash. All the suspects were dressed in khaki cargo shorts …

Shots were fired into a home on Langfield Drive around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, according to a Buffalo police report. A mother told police an unknown person fired two shots through an open back door at the home, narrowly missing her son. The shots left bullet holes in the kitchen walls.The son left the home without providing any details about the suspects, according to the repo…

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Something odd happened in the 500 block of Main Street in downtown Buffalo on Saturday afternoon: There were lots of people.On weekends, this section of Main, which is still closed to vehicle traffic, usually looks like a ghost town. But the block bounded by Mohawk and Huron Streets was alive with dance music as hundreds gathered for the second annual ChalkFest – an invi…

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An art glass window that used to be part of the Darwin Martin House sold at auction for $80,000 and appears headed for a private collection instead of back to the Jewett Parkway landmark.Several bidders vied for the glass panel on Saturday at Kelly and Ben Schultz’s auction facility in Clarence. The winner’s identity was not disclosed, nor was the seller’s.The geomet…

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The bleachers weren’t filled with rowdy fans and the scoreboard wasn’t lit up, but the approximately 200 kids who flocked to Coca-Cola Field Saturday as part of the Bisons’ seventh annual free youth clinic didn’t appear to mind. “The look on his face was awesome when he walked onto this field,” Kari Hicks said of her 7-year-old son, Mason. The clinic originated…