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The Union Ship Canal in South Buffalo is a tempting swimming hole, especially on a hot summer evening.The area, south of Tifft Street near Lackawanna, is pretty and secluded, in a parklike setting with bike and walking paths on both sides of the water. The canal current seems tame, and there’s no apparent undertow.But there is one problem.There’s no easy way to get out…

The Indian rhinos will be the stars of Zooper Saturday at the Buffalo Zoo.Visitors can learn about the zoo’s endangered Indian rhinos during keeper talks and animal enrichment sessions every half hour from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There also will be rhino raffles and face painting.A Barn Party begins at 1 p.m. in the Delta Sonic Heritage Farm, featuring bluegrass music and demo…

Pocus, a California sea lion who was popular with visitors at the Buffalo Zoo, died this week, apparently from a bacterial infection.Pocus, who was nearly 12, was born at Sea World in Orlando, Fla., and arrived at the Buffalo Zoo when the Sea Lion Cove exhibit opened in May 2005. The maximum lifespan for sea lions is about 30 years.Dallas, a male who arrived at the zoo at …

Bishop Richard J. Malone called Pope Francis’ decision to canonize Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII “a day of great joy for the entire Catholic church.”The head of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo said the two holy men “shepherded the church during very different, very important times.”“John XXIII’s leadership during the Second Vatican Council, combined w…

A 48-year-old West Delavan Avenue woman was arrested on drunken driving and other charges when she allegedly struck five parked cars and drove over the curb in the 2100 block of Main Street near the grounds of Sisters Hospital early Friday.Christine Sanders was also charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction for refusing to cooperate with officers at the scene.Sanders…

A 40-year-old Buffalo man suspected in a number of recent store robberies in Erie County remained in the Erie County Holding Center on Friday after his arrest by Orchard Park police detectives.James E. Uptegrove, of Ryan Street, was arrested several hours after he allegedly threatened a clerk and stole several hundred dollars Thursday evening at a Kwik Fill gas station at …

The atmosphere created by some young people Thursday in Riverside Park during the Independence Day festivities turned as combustible as the fireworks.Groups from outside the neighborhood, according to witnesses, started a number of fights and later wreaked havoc on Tonawanda Street by blocking traffic and jumping on cars before they were dispersed without arrests.“It was…

Bishop Richard J. Malone called Pope Francis’ decision to canonize Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII “a day of great joy for the entire Catholic church.”The head of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo said the two holy men “shepherded the church during very different, very important times.”“John XXIII’s leadership during the Second Vatican Council, combined w…

Buffalo police are still investigating a collision that killed a motorcyclist this evening. The motorcycle collided with an SUV at the intersection of Leroy Avenue and Holden Street at about 7:15 p.m.Buffalo police confirmed the male motorcyclist was declared dead at the scene.Police said the SUV struck the motorcycle and then struck a house on Leroy.The cause remains unde…

Nestled in the shadows of downtown, adjacent to a row of rustic-looking, time-worn grain mills in Buffalo’s Ship Canal, Mike Weekes sat cross-legged on a floating wooden platform, toiling away on his houseboat. He is about two weeks shy of a finished product – a houseboat equipped with the bare minimum in amenities, including a portable toilet, four beverage coolers an…

NIAGARA FALLS – At a time when the region pins much of its economic future on tourism, some Niagara Falls lawmakers appear ready to sever the official relationship between the city and its tourism promotion agency.City Council Chairman Glenn A. Choolokian on Friday said that the three-member majority on the Council may either table or vote down a proposed one-year contra…

A car thief drove off with more than he bargained for Friday morning when he jumped into an unattended car at a gas station at William Street and Fillmore Avenue.A 3-year-old was in the back seat.The toddler – unharmed – and the vehicle were later recovered.Police charged both the suspected car thief and the child’s mother.Shortly after 12:30 a.m., a man got into the…

The Union Ship Canal in South Buffalo is a tempting swimming hole, especially on a hot summer evening.The area, south of Tifft Street near Lackawanna, is pretty and secluded, in a parklike setting with bike and walking paths on both sides of the water. The canal current seems tame, and there's no apparent undertow.But there is one problem.There's no easy way to get out of …

Housing advocates trying to keep financially distressed Buffalo homeowners from losing their homes have drafted a proposed policy to keep city officials from auctioning properties delinquent only on garbage user fees.The proposal is among several changes to the city’s foreclosure rules pushed by nonprofit organizations.“I think people recognize the current system isn…

A man was shot in the neck and a woman stabbed in the arm in separate incidents two blocks and 20 minutes apart late Wednesday, Ferry-Fillmore District police said.A man identified as Willie Garner, no address available, told officers he heard a shot and was struck in the neck while driving down Zelmer Street at 11 p.m. Garner was unwilling to answer further questions, acc…