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“Skunkgate,” they’re calling it. The summer was a stinky one for residents of the Old First Ward because of the city’s practice of gathering all of the trapped skunks around Buffalo and shooting them at a shuttered police station on Louisiana Street. “The days that they shoot them, it’s the most intense, nauseating smell,” said Mackinaw Street resident Sara Heidinger, who…

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Steven Bernstein isn’t a household Hollywood name, but he’s built a successful career behind the camera as cinematographer for dozens of films since leaving Buffalo.It’s an eclectic list that ranges from “Monster,” the award-winning film about a serial killer, to “Like Water for Chocolate,” the popular celebration of the joys of food and love, to “Scary Movie 2,” a not-so-…

Say goodbye to the Arby’s restaurant on Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo. Say hello to a new and more upscale Tim Hortons.The longtime fast-food restaurant known for its roast beef will be redeveloped into a new Tim Hortons restaurant, at 537 Delaware near Allen Street, said auctioneer Cash Cunningham, who is overseeing the sale of the restaurant equipment.The store clo…

Changes in the scheduling of the upcoming Buffalo firefighters exam favor city residents, especially those who have no weekday commitments.Unlike past civil service exams to establish lists for hiring firefighters, for the upcoming exam city residents will not have to compete against suburban residents. In past years, interested applicants have been able to move into the c…

Buffalo police today said they do not believe foul play was involved in the death of a University at Buffalo student whose body was discovered by friends Sunday afternoon in his University Heights apartment.Detectives would not identify the 18-year-old out-of-town student but said he was found in an unresponsive state inside an apartment at 93 Winspear Ave.Authorities are …

A Buffalo man was arrested Saturday in the sexual assault of a female earlier this year.Calvin Dyson, of Stratford Road, was charged with rape in the third degeree in connection with an incident at his home on the morning of March 23.Police said Dyson is accused of having sexual intercourse with the victim against her will.

Buffalo Police were looking for two men Sunday who allegedly shot a Carl Street man in the cheek and knee during a robbery.Rudell Jemes. 55, who was treated and released from Erie County Medical Center, said the men entered his house Saturday afternoon armed with a rifle and, after shooting him in the left cheek and right knee, fled with $560 in cash.The suspects face robb…

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As the Tonawanda Coke court case moves to the sentencing phase, residents suffering illness in the affected areas had their say to the judge in personal stories of sickness and loss.A portrait of environmental disaster emerges from more than 100 impact statements sent to federal prosecutors and Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny as he weighs fines on the company …

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Dr. Lorna Fitzpatrick, 44, was born in Belfast before her family moved to Ballycastle on the north shore of Ireland. Her father was a physician who moved his family to Buffalo in 1973 to take a job at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.Fitzpatrick, who was a preschooler at the time, can still recall her first crossing of the Peace Bridge.She grew up in Hamburg, and attended Nar…

The Western New York Book Arts Center began its lifein 2008 as a beautiful contradiction in the heart of a hollowed-out city block.The center, dedicated to preserving and teaching the art of traditional printing and book-making, was designed as an oasis of analog culture in an increasingly digital world. It also was a declaration of faith in the cultural renewal of downtow…

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Part of this story is engraved in brass. On an ordinary-looking trophy that catapulted an underdog crew of eighth-graders to greatness and reduced a grown man to tears, are engraved the words HOUGHTON ACADEMY. The names of prior winners are engraved on the trophy, too. In the past five years, only one other school has ever won the Buffalo City Schools Middle School Math Le…

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I feel ambivalent about Lucy.Not the brilliant character created by Jamestown native Lucille Ball, who charmed her way into millions of Americans’ hearts on the ’50s television show that bore her name, but the full-color version now creaking across the stage of the 710 Main Theatre. That’s not to say that Sirena Irwin, who plays the rehydrated version of Lucille Ball’s fam…

BuffaloFamily activities and a drawing for a Mini Cooper are planned as part of “Mini Fest” from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Central Terminal, 495 Paderewski Drive. The free event will feature music, dance, art exhibits, a road rally, and a drawing for a two-year lease of the car. A replica of a Mini Cooper has been hugging the Central Terminal since April. Towne Mini dona…

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Doris Kearns Goodwin remembers the way history came alive for her, as a young girl visiting the Hyde Park estate of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt.Decades later, she still can see the pair of FDR’s pince-nez eyeglasses sitting on the desk of his study.“He can’t be dead," she told her parents. “He left his glasses here.”That’s why Goodwin couldn’t wait to get to Buf…

Two unrelated shootings occurred early Saturday morning in two different locations in Buffalo, police reportedThe first attack occurred at about 1:25 a.m. in the 200 block of West Delavan Avenue, where a fight involving several people left a West Delavan Avenue man shot in the buttocks.The man was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition l…