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With so many eye-catching elements built into the new Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino on Michigan Avenue between Perry and South Park, it might take a while to notice a significant absence.Unlike the other Seneca properties, the Buffalo Creek Casino is neither fenced off nor set in a sea of large parking lots.And unlike the monolithic multi-use Seneca Allegany and Seneca Niaga…

If a theater production isn’t firing on all cylinders, wouldn’t you want to know?Most theatergoers probably would. But because of a cynical trend among theater producers trying to extract every last dollar from their patrons, many of us don’t.This is thanks to the way so-called “preview performances” are being scheduled and advertised – or rather, not advertised – in small…

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There were the familiar sights of a Scout camp: tents, remnants of a campfire, kids learning skills like archery.But instead of a setting tucked away in the woods, this camp was in a field next to a church on Northampton Street on the East Side.The two-day Buffalo District Camporee, which ended Saturday, gave dozens of Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts a chance to enj…

A gunman robbed a convenience store Saturday morning in Riverside.The holdup happened at about 7 a.m. Saturday at the 7-Eleven, located at 584 Ontario St., Buffalo police said.The man entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the cash register, according to police reports. As the clerk opened the register, the gunman grabbed about $50 from the drawer. …

A female told police she was assaulted while walking in the city’s Hamlin Park neighborhood early Saturday morning.The assault occurred at about 2:15 a.m. Saturday while the female was walking at Oakgrove and Blaine avenues, near Canisius College, according to police reports.The assailant came behind the victim and struck her in the head with a gun. He then got on top of h…

One person was shot early Saturday morning in the city’s Willert Park neighborhood.The male was struck by gunfire at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday near William and Spring streets, Buffalo police said.The shooting victim – whose name was not released – was taken to Erie County Medical Center. His injuries do not appear to be life threatening, police said.Further information was …

Don’t tell Sergio R. Rodriguez that Tuesday’s Democratic primary signaled the end of the mayor’s race. Rodriguez, a Republican, isn’t fazed by the fact that city voters haven’t elected someone from the GOP to lead the city in the last half-century. “We’re just getting started,” he said. “As far as we are concerned, now is the real fight.” Rodriguez’s opponent, Mayor Byron …

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It’s a Buffalo tradition – one that used to draw men in tuxedos and ladies in finery.It’s a venue to raise money for a local organization that gives children with special needs a chance to ride horses.And, it’s a chance for horses like Mickey - that’s short for Mick-O-Angelo - to clear sequences of hurdles the size of kindergarteners, all around a timed course, to the deli…

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A test to gauge public interest for a future beer garden at Canalside will occur today and Sunday at the Buffalo Maritime Festival on the waterfront.The experiment will be sponsored by the Liberty Hound bar and restaurant, one of the proprietors under consideration by Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. to open a beer garden and restaurant next year at the former Memorial …

Three women and a man were arrested on third-degree assault charges for getting into what police describe as a ‘large fight” in the home of two other woman on Jasper Parish Drive about 7 p.m. Thursday. Arrested were Erica Rodgers, 24, of Grove Street; her sister, Katiria Rogers, 25, of Chapel Road; Carmen Falcon, 44, of Jasper Parrish Drive; and Raymond Rojas, 22, of Lawn …

A 49-year-old Richmond Avenue man was arrested late Thursday afternoon for allegedly choking a Kenmore woman and throwing her glasses down a flight of stairs when she was visiting him. Freddie Martin was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, harassment and criminal mischief for the 4 p.m. incident. The woman told officers Martin also threw food at her and pushed …

A 35-year-old Roslyn Street man was arrested on assault and other charges early Friday for allegedly punching and shoving a 19-year-old Seventh Street woman and giving her a bloody nose in a Normal Avenue apartment. Kenneth Smith was arrested about 2 a.m. and charged with third-degree assault, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly beating the woma…

A 28-year-old Washington Street man was arrested on drug charges after crashing into a city light pole in the 400 block of Richmond Avenue just after 6 p.m. Thursday. Timothy Schoch was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument after police investigating the crash found on the driver’s side floor of his ca…

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Morgan Walsh always dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. Now she has something special to add to her portfolio: a dress designed from toilet paper for a recent New York Fashion Week runway show.Walsh, a student in the fashion and textile technology program at SUNY Buffalo State, was commissioned to design the dress by the Cottonelle brand after submitting sketches. The …

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A significant jump in the number of suicides nationally over the last decade – particularly among baby boomers – has raised a red flag among mental health professionals.But in Erie County, the number has dropped in recent years, from a high of 99 in 2010 to 75 last year.These numbers come into focus as area mental health professionals and families of people who have taken …