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WASHINGTON – A long-secret report on safety issues at Colgan Air is about to see the light of day, 4½ years after the regional airline’s Flight 3407 crashed in Clarence, claiming 50 lives.U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny late last month rejected Colgan’s request that the safety report remain confidential.In a sealed motion filed before Skretny, Colgan argued th…

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Mayor Byron W. Brown won an endorsement Tuesday from New York’s senior senator just moments after they announced a new phase of a major downtown infrastructure project. It’s an event only an incumbent could arrange.Brown, who will appear on Tuesday’s Democratic primary ballot, stood with Sen. Charles E. Schumer and Rep. Brian Higgins, all of whom talked about projects in t…

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One of the region’s leading forces in developing Buffalo’s waterfront believes the key to maintaining momentum involves transferring land along the shoreline owned by the NFTA to waterfront planners.Latest: Gallagher Beach, Small Boat Harbor to be operated as a state parkRep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, met with The Buffalo News’ Brian Meyer at Wilkeson Pointe, a new public …

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The state Education Department has – for the third time – informed the Buffalo school district that its plans to transfer students out of underperforming schools isn’t good enough.The state has, however, finally accepted the school turnaround plans for East and Lafayette high schools. That gives Buffalo the green light to have Johns Hopkins University operate the two high …

Vandals set off fire extinguishers and knocked over a bookshelf in School 77 on Buffalo’s West Side Monday, Central District police said.Police believe juveniles broke a window on a door to enter the school, at 370 Normal Ave., between 5 and 6:50 p.m. Monday. A damage estimate was being compiled by school officials.

A Ferry-Fillmore District police officer was bitten in the groin by a pit bull Monday night as he attempted to apprehend a criminal-mischief suspect in the Fillmore-Best area, police said.Authorities said the pit bull escaped from a home on Sweeney Street, just south of Martin Luther King Park, at about 8 p.m. The officer was treated in Erie County Medical Center.At the ti…

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On Monday, a group of Buffalo chefs from some of the area’s top kitchens will work for free.They’ll be feeding guests at The Iron Event, a “best bite competition” set at the Pearl Street Grille. It’s a fundraiser for the ALS Association, the third in a series. There’s $1,500 worth of prizes for the winners, but the real reason the chefs are doing it is a guy named Dan Trac…

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Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, an upscale restaurant outside Walden Galleria, closed its doors without warning Tuesday.Employees were told Texas de Brazil, a Brazilian steakhouse, has bought Hyde Park out of its lease with the mall.Texas de Brazil is a privately owned chain founded in Texas in 1998. It is known for its wide varieties of slow-roasted meats that are presented f…

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HSBC Bank USA is taking down its logo from Buffalo’s tallest skyscraper this week, and the building’s owners want to change the name and address of the 38-story landmark to One Seneca Tower.Seneca One Realty LLC will ask the Buffalo Common Council to approve the address change of the 850,000-square-foot tower from One HSBC Center, which it has been called since 1994, said …

WASHINGTON – Rep. Tom Reed on Tuesday announced his opposition to U.S. military strikes on Syria, saying such attacks could lead to a dangerous escalation of violence in the Middle East.The Corning Republican has been skeptical of a U.S. missile attack ever since the Obama administration raised that possibility after an Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack near Damascus that re…

They had been good buddies for decades. They’d gone fishing together in Buffalo and Florida. For about 20 years, Donald L. Miller had hosted Thomas J. Wojciechowski in his mobile home in Florida and taken him on boat and scooter rides.But on Tuesday morning, as he addressed an Erie County Court judge, Miller had nothing good to say about Wojciechowski, the 67-year-old disb…

A three-vehicle crash on the Scajaquada Expressway at Parkside Avenue caused a backup and sent two people to the hospital this morning. The crash, which was reported at 9:34 a.m., snarled weekday morning traffic near where the eastbound Scajaquada connects to the Kensington Expressway.Authorities said at least one vehicle rolled over during the crash. A Rural/Metro spokesm…

A car fire spread to a nearby occupied home on the city’s West Side early Tuesday morning, leaving a total estimated damage of $26,500 to the home, its contents and the vehicle, Buffalo fire officials reported.Firefighters responded to a 4:30 a.m. alarm outside 309 Rhode Island St., southeast of Massachusetts Avenue, between 14th and 15th streets. Witnesses said the vehicl…

Garrett F. Martin of Austin, Texas, has been chosen as director of music ministries at Westminster Presbyterian Church, to replace Richard Herr, who has retired after 12 years at the church. Church leaders considered more than 60 applicants from around the country. Martin’s first service at the Delaware Avenue church was Sunday.

A nature-themed boat cruise and tour of the 1833 Buffalo lighthouse will be offered Sept. 14 by the Penn Dixie Paleontological & Outdoor Education Center, organizers said.The event will get under way at 8:30 a.m. in downtown Buffalo. The three-hour cruise aboard the Miss Buffalo will include views of the Buffalo harbor, Lake Erie, Niagara River and Black Rock Channel. Du…