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The tons of ice that have accumulated below the falls this frigid winter, in all their glittering majesty, hold a vigorous pent-up power. Two occasions when shifting Niagara River ice proved its might will be discussed in a program Jan. 27 in DeVeaux Woods State Park. Environmental educator Carol A. Rogers will discuss the destruction of the 40-year-old Honeymoon Bridge…

Buffalo Dental Group has bought the property in Amherst where it plans to build new offices to replace its Williamsville location. The practice purchased 1.3 acres of vacant land at 6600 and 6588 Main St., near Brompton Road, for $507,000 from Main Genesis Group LLC,  according to a document filed with the Erie County Clerk's Office. Dr. Bernard J. Kolber, a Buffalo …

Erie County

Another former Erie County legislator has landed a job at the Erie County Board of Elections. Former Legislator Ted Morton, R-Cheektowaga, went to work earlier this month as a full-time election clerk. He lost his re-election bid in November following two terms in the Erie County Legislature. Former Legislator Betty Jean Grant, D-Buffalo, whose hiring was previously …

Crime

A Delaware man  pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to the crime of interstate travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. Austin Campbell, 45, of Smyrna, Del., began communicating on a social networking application with an undercover agent, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. Campbell was convinced that the agent was a 15-year-ol…

Studios and equipment will be upgraded at WBFO-FM, the National Public Radio affiliate in Buffalo, thanks to a $100,000 donation from Delaware North, the Western New York Public Broadcasting Association announced. The money will help build a permanent social media streaming center in the WBFO studios to facilitate video streams from Facebook Live, YouTube and other sour…

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Byron C. Lockwood, the first deputy police commissioner, was appointed interim police commissioner of the Buffalo Police Department, following the overnight retirement of Daniel Derenda, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced overnight. Derenda served as police commissioner since July 2010. Lockwood was a detective for many years and he is a former president of the Afro-Amer…

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A band of moderate lake-effect snow was expected to bring another 2 to 3 inches of snow across the Buffalo metro area through the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Weather service forecasters called today's lake-effect snow "a very unusual scenario" given that Lake Erie is nearly covered in ice. "Against all odds, lake-effect snow continues to ove…

Business

Uber has crunched some numbers on its first six months in Buffalo and compiled a list of its top 10 drop-off destinations in the region. They are: Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga Greyhound Bus Station, 181 Ellicott St. New Era Field in Orchard Park Falley Allen, a bar and restaurant at 204 Allen St. University at Buffalo's Ellicott …

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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, born on this date in 1706, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” . . . SNOWS OF YESTERYEAR – “Old Time Christmas Memories” is the theme of the next meeting of the Historical Society of North German Settlements on Thursday in Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Road, Wheatfield. In a change …

Crime

Daniel Derenda, who earned a reputation as a no-nonsense disciplinarian when it came to police misconduct, retired Tuesday after seven years as Buffalo police commissioner. Derenda rose from street cop to detective sergeant and then deputy commissioner to commissioner during his 32 years in the Buffalo Police Department. He heard criticism for not having a college degre…

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Education and public schools. Recreational facilities and after-school programs. Participatory budgeting. Those were some of the main points that residents told city lawmakers they would like to see money allocated for in the Byron W. Brown administration’s 2018-19 recommended budget that will be made available to the Common Council on May 1. Tuesday’s public meeting…

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Rep. Chris Collins told a national television audience Tuesday that President Trump is not a racist. He said the senators who said that Trump identified Haiti and African nations as "(expletive deleted) countries" should be ashamed of themselves for publicizing the details of a private White House meeting on immigration issues. Collins – a Clarence Republican and one…

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The Town of Amherst hired a new director of strategic planning Tuesday night – over the objections of one Town Board member and a town Republican committee member. The Town Board voted, 4-1, to appoint Maggie Hamilton Winship to the job that will pay $75,092 per year, with the Village of Williamsville expected to cover $15,000 of her salary in a shared-services agreemen…

State

ALBANY — In some of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s past state budgets, one would need a miner’s helmet and flashlight to find all the squirreled away tax and fee increases. In the 2018 budget plan released Tuesday, Cuomo lays them out early and often, even listing in their own table of contents entry. And there are many of what the administration calls "revenue actions," acc…

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Cab companies that want the city to treat the taxi industry and new ride-hailing services the same took their case directly to Mayor Byron W. Brown on Tuesday — but may have to go even higher. License fees, background checks and set rates put cab companies at an unfair disadvantage, they say, because ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are not bound by those same r…