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John Pawlowski won't return to his favorite tree on his favorite Town of Tonawanda street for his weekly lunch break on Thursday – or for probably the next six weeks. But it's not because suspicious neighbors scared off America's most famous sub eater. (Yes, we're serious, and more later on how the story of the Town of Tonawanda submarine sandwich standoff has gone…

WASHINGTON – Many Buffalo-area medical practices will receive a big financial boost – and patients likely will get easier access to health care – thanks to the region's selection for a new Medicare pilot program that eventually could help cure the area's physician shortage. Insurance executives who pushed for the program said Wednesday that the pilot program is li…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, born on this date in 1803, “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” . . . TAILS WAGGING – All well-behaved pets on a leash are invited to the Clarence Bark in the Park, a festival for dogs and families, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Clarence Town…

The Darien Lake summer concert season received its ceremonial ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, as what appeared to be a full house welcomed Future's "Nobody Safe Tour" for what turned out to be a major celebration of Atlanta's primary present-day cultural currency - trap music, the sub-genre of hip-hop in which Future is king. With the rapid-fire hi-hat subdivisions shimmer…

The old C.W. Miller Livery Building is being recommended by Buffalo school officials as the site for a second Emerson School of Hospitality. The building at 73 W. Huron St. is right around the corner from the existing Emerson on West Chippewa Street – the backs of the two buildings abut each other – and together the two high schools would create an expanded "hospita…

At sunrise on a recent morning, several dozen people gathered in an unused unit at Women & Children's Hospital and surveyed the beds, monitors and equipment in five rooms. Cassandra Church, who is overseeing the move in November to the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, checked that someone from every department that need…

A Marilla teenager Wednesday was arraigned on a second degree charge in the March 10 death of a toddler he was babysitting. Devon VanDerWege, 17, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment before Erie County Court Judge Thomas P. Franczyk. VanDerWege was charged in connection with the death of 2-year-old Ethan Bigham inside the Hemstreet Road mobile home they shared w…

A man was killed when his motorcycle struck an SUV at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday near Riverside Park, Buffalo Police reported. Buffalo Police Department spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said the motorcyclist, a man in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at Condon and Roesch avenues about a block from the park. The man's name was not immediately ava…

Call it the ultimate good versus evil showdown: The Gospel and the Koran versus the code of the streets. When the Rev. Darius Pridgen went public with photos of two men who broke into his church and appealed to "someone who cares enough about their community and these young men" to identify the burglars, it marked another call from the pulpit to reject the code of silence…

The prosecution of Rachel Winter – the daughter of a former Niagara County assistant district attorney – ended earlier this month when a judge dismissed her drunken driving charge and she admitted to failure to keep right and an equipment violation. But the reverberations of her case continue. Orleans County District Attorney Joseph V. Cardone, who handled the ca…

The casino at Martin Luther King Jr. Park off Humboldt Parkway is in the final stages of a $2.6 million renovation. This last phase includes installing a new wood door and wood windows that match the original 1926 portals to maintain the historic design. A new brick and stone stairway will be built to match the original stairway that had been demolished. And a new elevato…

Nine people were arrested at two protests Wednesday against Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard's management of the county's jails and his appearance at a pro-Trump rally. The protests were organized by the group Showing Up for Racial Justice in Buffalo. The first protest was held inside the Sheriff's Office building on Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo. A second…

Attention continues to focus on Rep. Chris Collins and his investments in the health care industry. The Daily Beast website intensified the spotlight Wednesday by reporting that the Clarence Republican stands out among 40 GOP members of Congress who voted for the American Health Care Act while owning stock in health care companies. Collins holds the most stock of any r…

One of the investigations that led to prostitution-related arrests at two Town of Tonawanda motels earlier this month started as a truancy case. Police discovered one of the victims, who is younger than 18, when they contacted her mother because of her chronic absences from school, Town of Tonwanda Police Det. Lt. William Krier said. The mother told police she thoug…