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The Doubletree Club by Hilton Hotel at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is rebranding as the Wyndham Garden Buffalo Downtown Hotel at the end of this month, after 15 years in the Hilton family. The hotel, still owned by C/N Group of Merrillville, Ind., will change names as of Feb. 1, following a series of renovations totaling over $1.5 million to update the design to …

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Contamination from a Wheatfield landfill that housed waste from Love Canal isn't affecting neighboring properties, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Monday. The DEC announced its study into surface, subsurface and groundwater samples it took around the Niagara Sanitation Landfill on Nash Road over the last year show contaminants have not escaped to…

Crime

To hear investigators talk, the case against Arafat M. Nagi began more than three years ago, fueled by a tip from a community member upset about Nagi's vocal support for violent jihad. Over time, it became clear the Lackawanna man had gone so far as to publicly pledge his allegiance to ISIS and on two separate occasions travel to Turkey in hopes of joining the terrorist…

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Buffalo police have arrested two teens on charges they robbed a food deliveryman at gunpoint last week on Blaine Avenue. Rakim D. Clark, 18, and Julius M. Gladney, 17, were arrested early Thursday morning after police officers followed footprints in the snow and found the pair with empty food containers, according to a Buffalo police report. The robbery happened on t…

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Brian Higgins missed six procedural House votes amid the government shutdown Saturday for events back home, and Republicans won't let him forget it. All of the votes were routine and had no impact on the shutdown or any legislation, and more than two dozen other lawmakers -- including several Republicans -- missed the same votes. But Higgins' absen…

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LiRo Engineers was chosen Monday by Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. to provide construction management services for the Pavilion and Union Block buildings that are coming to Canalside. LiRo's $775,000 contract includes a $232,000 contingency in the event LiRo's services need to be extended several months. LiRo will represent the state agency through pre-construct…

Town of Tonawanda

Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger will deliver a State of the Town speech at a luncheon sponsored by the Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 9 at Classics V Restaurant, 2425 Niagara Falls Boulevard. Advance reservations are due by Feb. 6. The cost is $25 before that date and $30 afterward. Reservations can be made by calling the chamber office at 874-1202 …

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A 22-year-old Buffalo man is in stable condition at Erie County Medical Center after he was wounded Sunday afternoon in an apparent drive-by shooting on Northumberland Avenue, Buffalo police said Monday. The shooting happened at about 12:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Northumberland, near Norfolk Avenue, according to police. The department did not release any further in…

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The Red Cross is helping three adults after a house fire Monday morning in the Town of Niagara. The blaze at 6515 Grauer Road was reported to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office at 8:22 a.m., authorities said. No further details were immediately available.

Business

Lithia Motors of Medford, Ore., one of the nation's largest publicy traded auto dealership groups, bought Ray Laks Honda at 3590 Southwestern Blvd. in Orchard Park and Ray Laks Acura at 7440-7460 Transit Rd. in Amherst. The purchase price for the property itself was $10 million, including $6.5 million for the 8.45-acre Honda dealership and $3.5 million for the 2.58-acre…

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National Grid and state regulators have agreed on a three-year deal that would increase the average residential customer's monthly bill by about 11 percent over three years. The agreement spreads out the impact of the higher rates, adding $2.22 a month to the typical residential customer's bill immediately and by a total of about $8.50 a month by the time the third year…

Crime

As if sitting through a 7-1 hockey game wasn't bad enough. A man left KeyBank Center after Saturday afternoon's Buffalo Sabres-Dallas Stars game and found someone had stolen two tires and rims off his vehicle, according to a Buffalo police report. The man, who parked near Erie Street and Templeton Terrace, said the theft from his vehicle happened between about 1:30 a…

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Student volunteers will run a new emergency medical services squad at Daemen College. Emergency 911 calls on campus will now get dispatched to the newly formed Daemen College Rescue Squad, as well as to Snyder Fire Department and Twin Cities Ambulance. The new squad goes into operation this week, with the start of the spring semester. It has a dozen students who are …

Health and Fitness

Buffalo News sportswriter Amy Moritz will discuss her athletic journey and share stories of other female athletes during the launch of her debut new book, “I Thought You’d Be Faster: The Quest to Become an Athlete,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Lockport Public Library, 23 East Ave. Moritz – a Lockport native and sportswriter for the last 18 years – became an “adult-onset at…

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Oliver’s Restaurant is offering an exclusively vegan Valentine dinner menu from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 12, with all proceeds benefiting Asha Sanctuary in Newfane. The four-course dinner will be served butler-style in the restaurant at 2095 Delaware Ave. It will include hors d’oeuvres, choice of soup or salad, eggplant braciole or roasted cauliflower steak and dessert. The Buf…