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Warm summer weather is expected to stick around much of the week. The National Weather Service forecast calls for a high near 86 today in Buffalo, with sun and warm temperatures sticking around through Thursday.  Expect fog in the Southern Tier this morning to lift by 9 a.m. Here's a look at a few of the latest headlines: - Educators are trying to fix the disc…

Today's Family Fun Day matinee at Batavia Downs features the wiener dog races. A 12-race harness card begins at 1:15 p.m., followed at about 4:20 p.m. by seven wiener dog heats staged in front of the home stretch. A championship race with the seven winners follows the qualifying. "The wiener dog races are very entertaining," said Michael D. Kane, the track&#…

Joe Poodry of Buffalo does tai chi with the Taoist Tai Chi Society during the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts this morning. Photo by Derek Gee / Buffalo News The weather is cooperating for the first day of the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts, which got under way this morning. If you're interested in heading out to the fest, check out this preview by News…

The 30 Seconds To Mars show that had been scheduled for for Sept. 13 has been postponed until January, The Rapids Theater posted on its Facebook page this afternoon. The band is scheduled to attend the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 12, "and they do not feel they will have enough time to get here for our show," according to the Niagara Falls venue.Previously pu…

The Goo Goo Dolls have scheduled another Western New York show.The band has a date at the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30.Tickets go on sale at noon Sept. 3, and will start at $65.Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 and at all Seneca casino box offices.Want to know how the band's new record soun…

Howie Mandel's performance at the Seneca Allegany Events Center on Sept. 11 has been canceled, the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel has announced.The show has been canceled "due to an unforeseen and unavoidable production conflict," the casino said in a statement.Tickets purchased at any Seneca casino must be taken back to the original point-of-purchase lo…

Good morning. Here are this morning's top headlines: Accused killer in the City Grill shooting claims he "never shot a real gun in [his] life," his attorney has told The Buffalo News. Buffalo Police are looking at possible links between an Aug. 12 killing and the City Grill attack, Staff Reporter Dan Herbeck reports. James F. Bargnesi, chief of the homic…

Millions of dollars of stimulus funds are still at stake, and three local groups want community members to have a voice in how they're spent. The three groups -- PUSH Buffalo, VOICE-Buffalo and Niagara Organizing Alliance for Hope -- will hold a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at the Church of the Nativity, 1530 Colvin Blvd., Tonawanda, to discuss stimulus money. …

BUFFALO -- The man accused of shooting four people outside the City Grill will return to court on Wednesday for a felony hearing. Riccardo M. McCray appeared briefly in City Court this morning as family and friends of the victims filled the room for this arraignment. McCray has been charged with four counts of second-degree murder after surrendering to authorities Wednes…

Good morning.It's sunny and cool today. The National Weather Service forecast calls for a high near 69 in the Buffalo area, and meteorologists expect the sun to stick around for the weekend.Here's a look at a few of the latest headlines:- Homicide investigators believe they have arrested the man responsible for the worst single incident of bloodshed in Buffalo�…

DOWNTOWN BUFFALO -- An early evening news conference at Buffalo Police headquarters is about to get under way. Officials are expected to address the arrest today of a suspect in the City Grill shooting earlier this month. Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown is out of town but is expected to lead off the news conference by phone. Stay tuned to this live blog for an account of t…

News Editor and Vice President Margaret M. Sullivan was a guest on CNN this morning to discuss some community members' concerns about a story on the City Grill shooting published in Sunday's Buffalo News. Anchor Kyra Phillips interviewed Sullivan and Rev. Kinzer Pointer about The News' decision to publish a story with details about the criminal historie…

A website called 247wallst.com has published a list of "America's Ten Dead Cities," and Buffalo ranks first.The list was based in part on Census data and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology report on the country's "Forgotten Cities," according to the article by Douglas A. McIntyre. In its description, the site says Buffalo was "wound…

Good morning. An off-duty Buffalo police officer may have witnessed the City Grill shootings. Two fallen firefighters were remembered on Tuesday, a year after their deaths. Here's a video report: Buffalo Public Schools could receive millions of dollars from the state's selection as a Race to the Top winner. Jerry Sullivan assesses the Bills at the linebacke…