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As cars streamed through the busy intersection, and pedestrians frequented the storefront at a nearby cafe, a small but impassioned group at Bidwell Park created signs from flattened pizza boxes, scrawling phrases such as “Freedom is slavery” and “Ignorance is strength.” The phrases are oft-recited refrains plucked from George Orwell’s book “1984,” which caut…

PERRYSBURG – A car accident about 2 p.m. Sunday along County Line Road has left one person dead, according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office.A vehicle left the road and crashed, killing the driver, the Sheriff’s Office reported.No other vehicle was involved, and there were no passengers in the car, investigators said.The sheriff’s department was withholdin…

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The Buffalo area’s major ambulance service provider expects no changes locally following the announcement Sunday that its parent company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.“There should be no impact to local operations,” a source at Rural/Metro Medical Services said Sunday. A spokesman for the parent company, Rural/Metro Corp., could not be immediatel…

Hamburg Central School District is trying to save about $620,000 in state aid that is in jeopardy. If it is not successful, the district will have lost $1.09 million because the administration and teachers could not reach an agreement on a teacher evaluation plan by the deadline of this Jan. 17.A plan was not approved by the teachers and the School Board until mid-April, a…

Imagine being mayor of Buffalo and having the chance to solve some of the city’s most challenging problems.That is exactly what a local essay-writing contest is asking Buffalo schoolchildren to do: Put themselves in the mayor’s shoes and explain how they would address violence in the community, the need for more jobs and the education of students in the Buffalo Public …

CAMBRIA – An Ohio company constructing two facilities to convert food waste and sewage sludge into energy is seeking permission to dig a 10 million-gallon lagoon to hold the nitrogen-rich byproducts of the process.Quasar Energy Group, which expects to open plants in Wheatfield and West Seneca before the end of the year, has talked to the Town of Cambria about digging the…

LOCKPORT – The attorney for the Kiwanis Club of Niagara Falls, which in March lost a lawsuit attempting to take control of the former Oppenheim Zoo property, was back in Niagara County Court on Friday, trying to convince Judge Matthew J. Murphy III he made a mistake.Attorneys for the virtually defunct Oppenheim Zoological Society and Niagara County assured Murphy that he…

Like many of the 1,500 immigrants in Buffalo, Kyaw Soe regularly fishes the Niagara River for food. That’s what he and many other immigrants from Burma did back home.But what Soe and the others did not know is that the fish he catches here for his family to eat are likely tainted with toxins.This summer, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, an environmental advocacy organization…

It’s not as high-profile as the Peace Bridge, but another long-envisioned transportation project has also been beset by delays and hard feelings.Talk for years has centered on building 2.6 miles of trail along a former railroad bed in a Y-shaped formation through North Buffalo and connecting to a planned trail in the Tonawandas.Now the city is leaning toward using the fe…

Maybe it’s the fact that Buffalo voters have twice elected a black mayor. Or maybe it’s because they have twice helped elect a black president. Whatever the reason, the presence of two African-Americans and one Hispanic on this year’s mayoral ballot – and the absence of a white candidate – doesn’t impress many voters. While some said this first for Buffalo sign…

So much ran through Robert G. Ortt’s mind as he sat in his family’s home watching the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.He was 22 years old, just graduated from Canisius College and had always considered joining the military. He knew a defining moment in the history of the country and his life had arrived. He wondered what he would one day tell his grandchildren. Did…

LeROY – A teenaged motorcyclist died and his passenger suffered serious injuries Sunday afternoon after a car drove into the path of their oncoming motorcycle in the Town of Leroy, State Police reported. 19-year-olds Derek K. Sheldon and Ashley M. Stillwell, both of Bergen, were headed north on West Bergen Road riding a 2005 Suzuki motorcycle at around noon when a southb…

Brian Towner has to have his large coffee, “double double,” from Tim Hortons in the morning.“I love the coffee, hands down. For me, it’s the best there is,” he said.But when the North Tonawanda resident looks for a place to eat lunch or dinner, the Canadian chain doesn’t even cross his mind.That’s why Tim Hortons – and some other traditional morning coffee …

A sign prohibiting swimming at Woodlawn Beach on Sunday due to health concerns didn’t keep people out of the water.They just had to use kayaks.The occasion was Labatt Blue’s second-annual kayak regatta at Woody’s Beach Club. Racers competed for trophies and prizes in mile-long races that began and ended at shore, with proceeds going to the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Com…