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ALBANY – To see what state officials want for Buffalo, head 280 miles east, to the sprawling NanoTech Complex on the University at Albany campus.In six buildings spread over 50 acres, 3,100 people go to work doing cutting-edge research for computer-chip production. Since 1993, New York State has put $1 billion into the complex, a down payment that spurred companies such …

The stretch of Cazenovia Creek winding through East Aurora and toward Majors Park is becoming more popular among kayaking and canoeing enthusiasts.But there seems to be disagreement over just how “natural” the creek should be.Village Trustee Peter Mercurio said he wants the creek cleared of dead tree limbs and debris so that more residents can take to the water.But Aur…

Daemen College is the latest to struggle with one of the great challenges in higher education: Parking.As ordinary as that may sound, colleges everywhere ponder solutions to appease the hundreds, or thousands, of commuters driving to campus each day.What about a parking garage?It worked for Canisius College.Build more lots?That’s what D’Youville College had to do.How a…

The Cheektowaga Town Board’s longest-tenured member, Patricia A. Jaworowicz, submitted a letter Friday of her intent to resign from a post she has held since 1982, effective next Wednesday, citing concerns over her health, according to a statement by her family.As the first woman ever elected to a post in Cheektowaga town government, Jaworowicz, 66 – a lifelong town re…

Ten-year-old Scotty Sell is considered a social butterfly, spending most of his time laughing and smiling.But the East Amherst youth also has a severe neurological disorder, Angelman Syndrome, characterized by serious developmental delays, seizures, sleeping problems and jerky movements. Also, he says only a few words, and he’s legally blind.Children diagnosed with Angel…

Residents of McCarley Gardens apartments and the surrounding Fruit Belt neighborhood near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus want to know why the area’s future is being planned by a panel that includes none of them.The residents know that change is imminent, especially because of their proximity to the burgeoning Medical Campus.The problem, they say, is that no one on th…

A lawsuit that has delayed the Muir Woods development in Amherst for five years has been dismissed, paving the way for the construction of one of the largest developments in the town after years of contention.If all goes as planned, the exits off the I-990 and John James Audubon Parkway that are currently “roads to nowhere” will be filled in with more than 700,000 squa…

The planned merger of American Airlines and US Airways would create the world’s biggest airline and bring together the third- and sixth-busiest carriers at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.The two carriers that are now combined offer 22 percent of all outbound flights, and their union raises questions about the impact on service and fares.There is little overlap amo…

An exceedingly rare piano that has been in the possession of a distinguished Buffalo family for more than 70 years is scheduled to be auctioned by Sotheby’s, the famous New York City auction house.The art deco-style grand piano, created by renowned French furniture designer Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, was purchased in the early 1940s by the Butler family, founders and former…

By Aaron Besecker Here are some of the items we've got in the works: *One of the biggest criminal trials in a couple decades in Buffalo is shaping up. *What will the merger of American Airlines and US Airways mean for travellers in Western New York? *Arts Editor Jeff Simon is reviewing "A Good Day to Die Hard," as well as working on a column about CNN'…

An angry prisoner told a judge Wednesday that he is ready to die in prison as a protest against the way he has been treated by the federal government.Frank J. Morrocco, who suffers from leukemia, told U.S. District Judge John T. Curtin that he will refuse all medical treatment in jail because he feels he has been unfairly prosecuted for alleged violations of probation.The …

Just a day after hundreds of gun rights advocates rallied in Albany against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s new gun-control law, others affected by the strictest-in-the-nation regulations weighed in with objections of their own at a hearing Wednesday in Buffalo.And many of those objecting probably don’t own guns.Mental health advocates expressed concern over the legislation’s…

By Aaron Besecker Here's a peek at some of the stories in the pipeline: *Bishop Richard J. Malone is visiting with the News' editorial board this afternoon. *Amy Moritz is advancing the MAAC swimming championships coming up this weekend. *Our business desk will have a Q&A with the head of Unshackle Upstate coming up Sunday. *Business reporter Emma Sapong is…

The Buffalo Sabres are planning to invest significantly more money to develop a hockey destination on the waterfront and revealed plans Tuesday for a “center of excellence” to train players and maintain local talent.The center is intended to draw skaters and coaches from Buffalo and nearby cities rich in hockey players, Sabres officials said during an unveiling of the …