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1:44 p.m. update: Here's a video of organizer Jeff Empric describing the project, as well as volunteer Scott O'Connor on what the work has been like so far. 9:07 a.m.: In preparation for this weekend's Buffalo Powder Keg Winter Festival, organizers will start hauling ice blocks into downtown Buffalo to build an ice maze. As part of the event, a total of 600,000 pounds …

8:48 a.m. update: Here's a video of all the goals from U.S.-Canada.8:25 a.m.: The U.S. beat Canada in men's ice hockey in Vancouver last night. Here's Bucky Gleason's take on the game.Tougher laws for teen drivers and new credit card rules hit the books today.Jim Heaney takes aim at Mayor Byron Brown's economic development plan over at his Out…

 NIAGARA FALLS - Mid-winter is one of the high ceremonial times for Native American tribes. Indian names are given and oral histories are told.  A celebration of this culture was held today in Niagara Falls and included storytelling, snowshoeing and a centuries-old sport called snowsnake.  "[The Native American Winter Festival] is a time to get together…

WEST SENECA -- Gov. David A. Paterson says he wants New Yorkers to know the truth about his 22 months in office. Paterson rattled off a long list of achievements today during a feisty and combative speech that kicked off his Western New York campaign for a full four-year term as New York's governor. Speaking to a room full of supporters at Christe's Restaurant…

--New York Gov. David A. Paterson will be in West Seneca this morning as he continues to work his way across the state announcing his intentions to run for a full four-year term. He started doing so downstate Saturday with a combative speech. --Kevin Gaughan's campaign for dissolving villages is part of a debate that has heated up considerably with a new law taking effect …

AMHERST -- UB Students are braving the bitter weather this afternoon to take part in the university's first annual Winterfest.  Winterfest 2010 is offering snowshoeing, ice skating, curling, broom hockey, human dogsled racing, and snowman and igloo-making contests at South Lake Village on UB's north campus. The event will wrap up around 5 p.m. Watch video of the cel…

BUFFALO -- Buffalo firefighters are on the scene of a house fire at 61 Stevens Ave. All occupants of the home were able to get out, according to scanner reports from the scene. The initial call came in at around 12:49 p.m., and firefighters responding to the scene reported smoke visible upon arrival. The fire was declared under control at 1:07 p.m. 1:35 p.m.: Fire offic…

HAMBURG -- The line to get into the 19th Annual Winter Train and Toy Show stretches around the building outside the Agri-Center on the Fairgrounds.  "It's been that way since we opened at 10," said Show Coordinator Stephen Kocsis. The Train and Toy Show, presented by the Western New York Railway Historical Society, features toy trains, operating layou…

Good morning Western New York. There's just a slight chance of snow showers today, but otherwise expect a mostly cloudy day with a high of 33 degrees. Take a look at what's happening today in Buffalo.  In local news, the Statler Towers have been shuttered as part of the complex's court-ordered shutdown. Work crews began installing plywood sheets over w…

3:04 p.m. update: Here's what the protest looked like outside the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, with comments from Daniel M. Cunningham, head of the Buffalo firefighters union. 2:08 p.m. update: Here's the mayor answering a reporter's question about the fire and police protest. 1:43 p.m.: Here's audio of the mayor's full State of the City speech. --A…

2:47 p.m. update: The hours for Joe D's appearance tonight are from 5 to 8. He'll be there from 2 to 7 p.m. tomorrow.11:11 a.m.: More than 50 exhibitors are participating in the 2010 Boat Show at the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse this weekend.Sponsored by the Marine Trades Association of Western New York, the show includes about 150 new boats on display, said Chris We…

Mayor Byron W. Brown will deliver his State of the City today, and some uninvited guests are taking the mayor to task. Tiger Woods will talk today, but won't answer any questions. You can watch a live stream here. Woods' address is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Spc. Jamie Dombrowski of Buffalo spends time with his girlfriend Mandy Todaro, also of Buffalo. Family and frie…

4:24 p.m. update: Richard Lipsitz, vice president of the Western New York Area Labor Federation, addressed the gathering. 4:04 p.m. update: Roswell Park Cancer Institute CEO Dr. Donald L. Trump spoke during the press conference. 3:05 p.m.: A day after the one-year anniversary of its passage, supporters of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act gathered with Re…

3:23 p.m. update: Here's another live scoreboard from the Olympics' Web site.3:09 p.m. update: Here's a link to ESPN's live scoreboard.2:57 p.m.: The U.S. takes on Finland in preliminary round action in just a couple minutes (3 p.m.) in Vancouver.Here's a link to TSN's preview of the game.

The third annual Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament later this month will include a small taste of the now-demolished Memorial Auditorium. Five pairs of fans will get to sit in orange seats salvaged from the Aud, and to take them home when the tournament is over. Winners of the seats will be selected in a call-in promotion beginning Monday on WGR radio, organizers…