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Hertha B. Ball lived a storybook life, being rescued from Nazi Germany by a famous Western New York songwriter, then moving to Clarence, where she and her husband, Arthur, prospered as cattle breeders.Long after his death, Mrs. Ball continued to manage the couple's farming and real estate interests until she was well into her 90s.And when she turned 100, in September 2009,…

The case against one of two people accused of setting a puppy now known as Phoenix on fire last fall appears headed for trial later this month, following a brief exchange in State Supreme Court on Monday over the defendant’s supposed comments to his mother.Both Adell Ziegler, 19, and his attorney, E. Earl Key, denied that Ziegler admitted to his role in dousing the Jack …

The University at Buffalo’s long-held vision for a downtown medical school is about to materialize in bricks and mortar – along with steel rail and subway trains.A conceptual design for the planned, seven-story UB Medical School at Allen and Main streets has been presented at various community meetings in recent days, as officials prepare to break ground in September f…

Joseph P. Barilec learned the trade of machining at Lackawanna High School and then learned a hard economic lesson when he graduated in 1948.There were no jobs.All of the veterans returning from World War II were receiving preference and, to Barilec’s way of thinking, rightfully so.“So me and 10 other friends, including my brother Stephen, all joined the Army and took …

Joseph P. Barilec learned the trade of machining at Lackawanna High School and then learned a hard economic lesson when he graduated in 1948.There were no jobs.All of the veterans returning from World War II were receiving preference and, to Barilec’s way of thinking, rightfully so.“So me and 10 other friends, including my brother Stephen, all joined the Army and took …

The University at Buffalo's long-held vision for a downtown medical school is about to materialize in bricks and mortar – along with steel rail and subway trains.A conceptual design for the planned, seven-story UB Medical School at Allen and Main streets has been presented at various community meetings in recent days, as officials prepare to break ground in September for…

If they can sing it here, they can probably sing it almost anywhere. Dozens, if not hundreds, of singers lined up Saturday between sections 108 and 114 at Coca-Cola Field to pitch their pipes for a place on the Buffalo Bisons’ list of auxiliary national anthem performers for the coming season.Also on hand: a busy grounds crew running lawn mowers and leaf blowers in the b…

They’re out there waiting for you.From a trickle of water that seeped through cracked pavement, they grew with every freeze and thaw of another Buffalo winter.Then, when the weather breaks, so do the roads. The pothole-scarred landscape is as much a sign of spring as crocuses and crowded car washes.“It seems there are more potholes now than over the past couple years, …

If they can sing it here, they can probably sing it almost anywhere. Dozens, if not hundreds, of singers lined up Saturday between sections 108 and 114 at Coca Cola Field to pitch their pipes for a place on the Buffalo Bisons’ list of auxiliary national anthem performers for the coming season.Also on hand: a busy grounds crew running lawn mowers and leaf blowers in the b…

They’re out there waiting for you.From a trickle of water that seeped through cracked pavement, they grew with every freeze and thaw of another Buffalo winter.Then, when the weather breaks, so do the roads. The pothole-scarred landscape is as much a sign of spring as crocuses and crowded car washes.“It seems there are more potholes now than over the past couple years, …

People won’t pay thousands of dollars for a can of soup.But they may pay that much for something with a little more value, especially if they know the money is going to a good cause.That’s the thinking that led Matthew J. Podoba to come up with a creative plan – and a friendly wager – to raise money for the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.It’s a pl…

Hundreds stood in a half circle Friday at the Buffalo Zoo, waiting for Luna, the polar bear cub, to make her first public appearance.Suddenly, the fluffy little bear bounded onto the grass, and the crowd – in some cases packed four and five deep around the enclosure’s perimeter, including children home for spring break – cheered, clicked photos and broke into broad s…

FORT ERIE, Ont. – It's not Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo Bills or even Ted's Hot Dogs.But for decades, hundreds of thousands of area residents have seen the Fort Erie Race Track as a jewel of Western New York – even if it's across the river in Canada.Faced with closure since last year, the 116-year-old racetrack is here to stay – at least for one more year a…

This time, they got it right. Members of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency regathered this week and approved the critical project that they put on hold last month. With the 13-1 vote, $4.2 million in tax breaks were approved for the construction of Conventus, the Kaleida Health medical health center that will form a nexus for other entities on the Buffalo Niaga…

ALBANY – The Assembly on Thursday night gave final passage to a $141.3 billion state budget.The fiscal plan would fund a stadium rehabilitation project for the Buffalo Bills, keep aid to localities flat, sharply cut programs for developmentally disabled people, raise the minimum wage and authorize more than $2 billion in tax breaks over five years for the film and telev…