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NIAGARA FALLS – A city man apparently strangled his girlfriend and slashed her throat before fatally shooting himself Monday night in her 29th Street home, police said.The deceased were identified as Peter G. Daniels, 37, and Elizabeth R. Wilson, 31, a former resident of Bath. Their bodies were found in Wilson’s home at 548 29th St. Daniels lived across the street with…

An attempt by an Amherst council member to place a temporary halt to all six-story building construction in Amherst was soundly defeated, but not before some heated debate and audience participation on the topic at Monday night's board meeting.Council Member Mark Manna put forth a resolution calling for the town to place a moratorium on the approval of any projects greater…

Raising the minimum wage is either an urgent, overdue step to lift the standard of living for low-paid workers or a threat to small businesses’ ability to grow, depending on who is speaking.Both sides in the debate are trying to rally support amid proposals to raise the state and federal minimum wage to $9 an hour, from $7.25, and to automatically tie future increases to…

Darnell Jackson Sr., a former gang member-turned community activist, has been ordered to the Erie County Correctional Facility for eight days for violating the conditions of his domestic violence sentence, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday.In December, the 55-year-old Jackson pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment for physically harassing a …

The state attorney general has ordered two Buffalo debt collectors shut down for deceptive practices.Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Monday that he has ordered International Arbitration Services and Hearshe Kemp to close after investigators determined that the firms had lied about their credentials to intimidate consumers and avoid state oversight. The comp…

Amherst Council Member Mark Manna wants a moratorium on all developer site plans and variances for projects that would exceed 50 feet in height until a special town committee can finish its work on revised height and design recommendations for commercial properties. He is making that resolution for consideration at the board's meeting tonight, though it is questionable whe…

Two ultimate acts of love have emerged from Friday’s fire in Buffalo’s Cold Spring neighborhood that now has claimed its second life.Three-year-old Malachi Norman died over the weekend from injuries suffered in the Timon Street house fire that also killed his mother, 23-year-old Lequeisha Watkins, officials confirmed Monday.Watkins had escaped from the burning home wit…

William C. Dibble knew tough times long before he became a World War II prisoner of war and was forced to work on a German farm in often unbearable conditions.When he was 11, his father, Leon Dibble, died from the lingering effects of being gassed by the Germans during World War I.“Sometimes he was so sick; he couldn’t go out. He had worked as wallpaper-hanger but then…

The federal judge who oversaw the Love Canal lawsuit for nearly two decades has asked state and federal officials for a “detailed response and plan of action” on how to correct any difficulties that might still exist in the neighborhood surrounding the 21,800-ton chemical landfill.U.S. District Judge John T. Curtin said he was “very concerned” by allegations that s…

Thomas Augostini, an employee benefits specialist, uses the carrot-and-stick analogy to describe the federal Affordable Care Act – also known as Obamacare.The carrots are the good things that consumers will get, such as care for dependents up to age 26 and coverage for pre-existing conditions. The sticks are the penalties that come with failure to comply with the new law…

The winter Orchid Show is a respite from February in Buffalo: brightly colored flowers to offset the gray and white everywhere outside and a chance to appreciate the plants’ beauty in coat-free conditions.The show’s second and final day on Sunday drew a steady crowd to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, eager to see the eye-catching plants up close, and per…

Sword swallowing just isn’t the career it used to be.You’re always having to carry around X-rays to prove it isn’t a trick. The job opportunities have waned since the days of the circus sideshow. And then there’s the Internet effect.“I don’t know how to put this nicely, but every idiot with the Internet now thinks that they can be a fire eater or whatever,” s…

Today's editorial talks about the life sciences innovation center soon to be on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus with Albany Molecular Research Inc. as the first tenant. That will be the first phase of the biocluster hub that is jointly owned and run by the Medical Campus, the University at Albany and the Jacobs Institute. The intent of creation of the innovatio…

William “Bill” Gethoefer and Sharon Parucki initially wanted to have a destination wedding – the second for both – on an exotic island, but they couldn’t make it happen.Then they thought about doing it in Florida, but that didn’t work out, either,So the lovebirds decided, why not the mall? That’s where it all started, after all.The couple tied the knot Friday…

LOCKPORT – A Lockport man who allegedly tried to kill his girlfriend’s seven-year-old daughter on New Year’s Eve was arraigned on a seven-count indictment Friday in Niagara County Court.David L. Alfonso, 28, pleaded not guilty to attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, first- and second-degree strangulation, second-degree obstructing governm…