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The Department of Veterans Affairs has canceled the 2013 National Veterans Golden Age Games, which were set to bring 1,000 veterans to Buffalo for six days of athletic competition this spring.The department decided not to hold the event, which had been scheduled for May 30 through June 4, because of budget concerns, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, said Wednesday.But in a st…

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Last of a four-part series Howard A. Zemsky’s office is cluttered.A couple of Tim Hortons cups are left near a couple of neckties – one red, one blue – strewn across his desk. Pictures of his wife and children sit on the window ledge, along with a few Larkin Soap boxes and a miniature replica of a Russer Foods truck – all interspersed among papers, maps, report…

A new study due out in April will likely recommend that Erie Community College build new facilities at both its North and City campuses, President Jack F. Quinn Jr. disclosed. He also talked with The News' Brian Meyer about addressing the skills gap. brightcove.createExperiences();

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She couldn’t decide whether to laugh or cry. So she did both.Katherine Goodman White wept openly late Tuesday morning as she caressed the gorgeous white marble urn now holding the cremated remains of her father, Benny Goodman, a Buffalo handyman who died in July 2010.When Elmlawn Cemetery President Michael Austin presented White with the new urn Tuesday, replacing the ol…

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Jurors on Tuesday convicted a teenager of first-degree manslaughter for participating in the fatal stabbing of another teen last summer in North Buffalo.Seventeen-year-old Ezeiekile Nafi faces up to 25 years in prison when sentenced May 1.The July 5 stabbing of 16-year-old Darren Brown was one of the most grisly killings in Buffalo’s recent history. His throat was slashe…

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Two separate settlements totaling $4.1 million for the families of two Buffalo firefighters who perished in an August 2009 fire at a Genesee Street building are expected to be approved by the Common Council in early April.Survivors of the younger firefighter, Jonathan S. Croom, 34, are set to receive $3 million that will go to supporting the children he left behind. The fa…

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They held the first pep rally of the basketball season at McKinley High School on Monday – not to build up excitement, but to let it out.In the school auditorium, sounds of “We Are the Champions” blaring over the loudspeakers were drowned out by the cheers and shouts of a student body celebrating its first state basketball championship. Ever. “It makes us prouder,…

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WASHINGTON – Two years and four months after first winning election to the House with support of tea party groups in his Southern Tier district, Rep. Tom Reed is going bipartisan, and in a big way.Reed, R-Corning, announced Monday that he has joined “No Labels,” a bipartisan movement aimed at problem-solving rather than opponent-bashing.“When you involve yourself i…

The West Seneca Town Board is expected to take action to modify its town code governing firearms in response to a petition from a local developer seeking to construct a 27,000 square foot indoor public shooting range on North America Drive. The proposal was tabled at last Thursday's meeting of the town's Planning Board after legal counsel advised the body that the tow…

The Buffalo News has conducted its annual leadership survey. It's not a scientific, random survey -- but instead -- the results come from a cross-section of business, political, religious and community leaders. Respondents rated more than two dozen leaders, including Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley me…