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Supporters of a plan to build a $1.4 billion stadium and museum complex on the Outer Harbor insist the plan is feasible and would be an economic engine. Hasiotis, of Greater Buffalo Sports & Entertainment Complex, talks with The News' Brian Meyer. brightcove.createExperiences();

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Millard Fillmore is hardly remembered as one of America’s most prominent presidents, but the nation’s 13th leader is on the verge of gaining greater fame in East Aurora.At the house Fillmore built by hand – which was relocated to its current location on Shearer Avenue and is now a museum dedicated to the president – the Aurora Historical Society plans to help the village s…

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The young man walked into Martin Luther King Park with an Uzi-like machine gun and mowed down five picnickers at Shelter No. 4 on a warm May evening last year.When he fled, he left behind one man who was fatally wounded and four other victims, including a man left a paraplegic and a woman blinded in one eye. He also inflamed the community.Nearly a year later, local and fed…

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–– Last of a three-part series –– If nature runs its slow course, West Valley’s hilltop plateau where nuclear wastes are stockpiled could erode in as soon as 150 years.Or, some fear that fueled by dramatic climatic events, the plateau could wash away in torrential downpours like the one that hit nearby Gowanda four summers ago.Either way, radioactive material would wash th…

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He perched on a log Monday afternoon, looking as regal as ever, while staring toward the window of his outdoor, slatted wooden enclosure.The male American bald eagle – with the trademark white head, yellow beak and feet, and black-brown breast and back – is recuperating at the SPCA Serving Erie County’s Tonawanda shelter after he was found injured in a ditch along Route 39…

New sidewalks, streets, modern lighting and improved landscaping are coming to the Fruit Belt community adjacent to the medical corridor as part of a $3.2 million investment that has two aims: to retain current residents and to attract new ones.The bulk of the money comes from federal highway funds, with the rest a combination of city and federal money.“This is good news f…

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From the steps of Buffalo City Hall, activists and elected officials railed against the twin evils of child abuse and neglect. A few feet away, a 3-year-old North Tonawanda boy sat quietly, fussing a bit and even snoozing for a few minutes, oblivious to the larger issue.But make no mistake: Jay J. Bolvin was the star of this show, as about 250 people marched in downtown Bu…

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These days, William J. Weismantel enjoys talking with two former Marines he met some seven decades ago when he was stateside receiving advanced infantry training at Camp Lejeune, N.C., before heading to the Pacific in World War II.It’s a comfort to chat with his buddies, Melvin Johnson of Delaware, Ohio, and Jack Blandford of Massapequa, Long Island.In the back of his mind…

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Sunday was a fine day to grab a pair of binoculars and head to Tifft Nature Preserve for bird-watching.About 20 people did just that, learning the basics of “birding” in a program presented by the Friends of Tifft Nature Preserve.Even the rawest of rookies could come away with enough knowledge to impress friends and family members.A bird-watching newbie might imagine spott…

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The apartment building at 622 Ridge Road in Lackawanna is a mess: Chunks of vinyl siding are missing, rotted windowsills sag and curl, and there’s no working plumbing or electrical wiring inside.Before becoming vacant about a decade ago, the property regularly attracted the attention of police responding to reports of drug use and other problems. Neighbors complained for y…

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It was only eight days ago when the Gonzalez siblings got together to celebrate a big family wedding in Florida.It was an amazing day, and the first time all seven siblings and their kids were under one roof.No one could have imagined that a week later the family would be back together in Buffalo, but this time under very different – and tragic – circumstances.Christieann …

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Teenagers and a few adults slept in appliance cartons on the Medaille College campus Saturday night to call attention to the continuing problem of homelessness in the Buffalo area.As a bitter wind blew a few snowflakes through the air and temperatures sank toward the freezing mark, the participants got a bit of the true homeless experience.“It certainly helps with the awar…

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Call it a shopping frenzy for patient people. It wasn’t a long wait to get in the door – even the earliest shoppers were at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens a mere three hours ahead of time Friday.But the prizes they carried home from the Black Friday Spent Bulb Sale – tulip, crocus and daffodil bulbs, at the deep discount price of $7 per shopping bag – won’t se…

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The victims were two law-abiding citizens, a couple in their late 50s and 60s who lived in a very rural area in southeastern Chautauqua County, just a few miles from the Pennsylvania border.On the other side of this crime sit four accused killers from the Elmira area. The oldest, by far, is 34, a possible ringleader of the group who’s spent more than one third of his life …