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BUFFALO -- A Main Street business owner will challenge State Sen. Antoine M. Thompson in the Democratic primary for the 60th District. Rory Allen, 34, announced this morning he plans to seek the Democratic nomination after collecting more than 2,200 signatures in the district which spans parts of Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Allen, who is making his first run for public of…

Good morning. The National Weather Service has forecast a chance of showers after 2 p.m. with a high near 77 today near Buffalo. Here's a look at a few of the latest headlines this morning: - Mayor Byron W. Brown has asked the Common Council to approve a deal today in which the city would transfer land to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. in exchange for $10 …

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A suspicious two-alarm blaze this evening in a vacant manufacturing building and attached warehouse on Elmwood Avenue was expected to keep Buffalo fire crews at the scene through the night, according to Buffalo fire officials.    The fire was reported just before 8:15 p.m. in a large industrial complex at 1950 Elmwood Ave. Within minutes, a second alarm was soun…

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NORTH TONAWANDA -- Surely the nighttime music entertainment is a major draw to the Canal Fest of the Tonawandas each year, but festival goers this afternoon had a few good reasons why heading down during the day isn't so bad either. Sue Morris and Mary Bagley of Williamsville were enjoying their first vacation day of the week at Canal Fest. They were looking forward to ha…

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Brian Perry of Perry's Ice cream, the 92-year-old family-owned business located in Akron, but scooped in plenty of places from Western New York to Pennsylvania, New England and Ohio, was interviewed in an "Odd News" story for the United Press International yesterday. On National Ice Cream Day, "Sunday was a day for a sundae," featured Perry discus…

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority may or may not be cutting off their Metro’s Buffalo Bills Game Day service this season. A public hearing will be held tonight to gauge the public's opinion on the service, which the NFTA says it loses about $25,000 on a year. The Game Day service offers nonstop, round trip service directly to the Ralph C. Wilson Stadium fro…

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U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) held a news conference in downtown Buffalo this morning to continue his campaign to make oil giant BP accountable for its role in getting the Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi, released from prison. Joining him was the family of Pan Am Flight 103 victim Colleen Brunner of Hamburg and Mayor Byron W. Brown. Watch this clip of Sch…

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Blue Monday returns to the Gazebo tonight in Lewiston for its 16th season. The concert series is presented by the Lewiston Council on the Arts and is one of the most popular blues venues in Western New York. The Lewiston Council on the Arts is dedicating the 2010 season to Jessie "Jukebox" Scales. Scales was a well-know local blues performer, opening each Blue M…

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Good morning Western New York and happy Monday. The cloudy skies above us right now may be a sign of isolated thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service's forecast for today. Temperatures will range from a high of 77 to a low of 61 degrees. Here's a look at some of today's headlines: -Stroke in children and young adults is not as common as i…

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The News' Brian Meyer was a guest as part of WBFO-88.7 FM's on-going "roundtable" discussion series this morning. Meyer discussed Mayor Byron W. Brown's nomination for police commissioner, Daniel Derenda, and where it stands with WBFO's Eileen Buckley. The 5-minute, 29-second clip is available below:  News Staff Reporter Brian Meyer disc…

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For 65 years Polish-Americans in Buffalo have celebrated the career of Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski with a parade.  Today that parade — made up of floats tossing candy, community and ethnic groups and politicians vying for voters — processed down Harlem Road in Cheektowaga to the town's park. "The reason we come every year is to boost Polish heritage…

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Maryna Seuferz sits in the shade at her booth at last year's Canal Fest in North Tonawanda. Buffalo News file photo The 28th annual Canal Fest of the Tonawandas, held along the Erie Canal between the cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, begins its eight-day run today. Today is the final day for the Italian Heritage Festival on Hertel Avenue, which is sponsor…

Two notable concerts are going on tonight: Hard Rock at the Falls presents the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra playing the music of Pink Floyd tonight at 6 p.m. It's an outdoor summer concert held on Old Falls Street adjacent to the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls. The night will also feature the music of Scott Celani. Eileen Ivers with special guest Cherish the Ladi…

Organizers are already calling this year's Italian Heritage Festival one of the best in its more than 20 years on Hertel Avenue. "It couldn't be any better," said Ron Deschenes, one of the nine board members of the festival, which is sponsored by Sorrento Cheese. "We've broken records since day one. We're so busy. People start coming in from 11 in the morning until at l…

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Good morning. Showers and thunderstorms may crop up on an otherwise fine day, with the high clocking in at 80 degrees. Matters will get calmer toward evening, setting the stage for a brilliant Sunday, with a high of 84 under mostly sunny skies. Here's a look at today's top stories: Greater Refuge Temple owns this rundown house at 423 High St. Photo by Harry Scull J…