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There’s no big, fancy flat-screen television in Angel Gordon’s home.She doesn’t spend money each week on getting her hair and nails done.The furniture is plain. In fact, it’s well-worn.And there’s no Xbox or other expensive video game console for the kids to play with.Gordon is a 31-year-old single mother of six trying to make ends meet and sometimes missing the mark.“It’s…

The city has filed notice that it is maintaining its right to appeal a State Supreme Court ruling that found in favor of Acropolis OPA restaurant on Elmwood Avenue. The decision, filed Nov. 15, found that the Common Council failed to establish “any rational basis” for putting conditions on music and restaurant licenses at the Greek restaurant. Acropolis owner Paul Tsouflid…

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Call her ‘Twelve’ for short: It’s going to be awfully easy for Skyler Adrianna Woronchuk to remember exactly when she was born. She entered the world shortly after noon on Wednesday – to be precise, at 12:12 p.m. on 12/12/12 – at Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo.Her proud and surprised parents are Halie Woronchuk and Kip Hund of Hamburg. Skyler weighed in at six pounds, 15 …

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If you’re stressed out about taking your college finals, you should:a) Not study.b) Skip ’em and try again next semester.c) Call Mom and Dad for money.d) Pet a dog.Correct: d. Pet a dog.At least, that’s the answer over at the University at Buffalo libraries, where therapy dogs are being brought in this week to give students a little respite while cramming for final exams.A…

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WASHINGTON – If the “fiscal cliff” alone is not enough to give you indigestion, here’s a new worry: Milk prices may be about to double as a result of a looming “dairy cliff.”Thanks to congressional inaction on a new farm bill, the nation is set to revert, on Jan. 1, to federal farm policies that date back to the 1940s.The impact, farmers and lawmakers say, would be the end…

WHEATFIELD – Three hundred thousand tons of New York City garbage – enough to fill the Rose Bowl one and a half times – would be hauled by rail to a Niagara Falls incinerator to help power the Cataract City’s industries, under a plan presented Wednesday to the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency.Covanta Energy, which operates an energy-from-waste incinerator on 56…

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Staff Sgt. Ethan J. Unterweger wasn’t sure his 3-year-old son, Liam, would recognize him after being away for nearly a year in the Persian Gulf region.But those fears disappeared instantly when the Army National Guardsman stepped off the bus at the Connecticut Street Armory at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday and the little boy spotted his daddy.“He came running up to me,” Unterweger, …

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Society’s perceptions of the developmentally disabled and the services provided to this population have changed dramatically. James M. Boles is president and chief executive officer of People Inc., the largest nonprofit human services agency in Erie County.Boles sat down with The Buffalo News’ Brian Meyer at the Museum of disABILITY History on Main Street in Eggertsville.H…

Society’s perceptions of the developmentally disabled and the services provided to this population have changed dramatically over the decades. Boles is president and CEO of People Inc., Erie County's largest nonprofit human services agency. brightcove.createExperiences();

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The $3,000 raised to buy back an original frosted gaslight for the Buffalo Central Terminal this week was a noble gesture. But so much more is needed, because maintenance no longer can be deferred, longtime volunteers say.The Art Deco train station’s vaulted roof is leaking water onto the concourse tiles and urgently needs to be replaced. The price tag? About $800,000, inc…

I scream. You scream. West Seneca’s Kone King screams for drive-thru ice cream.The longtime Center Road ice cream stand, which sits just east of the famed Schwabl’s Restaurant, looks to make it even easier to get its creamy dessert into the hands of customers in 2013. Owners of the stand at 865 Center Road will take plans for the addition of a drive-thru window before the …

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Forest Lawn officials like to talk about a person actually dying three times.The first is when the person is declared physically dead. The second is the burial. And the final death occurs the last time someone remembers or mentions the person’s name.About 30 people with developmental disabilities who attend a People Inc. program Tuesday made sure that 296 people buried in …

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Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Monday followed through with a promise to veto $195,134 in spending that legislators added to the 2013 county budget, but it appeared likely that legislators would override that decision.The vetoes will go to a vote today as the Legislature takes final action to formally adopt the $1.37 billion spending plan.The extra money would …

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A third of the dogs at the SPCA Serving Erie County are pit bulls.And as other breeds around them are snatched from their kennels for adoption, the pit bulls at the Town of Tonawanda shelter wait for their turn.And they wait.“Pit bulls sit here for a month or more before they find a home. The others sit here for less than four days,” said SPCA Executive Director Barbara Ca…

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Super Flea & Farmers Market in Cheektowaga may be the only place you can buy a “Ghostbusters” lunchbox, apples, tires, vacuum cleaners, jewelry, soy candles, a Lex Luger wrestling figure, purses, cheese, and coats for dogs, as well as get a haircut while you’re at it.The only thing the Walden Avenue market and its more than 200 vendors have been short on this holiday seaso…