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BUFFALO -- Guests of the Broadway Market chanted, "One more Peep! Just one more Peep!" as participants of the Market's second annual Peep eating competition stuffed their faces with the yellow marshmallows this afternoon.  Not only was the market packed with customers, but the area surrounding the tables of Peep eaters was barely moveable as proud pare…

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BUFFALO - Bring out the squirt guns and pussy willows, Dyngus Day is just around the corner. Organizers of Buffalo's Dyngus Day festivities gathered at the Central Terminal this morning to dedicate a new park and launch the event, which will take place April 5. The day-long event after Easter is a celebration of Polish heritage that includes a parade in Buffalo's Poloni…

AMHERST-- The Ride For Roswell team has gathered at the Buffalo Marriott Niagara in Amherst to kick off the 15th anniversary ride that will take place June 26.  Riders, team captains, fundraisers, Extra Mile Club members, sponsors and committee members are here enjoying lunch while listening to inspirational speakers and survivor stories.  The event also gives …

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Town of Tonawanda firefighters responded this morning to a fire in a nine-unit boarding house on River Road, town fire officials said. Firefighters from the town's Sheridan Park department found at approximately 8:20 a.m. heavy smoke pouring out of the front left unit, River Road fire chief Lou McNett said at the scene. "There were approximately 12 occupan…

The Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society is hosting a "House Restoration Fair" on Saturday for those looking to restore an architectural beauty, keep an old home together, reuse salvaged materials or just recreate old space. Guests will have the opportunity to speak with craftsmen, artisans, material suppliers, and contractors at display tables and also see present…

5:09 p.m.: AMC Theaters, which operates the Maple Ridge 8 in Amherst, is also raising its ticket prices. Here's the statement issued by Justin Scott, a Buffalo-area native and the company's director of corporate communications: “Across our circuit, AMC offers guests many ways to experience and enjoy a movie. Pricing varies based on many factors, including loc…

An Amherst man has been arrested and accused of running a $5.8 million Ponzi scheme, Staff Reporter Michael Beebe reports.A woman accused of stabbing another woman in the eye pleaded not guilty today, while a grand jury has rejected hate-crime charges in the matter.A Black Rock neighborhood could be eligible for tax breaks and other incentives, Staff Reporter Brian Meyer r…

Rep. Louise Slaughter addressed the recent incident at her Niagara Falls office on the floor of the House yesterday.Here's the video. Read her full statement on her Web site.Here's an Associated Press story about the trend of threats against lawmakers.This is an Associated Press item in which Slaughter said she got a threat that used the word "snipers."…

Over at the Inside Pitch blog, Mike Harrington runs down what the New York media is saying this morning about Alex Rodriguez and the federal inquiry of Toronto doctor Anthony Galea.

Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to speak with federal investigators in Buffalo today, Staff Reporter Dan Herbeck reports, as part of an inquiry into a Toronto doctor's possible links to performance-enhancing drugs. Here's an AP story from Wednesday, as well as a March 5 report from Herbeck revealing Buffalo's place in the investigation. Here�…

Disapproval, disappointment -- and probably disgust -- over state government representation in Albany will be the focus of a Tea Party event on Saturday. The event, organized by Rus Thompson, will be held at 2 p.m. at the Commercial Slip on the downtown waterfront, next to the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park. "If you're fed up with what's…

2:18 p.m.: Here's some audio of Kessel speaking at today's announcement: 2:14 p.m.: Edbauer and Ferguson were awarded the contract through a competitive bidding process, officials said. Details including who the other bidders were was not immediately available. Work on the switchyard project, which is scheduled to begin in June and be completed in December of …

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5:09 p.m.: See and hear more of what O'Ree had to say in this video: 2:28 p.m.: Here's a video from this morning's event: 11:15 a.m.: Willie O'Ree became the first black player to play in the National Hockey League in 1958. But stepping across that racial boundary wasn't the toughest thing he had to face on the ice, he said after speaking with students inside the…

Spring just arrived, but we already know lots of major acts will make a stop in the Buffalo and Western New York area this summer.It's not technically summer, but Pearl Jam comes to HSBC Arena on May 10. Tickets are still available through Tickets.com.The Flaming Lips are coming to Artpark on July 22. Tickets are also still available through Tickets.com.Green Day hits…

8:54 a.m.: The site is back up.8:25 a.m.: Here's what the Washington Post says about it.