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At City Hall, a bill on domestic partner benefits hit a snag this morning after coasting through a committee vote last week. The Common Council wants a further review of cost projections for the plan.A former volunteer fireman was sentenced to one to three years in prison for arson. His partner was spared prison time.A morning leftover, so to speak: The area's last Sw…

11:50 a.m.: After touring the Response to Love Center on Buffalo's East Side this morning, Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand talked about unemployment in Western New York, plugged the federal jobs bill and defended herself against criticism that she has not visited Buffalo enough. Gillibrand also called out potential contender Harold Ford Jr. for what she described as "name cal…

BUFFALO -- Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand will tour the Response to Love Center on the city's East Side this morning. It's her second trip to the area in a week.On Friday, Gillibrand paid her first City Hall visit to Mayor Byron W. Brown. The senator's return visit comes as she and former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford Jr. have turned more attention to the re…

Good Morning.The National Weather Service forecast calls for light snow showers and flurries this morning.  The News' Matthew Spina reports in a front-page story today that a commission warned two years ago that cells in the Erie County Holding Center offer inmates too many ways to hang themselves. A Cheektowaga man became the latest inmate to take his life by ha…

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A trainer works with a sea lion in the large tank at the Aquarium of Niagara, located at 701 Whirlpool St. in Niagara Falls. Photo by Charles Lewis/Buffalo News              School's out for students throughout Buffalo Niagara this week. Here's the low-down on five places to take your children after you've worn…

BUFFALO -- Twenty-one new citizens from throughout the world -- from Ontario to Togo -- took the oath of allegiance today at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site. "It's a long road to get here," said Daniela Mesic, who grew up in Ontario and was sworn in as a United States citizen along with her husband. "We just love living in America. It's a great…

BUFFALO -- A yearlong program aimed at curbing gang violence drew more than 150 teenagers to Medaille College today. "The message today is a very clear one," said Tony Williams, director of operations for the Northwest Buffalo Community Center. "We want the youth of Erie County to take control of their communities, take control of themselves. We want to giv…

Happy President's Day. Traffic is light this morning as fewer people head to work on this holiday. Watch out for light snow tonight and early Tuesday as a storm system passing to the south could produce widespread light snow, according to a National Weather Service hazardous weather outlook issued this morning.  The National Weather Service forecas…

In the latest local news, the Erie County Sheriff's office is investigating an apparent suicide of a prisoner at the Erie County Holding Center. The prisoner was a 26-year-old Cheektowaga man facing forgery and drug charges.Follow the Prep Talk Blog tonight for Canisius vs. St. Joe's high school basketball coverage.News' Sports Reporter Jay Skurski wrap…

NORTH TONAWANDA -- Steaming crock pots attracted more than 150 Western New Yorkers to the Zonta Club of the Tonawandas' fourth annual Soup Cook-off at the Elks Lodge this afternoon.  Thirty chefs from local restaurants and also individual contestants brought their best recipes to the tables, which held soups ranging from chicken quesadilla and turkey sweet potato to o…

BUFFALO -- Love is in the air at the Buffalo Zoo. While vistors enjoyed animal demonstrations, storytelling, arts and crafts, and hot chocolate as part of the Zoo's Family Valentine's Day, the animals were not left out of the celebration. California sea lions, river otters, capybaras, lions, tigers, and the reptiles and amphibians didn't enjoy any chocolate, but were fed s…

BUFFALO -- The doors at Parkside Candies on Main Street continue to swing open this afternoon. The store's personalized hearts seem to be the favorite among customers, who are venturing in to pick up chocolates and various treats for their Valentines.  Most of the customers here don't consider themselves "last-minute" Valentines, though. "I count on Parkside to be ope…

CHEEKTOWAGA -- If a last-minute crowd of Valentine's Day shoppers comes through the doors at 2110 Clinton St., the staff at Mike's Homemade Candies is ready.  Owners Anastasia Melithoniotes and daughter Susie Walters, along with some of their staff, are still cutting up sponge and organizing the shelves of the store this morning. Mike's, which is known for its homemad…

Happy Valentine's Day Western New York. If you haven't picked up a gift for your Valentine, there's still time. Follow BuffaloNews.com Live today to get a glimpse of local candy shops preparing for a last minute rush. Local news: Once an Indian voice speaking up against the Seneca Casinos, Susan P. Abrams is now getting paid handsomely for working with them.…

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AMHERST - Get ready for an exciting year full of action and strong leadership. The Chinese lunar calendar ushers in the year of the tiger Sunday and the zodiac symbol means a strong and happy year, according to Dr. Lixin Zhang, president of the Chinese Club of Western New York. The organization celebrated China's New Year with a two-hour public program full of colorful …