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Buffalo News owner Warren Buffett apparently has a sense of humor to match his bank account. Buffett is featured in this Geico ad, produced for the annual meeting of the company owned by Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway. It's an ode to the insurer's customer service. Take a look:

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10:06 p.m. update: Here's a video recap of what went on between sessions in downtown Buffalo today: ---Lauren Nicole Mariacher7:31 p.m. update: According to a group of Syracuse fans grabbing a quick bite before heading back to the arena, the Morgan State mascot was the highlight of the first half of the day. "He's the best mascot I've ever seen,&quo…

Of the eight venues hosting preliminary round action in the NCAA Tournament this weekend, tickets for the games in Buffalo are the highest grossing on StubHub, according to the company. Tickets for the games at HSBC Arena also have been the most popular preliminary round NCAA tickets on the site, StubHub officials said in a press release. The average ticket price for tick…

Good morning. It's NCAA tourney day in downtown Buffalo. That's a great thing if you're a hoops fan, a bit of a hassle if you're a downtown commuter looking for a quick getaway around 5 p.m. Either way, the city seems to be ready. There were plenty of upsets in action yesterday. Will any of the big seeds fall at HSBC Arena today? Top seed Syracuse? No. 2 seed West Virginia…

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DOWNTOWN BUFFALO -- Buffalo's Cobblestone District is flowing with 'Cuse supporters this afternoon as basketball fans from near and far gather in Western New York for the NCAA Tournament subregional tipoff in HSBC Arena on Friday.  Not all fans spotted downtown were wearing orange though. A group of Mizzou fans enjoyed Buffalo food and drink while catching some of&nbs…

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UB's Gilberto Mosqueda surveyed damage in Chile after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake hit the country. Photo courtesy / University at Buffalo When an 8.8-magnitude earthquake hit Chile earlier this month, University at Buffalo professor Gilberto Mosqueda was one of the first engineers to enter the country to survey the damage. The work done by Mosqueda and other engineers wi…

There are four weeks left to complete your individual state and federal tax returns, and The Buffalo News has teamed up with local accountants to provide some help. A dozen local accountants will volunteer their time to answer callers’ questions during The News’ annual tax help panel from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Timothy J. Hoelscher -- senior tax manager at Tronconi, Segarra…

Tickets for Friday night's NCAA tournament session at HSBC Arena are listed today for as much as $1,000 at online ticket reseller StubHub.  What the resale ticket market will actually bear for the sold-out games has yet to be seen. Tickets on StubHub for the Friday night session -- which includes the matchup between Syracuse and Vermont, as well as Gonzaga vs. Flori…

BUFFALO -- St. Patrick's Day got off to an early start with hundreds of green bagels for sale at Bagel Jay's and will continue well into the night with celebrations throughout the region.  Bright green bagels sold out by 9 a.m. at Bagel Jay's on Delaware Avenue. Owner Jay Gershberg estimated his three bagel stores have sold 8,000 green bagels since early this w…

Happy St. Patrick's Day.The debate over health care reform continues as House Democrats push a new strategy for passing legislation. Republicans have dubbed the plan the "Slaughter Solution." News Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski explains the maneuver on today's front page.In Buffalo, HSBC Arena will get a final walk-through this afternoo…

A series of meetings that continues tonight will give Metro riders a chance to weigh in on changes proposed for bus and train fares and routes. Under the proposal, the NFTA would eliminate transfer fees and traditional zone surcharges as part of a strategy to simplify the system and increase the number of passengers on Metro buses and trains. The recommendations, drawn up…

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An expansion of the temporary Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino will open today. Photo by Derek Gee/ Buffalo News file photo BUFFALO -- A $9 million expansion that added 223 slot machines to the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino will be unveiled this afternoon. Officials from the Seneca Gaming Corp. and the Seneca Nation of Indians are scheduled to attend an afternoon ceremony to…

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Traffic slowed to one lane on the I-290 westbound this morning. Photo by Derek Gee / Buffalo News  Drivers now see the first signs of a $16.5 million project to build two new ramps between the I-290 and the I-190 as two lanes shut down at 9 a.m. today. The lane closures will last until November, according to a state Department of Transportation travel …

Good morning.  The Erie County Holding Center is getting a cleanup ahead of the arrival of federal inspectors Monday. News Staff Reporter Matthew Spina reports today that Comptroller Mark C. Poloncarz said some county workers were offered overtime pay for the work. In politics, Carl P. Paladino will travel to Brooklyn today to meet with state Conservative…

DirecTV and Versus have reached a deal after more than six months to return the sports network to the satellite television service, according to The Associated Press. DirecTV subscribers were getting increasingly concerned that a deal wouldn't be made with Versus before its extensive coverage of the NHL playoffs start, Buffalo News TV Critic Alan Pergament report…