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Two City of Tonawanda lawmakers who oppose a proposal to charge for parking at Niawanda Park plan to ask Erie County for funding to help with park upkeep. Aldermen Richard A. Slisz and William R. Poole said today they plan to approach Erie County government leaders about the possibility of providing financial assistance for operations at the popular park on the Niagara Ri…

Drivers on the I-190 North near the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge will see lane closures today thanks to construction. Closures began at 5:30 a.m. today and will continue until 7 p.m. from the Niagara Power Project to the bridge plaza, the state Department of Transportation has announced.View 190N 4/26/10 in a larger mapThe work is weather sensitive, and more closures are pla…

Good morning. With their backs still to the wall, the Sabres are in Boston for Game Six tonight. For podcasts, video, and all the Sabres information you need, visit The Buffalo News' Sabres page. In today's news, Staff Reporter Deidre Williams tells us a story about a push to create a female-focused VFW. The Super Flea in Cheektowaga is being called "…

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Raised in coal country in Forest City, Pa., John G. Sapuder didn't see many choices for a job when he graduated from high school in 1938. "Unless I wanted to work in a coal mine like my father or at a women's dress factory, there were no jobs, so I joined [the Army Air Forces]," he said. That decision eventually took him into the skies above Tokyo Bay on the day the …

AMHERST -- Two years ago, the rock band moe. was looking for a way to get recordings of its live performances to fans after shows. CDs took too long to burn and weren't very popular with fans.  Then, the band started offering USB flash drives filled with music and video from the night immediately after nearly every performance. They called it "moe. in a moment." …

Here's a look at some of the latest headlines this afternoon: - Police are investigating a report of a double shooting at Broadway and Wick Street this morning. - Two vacant buildings damaged by a fire on Masten Avenue early Sunday are now slated for demolition. - The News' John Vogl reports on the Sabres Edge blog that Thomas Vanek will meet with coach Lindy …

2:55 p.m.: BUFFALO -- Linwood Avenue resident James Mack wants to shed a perception that residents in Buffalo are "living under siege." "We have these beautiful houses and these beautiful neighborhoods," Mack said. "So we wanted to showcase our neighborhood for people that might not understand the quality of life that we have here in Buffalo." Mack is one of eight…

The Buffalo Niagara Film Festival will wrap up tonight after ten days and more than 60 films. A closing awards ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda. The ceremony will follow the 5 p.m. screening of "Christina" at the Riviera. News Staff Reporter Mark Sommer wrote last week that the number of films to be screened during the fourth…

The southbound lanes of the I-190 remain closed today between Exit 14 (Ontario Street) and Exit 8 (Niagara Street) and will reopen 6 a.m. Monday as workers continue to repair and reconstruct concrete pavement on the Thruway on weekends. The weekend closures, which last from 7 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday, are scheduled until May 24, weather permitting.  Beware of the …

Get on top of art today at Griffis Sculpture Park in Ashford Hollow. The park, which officially opens for the season May 1, will host a dedication and preview of "The Living Wall" at 1 p.m.   The new sculpture is a series of pods designed by first-year undergraduate architectural students from the University at Buffalo. It will be on display at the park unti…

Good morning. The National Weather Service calls for rain across much of the region until 11 a.m., when it is expected to start tapering off. Here are a few of the latest headlines: - Carl P. Paladino's wife, Cathy, spoke to News Staff Reporter Susan Schulman in her first interview since her husband began his campaign for governor. Cathy Paladino defended her husband's c…

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When the plane carrying a large delegation of Polish dignitaries crashed April 10 in Russia, it was on its way to the site of a massacre that took place 70 years ago and some 4,500 miles away from Buffalo. Thousands of Polish political and military leaders and intellectuals were massacred in the Katyn forest as part of the Soviet invasion of Poland during World War…

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HAMBURG -- If you're in the market for theorem paintings, high-quality photography or root planters, an annual show here featuring 186 artisans from around the country has you covered. These unique handcrafted creations, among others, can be found today and Sunday at Springtime in the Country at the Fairground. Barbara A. Palmer from BP Folk Art Press us…

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BUFFALO -- Planting trees in Buffalo to save polar bears in the North Pole might seem like a stretch, but Buffalo Zoo bear keeper Vicki Hodge makes the connection well. Increased carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels has caused ice in the pole to melt and endanger the bears' natural habitat, Hodge said. Trees remove carbon from the atmosphere through photosynthesis…

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  Office of Urban Affairs Associate Director Alaina Beverly speaks at a lecture series hosted by Graduate Planning Student Association in Diefendorf Hall on the University at Buffalo's South Campus today.  An official with a White House office established to focus on helping cities today said the Obama administration is working to more efficiently get fundi…