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When 17-year-old Marine Sgt. Patrick W. Welch landed in Vietnam with the first wave of U.S. combat troops in March 1965, he knew he was in the right place. Welch, an infantry squad leader with the 3rd Division, had dreamed about becoming a Marine since he was 5. The Amherst resident, now 62, says he wanted to follow in the footsteps of several uncles who had served as M…

Tonight should remain breezy and cloudy with nothing more than a passing shower.Here is some of your latest local news:A federal judge has ordered Erie County to let suicide-prevention experts into the jails starting a week from Monday. The experts are expected to conduct interviews as part of an investigation into the holding Center's suicide rate, which is almost fi…

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DOWNTOWN BUFFALO -- Green-clad Western New Yorkers and the sound of bagpipes is flooding the streets of downtown Buffalo this afternoon. The parade has yet to start, but the corner of Delaware and Chippewa has already kicked off the party. Bars and coffee shops are open, some even serving hot chocolate with green whip cream. The parade is set to start at 2 p.m. Irish dance…

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BUFFALO — The streets of the Old First Ward were lined with revelers this afternoon for the "Old Neighborhood" St. Patrick's Day Parade. The Caledonian Pipe Band kicked things off at noon and was followed by community, church and school groups who tossed candy from their floats as people watched the annual tradition from front porches and sidewalks. Dave Cerroni of Sout…

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If the thought of baseball bats and leather catching gloves excites you, head down to Coca-Cola field this afternoon. The Buffalo Bisons welcome fans today to the team's annual free family day open house. The event starts at noon and runs until 3 p.m. Chow down on free hot dogs and Coca-Cola —  "A little taste of summer," said Brad Bisbing from the Bisons. Also on…

A flood watch has been issued from 7 a.m. today through Sunday afternoon for Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, said meteorologist David Thomas of the National Weather Service's Buffalo office.  No area creeks or rivers are expected to go above flood stage through this afternoon, Thomas said, but it will depend on how much rain we receive toda…

Good morning. News TV Critic Alan Pergament caught up with Sabres broadcast analyst Mike Robitaille who is recovering from injuries he suffered in a car accident. That's our top story today. Olympic gold medalist Steve Mesler continued making the rounds yesterday with a stop at City Honors. Here is a video from the Mesler event: The Sabres couldn't sustain their brie…

At 2 a.m. Sunday, daylight savings time goes into effect. That's when you should set your clocks one hour ahead. Check out this videographic for everything you need to know about Daylight Savings Time.

3:14 p.m. update: Here's a video from today's luncheon: 2:09 p.m. update: This was the senator's response when asked about her bill that would require the Federal Aviation Administration to report every year about the National Transportation Safety Board recommendations it has adopted: 1:55 p.m. update: Here's how Gillibrand responded to quest…

5:15 p.m.: Here's another video of Mesler reflecting on his Vancouver experience: 11:45 a.m.: Here's a video of Mesler talking about how his experience at the 2006 Olympics in Italy played into his victory in Vancouver: 10:41 a.m.: BUFFALO -- Olympic bobsledder and gold medalist Steve Mesler came back to his high school this morning. Steve Mesler, who in h…

Good morning.Looking for ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? How about St. Patrick's Week? Staff Reporter Anne Neville has your answers.Two men have stepped up to fill a void for the Hilbert College baseball team after a car crash left the coach in a coma, Staff Reporter Jay Rey writes this morning.How are schools going to respond to serious fiscal woes? Staff R…

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(Photos courtesy Peace Bridge Authority) A nearly 100-ton truck carrying a steel girder bound for Alabama crossed the Peace Bridge today, becoming the longest vehicle to travel the Buffalo-Fort Erie span, according to the Peace Bridge Authority.The 215-foot tractor-trailer with the girder weighs 199,000 pounds. The girder was made in Quebec and took six weeks to get fro…

Gas prices in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area have gone up 4 cents in the past week, though that's typical for this time of year, according to the AAA of Western and Central New York. The average price in the Buffalo-Niagara region is $2.91 per gallon, one cent below the state average, said Diana Dibble, spokeswoman for the AAA of Western and Central New York. The na…

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Becky Globus and Jake Mabee, both of Buffalo, skate at the Rotary Rink last month, during colder times. Photo by Bill Wippert / Buffalo NewsRotary Rink is closed for the rest of the season, Buffalo Place announced today. The area's unseasonably warm weather is cutting short the season at the facility, which has offered free skating since its Dec. 1 opening. The skati…