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Good morning. The National Weather Service has forecast a chance of showers this morning with a high near 56 in the Buffalo area. A chance of rain will show up again Wednesday. Here's a look at a few of the latest headlines: - The debate between seven candidates for governor in Hempstead on Monday will likely be more recalled for one-liners and comic relief than a sub…

In the wake of one of the most successful and most media-covered mining rescues in history, Buffalo native Mark Nowak, a poet, labor activist, and mining disaster expert, wants people to recognize this fact: The Chilean mining rescue was an exception, a rare happy ending in a history book filled with tragedy. "What usually happens is that miners die, almost everyday s…

58th District State Senate candidates will meet at West Seneca East High School this evening for their second debate of the race. Republican Jack F. Quinn III and Democrat Timothy M. Kennedy, who in their first debate focused on problems with the state's Medicaid and pension systems, as well as job creation, will begin answering questions at 7 p.m. In the most recent poll …

Good morning. Today temperatures will range from a high of 53 to a low of 37 degrees with mostly cloudy skies, says the National Weather Service. Here are some of the stories making news this morning: -New Yorkers will find out this evening whether the first -- and possibly only -- debate of New York's gubernatorial campaign can go from what has often been a late-night com…

A wall drawing that covers 2,200 square feet is the newest work on display at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The work -- which took 16 artists at the task seven hours a day nearly two months to complete -- was designed by Sol LeWitt, an American artist considered to have been a pioneer in Minimalism and Conceptual art. Here's a story by Staff Reporter Mark…

Good morning. Here are this morning's top headlines: The last of the Chilean miners stuck underground for more than two months has been saved as millions watched from around the world. A $4.5 billion proposal by Verizon Communications to build a data center in Somerset included a request for tax breaks. Martin Kober, of the City of Tonawanda, holds a copy of a p…

HAMBURG -- The brown cow paid little notice this morning as dozens of fourth graders from Windom Elementary School filed into a barn at the Erie County Fairgrounds for a lesson on farming. But the students -- taking part in a new program designed to give them a glimpse of farm life -- could barely contain their excitement for petting the animals. "It's really, really fun j…

Good morning. A frost advisory issued by the National Weather Service will lift this morning at 9 a.m. Its forecast for today calls for a high near 61 in the Buffalo area, with increasing clouds. A chance of showers will return on Thursday. Here's a look at a few of the latest headlines this morning: - The Families of Continental Flight 3407 are livid about a proposal to c…

BUFFALO -- An offer by the Seneca Nation of Indians to make casino revenue payments directly to the three local cities that host the nation's casinos is "unacceptable" to Gov. David A. Paterson. Paterson, speaking to reporters in Niagara Square this afternoon, rebuffed a statement made by tribal leaders Friday in which they said they are willing to pay the local share of s…

BUFFALO -- The former head of the Buffalo & Erie County Arts Council was sentenced this morning to five years of probation for embezzling money from the council. Celeste L. Lawson told reporters after her court appearance that the missing funds were not related to a gambling addiction. "When you love a community and you love what you do, it's very difficult to be charg…

Temperatures are forecast to plummet tonight across Western and Central New York, and that could mean frost late tonight and early Wednesday. The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua and Genesee counties. The advisory is in effect from 2 to 9 a.m. Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to drop into the mid 30s overnight. Areas ne…

Good morning. The morning's cloudy skies are forecast to clear with a high near 57 today in the Buffalo area. The National Weather Service calls for sun again on Wednesday with a high near 61. Here's a look at a few of the latest headlines: - An anti-violence rally that is scheduled to be repeated all week at True Bethel Baptist Church drew about 400 people Monda…

A cleanup proposal for a portion of a contaminated site on the Buffalo River will be discussed at a public meeting Tuesday night in South Buffalo. A section of the Exxon Mobil Buffalo Terminal site -- at 625 Elk St. and located inside the planned "Elk Street Corridor" -- is contaminated by a variety of materials, including degraded gasoline, diesel, volatile and …

Good morning. Here are this morning's top headlines: Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl P. Paladino's comments Sunday about gay issues has stirred another controversy. Click here to watch a video of a portion of his comments. A battle on the Indian tax issue is expected no matter who wins the governor's race. A Niagara Falls teacher has been accuse…

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Frank Malone knew there was always the risk of being killed by a Japanese kamikaze pilot. Word had spread quickly among the U.S. armed forces in the Pacific that the Japanese were desperate and were sending their pilots on suicide missions to sink American warships. At about 11 a.m. Nov. 12, 1944, aboard the SS Thomas Nelson, anchored off the Philippine island of Ley…