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Generally speaking, there is a lot to like about the State Department of Transportation’s preliminary plan to improve – and downsize – the Scajaquada Expressway, which cuts across North Buffalo through Delaware Park.Generally speaking, there’s also a lot to like about the reaction of some residents who want to see the thoroughfare scaled back even further. In either case, …

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Legislation soon to be introduced on the county level that will require pawnshops and similar enterprises to hold merchandise for 15 days before it can be sold could be a new tool in the fight against drug abuse.As News reporter Lou Michel recently outlined, many heroin addicts turn to pawnshops when they become desperate for money. The addicts don’t care where they get go…

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Imagine you are walking down the railroad tracks. The rails stretch hundreds of miles in the distance over flat terrain. The weather is clear. Far ahead, 30 minutes or more away, you can just perceive a train heading straight for you. You would get off the tracks, right?The Buffalo School Board wouldn’t. Within seconds of being obliterated, it would be still be sauntering …

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In the decade following the horrors of World War I, peace was celebrated at every opportunity. The supporters of a bridge connecting Buffalo and Fort Erie, Ontario, seized upon that tide and in 1927 the Peace Bridge was born. Today it is operated by the Public Bridge Authority. It is ironic that a bridge passionately dedicated to peace has in recent years ignited a war bet…

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There’s a lot going Buffalo’s way right now, and it’s all of a piece. Waterfront development begins, courtesy of money derived from the relicensing of the Niagara Power Project. The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus begins a vast expansion. Larkinville develops into a go-to location. The state, under the leadership of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, is pumping $1 billion into the econo…

This much is certain: Buffalo School Board elections are attracting attention that they rarely – if ever – did before. And there is real quality among those seeking to serve on the nine-member board.That’s a good sign. Buffalo’s greatest weakness right now is its school district, which is providing a substandard education to too many students. That is not wholly the fault …

The only TV set in my West African hotel was blaring at high volume. Crowds gathered around it early the morning of April 27, 1994. An event of global significance had started.Cameras moved from one polling place in South Africa to another. After centuries of brutal racial discrimination and denial of rights, every person in South Africa enjoyed a new dawn of freedom. As a…

The latest example of “jurisprudence” in Pakistan can’t be just shrugged off as another example of that country’s medieval view of law and order. Why? The suspect in this attempted murder case is 9 months old.In their ridiculous effort to appear to be fighting crime, Pakistani justice officials have charged the boy alongside four family members in connection with a violent…

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The latest worry about security and privacy on the Internet revolves around a damaging computer bug called Heartbleed.Heartbleed is a threat that exploits a flaw in the encryption technology that is supposed to protect our email, instant messaging and electronic commerce. For years we’ve been reassured that if we see a closed padlock and “https” in the browser address line…

The recent tension between the center that rescued an iconic church on Buffalo’s East Side and the charter school it created is unfortunate. The stakeholders should have been able to work together to find a more harmonious path for the growth that deserves celebration.The King Urban Life Center, in the former St. Mary of Sorrows Church, is home to the King Center Charter S…

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The Families of Flight 3407 and the general public have a right to all the facts surrounding that tragic crash, regardless of whether lawsuits are settled before reaching court.As recently reported in The News, a federal court trial that family members of the victims thought would be an opportunity to address the question of fault was called off because the case’s eight re…

Parents who are instructing their children to boycott the state assessment tests may be scratching an itch, but they seem to be accomplishing little that is productive. Indeed, they could be costing their school district state and federal funding while teaching their offspring an unfortunate lesson about how adults cope with disagreeable requirements.Schools in Western New…

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Buffalo Public Schools recently received fantastic news that will bolster the district’s efforts to provide students with more science, technology, engineering and math skills.A $3.9 million federal grant to convert Martin Luther King Multicultural Institute into a fifth- through 12th-grade school specializing in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is the juic…

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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority may not have gotten everything it wanted from the state budget, but it did win a significant increase in funding. For that, authority officials and the riding public are grateful.The newly adopted budget increases aid to the NFTA and all other upstate agencies by 2.97 percent. That is significantly more than the governor’s prop…

For Republicans, winning elections is apparently no longer good enough. Now, they want to steal them.In pivotal states that the party controls – the ones that have voted recently for Democratic presidential candidates – Republicans are setting about the seedy task of disenfranchising voters whose election choices they find disagreeable.What is most startling about this is …