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They have been called shrinking cities, weak market cities and gateway cities. But by any label – our preferred term is legacy cities – small and medium-sized cities in many parts of the country are struggling with manufacturing decline and population loss. One of these cities is Buffalo, which – after a rich history as a rail and grain hub – is seeking the economic engine…

Maybe the chicken wings President Obama had during his last visit here in 2010 didn’t agree with him. But with an opportunity to sample our other culinary delight at lunchtime Thursday, he spurned beef on weck and headed his bus toward Rochester, where he visited Magnolia’s Deli and Cafe and tied into a grilled cheese sandwich, of all things.Obama was in Buffalo to stress …

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If initial indications are accurate, federal prosecutors are on the right track in the sentence they will recommend be levied against Tonawanda Coke. They want the company to clean up the mess it made.The company was found guilty on 14 of 19 criminal charges after a four-week trial. A company executive was convicted on 15 of 19 charges.The jury ruled that Tonawanda Coke ha…

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Wednesday’s Buffalo School Board meeting in which Superintendent Pamela C. Brown presented broad details of her strategic turnaround plan lasted six hours and managed to accomplish very little. The meeting was an exercise in how to present a lot of material with layers and layers of detail while, in the end, signifying nothing. There was one positive – the public was allo…

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If leaders of the Buffalo School District know how to spell “transparency,” they certainly don’t know how to practice it.It’s impossible to believe that school leaders really think that they are inviting public access when their actions and attitudes are those of a members-only private club.Members of the public accurately use such unflattering words as “secretive,” “close…

As President Obama makes his return trip to Buffalo to promote reforms that would make college more affordable – indeed, a critical goal – there are a number of Western New York issues that demand federal attention.In the three years since his last visit, our economy has become much more focused on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and the waterfront.The burgeoning medica…

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The Buffalo School District and the State Department of Education have been singing from different hymnals. Someone needs to change books, and since the choir director is Education Commissioner John B. King Jr., it would be wise for the Buffalo School Board and Superintendent Pamela C. Brown to quietly close their hymnals and get religion.A meeting last week with Brown and…

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At last, from the highest office in American law enforcement, some common sense on drugs. Attorney General Eric H. Holder last week directed his 94 U.S. attorneys across the country to stop laying charges that carry harsh mandatory sentences against low-level, nonviolent drug offenders.The reasons are clear and beyond dispute. The nation's federal prisons are bulging with …

One could easily presume that a member of Congress sitting on the committee that writes the nation’s tax laws would be able to pay his taxes on time.Apparently, that’s a bad assumption.News Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski recently uncovered evidence that Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, was late paying his property taxes 38 times between 2005 and this year, including 18 tim…

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Long after the city was put on notice, its towing policies remain a disaster. Not only is the system subject to criminal manipulation, but it is expensive, complicated and, judging by the city’s own records, unfair.Some of that may be about to change. City Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder said that after a critical audit by his office, the city has begun the process of seek…

With no successful foreign attack on the United States since 9/11, and repeated assurances that al-Qaida is splintered and its ability to commit a major attack diminished, the suggestion of closer relations between terror leaders in Pakistan and Yemen is disturbing. It is also a timely reminder of the undiminished appetite of radicals to inflict pain and death on Americans…

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Anyone who hoped for a flowering of democracy in Egypt saw those fantasies exploded in a violent government crackdown that killed more than 600 people this week and injured thousands more.The military that overthrew elected President Mohammed Morsi last month moved brutally this week against encampments of his supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood. That violence quickly spr…

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It was the scandal – well, brouhaha – that didn’t have to happen. The local chapter of the National Federation of the Blind has held its annual hot dog sale for 10 years at either the old Walmart on Niagara Falls Boulevard or the new one on Sheridan Drive. It’s important to the group, accounting for well over half of its annual $2,500 budget.But the store has an agreement …

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Two similar accidents at the same intersection, each resulting in the death of a pedestrian, should do more than raise eyebrows. They should prompt an urgent review that leads to changes, possibly in traffic control at that intersection, certainly in decision-making by drivers and pedestrians.The most recent victim was Lisa Monaco. She was killed shortly after 9 a.m. a wee…

Perhaps nobody in Congress has noticed, but the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported this week that Washington is on track to post its smallest budget deficit in five years – since the onset of the Great Recession.This should qualify for at least a little hooting and hollering on Capitol Hill, but there has been none. Instead, there is continued talk of shuttin…