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Superintendent Kriner Cash promised to think outside the box when it comes to turning around Buffalo’s lagging educational system. Now he has shown just how far outside that box he’s willing to go. The school district recently welcomed nine new recruits to its teaching ranks from economically beleaguered Puerto Rico. The gathering was held in Herman Badillo Bilingua…

Instead of treating this Labor Day as just another opportunity to fire up the grill, consider what this holiday means in terms of the area’s workforce. Technology is creating jobs at both ends of the pay scale. It is disrupting the way in which we shop for groceries, catch a ride and trade time for money. But in order to grow, this region must provide long-term, sustain…

Editor’s note: In editorials today and Sunday, The Buffalo News editorial board is endorsing candidates in Democratic primaries Sept. 12. These endorsements are intended to aid voters in their evaluation of candidates. Whether you agree or disagree with our recommendations, we urge you to vote and take part in our electoral process. … Four candidates are vying in…

Retired Clarence businessman Ravinder K. Bansal is back home after completing a six-week solo flight around the world to help raise enough money to purchase an MRI machine for a hospital in his hometown of Ambala, India. His charity flight raised $160,000 toward his $750,000 goal. As might be expected on an airborne mission, Bansal had some highs (the money raised) and …

Editor’s note: Endorsements by The Buffalo News editorial board are intended to aid voters in their evaluation of those seeking office. Whether you agree or disagree with our recommendations, we urge you to vote and take part in our electoral process. … The endorsement for mayor in this month’s Democratic primary election is an easy call, but it’s not because…

Pity Chris Collins. Not only does he not understand news, he doesn’t understand his own job. The Clarence congressman is in full flower over reports of the investigation into his cheesy and inappropriate actions regarding stocks he owns. Which is to say, he’s working to leverage his discomfort into a fundraising opportunity – standard operating procedure for polit…

Here’s the thing about Americans. Even when we’re mad at each other, our instinct as individuals is to reach out and help when calamity strikes. In that, we are often better examples than the governments that represent us. People understand things that political entities seem unable to easily grasp: When people are suffering, it’s time to pitch in. That’s what p…

Enough talking and wondering and theorizing. No more delays. It’s time to act – long past time, in fact. The New York State Thruway Authority, in conjunction with the state and federal governments, needs to produce a plan with a deadline to implement cashless tolling along the entire 570-mile highway. If New York really has to have a Thruway Authority, which seems d…

At a time when police across the country seem to be using excessive force with disturbing regularity, it is worth noting the laudable record of Buffalo cops: A new report shows that police here are among the least likely in the nation to be involved in fatal shootings. Some may say that’s a low bar for measurement and, in some ways, perhaps it is. But the fact is that…

First came the viral image of sewage blackening the Niagara River. Then we learned it was one of many sewage releases from the Niagara Falls water treatment plant. Now it turns out there are other communities that are as bad, if not worse. The level is staggering: a half-billion gallons of combined sewage and stormwater flowing from just four Western New York communitie…

President Trump has been talking tough, threatening to withdraw from the decades-old North American Free Trade Agreement. But killing that arrangement would likely do more harm than good to this region. The same could be said for other parts of the country that rely on trade with Canada and Mexico. Buffalo’s economic interest rests in having a frictionless border for …

Even from 1,500 miles away, the suffering inflicted upon millions of people in Houston and other parts of South Texas is heartrending. Torrents of rain have fallen as Hurricane Harvey has virtually stalled over the region, pounding it with wind and water. Thousands of people have had to be rescued as first responders of all descriptions confront the overwhelming demands of…

That quiet has descended on the City of Buffalo’s University Heights is due in no small part to the concerted efforts of the Police Department and state attorney general. The neighborhood has been plagued by crowds of drunken students partying into the wee hours in the morning, resulting in vandalism, noise, fights and public urination. Residents have had their sleep …

Somebody explain why this makes sense: The federal government is planning to cut off funding for efforts to reduce teenage pregnancy – including in Buffalo, where the need is great. The city’s rate of teen pregnancy is nearly twice as high as the state’s overall rate. It’s not just Buffalo that is facing the funding cut, though not many places need the help as b…

Buffalo, take heart. If the state can build a new Hudson River crossing to replace the aging Tappan Zee Bridge, the city can surely – someday – get a new Peace Bridge. Really. It could happen. It certainly has downstate. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday drove a 1955 canary yellow Corvette across the first section of the $4 billion bridge to open. The first public us…