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Howard Zemsky could not have realized back in the late 1990s how his vision for reusing a rundown warehouse would lead the transformation of a moribund part of Buffalo into a vibrant, hip community. The story of the former Hydraulics District, now Larkinville, is inspiring. The energy there is palpable, from the crowds during Food Truck Tuesdays at Larkin Square, mus…

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Normally, when thousands of people come to Buffalo for a special event, we like to welcome them to a city on the rise. Wednesday, we thank them for coming. This is a city in mourning, and it buoys a sagging spirit to know that so many others care so deeply about the loss of Police Officer Craig E. Lehner. It’s one of the mysteries of life that the burden of loss so…

Perhaps suing the alleged polluters is the way forward in finally getting radioactive hot spots in Lewiston and Niagara Falls cleaned up. Talk of cleanup has been going on for 40 years, and the waste remains. The owners of those contaminated properties have had enough and decided to sue in federal court in Buffalo. Few could blame them. Sen. Charles E. Schumer sou…

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Here’s the existential question that Senate Republicans have raised with their vote for a $1.5 trillion tax cut that is heavily weighted toward the wealthy: Do they care about the deficit, as they have proclaimed for decades, or do they not? What do they stand for? Based on the gigantic hole the tax cut would blow in the budget, the answer would seem to be obvious. Ra…

Medical breakthroughs continue to save lives. But the cost of some of these new therapies can be staggering – hundreds of thousands of dollars – and may mean not all patients can benefit. We must find ways to support medical and scientific advances while ensuring that the cost for lifesaving care is not out of reach for Americans. Private companies engage in rese…

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At least he was honest – and said he was sorry. Apology accepted, but it doesn’t change the fact that black, smelly sewer discharge has oozed into the Niagara River. Over and over, and worse, captured on video and posted on social media for the world to see. Nicholas J. Forster, the City Council’s appointee to the five-member Niagara Falls Water Board, proclaim…

The results of a survey of young professionals in this region aren’t catastrophic – 76 percent of them see opportunity for career growth here – but there’s reason for concern in the significant falloff between that number and the 97 percent who would recommend Buffalo Niagara to others. What accounts for that? That’s the concern about the study of young profes…

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Any competent teacher should be able to educate any willing student. In that regard, the diversity of Erie County’s corps of teachers – or rather, the lack of it – may not matter too much. The fundamental question is how many students graduate, well prepared for the next phase of their lives? But it’s not the only question. Another important one is in the lon…

Chicago’s Uber drivers should be on the lookout for Buffalo Bills players. Another one may snag a rider with deep pockets. For the second time this year, a Buffalo Bill found himself stuck in the Windy City after missing a connection, with an important team meeting the next morning. Rather than sink in the eyes of the coaches – and pay a big fine for being late – he …

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Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz has put forth what at first glance appears to be a reasonable budget proposal. The $1.48 billion spending blueprint for 2018 has some risk items, but overall maintains the county’s recent history of responsible budgeting. One sign of the unspectacular nature of this budget: one of the most noteworthy items is the hiring of 16 peop…

Automobile manufacturers and the makers of smartphones need to get together and figure out how to make the roads safer. That’s because more and more people are driving while texting, swiping and posting. Talking on the phone used to be the problem. Now the options for distracted driving seem to grow with each new generation of smartphone. A recent Bloomberg News arti…

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Who watches the watchmen? Or in this case, the watchwoman? The aphorism comes to mind with the revelation that Cattaraugus County District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman refuses to interview the national expert who ruled that Erie County jail workers caused the death of an inmate. Rieman is investigating that death because of a conflict of interest within the Erie County D…

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Since Friday, when Buffalo Police diver Craig E. Lehner slipped away beneath the turbulence of the Niagara River, it was painfully evident that he could be lost to his family, his police colleagues and the community he served. On Tuesday, that pain turned acute. Lehner’s body was recovered downstream and was taken to Erie County Medical Center along a route lined with…

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This is what happens when Congress values politics over policy: Medicaid payments to Erie County Medical Center are about to be hacked by two-thirds because Congress failed to renew a key portion of the federal-state program by Oct. 1. The precise consequences are as yet unknown, but they will likely be paid by ECMC, which will continue to serve the poor and uninsured p…