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The New York Civil Liberties Union has asked New York State education officials to revoke funding for a project to install facial recognition software in Lockport schools. The organization contends the Lockport school district's plan endangers the rights of students and teachers. In a letter Monday, the NYCLU asked the state Education Department to cancel its approva…

Buffalo

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry knew immediately what his message ought to be. Curry is the spiritual leader of the Episcopal Church in the United States. Representatives of Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in Great Britain made contact with Curry's office last February. There was going to be a royal wedding in May, with Prince Harry marrying Meghan Markle, an Am…

The Industrial Heritage Committee's annual tour of the Col. Francis G. Ward Pumping Station will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. The pump house's five 60-foot tall, triple expansion steam engines built by the Holly Manufacturing Company of Buffalo will be on display. Each engine weights 1,100 tons, with a pumping capacity of 30 million gallons per day. The tour is fr…

It was a busy night at Delaware Park as a record-breaking 14,145 runners and walkers from 391 Western New York companies competed in the 38th annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. The 3.5-mile road race featured employees from companies of all sizes and industry groups. Alex Simon, representing Erie County Medical Center, won the men’s race in 18:35. Nick Masiello fro…

It was a day full of nail bitters and close calls Thursday at the Sargent & Collins, LLP Men’s $25,000 Futures Tournament at the Miller Tennis Center in Williamsville. No. 4 seed Deiton Baughman defeated Cornell standout David Volfson of Canada 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2) in the first match of the day. Paul Krainik, the No. 6 seed, took down Maksim Tikhomirov 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 (2…

The Buffalo Beauts announced today that they signed forwards Julianna Iafallo and Annika Zalewski and defenseman Savannah Harmon to their 2018-2019 roster. All three served as captains for their respective college teams and competed in 2018 Frozen Four. Iafallo and Zalewski played their high school hockey at Nichols. “These three players bring valuable leadership and…

Billy Gaffney (Brookfield CC) shot 2-under 69 at Transit Valley on Wednesday to lead the local qualifier for the New York State Open, July 17-19 at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale. The other two berths in the State Open went to Daniel Yustin (Transit Valley) and Colin McGaugh (Seven Oaks CC) who each shot 1-under 70. The three alternates are Kevin Peters (Ridgemont) and An…

Erie County

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn has asked his Special Investigations and Prosecutions Bureau to investigate whether any crimes were committed at the Erie County Water Authority. Flynn's announcement Wednesday follows a scathing state report about the authority. "Anytime there is an allegation of criminal wrongdoing, obviously I have an obligation to inves…

Canisius men's lacrosse player Connor Kearnan, who graduated from the college last month with a degree in finance, was named a 2018 Scholar All-American by the U.S. Interncollegiate Tennis Association. He joins former teammate Jeff Edwards as the only Canisius player to receive the honor. A native of Courtice, Ont., Kearnan is one of three Metro Atlantic Athletic Conferen…

Health and Fitness

Free fitness classes are underway across the region, Slow Roll Buffalo plans two bike rides, and runners have race options this week in Western New York. These are among the Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Biking enthusiasts can ride twice this week with Slow Roll,…

Bills

The Buffalo Bills have one more work week before going on summer break. With OTAs over, players report for mandatory minicamp this week and are then off until training camp opens in late July. Player physicals can be conducted today, and the team is scheduled to practice at noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. A second walk-through session is allowed as long as the tot…

Tim Lock and Harry Shaughnessy formed a stellar middle infield combination at Bishop Neumann High in Williamsville and Western Michigan University. Now they are together again in the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame. Lock, who died in 1985, was elected to the 2018 class of inductees announced Saturday by the Hall. Shaughnessy, a shortstop who rose as high as the D…

University at Buffalo senior Ethan Nittolo made his pro debut with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over American Evan Shamlian as play got under way Saturday in the qualifying draw of the Sargent & Collins, LLP Men's $25,000 Future Tournament hosted by the Miller Tennis Center in Williamsville. Nittolo, from Flushing, had a 13-5 record at second and third singles for UB this spr…

Environment

Dozens of citizen scientists in Milwaukee are testing rivers for pharmaceuticals and discovering traces of cocaine in the water. In Williamsport, Pa., there’s a canine scientist sniffing out leaks in sewage and septic systems. And swimmers take to the Ottawa River in Ontario in a nearly 2.5-mile summertime swim that ends in Quebec. Waterkeepers from around the wor…