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Breaking down barriers and building relationships. Most people are used to dealing with cops when there's a crisis or emergency situation. But on Wednesday, "Coffee with a Cop" day was an opportunity for neighbors and residents to hang out and chat with police officers over a free cup of coffee and donuts. "Coffee with a Cop" is a national law enforcement program …

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Lights out On Monday afternoon, there was a recommendation to the Common Council to adopt a resolution asking Albany for authorization to proceed with a one-year pilot program to install red-light cameras in the city. The pilot program would allow city lawmakers to gather data to help determine if it would even be worth using the technology in Buffalo. But by Tues…

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Two sides of the red-light traffic debate There’s been a lot of back and forth for a very long time on whether or not the city should install red-light cameras as a way to cut down on speeding and accidents in neighborhoods and to reduce crashes at intersections. Mayor Byron Brown proposed them in 2007, only to run into repeated opposition from the Common Council. …

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Murals murals and more murals It seems like public art murals are popping up everywhere around Buffalo. A new one that honors The Tragically Hip is the newest one on Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo. The mural shows frontman Gord Downie and is located on the side of the Hertel Liquor Library building. In May 2016 it was announced that Downie had been diagnosed with te…

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Growth opportunity A week dedicated to minority- and women-owned businesses in Buffalo continues today with a contest. The PITCH: A collaborative MWBE Business Plan Competition will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Buffalo Museum of Science. And on Friday, the last day of the weeklong celebration, SUNY Buffalo State's Small Business Development Center will host Big…

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More meetings A lot of people were very angry when the second meeting of the year for Police Oversight Committee was canceled in July. The committee is the only real civilian oversight of the Buffalo police, yet it was meeting only twice a year. That is, until Tuesday when the rescheduled meeting was held, and it was announced that the committee will meet three …

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Help is on the way Six days after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, the island is in the midst of an all-out humanitarian crisis. There's practically no food and water. Power is still out for most -- if not all -- of the island. The communications grid is disabled. Fuel is scarce. To help with relief efforts three Western New York Red Cross units were …

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The mighty bison The American bison was nearly extinct, but thanks to conservation efforts, the population is stable and now they're roaming all over Buffalo. In statue form, that is. They're everywhere. For instance, there's a small herd in LaSalle Park. A lone buffalo on Seneca Street in South Buffalo welcomes people into the Seneca Babcock community. …

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Security, please! An armed security guard now will be posted at all Common Council meetings, including committee meetings and regular business meetings. The condition is part of the renewal contract for a second year with private security company G4S Secure Solutions to provide uniformed, armed guards at City Hall through June. Common Council President Darius G. Pri…

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Freedom, justice and the long struggle The Freedom Wall is all about history. The recently completed mural is located at Michigan Avenue and East Ferry Street, which is the northern entrance to the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor. The artwork provides a "unique story about civil and human rights work in American history, with an eye toward cont…

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More information on revaluation City Hallways reported on Thursday that the city's Assessment and Taxation Department scheduled the first in a series of  public meetings across Buffalo to educate property owners on the revaluation process and to address people's questions and concerns. The plan to hold public information sessions came up at  a June meeting of the C…

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Not your average diner While out and about Wednesday on assignment on the East Side,  I was looking for a place to grab a bite to eat. I stumbled upon this place called Urban Diner over by the Central Terminal. A sign on the door posted the hours of operation: 3 to 5 p.m. weekdays. Those are strange hours, I thought. How does this place even stay open? So…

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He's mayor, right? That was some block party Mayor Byron Brown threw for his primary victory Tuesday night on his way to an all-but-guaranteed fourth term as mayor in November. The celebration was held in a cordoned off location at Franklin and Court streets against the backdrop of City Hall and the McKinley Monument in Niagara Square. When Brown came onstage just…

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Soup's on Y'all know how much City Hallways loves traditional Southern and soul food dishes. Collard greens and ham hocks. Smothered pork chops. Shrimp and grits. Bring it! Shucks, I even toured a whole passel of Bailey Avenue restaurants earlier this summer that serve up some pretty good Southern-style vittles. Well dag nabbit if my colleague Andrew Galarneau…

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All spiffed up ... almost Restoration work at the McKinley Monument in Niagara Square is moving along and is scheduled to wrap up soon. The project began in June and is the first restoration of the monument in 110 years. The project is expected to be finished by next Wednesday, the 110th anniversary of the monument’s dedication, and the 116th anniversary of Pres…