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ANTHONY CARDINALE AND JOHN F. BONFATTI


A fire broke out early Monday morning on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that sailed from Baltimore on Friday. All 2,224 passengers and 796 crew have been accounted for, and no injuries have been reported, the company said in a statement.The fire started at 2:50 a.m. and was extinguished at 4:58 a.m. in the mooring area of deck 3 of Grandeur of the Seas, according to accordi…

Constant headaches and migraines had Diana Schulin considering acupuncture, but she found herself tensing at the thought of sitting alone in a room while being poked by a dozen needles.She finally took the plunge, and she's glad she did. The needles remain. But at least now she has company.The health care information worker is among a small but growing number of pe…

The cost of blacktop has area road pavers seeing red.The price of asphalt, which is mixed with stone or gravel to form blacktop, has nearly doubled since the start of the year. That has translated into a near doubling of the price area pavers pay for blacktop.For the first time that longtime buyers like Lancaster Highway Superintendent Richard L. Reese Jr. can remember, i…

The state Department of Transportation "missed opportunities" to identify the potential for a landslide that subsequently occurred during construction of the Route 219 extension south of Springville.But the "large size and depth of the landslide is unique and precedent-setting within the state" and therefore "may have been unavoidable."Those are two of the conclusions rea…

Buffalo's newest waterfront walkway, a former brownfield at the outer harbor, officially opened Thursday.The Greenway Nature Trail will run for more than a mile -- 6,400 feet -- along the Lake Erie shoreline, from near the site of the former Pier restaurant, around the Bell Slip and ending near the Port of Buffalo's Terminal B building.The approximately 60-acre brownfield …

Opponents of the ongoing $55 million reconstruction of Route 5 along Lake Erie through South Buffalo called Friday for the state Department of Transportation to modify the plan, saying the change could be made at no additional cost or time.They also applied some more legal pressure, maintaining in motions filed in U. S. District Court that the Transportation Department and…

Landslides that will significantly increase the cost of the state's multimillion-dollar extension of the Route 219 expressway were foreshadowed in 1979 and 1989, according to geological maps obtained by The Buffalo News.The maps have critics questioning the state Department of Transportation's assertion in February that it could not have predicted the unstable soil conditi…

With a car full of bathing suit-clad youngsters, Laura Goetz pulled up Tuesday to Woodlawn Beach State Park in Hamburg, to be told no swimming was allowed."They said, 'We're going to the beach, and we can't swim? Why are we going?,' " Goetz said. "How do you explain that to the kids?"Not easily, not when the sun shines bright, the beach stretches wide and the water is an …

Oil wells have long dotted the Appalachians where Allegany and Chemung counties meet the Pennsylvania border.Many more -- as many as 6,000 over the next 30 years -- could be dug if the state approves an unprecedented request to allow a heavier concentration of wells in a 20,000-acre area around this small Allegany County community about a two-hour drive from Buffalo.It's a…

Wind turbines continue to rise from New York State landscapes, and more are in the pipeline.But don't be surprised to see them rising out of Lake Erie.As powerful and consistent as the winds blow across land, they are even more powerful over water.And as the push for clean, renewable energy sources intensifies, wind power advocates are focusing more and more attention on j…

A freak snowstorm blew onto Lake Ontario on Halloween evening, just as the British war ship HMS Ontario set sail from Fort Niagara with about 120 people on board.The next day, Nov. 1, 1780, a few of the ship's boats, some hatchway gratings and a few hats and blankets washed ashore near what is now Somerset, about 35 miles east of the fort.The fate of the Ontario remained u…

In the Southwest, everything from towing icebergs to seeding clouds is under consideration as the massive area served by the Colorado River basin struggles with a historic drought.In the Southeast, persistent water shortages have led to the banning of most outdoor uses of water in northern Georgia.And California is considering mandatory water rationing as soon as this summ…

Buffalo police are continuing their investigation today into a hit-and-run accident early Saturday involving a vehicle registered to Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch.Police spokesman Mike DeGeorge confirmed that the vehicle, which allegedly struck a female pedestrian at West Chippewa Street and Delaware Avenue at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, remained impounded in pol…

Stanley Marsh didn't answer immediately when asked whether the wind turbine in his backyard was noisy."You hear anything?" he asked.Birds chirped and an electrical buzz was coming from a streetlight that wouldn't shut off, but noise from the turbine, perhaps 1,000 feet away, was undetectable.The region's newest wind farm, a collection of 67 turbines perched atop 265-foot-…

President Bush said in his 2006 State of the Union speech that the country could meet 20 percent of its electricity needs in 2030 through wind power.Right now, wind power accounts for just under 1.5 percent of that need.The difference between those numbers probably explains why organizers were wondering whether they had enough information packets for all the people attendi…