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Cresonia Hsieh


Niagara County

Four days after the home of North Tonawanda’s only black firefighter was burned down in a racially-charged case, hundreds of people from near and far came out to help.Kenneth Walker’s workplace, the Gratwick Hose Fire Company, hosted a fundraiser Sunday to collect cash and items for him, his wife, Amanda, and their two young children – ages four and six months – after a fi…

The mystery over what killed Abby, an Olde English Bulldogge – a poisoned piece of cheese or a nasty parvovirus? – turned into a Facebook-fed frenzy after the initial media report about the pet’s death.Abby’s death led to posts speculating about what happened to her and about what killed other area pets, including several Rottweilers and pit bulls in Lovejoy.Facebook user…

Buffalo

High schoolers Alexis Smith and Javert Boudreau both want to study communication in college. But this summer, the two students are working as farmers for the local agricultural nonprofit, Massachusetts Avenue Project.The teenagers are part of a paid summer youth development program called “Growing Green,” through which nearly 40 disadvantaged students learn to grow produce…

Erie County

Those waiting to see the three new Buffalo Zoo lion cubs and learn their names won’t have to wait long. News photographers were allowed to see the cubs Wednesday morning in advance of the public debut at 10 a.m. Saturday. Winners of the naming contest will be announced at 11 that morning. --------PHOTO GALLERY OF THE LION CUBS AT THE BUFFALO ZOO--------So far, two cubs hav…

When William McKinley’s assassin, Leon Czolgosz, was buried, prison authorities wanted to remove all traces of him: Authorities doused sulfuric acid over the body and buried him in a plain, black coffin among a group of executed inmates. The warden at the time estimated the assassin’s body would disintegrate within 12 hours. But the burial grounds of Czolgosz and others w…

Local News

NIAGARA FALLS – Trains won’t be pulling up to the new Amtrak train station on 825 Depot St. for another month, but visitors can still get a sneak peak Saturday. The City of Niagara Falls is hosting an open house for the new two-story, $43 million train station and its adjoining historic 1863 custom house. The event, dubbed “Niagara Falls Amtrak Community Day,” is schedule…

It’s a Facebook-fed fear – about a favorite household pet. People across Western New York took to social media in recent weeks to report what they said were dog poisonings.“I honestly think there’s somebody with a mental condition who’s targeting these dogs,” one pet owner told The Buffalo News.But experts in animal care – including those who treat canines – had a differen…

Western New Yorkers not in love with muggy, hot days won’t see much relief this week, with daily highs expected to linger in the 80s and above.“It’s going to be fairly hot, but nothing too terribly unusual for midsummer,” said Jon Hitchcock, a National Weather Service meteorologist. The hottest days are expected to be Sunday and Thursday, with highs in the 90s possible.Wit…

Tractors plow through clouds of dust. Crops fail to germinate. Dairy cows aren’t producing milk. They can’t even eat and sleep in the heat.Western New York is in a drought and farmers are feeling the brunt of it.This past April through June is the driest April-through-June period in history, according to Buffalo’s main weather station, which began recording data in 1943. T…

Local News

Tractors plow through clouds of dust. Crops fail to germinate. Dairy cows aren’t producing milk. They can’t even eat and sleep in the heat. Western New York is in a drought and farmers are feeling the brunt of it. This past April through June is the driest April-through-June period in recorded history, according to Buffalo’s main weather station, which began recording da…

Local News

Wegmans and Tops supermarkets in the Northtowns and other areas affected by a major water main break have been packed with people eager to stock up on bottled water since Wednesday night. The water line was repaired by Thursday morning and water service has been restored, but Erie County officials said people in the affected areas will likely need to boil water "for the ne…

Festivals

To describe Buffalo’s Italian Heritage Festival as “family friendly” is an understatement. More than 60 years old, the festival has grown from food and fun on Connecticut Street to a massive communion between neighbors and friends on Hertel Avenue. It’s here in Buffalo’s Italian neighborhood that locals greeted one another, kissed cheeks and, of course, broke bread. From T…

Local News

Ever since a year after Buffalo was incorporated as a city in 1832, the Buffalo Lighthouse has illuminated the way for and welcomed millions of immigrants coming in through the Erie Canal. The lighthouse’s beacon has served as a navigational tool for immigration and commerce, and its edifice is even depicted on Buffalo’s official seal. But on June 24, the lighthouse’s be…

The city’s news conference about the Dallas shooting took a spiritual note Friday afternoon as Mayor Byron Brown, Buffalo Police Chief Daniel Derenda, U.S. Attorney William Hochul and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz joined hand - and hearts - to pray with three spiritual leaders in Western New York. The news conference was in response to a request by Dallas Mayor Mike…

Buffalo

Taurean Davis has only spent three days at his new City Hall internship, but things got a little more intimate when the 18-year-old found himself unbuckling his metal belt Friday morning to get into the building. Buffalo City Hall instituted new security measures Friday – complete with airport-style metal detectors and three security guards. “It was unexpected,” Davis sai…