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Jack Howland


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It was like something out of a movie Saturday afternoon in the middle of Elmwood Avenue: Two sweaty dancers intertwined and twirling in the middle of a bustling intersection. Travis and Tiniko Woodrick, of Buffalo’s Argentine Tango School, said performing there was an opportunity they couldn’t pass up. At the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts, spontaneous artistic outb…

BARKER — A long line of yellow police tape cut through the bustling crowd congregated in Golden Hill State Park Thursday to protest up to 70 proposed wind turbines.At each end were identical signs bearing the words:“220 foot turbine blade starts here.”“Look at the lawn behind you...that would be the length of one turbine blade,” said Pam Atwater, president of the advocacy …

A Batavia middle school teacher was arrested and accused of having a minor send him sexually explicit photos, according to the Batavia Police Department.Anthony Antinore, 51, of Churchville, was employed by the Batavia School District as a middle school teacher when he asked a student to send him pictures. Antinore was charged with disseminating indecent material to a mino…

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I waited until long after the end credits had rolled to jot down my thoughts on “Gleason,” the soaring and sometimes excruciating new documentary about retired NFL player Steve Gleason and his battle with ALS.It’s the kind of movie that requires a little sit in the car and some soul-searching.This years-in-the-making project is a jarringly intimate and life-affirming excep…

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York announced on Friday that one of its third-party service providers, Newkirk Products, Inc., was the subject of a cybersecurity attack.Newkirk has been partnered with BlueCross BlueShield since October 2014 to produce and mail subscriber information cards. According to a press release, the ID card images of about 230,000 BlueCross Blu…

As a kid in the 1970s, Bradford Watts would leave his father’s liquor store on Jefferson Avenue and look out from one of Buffalo’s highest points, onto the hustle and bustle of businesses below.He described the scene Wednesday night during a public meeting on a proposed commercial development for his old neighborhood. Now a community relations coordinator for People Inc. —…

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In a summer movie season fraught with brooding, self-serious and overlong CGI-gasms, a film as stupidly fun as “Nerve” is something to applaud.The 96-minute flick – about a social media game turned deadly – hums along at a breakneck speed, mostly sidestepping preachy warnings about the perils of our screen-addled culture. Up until its heavy handed ending, “Nerve” uses its …

A power outage affected nearly 5,000 homes in Cheektowaga Thursday afternoon, according to New York State Electric and Gas.There were outages at seven plants, which meant that 4,824 homes lost power.Cheektowaga police said traffic lights were reported out around Walden Avenue, Broadway, Union Road and Harlem Roads.“Drive Carefully and look out for Officers directing traffi…

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On the day her baby boy was to die, Judy Kentile asked if she could be the last one to hold him so she could gently rock her second-born son into eternal sleep.Doctors had warned her it would happen on that night in July 1995.Evan had been born with a heart that took up 75 percent of his chest cavity – far too large to pump blood normally throughout the body.After 12 days…

A group of activists involved with Black Lives Matter stood at the corner of Genesee and Goodyear Avenue Tuesday evening as cars whizzed by.Katrina Martin-Bordeux, president of the Buffalo chapter, chose the location for the group’s press conference. The intersection is in the middle of “one of the most impacted communities,” she said, where infrastructure is crumbling and…

Moments before the Buffalo Anti Racism Coalition “town hall” meeting began Thursday evening, Canisius College adjunct professor Heron Simmonds-Price sat alone at a long table, eyeing untended placards and bottles of water.There was a spot reserved for Buffalo mayor Byron W. Brown, U.S. Attorney William Hochul, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.“If any of you want some water, I th…

Each summer, hundreds of fans pack into Villa Maria College on Thursday and Sunday nights to catch a glimpse of Western New York’s premier summer basketball league, Queen City Classic. It prides itself on having a flair for family fun, including a DJ, contests and special guests.But this season, $4,000 in missing uniforms has cast a shadow over the league.Organizers of Que…

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Before police arrived Monday, the children had resorted to standing on their tiptoes to get water from the toilet bowl, unable to reach the sink.The three kids – ages 3, 2 and 1 – had been subject to “deplorable” conditions, according to a statement from the Buffalo Police Department. Their two-story home on 15th Street was littered with broken glass, takeout food boxes an…

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Power in Numbers, a Buffalo advocacy group, was founded in 1994 on the belief that a united community is the only means to overcome injustice.So after the events of this week – in which two African-American men were killed by police – the group’s director, Taniqua Simmons, took to Facebook to create an event. She knew she needed to do something.“We have a duty to act when …

An Orchard Park man pleaded guilty to fifth-degree insurance fraud, Erie County District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty Jr. announced Thursday.In June 2015, Keith Capodicasa, 43, crashed his car into another vehicle but reported it as stolen. After 30 days, Capodicasa received a check for $21,608 from Progressive Insurance Co. paid out to the leasing company that owned the c…