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Karen Robinson

Karen Robinson is a suburban reporter for The Buffalo News. She covers Lancaster and Depew.


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Dayana Schonwalder is a volcano expert, who traveled extensively while working on her doctorate in geological sciences at the University at Buffalo seven years ago. She now works as a research fellow at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, focusing on researching a crater left by a meteorite that struck Earth 800,000 years ago. Rishi Raj Chhipa moved from India to Buffal…

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One of downtown's busiest and best-known streets is getting a makeover. Later this summer, $6.5 million of work will go into widening Allen Street, jazzing up its streetscape and redesigning sidewalks, all making for what designers hope will be smoother and safer traffic flow for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists. New infrastructure for water and utility lines below g…

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Dennice Barr's Grape Street home has been in her family for 70 years, tucked in the Fruit Belt where escalating rents are becoming the norm. Three blocks away on Lemon Street, India B. Walton pays $1,200 per month to rent a single-family home. Both women are worried about something that would have seemed absurd 15 years ago: whether a rush of people who want to live …

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Hyatt's All Things Creative, one of Allentown's most familiar businesses, is leaving its home of almost 60 years and moving to North Buffalo. The store, at 910 Main St. across from the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, is expanding to a new, 40,000-square-foot building under construction at an undisclosed location 4 miles from its Main Street flagship store that in the la…

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A robotic surgery simulator. Walk through realistic medical scenarios in a clinical setting. See what's perking inside an active research library. These opportunities and more are showcasing a hands-on student open house April 21 on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus for area seventh through 12th graders potentially interested in medical, research and technology careers…

Obituaries

Aug. 31, 1956 – Feb. 20, 2018 Cheryl Ann Hurd had two families, one at home and the children she came to love in her classrooms over the last 16 years. And when Mrs. Hurd, who went back to school at age 40 to pursue a lifelong dream of teaching, was nearing the end of an eight-year battle with cancer, she wanted to save her most treasured inspirational sayings. In th…

The Erie County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal crash that reportedly occurred at about 3 p.m. Saturday on Route 20 in Irving on the Seneca Nation of Indians territory. Deputies found a vehicle lodged beneath a trailer towed by a pickup when they arrived at the scene, according to a WBEN report. The driver of the trapped vehicle had to be extricated and report…

Art

Shasti O'Leary Soudant was searching for dandelions. But she was looking up, inside the lobby of the Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center on the Roswell Park campus. Her eyes settled on 35 medallions. She knows their significance and feels their energy. She designed them with purpose. "These kind of have the feeling of those full, perfect, globe ready-to-be blown…

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A grab 'n go version of the Healthy Scratch is expected to open this month in the lobby of the Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. A brief announcement by Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center was circulated internally last week about the coming vendor. The Healthy Scratch, known for health-conscious food and beverages, wil…

Buffalo

The opening of the new Russell J. Salvatore Hospitality House on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has been delayed again while further construction work is completed. The opening of the 19th century Victorian home at 766 Ellicott St. was supposed to happen in September. But finishing touches are still being done after work that was necessary after it served as the Jun…

Obituaries

Feb. 20, 1938 – Jan. 25, 2018 There was no mistaking longtime Buffalo Common Councilmember David A. Collins' tenacity when it came to the Griffin administration's push for financing the development of Pilot Field. Twenty-eight years later, people still remember. Former Common Council colleagues recall that Mr. Collins' support hinged on assurances from the mayor that…

Business

Who: Bret Blakely and Steve Coulton, co-founders of OnCore Golf What they're doing: The company is rapidly gaining recognition throughout the golf industry. OnCore introduced a high-performance golf ball constructed with a hollow-metal core. That's a radical departure from the solid rubber core used to make traditional golf balls, and it was a catalyst for United States…

Business

Who: Dan Magnuszewski, co-founder and chief technology officer, ACV Auctions What he's doing: ACV Auctions built an online marketplace for new and used car dealerships to buy and sell inventory directly to each other, bypassing the need for a physical auction. The company was the $1 million grand prizewinner of 43North's 2015 business plan competition. Since its incepti…

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The opening of the Manhattan-feel newsstand inside the Allen-Medical Campus Metro station is slightly delayed. Why the Grab and Go Newstands did not open in early January is unclear, but it is slated to be running by mid-February, said Helen Tederous, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority spokeswoman. The stand will offer newspapers, coffee, sandwiches, cappuccin…

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Every morning between 7:30 and 9 a.m., Buffalo Zoo giraffe keepers spell out upbeat messages to Oishei Children's Hospital patients by writing them in hay on the Giraffe House floor. It goes on from there, with other zoo animal exhibits throughout the day, courtesy of Buffalo Zoo TV. Live camera feeds and archived video footage of certain animal exhibit…