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Lisa Khoury


Erie County

Dr. Tara Mahar approached the dead body while wearing one of her favorite caps – the one with frogs on it.Before she performed the autopsy, she paused. The dead woman wore pajamas with frogs on them. Had the woman loved frogs, too? Maybe she enjoyed science in general, as Mahar – Erie County’s chief medical examiner – always had. Mahar is like a medical detective – she exa…

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Most ethnic groups in Buffalo know how to celebrate culture in a big way.Some 50,000 people, if not more, crowd along Delaware Avenue for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, dance the polka near the Central Terminal on Dyngus Day and take over a stretch of Hertel Avenue for the nation’s second-largest Italian street festival in July.But the biggest German celebration? Waldfest d…

Niagara Falls, Ont., police and firefighters spent all night Thursday and into Friday morning talking a man out of jumping over the Horseshoe Falls.The 49-year-old St. Catharines resident, whose name is not being released by police, had climbed over the retaining wall at Table Rock House Welcome Centre, located at the brink of Niagara Falls, Ont., and threatened to jump ar…

Weather

Today’s going to be a tough day to sit inside the office or classroom.Sunny and hot. One of the hottest of the summer.Buffalo’s high will be in the mid-to-upper 80s, about 10 to 15 degrees above average.Some of the warmest days this summer were July 1 and 2, which were 88 and 89 degrees; July 22, which was 88, and Aug. 30, which hit 87, according to Aaron Reynolds, of Buff…

It may be September, but some of the warmer days of summer are still upon us.This afternoon is expected to stay sunny, with a high near 81. And the forecast is even warmer Friday.If you’re trying to soak up every last bit of the summer season, Friday’s your day. Friday, Buffalo’s looking sunny with a high in the mid-to-upper 80s – about 15 degrees above average.With the co…

Buffalo

Esthlia Hunt couldn’t afford her kids’ school supplies while she lived on the East Side.That was more than 20 years ago. Now, Hunt, 53, lives in Amherst and has a decent-paying job. Her three children have gone on to college and made lives for themselves.But she hasn’t forgotten the struggle. Her heart is still in the East Side. And Tuesday afternoon, for the fifth year in…

As the old saying goes, there’s a calm before the storm. Currently in Buffalo, we’re feeling humidity before the cooler weather.Thick, muggy and stuffy air.“The humidity has been higher,” said Steve Welch, of the National Weather Service in Buffalo, “This particular cold front is moving a lot slower, and it’s weaker too. So it’s been more humid and more warm the past coupl…

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Buffalo sector Tuesday conducted an eight-hour search for a man who they believe made it to shore safely after calling in that he was in distress in the Buffalo Harbor.The Coast Guard reported that it believes he may have made it to shore but failed to notify the agencies that had been searching for him.The man called the Buffalo office at 2:15 a.m. …

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It’s Labor Day weekend, and about 40 percent of drivers plan to enjoy the last bit of summer by embarking on a road trip, according to an Edmunds survey. Another 34 percent are considering it.There’s good news for those hitting the road: gas prices are the cheapest they’ve been over Labor Day weekend since 2010, and that’s because of a steady decline in gas prices that sta…

Hamburg

Some 70 firefighters responded to the scene of an overnight blaze that destroyed a warehouse on Lake Avenue in Blasdell.Fire officials said the fire began around 3 a.m. and firefighters from 13 local departments responded to the scene. The warehouse was fully engulfed in flames. It is on an industrial site on Lake Avenue with other warehouses and the flames did not spread …

Westfield and state police have stopped a vehicle after a high-speed chase on the I-90 eastbound in Chautauqua County, according to Westfield police.The identity of the driver, who was operating the vehicle recklessly and at a dangerous speed, has not yet been released.Police attempted to stop the vehicle in Westfield, right at exit 60. When the vehicle wouldn’t pull over,…

Labor Day weekend isn’t bringing beach-perfect weather, but the forecast is somewhat promising to those who want to spend the long weekend outside.From Friday through Monday, some sun, mostly clouds and a chance of thunderstorms are forecast for each day.“It doesn’t look like it’s a total washout, but keep an eye out,” said Steve Welch of the National Weather Service in Bu…

Two men were charged with driving while intoxicated over the weekend after one rear-ended another car after Saturday’s Bills game and the other drove his car into a ditch, the Erie County Sheriff’s office reports.Joshua P. Collins, 24, of Lockport, was returning home from the preseason football game at Ralph Wilson Stadium when he rear-ended a car that was stopped on Trans…

Crime

Mary E. Whitaker, who was found shot to death in her rural Westfield summer home Wednesday, was a well-known violinist across New York State. Her colleagues say Whitaker was a very private person who was kindhearted and gracious.Each summer, the 61-year-old woman migrated from Manhattan to Chautauqua County to perform with the Chautauqua County Symphony Orchestra. There, s…

Before you say goodbye to summer in Buffalo – the hot weather, the outdoor concerts, the fun-filled festivals – hold on to one more weekend.Two of the Queen City’s biggest festivals take place this weekend: the Elmwood Avenue Festival of Arts in the Elmwood Village and the Buffalo Irish Festival at Canalside.Also among the end-of-summer events scheduled for this weekend ar…