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In the popular 1950s TV series “The Millionaire,” a wealthy benefactor named John Beresford Tipton Jr. each week had his assistant give a check for $1 million “to persons he had never met.” The drama centered on how the money changed the recipients’ lives. The people who work for the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation are living in a real-life re-creation of the show’s prem…

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Sen. Charles E. Schumer has a full plate as the Senate minority leader, yet every few weeks he reminds Western New York that he keeps an eye on upstate. The New York Democrat came to Buffalo last week to call for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to release its report to Congress on Customs and Border Protection staffing along the northern border. Officers hav…

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Being black in Erie County means you can expect to live five fewer years than someone who is white. That sobering statistic, reported last week in The News, is among several health disparities between black and white residents that in Buffalo largely align with differences in income. Health inequities represent a complex and multilayered problem with few easy answers. …

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Building walls in Buffalo are being reimagined by local, national and international artists who are creating murals worthy of, well, an art gallery – in this case, one that is public, powerful and transformative for their neighborhoods. These murals are vibrant, exciting and thought-provoking. Some are drawn in deliberate, planned and programmed ways, while others are m…

It’s one of the enduring mysteries of the past century, second perhaps only to the tragedy of the Titanic: What happened to Amelia Earhart? The famed aviator was on a round-the-world flight in a twin-engine propeller jet when, on July 2, 1937, somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, she vanished. After a search of more than two weeks, the Navy concluded that Earhart and her n…

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Eliminating workplace harassment in any form – not just sexual harassment – is the goal of the law that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed this week. Someday, New York residents will look back at 2019 and ask: How did it take so long for this type of basic protection to be codified by the state? Under the law that will be phased in this year, harassment will be defined as t…

There seems no chance that dispatching and 911 call answering for Lockport police will be shifted to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office. Therein lies a lesson on why taxes are so high in New York State. Duplication of services infests municipal governments in this state and, for that, there is a cost. Lockport had a chance to attack that problem, and help its taxpayers…

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We all knew it was coming. We knew the reports from the courthouse would be disturbing and, so, we were prepared to be shocked – even angered. At least, we thought we were. But there was no way to prepare for the snarl of emotions that flooded the system upon reading account after account of adults sexually assaulting children who had no conception of what was happen…

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It’s not hard to understand why some people who use or rely on the Erie Canal are concerned about changes that could affect them. The canal has been a fact of life for almost 200 years and, for many along its banks, it’s an economic driver. Those people should take part in the discussions and watch what happens as the state reviews the state canal system and considers c…

Western New York has a need for senior housing and, in general, we favor building a bigger and better Buffalo. Given that Grand Island is essentially, if not technically, a first-ring suburb, and that the town lacks this kind of housing, the revival of the 1990s Southpointe project is worthy of pursuit. The lot is on a 300-acre property just off Interstate 190 heading t…

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Observers are speculating that the Diocese of Buffalo may file for bankruptcy protection this week as it prepares to face a barrage of lawsuits from individuals making claims of clergy sex abuse. While some experts say it could, in some ways, be a fairer way to compensate victims, it could also allow the diocese to keep secrets about child sexual abuse and its efforts to h…

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Niagara Falls Boulevard, a major retail thoroughfare that divides Amherst and the Town of Tonawanda, is deadly for pedestrians. Six people have been killed in six years trying to cross the street. Now the Department of Transportation has completed a study of a 6.5-mile stretch of the road, from Tonawanda Creek Road to Kenmore Avenue, paying particular attention to the s…

This is a plea for anyone — developer, preservationist, prospective homeowner — to save the Meidenbauer House, one of the historic structures in Buffalo’s Fruit Belt. Built in 1865, the Meidenbauer House is part of the neighborhood fabric. The Fruit Belt is feeling both the advantages and disadvantages of abutting the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, which is fast turnin…

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Outlined against a blue-gray October sky will be … a Budweiser sign? The University at Buffalo plans to expand beer sales at football games this season, which begins with a home game Aug. 29 against Robert Morris. The Bulls also will hold a scrimmage Saturday night at 7. It’s an experiment worth trying, so long as it does not spoil the atmosphere at UB Stadium. Th…

Buffalo native and Nichols School graduate David Milch, the accomplished TV writer and producer, was honored last Saturday night in Beverly Hills by the Television Critics Association. The News’ Alan Pergament relayed Milch’s prepared remarks, delivered as he accepted the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Milch decided to reveal what he called a “dirty secret” f…