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NONFICTION The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die By Keith Payne Viking 219 pages, $28 Unlike most books about income and wealth inequality -- and there are plenty -- this one offers no remedies to even the playing field. Don't look here for Social Security overhauls, tax reform or magic bullets. Instead, this work is de…

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NONFICTION Kennedy and King: The President, The Pastor and the Battle Over Civil Rights By Steven Levingston Hachette Books 440 pages, $28 Before becoming president in 1961, John F. Kennedy authored the book “Profiles in Courage,” which highlighted office-holders who put principle above political expediency and personal gain. But Kennedy missed the chance…

NONFICTION Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century By Jessica Bruder Norton 251 pages, $26.95 Meet Linda May, a 60-year-old grandmother who is spending Thanksgiving alone in the beat-up trailer she calls home. Like May, a growing number of Americans are giving up houses and apartments they can no longer afford and living instead in their …

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NONFICTION Toxic Inequality: How America's Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide & Threatens Our Future By Thomas M. Shapiro Basic Books 225 pages, $28 Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It By Richard V. Reeves Brookings Institution …

Patricia Jensen has turned a shoestring volunteer effort into a $1 million boost for the Buffalo public schools.The single expense was $50 for stamps.Because of the North Buffalo woman's efforts, city students next month will be using hundreds of donated items -- ranging from computers and test tubes to maps and markers -- they otherwise wouldn't have."It's been unbelievab…

Graduate students from three local colleges and universities will reside in 60 apartments in the old Root Building on Chippewa Street under a tentative agreement reached among a Toronto development team, education officials and the city.Plans call for apartments on the upper four floors of the six-story building to be rented to students from the University at Buffalo, Can…

Donald Visiko and Ebony Rutledge are seniors at Bennett High School, but they haven't been to class since January. And they won't be back until graduation day.With 11 of their classmates from Bennett's law and government magnet program, Visiko and Miss Rutledge are spending their final semester in the real world.Miss Rutledge, 18, is fielding constituent requests, draftin…

A motorist evaded police for 45 minutes this morning as he drove through Tonawanda, Buffalo and Amherst at speeds of more than 90 mph, dodging police roadblocks and ramming a police car on the Youngmann Highway.The chase ended when the motorist struck a bridge column at Sheridan Drive and Harlem Road, Amherst. Three police agencies said they charged Jerry J. Pollina, 23,…

When the drug dealer of Ericson Avenue was forced to leave, he mustered one final insult: He stood on the street and shouted obscenities at his neighbors.It was music to their ears.His relocation also was proof that residents can control their own neighborhoods, whether to drive away drug dealers or plant flowers and shrubs. They don't have to let crime -- or weeds -- ta…

The city kids went to the country Friday, and by the time the day was out, they confirmed what was long suspected.If you give 45 kindergarten pupils a muddy hill to climb, a room full of toys, and pizza for lunch, you will end up with a happy bunch.It doesn't matter if they are from Buffalo's West Side or the quiet valleys of southern Erie County.The fun began when -- afte…

Gerald Love, accused of failing to pay $3,717 in support for his two children, was brought to court Thursday to explain why he hasn't made his $30-a-week payments since 1987."I wasn't working," Love replied.Then why didn't he come to court seeking a change in the support order?"I wasn't aware of that," Love told John Patti, a Family Court hearing officer.And why did Love i…

The West Seneca Developmental Center is slated to close as early as 1997 under a state plan designed to replace large institutions for retarded persons with smaller, community-based facilities.Thomas J. Lillis Jr., the West Seneca director, said Wednesday the center's approximately 730 residents will be moved into new group homes as those facilities become available. At t…

The administrator of the federal government's wetlands regulation program said Tuesday he is preparing to relax rules that have stirred strong protest not only in Western New York, but in communities ranging from the bayous of Louisiana to the Alaskan tundra.Property that should be considered dry is instead being defined as wetland, said Michael L. Davis, assistant for …

Developers and municipal officials who claim that strict federal wetlands regulations are choking development in Western New York Friday won an unlikely ally -- the federal official responsible for enforcing the rules."We're unable to protect truly valuable wetland resources because we're wasting our time and resources on fringe areas," said Paul G. Leuchner, chief of the…

Fire caused an estimated $50,000 damage Tuesday night to a former mansion in Elma that now serves as headquarters for Camp Centerland, a summer day camp operated by the Jewish Center of Greater Buffalo.Nearly 100 firefighters from six volunteer companies confined the damage largely to the upper floor of the three-story building on Bullis Road, said Philip A. Mohn, chief …