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The Buffalo Police Department is searching for the parents or guardian of a toddler who, they said, was found at about 8 a.m. Monday curled up on the porch of a house on Potomac Avenue. Police Capt. Jeff Rinaldo, at a news conference Monday, said officers immediately began canvassing the West Side neighborhood in search of parents or a guardian of the child, to no avail…

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The cancellation of a high school football game has turned into a rather unusual public spat. Not between the players or coaches – but between two of the region’s largest school districts. The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District was trying to reschedule the game that was canceled Friday between Kenmore West and McKinley high schools. Not so fast, said admini…

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Victoria Christensen huddled behind a monitor at downtown’s Aloft Hotel, showing off a video game she designed in front of attendees of a Startup Week Buffalo kickoff event. At 10 years old, Victoria is hardly the target market for a flashy, well-funded conference like this one. But organizers of the inaugural, five-day event – officially “Techstars Startup Week Buffalo…

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Buffalo residents and property owners are encouraged to share their stories and provide input at a town hall meeting next week to discuss a possible property tax exemption for low-income homeowners and owners on fixed incomes. The meeting is sponsored by Buffalo Property Tax Coalition, the Partnership for the Public Good and Preservation Buffalo Niagara, all of which ar…

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A former Buffalo Public Schools student accused a teacher of sexually molesting her “at least 120 times” over a period of 2½ years, beginning when she was 11. And she has some evidence to back up the claims in a Child Victims Act lawsuit she filed Friday. In a notarized statement, retired teacher Mary Boblak said the girl slept in her bed, there was "inappropriate ph…

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A wrongful death lawsuit was filed Thursday against the Buffalo Police Department, charging that an officer “maliciously” shot and killed Rafael “Pito” Rivera last year while Rivera was running from him in a West Side neighborhood. The State Supreme Court lawsuit filed on behalf of Rivera’s family accused police of wrongdoing in the shooting, which occurred on Plymouth …

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Five-year-old Tayanna Kemp of Buffalo applied laser-like focus as she attempted to glue together painted, wooden Popsicle sticks into a three-dimensional shape that would hold without collapsing Wednesday. She was one a few dozen children who attended a public workshop with their parents and siblings at Waterfront Elementary School aimed at soliciting their ideas for a …

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The pastor of one of the region’s largest and wealthiest Catholic parishes is urging fellow priests to call upon Bishop Richard J. Malone and Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz to resign and let others lead the Buffalo Diocese. The Rev. Robert Zilliox, pastor of St. Mary Church in Swormville, has contacted about 200 priests and asked them to sign a letter demanding that M…

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After being struck by a bullet, Buffalo youth football coach Norzell Aldridge was quickly loaded into a car driven by a cousin who headed to Erie County Medical Center without waiting for an ambulance. A surveillance video shows the car stops at the corner of Sycamore Street and Koons Avenue, where police parked not far from the shooting scene. Aldridge gets out of the …

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Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz denies threatening to block the Rev. Ryszard S. Biernat’s ordination, after Biernat complained to diocese administrators in 2004 that he was sexually assaulted by a priest, a Buffalo Diocese spokeswoman said. The Buffalo News on Sunday reported the accusation by Biernat, who also said that Grosz’s treatment of his complaint was “10 times…

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I am a member of what my friends and I call Club 1959, meaning I turned 60 this month, one of those birthdays that leads to a just-how-fast-is-this-all-moving reflection about time. While the age itself is not that big a deal, beyond gratitude for the countless people who always came through when I  needed it, I have a growing appreciation for what my parents meant years a…

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Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown Friday announced he is issuing a six-month moratorium on the opening of new shops that sell electronic cigarettes and vaping supplies as around the country experts grapple with the possible health effects of the smokeless devices. Earlier this week, the Common Council unanimously adopted a resolution sponsored by Delaware District Council Me…

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The pressure is building on Bishop Richard J. Malone, leader of Buffalo’s Catholic Diocese. Over the past 13 months, two of his most trusted confidants — people who worked side-by-side with him for years — have turned against Malone, publicly demanding that he resign from the job he has held since 2012 over his handling of sexual abuse allegations involving priests. …

The accounting firm of Brock, Schechter & Polakoff CPAs will grow through a merger. Schunk, Wilson & Co. will merge with Brock Schechter, effective Dec. 31. All Schunk Wilson employees and clients are expected to join Brock Schechter at its offices, in the Larkin at Exchange building, in the next few months. The combined accounting firm will have 70 employees…