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The New York Civil Liberties Union will host a town meeting Tuesday in Lockport, focusing on the Lockport City School District's controversial facial recognition security system. The session begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the community room of the Lockport Public Library, 23 East Ave. The NYCLU has been a consistent and severe critic of the district's security policy, w…

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Jack Armstrong, the former Niagara University basketball coach who now broadcasts games for the NBA champion Toronto Raptors, will be the featured speaker Friday at an NU event aimed at high school or transfer students interested in careers in sports management. The Sport, Recreation and Tourism Summit, hosted by NU's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, runs …

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A local student musician's performance has gone far beyond the Elma gymnasium in which it happened. Iroquois High's Leah Streety performed "The Star Spangled Banner" on her violin before a girls basketball game earlier this month. The Twitter account for the school's cross-country and track team streamed it, and the video recently caught the attention of national media …

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Buffalo Public Schools overpaid local charter schools nearly $7 million the past decade. Now, the district is taking back the money. Apprised by findings of a recent state audit, the school district determined it overpaid 19 area charter schools a total of $6.83 million between the 2007-08 and 2017-18 school years. So the Buffalo Board of Education has authorized …

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For the second time in five months, former Niagara Falls public school music teacher Patrick Kuciewski has been accused of sexually abusing a female student. The latest lawsuit, stemming from Kuciewski's alleged actions in 1998 and 1999, was filed Friday in State Supreme Court in Niagara County. It follows on the heels of a case filed in September by another former s…

Greater Buffalo-area college students studying communications, along with professional journalists seeking additional academic training, can apply for 2020-21 college and graduate school scholarships offered by the Greater Buffalo International Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The chapter's Scholarship Fund  has awarded nearly $130,000 in scholarships…

Health and Fitness

Nutrition advice, shared simply and underlined regularly, can help establish healthier ways of eating that last a lifetime. That’s the idea behind Nutrition Simply Said, a new program that offers free nutrition classes at food pantries run by Catholic Charities of Buffalo. “We see and hear stories daily of people not having enough food to eat. They're not really know…

Obituaries

April 30, 1944 – Jan. 3, 2020 Mary Ann Etu, whose leadership in providing vocational training for women and girls across New York State earned her a place on the Wall of Fame in the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, died Jan. 3 in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. She was 75. Born in Manhattan, she grew up in the Schenectady area and was a 19…

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There will be a change of leadership at Elmwood Franklin School, a private elementary and middle school in Buffalo. Andrew Deyell, the head of school since 2014, announced he will step down in June to become vice president for institutional advancement at Canisius High School, according to an Elmwood Franklin School release Monday. The school announced that Keith W. …

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It's not unusual for a school district to allow a student who does not live in the district to enroll there. Some districts make accommodations for such a move. One downstate district charges more than $20,000 a year for the opportunity and dozens of families do so. It's also not unheard of to learn that some families are deceptive about their place of residence to get …

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Dim Lam Lun made the decision the first time she touched the keys. She was a teenager in Burma, forced to seek an education far from home amid sweeping reprisals in 1988 that shut down government schools. She enrolled at a seminary school that had a piano, the first one Dim had ever seen. In a place where she still felt like a stranger, surrounded by children who spoke …

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The New York State Attorney General’s Office has opened an investigation into whether Buffalo Public Schools students are being disciplined differently based on race and ethnicity and if all students receive equal access to advanced courses or to the district's gifted and talented programs. The office’s Civil Rights Bureau sent a letter last month notifying district off…

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Dedra Robinson grew up in the Commodore Perry public housing complex, was 13 when her mom died, and pregnant when she graduated from Hutchinson Central Technical High School. She had a job at Burger King by then, but it didn’t take long before work as a nurse’s aide seemed a better way forward. Kittrella Whitlock left Buffalo after graduating from the same school, lande…

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Niagara University canceled all classes Thursday, one day after officials discovered the school was the victim of a ransomware attack. Spokesman Thomas J. Burns said the university learned late Wednesday that some of the school's email servers were encrypted by ransomware. "University staff are currently working with a third party vendor to understand the nature and …