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A kindergartner who was sexually assaulted at North Tonawanda's Drake Elementary School and on a school bus will receive a settlement of more than $65,000. The boy was twice victimized by incidents of oral sexual contact by another pupil in early 2016, in the school "during kindergarten rest time" and on a bus ride home, according to court documents. The boy's mother…

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Adrienne Sayers expects to lose her $103,000-a-year job as a Niagara Falls schoolteacher because school district officials believe she violated a policy that requires employees to live in the City of Niagara Falls. The Spanish teacher learned in January that private detectives hired by the district had been watching, following and taking surveillance videos of her for m…

Obituaries

Oct. 15, 1941 - July 11, 2019 Dr. Rocco C. Venuto, a kidney specialist who last month marked 50 years of service to the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, died in his sleep Thursday in his Williamsville home. He was 77. Besides serving as a professor at UB, where he was the longtime chief of nephrology, Dr. Venuto also was…

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The more than 60 libraries at State University of New York campuses have united under one software system. Libraries at the University at Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo State and other SUNY schools will share catalogs, information and resources, with officials saying the consolidation will lower costs and help the institutions operate more efficiently. The schools previously ope…

Amherst

Irish Ambassador Daniel Mulhall first heard of the UB James Joyce Collection in Dublin while planning for the centenary celebration of “Ulysses” the epic novel by Joyce that takes places on June 16, 1904. Since then, Mulhall has dreamed of visiting Capen Hall at the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst to tour the exhibit. The Joyce Collection, part of the univ…

Buffalo

Say Yes, the non-profit that guarantees public school kids from Buffalo free college tuition, has continued to grow the number of students heading off to college by eliminating one of the biggest barriers: cost. But once students get into college, the organization quickly realized there is another problem: the number of students dropping out. Now, help is on the way.…

Buffalo

Mary Badami knew the day. She just did not know the time. She traveled into Buffalo in spring 1946 from her home in Geneseo. Mary was about to meet her boyfriend, Dominic "Monte" Montemarano, who was coming home on a train after a couple of years away in World War II. Joined by one of Monte's sisters, Mary went to Buffalo's Central Terminal. The young women were exci…

Buffalo

Sharon M. Belton-Cottman, the Ferry District representative on the Buffalo School Board, received a boost of confidence from her colleagues on the board at Monday's annual reorganization meeting. Belton-Cottman was elected board president by a vote of 8-1. Her other rival for the position, Park District member Lou Petrucci – who nominated himself – received only one …

Buffalo

The school board election in Buffalo ended almost two months ago, but the politicking isn’t quite over. At least two of the members, Sharon Belton-Cottman and Louis Petrucci, have been jockeying for the role of board leader to replace outgoing President Barbara Seals Nevergold. That will be the first order of business for the incoming board at a reorganization meetin…

Education

The State Education Department said late Thursday that it is not allowing the Lockport City School District to use or test its facial recognition security system. "To be clear, the Department has directed the Lockport School District to cease the testing and utilization of facial recognition technology until further notice," spokesman J.P. O'Hare said via email. "Dep…

Niagara County

The Lockport City School District intends to go ahead with testing of its new facial recognition security system this summer, Superintendent Michelle T. Bradley said Thursday. Even with testing this summer, the system probably won't be ready when school reopens in September, she said. "We don't have a specific date for implementation," she said. Eventually, the sy…

Amherst

The children were on an emotional high wire Monday, knowing it was the final day of school, and Fidele Dhan could measure their happiness through volume alone. Dhan, a bus driver for First Student, drove his usual route in Amherst for one last time before school ends for summer. As the laughing boys and girls spilled off the bus, a few paused for quick farewells, 8- and…

Buffalo

The road to high school graduation can be a difficult one, particularly in an urban district like Buffalo, where life’s roadblocks tend to be larger, the potholes deeper and the detours longer. Maybe it’s balancing school and motherhood. Or maybe it’s arriving from another country. Sometimes it's fending off street life. The challenges vary with the student and…

June 30 is the deadline to apply for the 2019 Carl R. Allen Memorial Scholarship for aspiring black journalists. The $1,000 scholarship is sponsored by the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists with support from The Buffalo News and the Buffalo Newspaper Guild. The scholarship is open to African American high school seniors, as well as college freshmen, sophomores…

Buffalo

An alleged abduction near Futures Academy turned out to be a hoax, Buffalo Police Capt. Jeff Rinaldo said Friday, after the department had conducted a search for a young boy reported missing by a sixth-grade girl at the school. About two hours after she first reported the incident, the girl confessed that there had been no abduction, Rinaldo said. No charges will be …