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Undergraduate media students from three area schools have won awards for the next academic year from the Greater Buffalo Society of Professional Journalists College Scholarship Fund. Amherst resident Darrell Lane, who will be a junior at John Carroll University, has been a weekly contributor to shows that air on the campus radio and television stations and produces a sp…

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Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) has launched its Storytime Series at Canalside for the summer. The M&T Bank-sponsored program will offer weekly programming to children up to age 8 and their families from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 29. The series aims to create a positive and fun environment while promoting reading and a healthy lifesty…

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The University at Buffalo reported a "small-scale chemical explosion" in the Natural Science Building on the North Campus at 6:15 p.m. Monday and evacuated the building. Two hours later, UB said hazmat crews contained the explosion in a fifth-floor lab and there were no injuries. The university's Office of Environment, Health and Safety said the incident was likely caus…

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Doctor-musicians from seven countries and 16 states are in Buffalo this week for intensive coaching, rehearsal and performances under Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director JoAnn Falletta. The 47 doctors will perform from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at Oishei Children's Hospital, as part of the hospital's healing arts initiative to promote healing and well…

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It was more than 40 years ago. Maggie George was a student in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District when, she said, she had a long-term, inappropriate relationship with a teacher at her high school. At the time, she thought of it as a love story. She never considered him a boyfriend, but loved the attention he gave her. Now 61, George sees what happened to…

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Work has started on a $16 million project to renovate a residential hall at SUNY Buffalo State. Crews working in Tower Three are installing new, upgraded bathrooms; adding new heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; putting in place new laundry rooms, including washers and dryers; repainting the interior and adding new caperting, according to the office of Go…

Crime

A female reported to University at Buffalo police that she was sexually assaulted in a portable restroom during the Town of Amherst Independence Day event held on UB's North Campus Wednesday night, UB Police said in a university-wide alert Thursday. The victim said that just before the fireworks show began an "unknown male" entered the portable restroom she was using an…

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The boards of education of two of Erie County's largest suburban school districts re-elected their top officers this week. The Williamsville and Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda school boards granted new terms to their presidents and vice presidents at their annual reorganizational meetings Monday. In Williamsville, Shawn Lemay will serve again as president of the School Bo…

Health and Fitness

Parts of Lackawanna and Niagara Falls are considered food deserts, a designation the federal government defines as an urban census tract where at least a third of residents struggle to find the means to reach a supermarket with healthy, affordable food within a mile of home. Jennifer Tynan is among those working to bring better wellness to such places. Two of her weapon…

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Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash earned a “B” from his bosses this year, scoring well on his relationship with the community, but not so high on communication with the School Board. He received high marks from the Board of Education for his emphasis on raising academic achievement, but that’s also an area with some of the biggest question marks. He c…

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All elementary, middle and high schools across New York State now will be required to teach about mental health, under a new law that took effect this month. Billed as the first of its kind in the nation, the legislation was signed into law in 2016, after years of lobbying by the Mental Health Association in New York State. “If you look at the statistics about mental…

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Barbara Seals Nevergold will now sit at the head of the table on two boards. Nevergold on Monday was reappointed as president of the Buffalo Board of Education for the next school year. The Conference of Big 5 School Districts also announced Monday that Nevergold will serve as chair of its organization through June 30 of next year. The Big 5 represents the state's ur…

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It's billed as the largest school solar project in New York State, but good luck trying to find it. It's hard to spot from the ground, but high above – along the rooftops of 19 schools across Buffalo –  is an almost sculpture-like array of solar panels pumping out power for the city school district. The project began four years ago, when the district’s Division of Pl…

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To say New York's senior senator, Chuck Schumer, enjoys speaking at college graduations is like saying the Southtowns get a little snow or the Sabres are going through a dry patch. Schumer, as The Buffalo News has frequently noted, each spring invites himself to as many college commencements as possible – only to give the same speech. It involves a life lesson learne…

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The yearbooks, about 700 of them, are packed onto shelves in Bill Greco's basement in East Amherst. Most are from Buffalo high schools, past and present. Many are filled with scribbled notes about friendship and first dates and lunch tables and good luck. Open them up, take in that scent of ancient pages, and you find some of this city's most celebrated sons and daughte…