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When a person is sentenced to weekends in jail, it's no vacation. Or at least we thought so until this week. Justice Richard C. Kloch was admonishing a defendant before him who had missed one weekend of his sentence. The man's lawyer initially blamed a case of shingles, but after conferring with the lawyers in the case, the judge made it clear there was a misundersta…

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The international agency controlling outflows from Lake Ontario announced Friday that it has reduced the flow past the dams at Massena, after 69 days at record-high levels. The flows were cut Wednesday from nearly 2.75 million gallons per second to 2.67 million gallons per second, the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board announced. It's still the highe…

Crime

They have been the subject of hundreds of complaints from their neighbors over the last decade in Lackawanna, Springville, Concord and Colden, many of them having to do with drugs. They've been arrested multiple times, too. And on Thursday, Dawn Smercak, 49, and David Smercak, 51, were charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors after members of the Erie County s…

Education

A Niagara Falls public school teacher says she has been fired from her $103,000-a-year job for allegedly violating the school district’s residency rule. Adrienne Sayers, 44, said the Niagara Falls School Board voted Thursday night to terminate her because district officials believe she violated a policy that requires employees to live in the City of Niagara Falls. Th…

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In January, Domino's Pizza awarded the City of Lockport a $5,000 grant in its "Paving for Pizza" program. Domino's was making the grants nationwide, on the theory that if streets were in better condition, their pizzas might be delivered in better condition. Lockport was chosen in an online vote as the New York winner. Friday, a city worker spray-painted a Domino's…

Buffalo

The $4.5 million Seneca-Babcock Community Association will formally open its new facility on Harrison Street on Saturday. The Seneca-Babcock Arlene Mychajliw Community Center, located at 82 Harrison, is a 12,600-square-foot facility, with a gym, locker rooms, classrooms, a computer lab, special event space, a basketball court and a playground, among other features. It's…

Buffalo

A long-awaited appeals court decision in the Cellino vs. Barnes case favors Ross M. Cellino Jr., who has been trying for more than two years to break up the nationally known law firm. The decision will help Cellino to eventually prevail in his effort to break up the Cellino and Barnes law firm, Cellino’s attorney, Terrence M. Connors, predicted on Friday. “Yesterday,…

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Georgia Robinson Bradberry, Jane Schroeder, Don King, Laurie Davis and Jasiah Jackson will be inducted into the Niagara Falls Volunteer Hall of Fame at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, 7001 Buffalo Ave. The induction is part of Niagara University's annual volunteer fair. University President the Rev. James J. Maher, Mayor Paul A. Dyster and Rep. Bri…

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The Rath Building except for the ninth, 10th and 11th floors will reopen to the public at 10:30 a.m., Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz tweeted. The building has been closed since an electrical panel on the ninth floor caught fire early Friday morning, according to Poloncarz. Power has been restored to all floors except the ninth, 10th and 11th. All employees are …

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OLAF FUB SEZ: An observation from piano-playing political satirist Mark Russell, born Mark Ruslander in Buffalo on this date in 1932, “Young people, take heart: the older you get, the fewer commandments you will have the strength to break.” • • • PICK OF THE CROP – The Hamburg House and Garden Club will hold its annual picnic at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Scoby Hill, Springville.…

Health and Fitness

It’s understandable that those preparing for college – especially for the first time – would spend months planning schedules, doting over book purchases, school supplies and dorm room décor, and wondering what a greater sense of independence will mean. Throw in a major change in family financial dynamics and it’s unsurprising that a key element of the back-to-school pla…

Buffalo

From the Niagara Thruway, Buffalo's Cobblestone District looks like a neighborhood with a handful of old industrial buildings, a large casino and a bunch of parking lots. But to Carl and Bill Paladino, it's a land of opportunity, rife with potential for future development by taking advantage of underused sites. That's been the case for decades, but it's even more so …

Business

Western New York is filled with some of the best independent pizzerias on the planet, so the minute you mention a fondness for any kind of pizza chain, such as Pizza Hut, people get all riled up. But our sentimental feelings about the Hut have little to do with the food. They're tied to the times we had in the cozy brick, wood and gingham restaurants of old – restaurant…

Columns

The greeting was familiar, old friends reunited as teammates on a baseball field. "Hi, Rory," said Aaron Cohn, welcoming another young man near a baseball diamond at Community Pool Park in East Aurora. "I miss you in school." Cohn and Rory O'Connor attended classes together a few years ago, before they happened to end up on the same team this summer in the Aktion Club l…