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The United States department of Housing and Urban Development has reversed its controversial decision last month to close one of Buffalo’s longest-established gay bars. The Underground, at 274 Delaware Ave., will reopen in July under a new yearlong lease approved by HUD, the property owner and bar owner Nick Tiede. Lynne Patton, the HUD administrator in New York and …

Courts

The creators of two inflammatory online fake news items don’t identify local defense attorney Joseph Terranova by name in any of the pictures on the phony stories – but there he is. One shows Terranova standing in court next to a frightened-looking teen. The headline: “17-YEAR-OLD TEENAGER SUES HIS PARENTS FOR BEING BORN WHITE.” In another, on the “satiric” World New…

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A 42-year-old Angola man suffered serious injuries Saturday night after losing control of the motorcycle he was driving on Central Avenue in Silver Creek, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Jacob P. Farabaugh was attempting to negotiate a turn at the corner of Central and Christy Street at about 10:30 p.m. when the accident occurred, sheriff's deputies…

Business

It hasn't been easy for the 94th Catholic Charities Appeal that enters its final days still needing $193,000 to reach an $11 million goal. Buffalo diocesan faithful are counting on Sister Mary McCarrick, director of Catholic Charities, to finish strong in the wake of a tapped-out donor base, the shrinking population of churchgoers and a scandal involving priests accused…

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Jada Yuan is a pioneer in a grand travel-writing experiment. She's visiting – and writing about – the New York Times' 52 Places to Go in 2018. One of those places was Buffalo, and her article about her visit was published – and very warmly received – last week. When she had her first look at the list of the 52 places she would be traveling, which includes location…

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Some of the brides wore fancy jewelry and their wedding gowns from the day they were married. Many of the grooms donned matching tuxedos and bow ties. But they all came out to Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls on Saturday to take help break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Marriage Vow Renewal Ceremony. More than 1,700 couples were expecte…

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Craig Rubright's "all-American car" has a Ford body, a Chevrolet 283 V-8 engine taken from a 1957 Corvette and a Coppertone orange color that came from Chrysler paint. But the aesthetics of the car weren't the greatest of Rubright's concerns on Saturday as he parked it at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum. He was focused on arriving in good condition 2,3…

Crime

A 16-year-old girl was arrested after she reportedly became belligerent when she was caught "skinny dipping" at the Village Park clubhouse in the Town of Lockport early Tuesday. Niagara County sheriff's deputies responded  around 4:20 a.m. following reports of juveniles in the pool after hours. They said they heard a female screaming before spotting her walking nude aro…

Authorities were already seeking to remove a 2-year-old boy from his father's custody Friday when the man reportedly shoplifted steaks from a Niagara Falls supermarket and hid the meat inside the child's stroller. Child Protective Services workers armed with an emergency removal order were trying to catch up with the man as he and the child's mother pushed the boy in a …

A 50-year-old man suffered a fractured kneecap Monday afternoon during an altercation with a co-worker at the Waste Management company security booth on Balmer Road, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. The two combatants were employed by Sentrex Security Systems Inc. at the site, deputies said, when an argument occurred over the victim's smoking while on the job. Wh…

Niagara Falls Police said that the man who threatened a store manager after trying to steal from the store Friday morning also is a suspect in a theft that occurred only moments earlier at another nearby store. The manager told police that around 11:55 a.m. Friday, the suspect walked into Walgreens, 1202 Pine Ave., picked a receipt out of a garbage can and claimed he ma…

Niagara Falls Police said that a shoplifter made four separate trips into Home Depot on Builder's Way over a 16-minute period Wednesday, stealing $1,800 worth of goods. A review of closed-circuit security cameras showed the man entering the store at 11:51 a.m. and concealing an impact wrench, circular saw and hammer drill beneath his coat before leaving the store. They …

A Manchester, Pa., man told Niagara Falls police Saturday that he believes two cleaners stole $1,100 in cash from his room at the Comfort Inn on Niagara Falls Boulevard. The victim said he had been in town for a couple of days and that his hotel room had not been cleaned, so he asked that it be cleaned Friday evening. He said that around 5 p.m. he asked two female emplo…

A thief caused about $2,000 worth of damage to a Main Street laundromat Saturday morning while stealing about $200 in coins, Niagara Falls police said. Around 2:26 a.m., a man was seen on security cameras entering the Maytag Laundromat, 1606 Main St. He proceeded to attempt to pry the coin boxes off a dozen clothes dryers and succeeded in removing the boxes from a pair …