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Hardly any of the more than 100 Buffalo area priests implicated as child molesters spent so much as one day in jail. For years, most of their victims were too scared or embarrassed to make complaints. But Buffalo Police had marching orders not to arrest Catholic priests, according to former vice squad Detective Martin Harrington and other retired officers. Instead th…

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Few of the University at Buffalo students receiving their diplomas at Sunday's commencement have come as far as Isnino Iftin. Born in a refugee camp in Kenya, she moved to this country at 8, first to Baltimore and then to Buffalo's West Side. Initially unhappy with the move to this area, she later threw herself into activities at Riverside High School and became an a…

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The Erie County District Attorney's Office says a Buffalo police officer can't be trusted and prosecutors are now weighing what to do with up to 30 criminal cases in which Officer Joseph Hassett was a potential witness. District Attorney John J. Flynn last month informed Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood that the District Attorney's Office won't call Hassett as…

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A woman who accepted a ride from two strangers after having car trouble told Buffalo police she was sexually assaulted in their vehicle and later in a house by a larger group of men. The incident began Thursday or early Friday when the woman stopped at a gas station to check her malfunctioning vehicle, police reported. She left the vehicle there and started walking away…

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A 29-year-old University District man is accused of exposing himself to customers at a gas station, threatening an employee at another shop and spitting on and shouting vulgarities at the officers who arrested him Friday in the city's Kensington neighborhood. Buffalo police say Jemere Q. Minnifield, of Lasalle Avenue, was spotted by officers aggressively panhandling at …

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Stacey Clause was drawn to a foot race in downtown Buffalo this weekend by the power of memory – or, more specifically, by a threat to it. Clause, 34, fell in love with running about a year ago. That steady routine had a dramatically positive effect both on her health and on her sense of clarity, and she tries to do at least one 5-kilometer race a month. She was scrolli…

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The 118th anniversary of the Pan-American Exposition – the 1901 World's Fair visited by 8 million people – will be celebrated through Sunday at the Buffalo History Museum. There will be free admission and tours of the museum and the museum’s Resource Center, 459 Forest Ave., along with kids activities. A double-decker bus will provide free transportation between the bui…

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Buffalo has a well-deserved reputation among Frank Lloyd Wright fans mainly on account of the Darwin Martin House and the Graycliff estate in Derby. Then there are the three structures built here in recent years based on drawings Wright left behind, many decades after his death. And soon there will be a fourth. That's where things get tricky. Is a project really a…

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It was his first time on stage, but when actor Jesse L. Martin played Scrooge at the former Campus West School, he gave it everything he had. “My little fifth-grade self acted up a storm. I’m sure I overacted, but I was amazing. Somehow, I knew I would end up in New York City, and it started here in this school. Buffalo gave me everything as a kid,” Martin said Friday d…

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An Elmwood Village activist and frequent critic of development projects says the Gates Circle area isn't the blighted neighborhood that the city says it is, so he's suing to stop a developer from getting tax breaks on a major revitalization project there. Daniel Sack is suing the Buffalo Common Council in State Supreme Court, challenging its April 16 designation of the …

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A Buffalo Common Council member has been barred from stepping foot on Buffalo Public School property after bringing a loaded gun inside a city high school earlier this week. Masten District Council Member Ulysees O. Wingo was notified Friday by the school district that he is “not permitted to be on, in, or around any Buffalo City School District property or attend any e…

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Shea's Performing Arts Center is taking the first steps toward putting up a five-story addition to its primary theater to make it more accessible by adding two new elevators, expanded concessions and more office space. The organization that operates Shea's Buffalo Theatre wants to put the structure on a parking lot at 439 Pearl St., just south of the theater building an…

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Say Yes Buffalo moved a $1 million closer to its goal of raising enough money to provide kids of Buffalo free tuition at state colleges and universities for generations to come. The nonprofit on Friday announced a $1 million gift from the Jacobs family, owners of Delaware North, the global food service and hospitality company headquartered in Buffalo. It’s the second…

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Nearly four years after it received approval the first time for a new industrial warehouse that never got built, Ellicott Development Co. is bringing back its Dingens Street proposal for the city's consideration – with a few changes. The Buffalo-based developer wants to put up a 90,207-square-foot, single-story warehouse at 246 Dingens, at the corner of James E. Casey D…