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Michigan Avenue soon will be illuminated with an artistic archway that aims to make the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor a destination point. The $322,000 structure, which will span Michigan Avenue between Broadway and William Street, is Buffalo's first full archway in recent history, said Common Council President Darius G. Pridgen. “It will literal…

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Buffalo's biggest bank is planning a major expansion of its office space in Western New York so it can consolidate its technology and support operations that are expected to grow over the next few years. M&T Bank Corp. issued a request for proposals from the region's landlords and developers for about 150,000 square feet of office space that would be available by Ju…

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Gregory Kwiatkowski admits he "lost control" of himself. It was late May of 2009 and the Buffalo police lieutenant was one of the first officers to encounter four teenagers suspected in a drive-by BB gun shooting. Kwiatkowski grabbed one of the handcuffed teens by the neck and slammed him headfirst into a police car. And then, when the teen's friends reacted angrily,…

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The Buffalo Common Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the Brown administration's $23.2 million capital budget for 2019, which includes $1 million for emergency demolitions and $618,000 for citywide tree removal and planting. But it's still up in the air as to whether those two priorities actually will be funded through the capital budget. Comptroller Mark J.F. S…

A water main break at the Occupational Training Center School, 2495 Main St., will force the cancellation of classes on Wednesday, according to a spokeswoman for the Buffalo Public School District. Elena Cala, special assistant to the superintendent for communications, said while there will be no school for students, staff at the Occupational Training Center will be req…

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The city has a new contract with Buffalo Professional Firefighters Association Local 282. The eight-year contract — effective July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2025 — provides firefighters with raises averaging 3.3 percent and is projected to save the city $32 million through changes in staffing patterns, drug coverage and other reforms. The Common Council unanimously a…

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In Romania, George Piha was a prominent businessman and politician — and then after a car accident he became an OxyContin addict. Piha, who holds dual citizenship, returned to the United States and, according to prosecutors, began a statewide crime spree to feed his addiction. Piha stole from YMCAs in the towns of Tonawanda and West Seneca, the Aquatic and Fitness Cente…

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An events manager is being sought for the Central Terminal. The not-for-profit Central Terminal Restoration Corp. has issued a request for proposals seeking a minimum of 10 events in 2019. Submissions are due by Jan. 16, 2019. “On the recommendation of the Urban Land Institute study, we know we need to take our events to the next level so we’re looking for a partner …

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Doc Sullivan's will be featured on the Cooking Channel at 9 tonight, during the season opener of the fifth season of “Burgers Brews & Que w/ Michael Symon.” Tommy Cowan, co-owner of the tavern at 468 Abbott Road, said filming occurred in early spring of this year. The episode description from the Cooking Channel's site is as follows: Michael Symon starts in hi…

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After Lisa Milligan blamed a local tow truck operator for her injuries in a 2013 crash, the defendant's insurance carrier hired investigators to prove she wasn't hurt as badly as she claimed. They staked out her home. They staked out her mother's home. And they even recorded video of her wedding ceremony and reception. The carrier tried using this evidence at trial, …

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Buffalo police have released the name of the man killed Thursday night in a shooting on the city's East Side. Benjamin C. Babiak, 31, was shot at about 8:40 p.m. in the vicinity of Warring Avenue and Antwerp Street, just east of Bailey Avenue, between Doat and Genesee streets, police said. Babiak, of Cheektowaga, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not rele…

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After being ignored for decades, the hulking Connecting Terminal became the canvas for a nightly light show three years ago on the Outer Harbor that could be seen from a distance. Now, people might get an even closer look at the 1915 grain elevator. They might be able to walk inside a silo or even view the city skyline from the grain elevator's rooftop. Reusing th…

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The northern portion of the former Memorial Auditorium block – criticized last year by elected officials as a hole in the ground – could be closer to a development plan. That hole, if Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state agency that works for him have their way, could one day teem with residences, offices, shops and restaurants. On Monday, Erie Canal Harbor Development Co…

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Friday marked 77 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor that began the United States' involvement in World War II. For a couple of days, I kept leaving messages at the home of Ed Stone, a 95-year-old Navy veteran who enlisted in Buffalo and survived as Japanese warplanes swept across the harbor. Stone has always been extraordinarily vital, a guy who still plays a drum s…

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Allentown is changing, they say. That was the buzz as I spent a late fall afternoon and evening indulging in food, drink and music, digging what I’ve long believed to be a deep Bohemian vibe in this funky first neighborhood north of the Buffalo downtown-proper border. “It’s not like it used to be, man,” a grizzled acquaintance drawled when I ran into him after indulg…