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Even though he is not facing charges for bringing a loaded gun inside a school, Masten Council Member Ulysees O. Wingo still is facing fallout. After being barred from school district property, Wingo now doesn't know if he will be allowed to attend his son's high school graduation. Wingo said he requested permission to attend more than a week ago, but is still waitin…

Obituaries

May 26, 1951 – June 3, 2019 Anthony P. Fanti Sr., an electrical contractor active in politics and community programs on Buffalo’s West Side, died Monday in his Buffalo home. His family said the cause was a rare neurological disorder, corticobasal degeneration. He was 68. Born in Buffalo, he attended School 71 and was a 1969 graduate of Hutchinson Central Technical Hi…

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Pete Niland's first true epiphany about the way D-Day transformed his life arrived long before the calls from historians or reporters that are now almost routine at his North Tonawanda home, and long before the movie that shifted a family’s grief into American legend. Almost 50 years ago, just out of college, Pete was roaming through Europe with a childhood buddy when h…

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Acres Capital, the Long Island firm that loaned $36.3 million to the developers of the Monarch 716 student-housing complex, has formally taken possession of the facility on Buffalo's West Side after the former owners defaulted. Acres, of Westbury, N.Y., completed its $14 million "paper" purchase of the 10-building complex at 100 Forest Ave. on Tuesday, just two months s…

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It turned out to be a win-win situation in the Fruit Belt. That’s both the good news and the bad news after an anonymous donor stepped in to save both a neglected, heavily damaged historic building as well as a dream of community empowerment and self sufficiency in the midst of land speculation and gentrification. The donor bought the fire-damaged building at 238 Carlton…

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A new conceptual rendering shows what a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course and a restored arboretum in South Park could look like. The aerial view shows a new golf course on former Republic Steel land purchased in 2018 by the nonprofit Nicklaus Olmsted Buffalo. It also shows an education center with a clubhouse/banquet component in a slightly curved glass building strad…

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Two local developers plan to put residences for seniors and artists in five of the 10 unused buildings at the Richardson Olmsted Campus, a key development in the continuing restoration effort at the National Historic Landmark. McGuire Development plans to create a university-based retirement community by reusing three western wing buildings, hoping to capitalize on thei…

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Looks like Buffalo Comptroller Barbara Miller-Williams has flip-flopped again on Mayor Byron W. Brown's budget. The comptroller's office issued a cautionary report that raised a few warning signs about the proposed 2019-20 budget on May 9, which was unanimously passed by the Council May 16. Six days later, Miller-Williams issued a revised report that contained differ…

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Mike Donoghue has known Rochester developer Robert Morgan for more than a decade, as a personal friend and a partner in a relocation business. So it was only natural five years ago for the owner and president of Rochester-based Premium Mortgage to put $500,000 of his own money into investment funds that Morgan had just started. "I knew he had funds, and I asked if I co…

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A former judge turned real estate developer has been given the green light to break ground later this week on his newest apartment project – a 48-unit complex on the West Side – after a public hearing on revisions to the plan drew no response from the public Monday and was unanimously approved by the Buffalo Planning Board. Anthony P. LoRusso Friday announced plans to s…

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The Buffalo Zoo's lone tiger was euthanized Saturday. The health of Tamari, an 11-year-old amur tiger, was in decline and numerous tumors were discovered during a medical checkup. The tiger had a cancerous tumor removed years earlier, and while it wasn't known if the latest tumors were cancerous, a zoo veterinarian recommended euthanasia. She had also stopped eating …

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Work continues on the effort to restore traffic to Lower Main Street, with construction crews concentrating their efforts on the southeastern section of Canalside between Exchange and Scott streets. Buffalo Place Manager of Planning Debra Chernoff said the nonprofit downtown organization is "doing our best" to keep building owners and tenants apprised of what to expect.…

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The Central Terminal in Buffalo turns 90 later this month. To mark the anniversary, we are planning a little project at The Buffalo News that will involve capturing a few portraits of readers with memorable stories inside the great railroad monument of the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood, accompanied by an archive of civic memories. The thesis goes like this: The most im…

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The owner of the Silo City complex along the Buffalo River is partnering with a Florida developer to turn the peninsula of old grain silos and warehouses into a residential and artistic community. Miami-based Generation Development Group – led by managing principals Marvin Wilmoth and Anthony Ceroy – is working with Rigidized Metals Corp. CEO Rick Smith on a plan to con…

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A Baxter Street man was charged with driving while intoxicated after his northbound vehicle struck a parked car on Niagara Street in Buffalo about 7:15 p.m. Saturday. The impact caused the parked auto to be shoved three house lengths before the suspect's car overturned, Northwest District police said. Pahta Bluh, 31, was charged with DWI, second-degree reckless endan…