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The disagreement over the bust in Buffalo’s Martin Luther King Jr. Park has reached NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” There’s a petition drive and campaign to replace the bust with one that looks more like King, but the sculpture was never supposed to look exactly like him, according to those who organized the effort to erect the sculpture 35 years ago. In her “Am…

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A Buffalo woman selling a laptop on Craigslist thought she made a sale on Wednesday. The buyer showed up, took the MacBook Air and paid the seller electronically. But the buyer canceled the payment after he left with the computer, the victim told Buffalo police. The Roma Avenue resident told police she tried emailing and calling the buyer, who did not reply to emails…

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The big, red-brick fire-damaged building at 238 Carlton St., just off the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, represents both the best and worst of what the near East Side could become amid the city’s resurgence. At its best, it could be the home of the African Heritage Food Co-Op, a 2-year-old venture grounded in community commitment and control that has made its name throug…

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Consumers who drop off plastic shopping bags can get a free reusable bag in return and learn about Buffalo's recycling efforts from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at Dash's Market, 1770 Hertel Ave. , as the city and store participate in America Recycles Day. For more information, call the city's 311 information line, call 851-5014 or visit www.buffalorecycles.org.

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The newest hotel in Amherst will open this week, adding another 100 rooms to the inventory near University at Buffalo's North Camus. Ellicott Development Co. formally unveiled its new Fairfield Inn and Suites Buffalo Amherst/University on Wednesday, complementing the company's nearby existing extended-stay hotel, Staybridge Suites Amherst. Located at 3880 Rensch Road, t…

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Four Erie County citizens have won their unusual court case, which orders Sheriff Timothy B. Howard to accurately report serious jail incidents, as a state agency requires. If he doesn't, the four can return to court to ask that the sheriff be held in contempt and compelled, perhaps with a fine, to follow the order. An attorney for Howard had argued that a legal vict…

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Pig is on the table – literally. Mayor Byron W. Brown’s Annual Senior Citizens Barbecue and Pig Roast has grown to about 1,500 attendees at a cost to taxpayers of about $40,000, plus another $3 to $5 per person collected from attendees as food ticket "donations" to help cover costs, the administration said. But city Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder, who is auditing th…

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A little extra research can go a long way. Roar Logistics is redesigning its planned new headquarters on Exchange Street after a surprise discovery limited the amount of land available for the new building. The Buffalo transportation company, owned by Rich Products Corp., received city approval in May to construct a two-story office building on the edge of Larkinvill…

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A 12-year-old theater group wants to make its new home on Elmwood Avenue more permanent, after outgrowing its old home on Amherst Street. The American Repertory Theater of Western New York, led by executive director Matthew LaChiusa, already operates at the TheaterLoft space at 545 Elmwood – former home of the Ujima Theatre Co. – with permission from city officials. But…

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Viola Hill was going door to door maybe 65 years ago, carrying political petitions near Hickory and William streets and looking for signatures from registered voters, when an older woman answered her knock and quietly said she was unable to help. The woman explained that she had been alive in the years before women had the legal right to vote in New York. Even after tha…

A nonprofit group is hoping to start work next fall on its bid to convert a former public school into housing for low-income veterans, if it can win approvals from the city and secure financing. The Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition is working with Buffalo-based Norstar Development USA on a $28 million plan to convert former Public School 75 into a residential…

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Uniland Development Co. won city approval in July for its new 12-unit town house project at Gates Circle, on the site of the former Park Lane Restaurant. But, the Amherst developer forgot to get the property broken into separate pieces, so each homeowner would own the land underneath. On Monday, Uniland corrected that, as the Buffalo Planning Board subdivided the 1.2…

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Two weeks after resistance by a vocal minority of neighbors delayed its plans, Nardin Academy Monday won city approval for a new gym and health building on its Elmwood Village campus. By a 4-2 vote, the Buffalo Planning Board gave assent to a proposal by the school to construct a two-story rear addition at 135 Cleveland Ave., with a wellness facility on the first floor …

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The Buffalo Diocese on Monday identified an additional 36 priests against whom it said credible allegations of child sexual abuse have been filed. Some of the priests had been previously identified in media reports as having been accused of molesting children. The diocese had previously announced that some of the priests had been accused and suspended from ministry. …

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Buffalo Diocese officials, acknowledging a recent "tsunami" of new claims of child sex abuse, said Monday they added 36 priests' names to a list released in March that identified clergy who had been credibly accused of abuse. The diocese's list of credibly accused priests now stands at 78 priests – and includes 16 priests who are members of religious orders, a category …