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The city’s newest fountain at the nearly completed East Canal passed its first test Wednesday, as lawyers, paralegals, secretaries and other staff of Phillips Lytle LLP get ready for their biggest motion in decades today – the movement of the firm itself.The six jets gushed water out of six brass nozzles into a shallow pool of water measuring 50 feet wide by about 75 feet.…

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The South Buffalo man charged with murdering his wife 34 years ago in Lackawanna was ordered held without bail today.Michael Rodriguez, 59, pleaded not guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia.Prosecutor Paul McCarthy of the State Attorney General’s Office asked that Rodriguez be held without bail based on what he called the strong evidence against hi…

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said this afternoon that modern-day DNA evidence techniques and dogged pursuit by the State Police helped lead to today’s indictment of Michael Rodriguez in the 1979 murder of his estranged wife.In Albany after an event at his Capitol office, Schneiderman said he had heard the mother of the murder victim say her prayers had been ans…

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Patricia A. Scinta picked up the telephone at 6 a.m. Wednesday and heard the news that the 81-year-old grieving mother had been praying to hear for 34 years.“We just arrested Michael Rodriguez in your daughter’s death,” Christopher S. Weber, a senior investigator for the State Police, told her.“Thank God,” Scinta said and began to weep. “After I hung up, I thought, ‘And th…

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A South Buffalo man state authorities say killed his wife 34 years ago by plunging a knife into her 108 times is scheduled to be arraigned in State Supreme Court this morning.Michael Rodriguez, 59, was arrested at about 6 a.m. today at his Pries Avenue home by state police and Lackawanna police along with a state attorney general investigator. State police reopened the lon…

The children’s waiting room has reopened at the VA Western New York Healthcare System’s Buffalo site, 3495 Bailey Ave., officials announced.The Kids Korner Childcare Waiting Room is available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with an appointment, with extended hours from 7 to 8 a.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. by request.Children age 6 weeks to 12 years can use the supervised waiting roo…

A 22-year-old man is in serious condition at Erie County Medical Center with gunshot wounds suffered as he was in a house in the first block of Sweeney Street about 7 p.m. today. Homicide detectives have been delegated to investigate whether the shooter was in the house or out on the street. Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Buffalo Police Confidential T…

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Buffalo has just been named one of the nation’s best “bicycle-friendly” communities, but it became less friendly Tuesday night for the head of the city’s major bicycle promotion organization.A Schwinn World Sport owned by Justin Booth, executive director of GOBike Buffalo, was stolen from the bike rack in the Innovation Center at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus at 640 E…

In the continuing crackdown on under-aged drinking in Buffalo’s University District by party-happy college and high school students, state troopers assigned to the City Police Department’s Buffalo Strike Force and working hand in hand with investigators from the State Department of Motor Vehicles, arrested 18 underage suspects as they tried to enter bars in Buffalo and Am…

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About 2,500 Buffalo residents took the city’s firefighter exam Tuesday, hoping to score high enough for one of the 75 positions open in the Buffalo Fire Department.The civil service hiring list based on the exam will be good for up to four years, and many more firefighter positions will open up during that time, according to Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield Jr. …

One of Buffalo’s oldest industries is objecting to plans for a multimillion-dollar entertainment destination at an inactive grain elevator on the waterfront. Buffalo RiverWorks, an ambitious project that would bring a year-round entertainment complex with two ice rinks, a beer garden, a brewery, an outdoor public beach area, boat docks and a performing arts space to an ei…

Tyson Foods’ deli meat plant in Buffalo is facing $121,700 in fines from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration for a series of alleged safety violations at its Perry Street facility.Roughly half of the proposed fines stem from repeat violations of safety standards, including a pair of 9-inch holes on the plant’s roof and condenser platforms, along with fai…

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Though no candidate for governor has officially announced and the last round of politics is hardly in the books, you could make the case that Election 2014 recorded its first skirmish Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.Inside the downtown hotel, more than 400 supporters of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo paid at least $1,000 a head for a major fundraiser aiming to stuff more than $…

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Theresa Anderson sold drugs day and night.So did her husband, son and three daughters.And yes, even her granddaughter.It was a family business so unique it attracted the attention of the nation’s biggest newspapers and TV networks.Anderson, the family matriarch turned ring leader, was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in federal prison.“She devastated her whole family,” U.S. D…

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Jose Lagares remembers the exact date he set foot in CEPA Gallery after classes let out at Lafayette High School.On Nov. 17, 2011, Lagares stepped into the gallery’s darkroom for the first time. And when he developed his first picture, something in his head clicked like the shutter on a 35 mm camera. “I was happy happy, right?” said Lagares, a shy and rail-thin 18-year-old…