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A motorist stopped for speeding Tuesday night in the City of Buffalo was driven by a woman who had an open bottle of vodka in the console and registered a blood-alcohol content of .27, State Police reported today.The sport utility vehicle driven by Elizabeth Peters, 47, of Buffalo, was pulled over on Bailey Avenue at about 6:40 p.m. by troopers working with the Buffalo Str…

To encourage more people to get involved in politics, North Council Member Joseph Golombek is proposing that taxpayers fund political campaigns. The low voter turnout in recent elections would be helped if the barriers to getting involved were removed, such as raising significant sums to run for office, Golombek said. “I think that publicly financed elections is a conversa…

Bisons and Baseball

Major League Baseball’s quest for secret grand jury testimony by New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez moved to a Buffalo courtroom this week.Lawyers for Major League Baseball, Rodriguez and the federal government met behind closed doors Tuesday for more than an hour as part of baseball’s efforts to unseal the transcript of Rodriguez’s grand jury appearance here in 2010.U…

Last week at Food Truck Tuesdays, Larkin Square’s open-air dinnertime food court, you could have ordered a salad of warm fried chicken, watermelon radishes, kale, radicchio, pickled brown and black mustard seeds and creamy dill ranch dressing. For $8, or $4 a half order. From a truck. From Rochester.Good news for the hungry: Food Truck Tuesdays has been extended through Oc…

A crucial question arose about halfway through the presentation part of the community forum Tuesday evening in the Bennett High School auditorium.“Are there any parents of a current Buffalo Public School student here tonight?” asked Will Keresztes, the school district’s chief of student support services. “Grandparents?”No hands went up from the audience of about two dozen …

Lawrence Charles claims his introduction to wrongdoing was rooted in the “culture of corruption” that existed in Buffalo’s parking enforcement department.Yes, he alone made the decision to steal $15,000 in quarters from city parking meters, but he also felt emboldened by the perception that others were doing it. On Tuesday, Charles paid the price – six months in federal pr…

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Ever since Buffalo has been called the City of Good Neighbors, the people who came here to make their lives in the steel mills, grain elevators and automobile plants introduced themselves with food.That’s why most modern Buffalonians have their favorite plate of chicken Parmesan, or spaghetti and meatballs, whether they’re Italian-American or not. Fish fries aren’t just fo…

Attorney Michael J. Stachowski says his client lived in a fantasy world made up of chat rooms, instant messaging and child pornography.He also insists that Joseph A. Koehn never intended to solicit a 4-year-old girl and videotape the two of them having sex.The judge in Koehn’s case didn’t accept that and on Tuesday sentenced the Buffalo man to 20 years in prison.“I don’t b…

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The public art landscape in Western New York was given a boost Tuesday with the announcement of a new collaboration between Erie County and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced plans to fund a new program in collaboration with the Albright-Knox as part of his proposed 2014 budget.During a news conference in the Rath Building about the …

A Buffalo man was sentenced today to 24 years in prison for fatally shooting a man last year on the city’s East Side.Laquann Morgan, 22, of Comstock Avenue, was accused of shooting two men Jan. 8, 2012, in a parked car at Dodge Street and Wohlers Avenue. Adrian L. Huggins Jr., 25, was shot multiple times in the head and body and died 11 days later at Erie County Medical Ce…

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Facing a sentence for his felony weapon conviction, Alexander Wright has resigned as executive director of Urban Christian Ministries, the organization announced.The announcement comes two weeks after Wright’s guilty plea to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.Buffalo police on July 7 arrested Wright, 34, after employees at a bar told police he pointed a loaded ri…

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He’s back.Gov. Cuomo, a frequent visitor to these parts, returns today for two public events.At 9:15 a.m., he is scheduled to tour the Buffalo harbor’s development projects at Canalside. Thirty-five minutes later, at 9:50 a.m., the schedule called for the governor to participate in the groundbreaking for the new University at Buffalo medical school, at Main and High street…

Two people were arrested early today in Buffalo and charged with a smash-and-grab burglary at a North Collins convenience store, Erie County sheriff’s deputies reported.Deputies responded at about 12:15 a.m. to an alarm at the store, at an undisclosed location. They found the front glass door had been damaged, and merchandise scattered about inside.Witnesses gave deputies …

The popular Larkin Square Author Series will be part of a doubleheader today, with the patrons for Food Truck Tuesday able to enjoy a conversation between authors Mick Cochrane and Michael Joyce on the links between writing and sports.Both Cochrane, an English professor at Canisius College and director of the Creative Writing Program, and Joyce, a Buffalo native and Vassar…

“Charles Phoenix: The Retro Holiday Show” will be presented by the humorist and author at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Buffalo History Museum, One Museum Court.Phoenix will spend three days in Buffalo seeking Americana history, and on the fourth will share his discoveries in a one-man holiday show using slides and quick-witted commentary.It’s part of the museum’s M&T Third Friday…