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To hear prosecutors talk, it’s one of the biggest bank robbery rings ever.Not even John Dillinger did as many robberies.Twenty-five holdups, 12 different bank robbers and a ringleader who orchestrated each of the heists.Those are the allegations the FBI makes in a criminal complaint charging Michael “Max” Mitchell with being at the center of a bank robbery spree that start…

Education

As school districts begin to craft spending plans for next year, some are getting a warning: Cash is getting dangerously low.Three local school districts – Lewiston-Porter, Niagara Wheatfield and West Seneca – have been told by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli that they face “significant fiscal stress.” Eight other districts in Western New York have been cautioned that…

A neighbor of the last individual to be killed in Buffalo in 2013 has been charged with second-degree murder, police said today.Pedro Cortijo-Rivera, 37, of the 200 block of Elmwood Avenue, was arrested in the stabbing death of Yousef Kabaln, 68, according to homicide detectives. Kabaln was found dead in his apartment Dec. 29. Detectives are continuing their investigation…

At the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, workers at traditionally low-end jobs are paid a living wage, young people are given educational and training opportunities and there are low-cost transportation options.In schools, resolving conflicts through “restorative justice,” rather than punitive action, is responsible for reducing out-of-school suspensions, keeping kids out of…

A 21-year-old motorist who drove into a house in Alden early today had a blood-alcohol content that was more than three times the legal limit, Erie County sheriff’s deputies reported.Zachary E. Olejniczak of Alden was heading north on Two Rod Road, shortly before 12:30 a.m., when he failed to stop at the intersection of Westwood Road, deputies said. His car went across the…

A Buffalo man who prosecutors said repeatedly threatened to kill his estranged wife and their seven children has been convicted of weapon possession, despite his wife’s testimony that the gun was hers.A State Supreme Court jury on Tuesday returned a guilty verdict against Eugene Lawrence Sr., 52, of Peach Street, after an eight-day trial before Justice Deborah Haendiges.L…

Snowmobilers still have a chance to brush up on safety measures, thanks to the Erie County Federation of Snowmobile Clubs.The annual Youth Safety Course will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 25 at Stohrer’s Lodge in Emery Park, 2084 Emery Road, South Wales.This course is offered free of charge for those ages 10 to adult. Lunch will be provided. Call 898-8510 to reserve your …

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The excesses and absurdities of the English upper-class receive a thorough skewering in Oscar Wilde’s 1893 play “A Woman of No Importance,” which opens Friday in the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s Andrews Theatre (625 Main St.).The play, directed by the Irish Classical’s artist-in-residence Josephine Hogan, is about three-quarters frivolous comedy and one-quarter seriou…

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It’s a rare playwright who can follow a formula without seeming to be formulaic.That is the gift of David Auburn, whose 2000 play “Proof” serves as a beautiful permutation on one of the archetypal stories of contemporary American drama. In language both lyrical and visceral, it achieves an exquisite balance between raw emotion and searing intellect, between the beauty of a…

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We liked Potts Deli and Grille a lot the last time we were there, years ago, and now that it’s moved into a larger, brighter space, we like it even more.The surroundings have changed, but the family continues to make, cook and serve its traditional Polish cuisine, from the well-known golomki and pierogi to the lesser-known zrazy and czarnina.We didn’t try the czarnina – du…

Buffalo

The excesses and absurdities of the English upper-class receive a thorough skewering in Oscar Wilde’s 1893 play “A Woman of No Importance,” which opens Friday in the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s Andrews Theatre (625 Main St.).The play, directed by the Irish Classical’s artist-in-residence Josephine Hogan, is about three-quarters frivolous comedy and one-quarter seriou…

Buffalo

It’s fair to say Buffalo Chophouse, in its 20th year, might be the city’s most successful channeler of Manhattan steakhouse cool. It’s certainly one of the most expensive, at easily $100 a person. ¶ That got us valet parking, affable, polished servers and dining rooms in red velvet and polished wood inside a circa-1860 carriage house. I went there a couple weeks ago for t…

Buffalo

It’s a rare playwright who can follow a formula without seeming to be formulaic.That is the gift of David Auburn, whose 2000 play “Proof” serves as a beautiful permutation on one of the archetypal stories of contemporary American drama. In language both lyrical and visceral, it achieves an exquisite balance between raw emotion and searing intellect, between the beauty of a…

Art

Over the last century, Buffalo has done practically everything in its power to erase Scajaquada Creek from the city’s landscape. And over the course of the next century, a group of neighborhood residents is hoping to bring it back.The storied history of the creek and the ambitions of those hoping to resuscitate it are on display in a compact exhibition of photographs of th…

Buffalo school officials are close to reaching an agreement with the leaders of Say Yes Buffalo on the details of a scaled-back after-school program intended to help students in low-performing schools.David Rust, executive director of Say Yes Buffalo, presented the basic framework of the plan to members of the Board of Education at a Wednesday night meeting.The looming res…