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A Health Department inspector found only minor problems during a routine check of the Erie County Holding Center's kitchen in February. The inspector noted no sign of rats. Yet rats are seen "almost on a daily basis," a jail employee told The Buffalo News. "They have been observed walking through prepared food, and that food was still served," said the worker, who…

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Buffalo police say a man who ingested a bag of white powder during a traffic stop on Tuesday night was later pronounced dead at Erie County Medical Center. A 47-year-old Buffalo man was pulled over shortly after 9 p.m. near North Oak and East Tupper streets. After the driver ingested the bag, an ambulance responded to the scene and took him to ECMC, police said Wednesda…

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Jerry Young and Shawn Wright can be excused these days if they measure their excitement in bushels. On or around July 1, the owners of Young + Wright Architectural will move their firm into an abandoned malt house and grain elevator complex last occupied by Buffalo Malting Corp. in 1986. The Valley neighborhood property will eventually offer residential and more office …

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Westermeier Martin Dental Care will this week host a day of free dental care for low-income community members. On Friday, individuals with need can get free examinations, X-rays, teeth cleanings, fillings and extractions from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Westermeier Martin's offices at 950 Main Street, East Aurora, and 3500 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. At the 14th annual Dentistr…

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The City of Buffalo will pay a total of $1.2 million to a dozen white Buffalo firefighters who claimed they were passed over for promotion because of their race. The $1.2 million settlement was approved Tuesday by the Buffalo Common Council and brings to a close a 2007 lawsuit that accused the city of illegally allowing two promotional lists to expire because minority f…

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The Seneca Nation’s long-standing history of working with the Erie County Medical Center to address diabetes-related issues was celebrated Tuesday by Nation leaders including Barry E. Snyder. Snyder, a former president of the Seneca Nation, and his wife, Deanna, have helped establish a $1 million endowment to support the hospital’s construction of a new trauma center an…

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Reaction to a failed federal inspection at one of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority's larger housing developments continued Tuesday, with the head of the financially struggling agency saying he's looking to change the way the authority operates. A wide range of work is underway at Langfield Homes – everything from fixing falling siding to parking lot pavement and …

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Tuesday's closing of Scott Street cleared the way for the repair of a 101-foot chimney in the production facility of The Buffalo News, said Bryan J. Donohue, senior vice president and chief operating officer of The News. Repairs were necessary to stabilize the tower that vents the facility's steam-based heating system, Donohue said. The repairs were performed by Interna…

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Buffalo police have identified the man killed in last week's quintuple shooting in the city's Kensington neighborhood as 38-year-old Eric Swain. Swain, Buffalo's 21st homicide victim so far this year, was one of five people shot just after 11 p.m. June 14 on Marigold Avenue. He was pronounced dead at Erie County Medical Center. A 28-year-old man was seriously wounded…

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The defendant accused in a fatal Allentown shooting pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced Tuesday. Jeremy Wright, 30, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty before Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio to the highest charge for which he could have been convicted if the matter had gone to trial. During the early morning hours…

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NEW YORK – Walter G. Barber never saw evidence of bid-rigging. And he never had a problem with contractors getting an advance look at requests for proposals. Barber, former chairman of the board overseeing the Buffalo Billion, took the stand Tuesday as a witness for the prosecution, but you couldn't tell by his testimony. Over and over again, the former state audi…

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Local lawmakers have rushed to stake out the high ground and demand reform ever since a state oversight agency condemned the Erie County Water Authority last week for its secrecy and lack of accountability. But the political divisions that have typified the deep-rooted problems with the patronage-driven authority are showing up in the rush to demand change and assert blame…

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A man with a weed wacker nearly lost his thumb Monday night during a dispute with a man with a machete, according to a Buffalo police report. A 19-year-old had his thumb almost severed around 7:40 p.m. on Sprenger Avenue, near Genesee Street, in the city's Schiller Park neighborhood, according to the report. Witnesses told police officers the victim "was attacking th…

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The student-housing developers behind a new planned project at Main Street and Hertel Avenue have been eyeing Buffalo for more than five years because, they say, it's been underserved by outside companies and much of what exists right now is not good quality. David Freeman, owner of Provo, Utah-based DFFusion Investments, said there's a need for better residential optio…

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A Grand Island man who made a wrong turn and got stuck on railroad tracks early Tuesday morning had two illegally modified AR-15 rifles and 150 rounds of ammunition in his car, according to City of Tonawanda Police. Giuseppe S. Campanella, 21, of Colonial Drive, was arrested at 12:45 a.m. after his car got stuck on tracks near Hackett Drive, police said. The gun modific…

The Kenmore-Tonawanda Adult & Community Education program is offering a free class for adults who wish to improve their skills in speaking, reading, writing and understanding English. The class is now offered from Mondays through Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in Room 226 of Kenmore Middle School, 155 Delaware Road, Kenmore. Anyone who is at least 17 year…