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It's not unusual for a school district to allow a student who does not live in the district to enroll there. Some districts make accommodations for such a move. One downstate district charges more than $20,000 a year for the opportunity and dozens of families do so. It's also not unheard of to learn that some families are deceptive about their place of residence to get …

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From the air and on the ground – and also from behind a desk – the City of Buffalo plans to attack neglected commercial properties, starting with 250 of the "worst of the worst" locations, city officials said Saturday. "We simply will not allow problem properties to exist," Mayor Byron W. Brown said in announcing the initiative. "We're going to go after them. We're n…

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Dim Lam Lun made the decision the first time she touched the keys. She was a teenager in Burma, forced to seek an education far from home amid sweeping reprisals in 1988 that shut down government schools. She enrolled at a seminary school that had a piano, the first one Dim had ever seen. In a place where she still felt like a stranger, surrounded by children who spoke …

May 12, 1924 – Feb. 13, 2020 Berta S. Cole, a longtime resident of the Buffalo area, lived an active life in which curiosity, whimsy, coincidence and conviction all played a big part. Mrs. Cole worked for 25 years at the University at Buffalo, first as a research grant assistant in the biochemistry and pathology departments. Later, she became an executive administrat…

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Two agreements will clear the way for cleaning up the polluted former Tonawanda Coke property to enable its redevelopment as a data center campus. State officials will oversee the voluntary private brownfield cleanup on part of the polluted property by developer Jon Williams. Other sections of the sprawling factory site will be cleaned by Honeywell International through…

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There's more activity brewing with Seneca One tower. Owner Douglas Jemal of Douglas Development Corp. confirmed Friday that he is "working with a brewery" to move into some of the retail space at the downtown Buffalo office tower, next to Canalside. He didn't identify the company and said that "we haven't landed it yet," but "a lot of people have come around and are …

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Gibraltar Industries paid $50 million to acquire a California company that makes centrifugal ethanol-based extraction systems that are used to produce botanical oil extracts. The acquisition of Delta Separations is the second purchase that the Hamburg-based company has made in the processing market, following its $12.6 million purchase in August 2019 of Ohio-based Apeks…

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A longtime South Buffalo funeral home could be destined to become... a Taco Bell restaurant. A developer and architect from Kansas – working with Rochester project manager Ray Trotta of Holland Trotta Project – are proposing to replace the former Quinn-Amigone Funeral Home at 184 Abbott Road with a new quick-service restaurant and drive-thru. They're asking the Zonin…

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With its new six-story retail and medical office building now open next to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Ellicott Development Co. is moving ahead with its next venture on the larger site - an eight -story hotel and parking ramp. The Buffalo-based developer is proposing to construct the 320,000-square-foot building on a 1.17-acre surface parking lot at 11 St. Paul St., bet…

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The late R&B singer Rick James was accused in a Child Victims Act lawsuit of raping a 15-year-old girl at a group home for troubled youths in Buffalo in 1979, shortly after he became a star. The unidentified plaintiff's lawsuit, seeking $50 million in damages, was filed Thursday against Rick James through the James Ambrose Johnson Jr. 1999 Trust, a trust in Valencia…

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The New York Times editorial board recently caused a stir by endorsing both Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar in the Democratic presidential primaries. Two isn't enough for Emily Marcus, a Democratic activist from Amherst who drove to New Hampshire last week to tout Elizabeth Warren before that state's primary. Naturally, she has a Warren bumper sticker on her Subar…

Courtney Speckmann, a trustee of the Buffalo Presidential Center, will lecture on “World War II in the White House” in a free event at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Buffalo and Erie County Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square. Speckmann is also the education director of the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park. Her lecture is sponsored by the library, the naval p…

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The Niagara Falls Police Department is trying to locate a Buffalo woman who allegedly abandoned her infant next to an ice machine in the Seneca Niagara Casino Hotel last month. Police said that Sherone Littleton, 28, left her infant at the hotel on Jan. 31. She is facing felony charges of first-degree reckless endangerment and abandonment of a child, in addition to a mi…

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With a new Buffalo convention center and a new Bills stadium being looked at as possibilities, some have suggested Erie County officials consider building a stadium-convention center campus. But that's not going to happen. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said he gave Kim and Terry Pegula a briefing on the convention center recommendation announced Thursday. "…

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You can park free for six hours Friday – Valentine's Day – in Buffalo by using the Buffalo Roam mobile parking app. Parking at hourly metered locations will be free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for those who use the app, according to the city. Those who sign up for Buffalo Roam on Valentine's Day will get the free parking – and $2.14 off their next parking session through …