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OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought from comedian Phyllis Diller, born on this date in 1917, “Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?” • • • THUMBS OUT – Author Chera Thompson, who earned her master’s degree at the University at Buffalo, signs copies of her latest book, “A Time to Wander,” which follows an 800-mile midwinter hitchhiking trip from Ohio to Minnesota, from 6:3…

Health and Fitness

A University at Buffalo-led telemedicine study that can provide lifesaving treatment of Hepatitis C to those recovering from drug addiction has shown such promise that it has expanded across New York State. Intravenous drug users put themselves at greater risk to contract Hepatitis C and HIV, two conditions that can be fatal if left untreated, and often are so focused o…

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Buffalo Police closed Main Street between Carlton and Virginia streets Tuesday night, after smoke was observed coming from a manhole cover on the block. Police spokesman Capt. Jeff Rinaldo said the smoke was caused by a "small electrical fire" that was put out by 11 p.m., but the Buffalo Fire Department was still on the scene investigating and checking the area.

Erie County

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz spent Tuesday in Washington alongside county-level political leaders from across nine states and the District of Columbia as they lobbied for their communities on infrastructure and community revitalization matters. The Northeast State Leadership Day included panel discussions on key topics, as well as remarks from Commerce Secret…

Crime

State troopers in the Southern Tier arrested three out-of-state individuals – two from Indiana, one from Illinois – for marijuana possession on Monday after they were stopped for excessive speeding in Jamestown. State Police said troopers stopped Angel Rocha, 21, of Griffith, Ind., for driving 90 miles an hour in a 65 mph zone. Troopers found that Rocha had an e-cigaret…

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Niagara Falls police warned the public of a suspicious individual on a stretch of McKoon Avenue where an unknown individual has been gaining entry to homes only to sit inside while the residents are asleep. The police bulletin, posted on social media Tuesday, said the incidents began in December but increased as of July, with most cases occurring in the 2700 to 2900 blo…

Business

The largest U.S. franchise holder in the Planet Fitness franchise chain celebrated the 100th grand opening of its newest “judgment free zone” Tuesday evening in Clarence. Connecticut-based ECP-PF Holdings Group Inc. opened its 12th franchise in the Buffalo-Rochester region last month in the vacant Tuesday Morning store in the Transitown Plaza, 4295 Transit Road. It's…

Buffalo

The Buffalo Common Council's investigation into Lightning Towing's booting operations got a little heated when the company's attorney attended a Council Community Development meeting Tuesday to answer questions from Council members – some of whom say the company charges motorists seemingly whatever it wants, is not giving receipts and has required cash on demand. Corey …

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WASHINGTON – The Democratic House on Tuesday passed a resolution "condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at members of Congress," but Western New York's two Republican congressmen, like the overwhelming number of their GOP colleagues, wanted no part of it. The House approved the measure, in a 240-187 vote, two days after Trump suggested on Twitter that fo…

Buffalo

It was the summer of 2015 and Kriner Cash was at home on Martha’s Vineyard when he got an email from an old friend and colleague: MaryEllen Elia. Elia was just a couple weeks into her role as state education commissioner and reached out to Cash for help turning around New York’s struggling school districts. That led to an eventual dinner between the two. “What is …

Crime

An 18-year-old faces a felony weapons charge after Niagara Falls police recovered two rifles, one of which had features of an assault weapon. Officers responded just after 8:30 p.m. Sunday to a home on 20th Street, near Independence Avenue, for a domestic situation and a person with a gun, according to a police report. Dequan A.D. Moore, of Cedar Avenue, was charged …

Business

KeyBank has "lost, or is in immediate jeopardy of losing" about $122 million as a result of alleged fraud by an Indiana-based payroll processor, according to a lawsuit filed by the bank against the company. The South Bend Tribune in Indiana first reported that Key filed suit in federal court against an Elkhart, Ind.-based payroll processor, Interlogic Outsourcing, and N…

Cheektowaga

The Erie County Water Authority has begun work to replace 6,400 feet of aging water main pipes along Harlem Road from Clinton Street to Cayuga Creek Road in Cheektowaga. The $2.4 million project is part of the authority's $43 million systemwide infrastructure plan for 2019, described by commissioners as the largest annual investment in ECWA history. Service interruption…

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ALBANY – Legislation to raise the purchase age for tobacco and electronic cigarette products from 18 to 21 years old was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. It takes effect in 120 days. The measure was given final approval in April in the Legislature with the urging of an unusual assortment of health and tobacco industry groups. They argued it will reduce s…

Business

43North has a bigger pool of contenders to choose from this year. The business plan competition with the "Shark Tank"-like finale attracted 528 entries this year, up 9% from last year. The sixth edition of the competition, featuring $5 million in prize money, will culminate Oct. 30 onstage at Shea's Performing Arts Center. The grand prize winner will receive $1 million.…