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Rosemarie Lenz, 16, of Clarence, fills out a form at the St. Bonaventure University stand during the National College Fair at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center on Tuesday. (Derek Gee / Buffalo News) SATs. Financial aid. College essays. The college application process can be daunting. But admissions officers say students can take the stress out of the process if they …

In a world where things are a mere Google search away, people and places with local ties pop up on many corners of the Internet. People who used to live in the Buffalo area, as well as others who still call this place home, have a habit of making news elsewhere. On an occasional basis, Buffalo News Live will highlight these Buffalonians, whether they're gone or they&#…

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Howard G. Powell was drafted into the Army in 1942, but instead of being assigned a rifle, he was put to work taking notes and typing. That's because he had a skill the Army valued. At Fosdick-Masten Park High School, he had taken shorthand, and the military needed soldiers who could rapidly take accurate notes at disciplinary proceedings. "I covered court-martial pr…

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CHEEKTOWAGA -- Erie County Executive Chris Collins this morning made his reelection bid official during an event at Volland Electric — a company he is part owner of. Flanked by his wife and son, Collins told a crowd of about 100 supporters he will stand in Novemeber for a second term. "We have accomplished so much over the last several years, but our work, and most import…

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CHEEKTOWAGA -- Sen. Charles E. Schumer today called on the Department of Homeland Security to test out new airport security technology here. His proposal would bring in machines that electronically scans passenger IDs to weed out the fakes, spot aliases and alert authorities to outstanding warrants. "They're going to have one medium-sized airport — which Buffalo is — be a…

R. Gil Kerlikowske, who is President Obama's drug czar, recently spoke with The News for its "Rx for Danger" series. (Associated Press) Today is the fourth and final day of The Buffalo News' "Rx for Danger" series looking at the emergence of various problems associated with the abuse of prescription drugs. News Staff Reporter Henry Davis rece…

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Chris Wopperer is upfront about why he joined the military. As a boy, he watched "G.I. Joe" animated television shows. As a young teenager, he satisfied his curiosity for war by watching reruns of Hollywood movies on Vietnam and "Rambo." His appetite for military history took him to nonfiction books about war, and he came to realize that the high-powered action of th…

3:29 p.m. — The 1.2-mile long route from Niagara Square to North Street was lined deep with revelers -- many of them wearing green. Even a yellow Labrador whose fur had somehow been colored green was in attendance. The crowd seemed in high spirits with very little rowdy behavior. I followed the Blackthorn Club, one of the first groups in the parade, as they began their mar…

With the stroke of a pen in a chilly lobby, the Statler Towers was placed in new hands.Businessman Mark D. Croce took ownership of the historic 18-story downtown property Wednesday at a deed-signing ceremony attended by dozens of onlookers. Croce said he is ready to get to work on reviving the Statler through his entity, Statler City LLC. "This property will have…

Chris Collins delivered his assessment on Erie County during his annual State of the County address this morning at the South Buffalo Charter School. Listen to full audio from his address: Chris Collins answers reporters' questions after address: Erie County Majority Leader Maria Whyte responds to Collins' address: --Joseph Popiolkowski

These aerial photographs compiled by the National Weather Service show ice on Lake Erie. The image on the left shows ice coverage as of March 8. The image on the right shows the ice on March 14. See more images on the National Weather Service website.  A cold winter with fewer thaws than normal means ice on Lake Erie will stick around longer than last year. About th…