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GRAND ISLAND -- A fire that killed a woman in a Bedell Road apartment Thursday night is under investigation.11:35 a.m.: Keith Zimmerman, a maintenance worker at the Country Glenn apartment complex, said there was a lot of smoke in the aftermath of the fire, which started at about 10 p.m.The unit in the building at 2145 Bedell, as well as the two units below it, were dama…

The Max Weinberg Big Band will play at the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts on Oct. 8, the university has announced. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $26.50 for students, and $31.50 and $36.50 for the general public. Tickets go on sale April 30 at 10 a.m. at the CFA box office and through Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or charging by phone at (800)…

Gusto lists the latest shows coming to Western New York in its 'Just Announced' section every Friday. Here's today's list. It includes John Mayer, Tim McGraw and Rufus Wainwright. This is last week's list, as well as the list from the week before. Here's a post from yesterday on this blog, which included the announcement of two shows on…

Good morning. The Bills grabbed Clemson running back C.J. Spiller in the first round of the NFL draft last night. Here are The News' Jerry Sullivan, Allen Wilson and Mark Gaughan on the pick of Spiller: Here's Jerry Sullivan's column. For full Bills coverage, check out The News' Bills page. The Sabres will try to keep their season alive when they face off against the…

More summer concerts are coming to the Buffalo waterfront and to Artpark. Cypress Hill is coming to the Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor summer series for an Aug. 1 show, according to the band's MySpace page. The band Slightly Stoopid has announced it is touring with the group, tickets are slated to go on sale on May 1, according to that band's website. The show w…

Grab a slice and help raise money for a local organization on Sunday. Buffalo Pizza Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Buffalo Niagara Marriott on Millersport Highway in Amherst. Founder Matthew Dole, a Lackawanna native now living in Orchard Park, said there will be 17 pizzerias in attendance. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Buffalo Hearing and Spe…

EAST SIDE -- About 450 people have brought an Earth Day revitalization project to three East Side streets today. WNY Americorps and The Response to Love Center, with support from The Home Depot Foundation, are helping rehabilitate properties on Stanislaus and Kosciuszko streets and Rother Avenue. The projects include painting houses, garbage removal from vacant lots, a…

The course at Beaver Island State Park on Grand Island opened today at 7 a.m. Here's a link to the course's website.On Saturday, the courses at Cazenovia, Delaware and South parks will open, as well as at Amherst Audubon Golf Course. Check out this report by Staff Reporter Sandra Tan on planned upgrades at the Amherst course.Be sure to check out buffalonews.com&#…

Good morning. You can feel the frustration around Western New York. The Sabres fell to the Bruins last night, putting them in a 3-1 hole in the series. Check out The News' Sabres page for all the latest information, including the latest podcast and postgame audio. Here's Bucky Gleason's column, as well as the Sabres notebook. Erie County leads the state in…

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From left, students Kai Hu, 21, Lauren Dixon, 20, and Matt Finnegan, 22, make cotton candy as students in Karen Swierski's Advanced Public Relations class host a carnival in the UB Student Union to raise awareness for Upstate New York Transplant Services on Wednesday. (Photo by Derek Gee / Buffalo News) Forty students at the University at Buffalo spent the afterno…

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Before gloom-rockers Dead Meadow rattle the walls and shake the foundations of Mohawk Place tonight at 8 p.m. Imaad Wasif — whose album “The Voidist” News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers called "a compelling collection of beautifully abstract rock songs" — will open. Wasif has collaborated with Lou Barlow and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, among others, b…

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State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis tours Lake Erie on a DEC Police boat Wednesday morning. (Photo by Derek Gee / Buffalo News) 1 p.m.: BUFFALO -- Lake Erie has seen great progress since it was declared "dead" decades ago, but still faces threats from pollutants, invasive species and climate change. That was the message Departme…

Buffalo Niagara will get a little air time this summer.Two inflight magazines for national airlines are planning stories that will highlight local attractions, according to a local tourism official.  Southwest Airlines' Spirit Magazine has planned a lengthy feature on the Buffalo Niagara region to run in its July 2010 edition, said Niagara Tourism & Conventio…

Good morning. Here's a look at a few of the latest headlines.- The Buffalo area's three House members -- Democratic Reps. Louise M. Slaughter and Brian Higgins and Republican Rep. Chris Lee -- amassed a total of $1.9 million for their re-election bids as of March 31 and faced no opponents, writes News Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski. Check out their…

Here's a look at a few of the latest headlines this afternoon:- Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed a lawsuit today alleging that state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. and his family "siphoned" more than $14 million from a not-for-profit health care he runs for political and personal use, reports Tom Precious of the News Albany Bureau.- M&T Bank …