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Hometown favorites John Rzeznik and Robby Takac are headed back to Darien Lake, and like always, it's sure to be a good show. The Goo Goo Dolls with special guests Switchfoot and The Spill Canvas are scheduled to perform at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Friday, July 23. Tickets go on sale May 22 at 10 a.m. and are available at LiveNation.com or charge by phone…

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TOWN OF HAMBURG -- Officials here are "confident" Woodlawn Beach will be open this summer. But right now the state park is closed -- the victim of a state budget deadlock. Twin barriers have been placed at the main entrance to the popular summer hangout and no workers are in sight. The News reported May 7 that Hamburg officials were trying to hammer out an ag…

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BUFFALO -- A new 21-bed unit for veterans transitioning from the Intensive Care Unit was open to the public today at the Veterans Administration Medical Center on Bailey Avenue. The $4.2 million project includes state-of-the-art ceiling lifts to move patients from their rooms to shared or private bathrooms, telemetry units to monitor patients' vital signs and a dec…

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 Lawn seats for Christina Aguilera's performance at Darien Lake are priced at $29.50 apiece. (Getty Images) Christina Aguilera will be performing at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 17. Leona Lewis is the opening act. Tickets, which go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, range from $29.50 for lawn seating to $256 for Gold Circle seating.…

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Good morning. The National Weather Service promises sunny skies and temperatures in the high 60s today. Enjoy it. In today's news, reporter Jay Rey takes a look at the tenure of Canisius College's departing president The Rev. Vincent M. Cooke (pictured at left). A scathing report submitted to the Buffalo Board of Education found the city falls far short in meeting the…

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Photographs of the Army's 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum at work in Afghanistan after the 9/1 1 terrorist attacks inspired Amherst resident Christopher S. Safulko to join the military. "It was a way to make a difference in the most direct way possible," he said. His path to Afghanistan started with an Army ROTC scholarship at Canisius College, where he earned …

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BUFFALO -- Buffalo has advanced a long way since the 1820s when water was delivered via horse and wagon to the village of a few thousand. Today sleek but noisy electric pumps in the Col. Ward Pumping Station at the foot of Porter Avenue each send up to 50 million gallons per day of Niagara River water to the city's residents. But from 1915 to 1980 the work was don…

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BUFFALO -- Residents of the city's Parkside neighborhood -- an area of century-old homes designed by famous architects -- are welcoming visitors this afternoon to tour 10 of its historic structures. Famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted designed the neighborhood's streetscape in 1876, according to LaVerne Peakes, executive director of the Parkside Communit…

Good morning. Today's top story is about a report that found a Niagara Falls School District maintenance department did personal business on district’s time. On Mother’s Day 1996, on Delishia Yantin’s first birthday, a 911 dispatcher helped save the little girl’s life as she choked on a cookie. Now the two are reunited. And News Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski has…

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This story was originally published May 15, 2010. SANBORN — Before the 1983 NFL Draft Jim Kelly's agent asked him if there were any teams the University of Miami quarterback did not want to play for. "I said I don't want to play for the Minnesota Vikings, I don't want to play for the Green Bay Packers and I sure don't want to play to the Buffalo Bills," Kelly said durin…

It's a little cloudy out there today, but the sunshine is breaking through. The forecast doesn't predict any rain this weekend so get out and enjoy it while it lasts. Monday calls for light showers.  Take a quick look at what's happening around Western New York today.  Local headlines have been receiving national coverage since Obama came to town.  Presid…

Here are some of today's latest headlines:The state's financial problems will lead to parks closures Monday and another delay in school aid, the News' Albany Bureau Chief Tom Precious reports.A hunter with a gun caused the closing of schools in Springville for two hours today.The former AM&A's downtown opened as lofts. Here's an audio slideshow…

Here's a look at how some other news outlets, including national and international ones, covered President Obama here yesterday. Not surprisingly, much of it centered on the comments made by Chaffee resident Luann Haley.This one's from Politico, and here's the Washington Post's 44 blog.The Christian Science Monitor wrote about the president's state…

A plan to protect Allegany State Park was applauded at a public hearing Thursday night in Buffalo. Thomas Alworth, deputy commissioner of natural resources with the state parks office, said the master plan "sends a strong message that we have real concerns about oil and natural gas exploration" in the park. Last month, a group demonstrated in front of the Amher…

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Broken Social Scene headlined Thursday in the Square on Aug. 5, 2004. Kevin Drew sang and played keyboards with City Hall looming behind him. They are coming to Town Ballroom on Sept. 25. (Bill Wippert / Buffalo News) The Gusto section in every Friday's Buffalo News keeps you on top of the latest concert announcements. Here's this week's "Just An…