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Twelve years after finishing his second term as county executive, Joel Giambra was laying the groundwork for an Assembly candidacy with local discussion on topics like restoring the Scajaquada Expressway's 50 mph speed limit. But kidney disease has sidelined him for now — just as when he faced throat cancer and subsequent surgery just after his 1999 election as county e…

I frequently ride Metro Rail to The Buffalo News' Washington Street office, which means I get a twice-daily look at the gaping pit that is the North Aud Block. It's just steps from Explore & More Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Children's Museum, the Ice at Canalside and the Erie Canal Harbor Metro Station. But the 2-acre lot has sat vacant since Memorial Auditorium was demolished…

Jerry Hughes is the longest-tenured Buffalo Bills player. Hughes is in his 10th season and his seventh in Buffalo, and has played in three career playoff games, never winning one. Hughes gets another chance Saturday when the Bills visit the Houston Texans as Buffalo seeks its first playoff win since 1995. It happens in Hughes’ hometown. “We understand, and especially…

Back in October, Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott expressed his shock that so many fans traveled to Nashville to cheer on the team during a regular-season game against the Tennessee Titans. So many fans were there that some players described it as home game. "I don't think I have ever seen it like that at an away game," McDermott said. Well, there's a good chance h…

When the FBI arrested Dr. Eugene M. Gosy of Clarence, he operated one of the largest pain management practices in the state. Now, he's facing federal charges that his negligence proved fatal, allegations that could send him to prison for life. Witnesses will testify that Gosy ignored red flags warning him of patients' abuse of pain medications. Instead, the governmen…

Barely 50 years ago right now, Joan Hoak ignored her husband's advice and sat through a Buffalo Bills-Cincinnati Bengals game on a cold day at the old War Memorial Stadium – even though Joan, in her ninth month of pregnancy, was close to giving birth. The child born 11 days later, Donna Hoak Crum, recently had her 50th birthday. She is now Joan's regular companion at Ne…

Valentino Dixon spent 27 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit – and he would be the first to tell you it was destined to happen. Even before the shooting that led to his wrongful conviction, the Buffalo police were targeting him, stopping him on a daily basis, sometimes roughing him up, Dixon claims in a new civil lawsuit. Exonerated and freed from prison last …

OK, so "Boxing Day" isn't really a thing in the United States, but it is a convenient term for the day after Christmas. And how do we spend the day after Christmas in Western New York? Many of us head back to the mall to return the gifts we opened the day before. With so many purchases made online or with companies such as Amazon that don't have brick-and-mortar spac…

Durham's Baby Café has become a collective sisterhood since it started more than six years ago, helping to support expectant mothers of modest means through prenatal care, labor and delivery, and the early stages of motherhood. Eight of the mothers who once availed themselves of its services have become doulas and certified lactation consultants who now support others i…

Our monthlong series “The Other Border” wrapped on Sunday by asking: With all the focus on the U.S.-Mexico border, is our northern border forgotten? Rep. Brian Higgins says yes. President Trump’s top border official says no. But everyone I interviewed agrees on this: The northern border is relatively calm and peaceful. Buffalo News Chief Photographer Derek Gee and I saw…

The massive DL&W Terminal's second floor has remained vacant since the last passenger train departed in 1962. Now the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has selected Savarino Cos. to resurrect it into a public market with a "sense of place." The NFTA voted Thursday to enter a "pre-development agreement" with the firm to develop the terminal's 130,000-square-f…

It's easy to see why more people are downloading library e-books. It's a fast and seamless process. You can borrow an e-book at any hour of the day, and the library e-book you borrow is exactly the same as any e-book you could buy, except that you only get to keep the library's copy for one or two weeks at a time. But did you know the "free" e-book you checked out and d…

Five years ago, Hispanics United of Buffalo opened a methadone clinic on Buffalo's West Side in the midst of the opioid epidemic. Neighbors worried about the impact on the community. It has since grown from a clinic with 200 clients who come daily for their methadone dose to more than 500, with clients coming from all over the region. Hispanics United is now planning to…

Local politicians have claimed for years that the City of Buffalo is finally gaining population – a change that would be "big, if true," to use a favorite phrase of Twitter pundits. The thing is, we won't know with any real confidence until the 2020 census is completed. And that census will present lots of new challenges, from the first-ever online count to far less out…