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July 23, 2019

Lockport parents want report on disabled son's death in group home
Trevor D’Angelo was born with a red blood cell disorder. Throughout his life, he couldn’t speak, walk or feed himself. Eventually, he couldn’t breathe through his mouth or nose.
Trevor died four years ago while living at the People Inc. group home in North Tonawanda. His parents, Peter and Karen D’Angelo of Lockport, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against People Inc., and they want a state agency to reveal all it knows about the tragedy.
Last week, a State Supreme Court judge ruled that the Justice Center for the Protection of Special Needs doesn’t have to release the report because the parents waited too long to ask. But The News' Thomas Prohaska reports that the couple believes a ruling last year by the State Court of Appeals allows the Justice Center to revisit the case and reveal more about what happened to their son at the group home.
The D’Angelos say a letter they received from the Justice Center in late 2016 hinted that the investigation uncovered something about their son’s death that state law didn’t allow the agency to reveal.
In the letter, the Justice Center dismissed as “unsubstantiated” the allegations of negligence against an employee in the group home on Payne Avenue.
WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
$52 million later, Darwin Martin complex restoration is complete: If it seems like we've been writing about the restoration of one of Western New York's architectural gems forever, you're not too far off. It has taken 27 years and $52 million, but Martin House and state officials declared the restoration project finished Monday. The restored complex in Buffalo's Parkside neighborhood is quite different from how it appeared in 1991 when then-Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan showed up unannounced and grew upset at how it looked. This visit by the late Moynihan was a turning point for the landmark.
Could Lake Erie's grape belt be the next Napa Valley?: It sounds a bit outlandish, but Chautauqua County one day may keep company with Bordeaux, Tuscany and Napa Valley. Thank climate change for that possibility.
"Intense" UB teacher residency program tackles diversity, retention in Buffalo schools: Thirteen students in a new teacher residency program at the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education are forging a different path into their profession. Starting in September, they will be embedded full time in the Buffalo Public Schools for a year of co-teaching alongside veteran instructors.
Vito’s nomination for U.S. marshal seems doomed: President Trump's nomination of Peter Vito as U.S. marshal in Western New York is going nowhere. Senate sources said the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, plans to respect a Senate tradition that calls on home state senators to approve of such nominations. That means Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer's objections to Vito, which the Democratic senator announced in May, will doom Vito's nomination. Schumer opposes Vito's nomination because he hails from the Buffalo metro area, and a long-standing tradition calls for U.S. marshals to be from the Rochester area.
After first jury deadlocks on Krug verdict, another one takes up the case: For the second time this year, a jury will convene behind closed doors to decide the fate of Buffalo Police Officer Corey Krug. The 18-year police veteran is accused of using excessive force against a Lackawanna man he encountered on Chippewa Street in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving 2014.
(Got a news tip? Email citydesk@buffnews.com.)
WEATHER
With global warming still on a tear, July on track to be hottest month ever: Don Paul says that while July is typically the warmest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, this July, however, appears to be on track to be the warmest month globally on record. And, it continues to be more apparent that temperature extremes have a climate tie-in more often than not.
FOOD & DRINK
Black Sheep and Community Beer Works join for Sticky Toffee Pudding barleywine: The good news is one of the city's most acclaimed desserts is getting turned into a high-proof beer with help from fans who run a brewery. The bad news: You'll have to wait.
Restaurants to satisfy your seafood cravings: Seafood is my favorite cuisine, so this list compiled by Step Out Buffalo caught my attention – and made me hunger for a delectable lobster tail.
NEW BUFFALO
University at Buffalo’s Innovation Hub continues efforts to grow tech economy: The mission involves spinning off ideas and research from the lab to the marketplace. Invest Buffalo Niagara’s podcast features an interview with Christina Orsi about efforts to commercialize technology that spawns good-paying jobs.
BILLS
Connect with us on Facebook Live: Bills beat writer Jay Skurski will host a weekly Facebook Live chat with Bills fans during training camp. You can participate by joining the [BN] Blitz Facebook group. Chats will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24; Tuesday, July 30; Wednesday, Aug. 7; and Thursday, Aug 15.
Why Devin Singletary is poised to be a breakout star at Bills' training camp: Singletary doesn’t have size, but coaches say he has the vision and big-play ability to make up for it. “He runs violent at times,” said Lane Kiffin, Singletary’s college coach. “He's just a human highlight film.”
(For more Bills news, sign up here for the [BN] Blitz newsletter.)
WITH YOUR MORNING COFFEE 
If you appreciate quirky spins on local history, check out a fascinating link shared by Good Morning, Buffalo reader Jeff Klein. Visual storyteller Ariel Aberg-Riger looks at Western New York's heritage by showcasing discoveries she made at local flea markets. The Guardian included her work in a series called the Illustrated City. This safari highlights relics from the Larkin Co. Buffalo Pottery, Iroquois Brewery and other blasts from Buffalo’s past.
“I would have melted without my air conditioner,” a friend remarked at the end of the recent oppressive heat wave. “Thank Willis Carrier,” I replied, having just read this post on WGRZ that examines yet another Buffalo connection to a taken-for-granted innovation. The Angola native is considered the inventor of the modern air-conditioning system.
“We’re always looking for better ways to help our children sleep,” writes WKBW’s Ali Touhey. “But what about taping their mouths shut?” Her report takes a closer look at a breathing method called buteyko, which has garnered attention on social media. Advocates say it can help alleviate asthma, sleep apnea and snoring. But an expert at the Dent Neurologic Institute warns that safety concerns outweigh any potential benefits and strongly discourages parents from practicing the method.
You probably spotted our link in an above section about completed renovation of the Darwin Martin House. Imagine living in a Gothic Revival building in a condo that was once part of the penthouse home of Darwin R. Martin, the son of Darwin D. Retired Buffalo English teacher and guidance counselor Robert Kochanski doesn’t have to imagine it. Check out Susan Martin’s Home of the Week, which showcases Kochanski’s apartment at 800 W. Ferry.
As we look at what's happening this week in Buffalo, prepare for events with an edge. The Struts' in-your-face sound will reverberate around Canalside, while the Infringement Festival begins.
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