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One video documenting a police officer’s use of deadly force appears to justify the officers involved. Another video in a different confrontation all but convicts a law enforcement officer of willful brutality. Together, the recordings underscore the urgent need, by both police and Western New Yorkers residents who depend upon professional policing, for all officers to be …

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A report this week pointed out two distressing facts about school discipline: Students of color are given out-of-school suspensions at a significantly higher rate than white students, and Buffalo’s suspension rate is higher than at any of the other large urban districts in the state. The findings were in a report issued Monday by the New York Equity Coalition, a statewi…

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The federal judge presiding over the state contracting trials has sent a loud and clear message: Engaging in public corruption will land you in prison. Alain Kaloyeros was the latest convicted figure in the case to be sentenced to time behind bars, getting 3½ years. Kaloyeros, former head of SUNY Polytechnic Institute and a key player in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s upstat…

The State Department would make a grievous error by reducing the number of refugee resettlement sites in bringing newcomers to Buffalo. But that’s what it is planning. Last week, the department announced it would retain all nine national agencies in the program — such as the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants — but wanted the national agencies to devise a plan t…

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Those who don’t fly often, or at all, may wonder why transportation officials plan to spend millions of dollars to upgrade Buffalo’s airport. The answer is simple: demand. Approximately 5 million passengers per year flow in and out of Buffalo Niagara International Airport, and that number is expected to grow. In response, officials planned extensive upgrades. Now the pr…

Medical professionals have long been aware that their patients may have mental health struggles but without systems to offer a more holistic approach, both parties may feel helpless. Highgate Medical Group, News Refresh editor Scott Scanlon recently wrote, is the first primary care practice in the region to offer more mental health resources in its two offices. Support …

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There are nuances to the story of John Flickner, but the bottom line is this: A 78-year-old man in failing health was evicted from his Niagara Falls apartment for legally using medically prescribed marijuana. The word shameful hardly begins to describe it. His landlord is legally allowed to evict him, but that doesn’t make it right. We urge the company managing his form…

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Rep. Tom Reed’s Problem Solvers Caucus has agreed to support Nancy Pelosi for House speaker even though she didn’t meet all of the demands laid out by the bipartisan group. The reason: It compromised. Americans should cheer. It would have been odd – inexcusable, really – if the caucus refused to compromise, since its reason for existence is to return a level of civil…

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A story in The News on Thursday showed that it’s far too easy for the operators of nursing homes that provide low-quality care to buy more of the facilities. The state Health Department — which reviews applications to operate nursing homes — has submitted a bill to the state Legislature that would give the department more muscular oversight of long-term care facilities.…

A look into the past, part one: A project to restore a plaque dedicated to employees of the former Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Co. who served in World War I turned up an unexpected treasure: a time capsule affixed to the back of the 100-year-old copper memorial. It included three copies of the company’s newsletter from May 15, 1918, and a program booklet from the memorial dedic…

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As a concept, and ignoring for the moment some of the bargain’s more troubling aspects, the Albany pay-raise commission struck a wholesome agreement: New York State legislators will get their first raises in 20 years in exchange for limits on outside income and an end to the profligate system of stipends that now increase the base salary of most legislators and make them b…

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Received wisdom is common knowledge, passed from one generation to the next, that may or may not be true. Some examples: chicken wings must not be dipped in Ranch dressing; every national story has a Buffalo connection; the Bills’ 45-year-old stadium should have been built downtown. After a plan fell through for a domed stadium in Lancaster, what was originally called R…

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As Dec. 10 approaches and the state’s pay compensation panel closes in on the decision about giving Albany lawmakers a pay raise, it must be said again: no increase without campaign-finance reform. And that is just one of the conditions an overtaxed public must demand. The panel, created by the governor and State Legislature, is considering the pay hike, which would be …

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U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni had a lot to consider when deciding upon a sentence for Louis B. Ciminelli. There were the letters from dozens of supporters asking for leniency, pointing out Ciminelli’s extensive acts of philanthropy, as well as the declining health of the 63-year-old Buffalo developer. None of that changed the fact that in July a jury convict…