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If Pennsylvania can do it, why can’t New York? In the name of long-delayed justice and of helping/pushing the Catholic Church to fully confront the terrible sins it committed, the state needs to investigate the scope of child sexual abuse within the church and the hierarchy’s actions in covering it up. In Pennsylvania, residents now have an insightful and intensely dist…

There’s a cliche in football that the backup quarterback is the most popular guy in town. (All that untapped potential!) For now, the most popular guy in Buffalo might be the quarterback who starts for the Cincinnati Bengals. That’s Andy Dalton, whose last-minute touchdown pass against Baltimore last Dec. 31 gave the Buffalo Bills a playoff berth. The joke is that Da…

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Anyone who walked past 639 Main St. in downtown Buffalo Thursday could detect in the evening air the unmistakable and welcoming aroma of hot popcorn. Glorious. That smell had not wafted along that street in four years. It was back then that the old and aged Dipson movie theater closed, leaving fans no other choice than to seek out cinematic pleasures outside the down…

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A land-use attorney and two South Buffalo residents should end their attempts to prevent the Western New York Maritime Charter School from expanding. They should immediately drop the lawsuit against the charter school and Buffalo Common Council, which seeks to overturn the approvals for the new high school building and stop its construction. The Maritime Charter Scho…

Bet he wishes he could take that one back. In a speech challenging President Trump’s slogan to “Make America Great Again,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo, attempting to make a point about the country’s continuing reach for greatness, stepped in it. “We are not going to make America great again,” he said. “It was never that great.” It was the kind of faux pas that makes campaig…

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For many of us who live in and around Buffalo, it’s easy to take our system of parks and parkways for granted. First-time visitors to our city, bringing a fresh set of eyes, are dazzled by the sight of the six parks, seven parkways and eight landscaped traffic circles that are a legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted. The great landscape architect made his first visit to Buffa…

Elephants are majestic creatures whose gracefulness, sensitivity and agility may seem surprising given their size, but it is those qualities, among others, that endear them to so many humans. To have two of these animals in Buffalo has been a pleasure to thousands of visitors but, given their environment here, unkind to the elephants. It is, thus, both bittersweet an…

The new expression around West Seneca must be, “How do I get fired from a job like that?” For the second time in 10 years, a town code enforcement officer has been relieved of his duties in lieu of facing disciplinary charges. John Gullo is the latest holder of the office to step aside, and he got a $25,000 payment plus a health care plan as parting gifts. Nice work if …

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Voters of the 27th Congressional District are in an unhappy place. Their elected congressman, Chris Collins, is facing federal felony charges related to insider trading and, late in the campaign season, has decided not to seek re-election. And because of that, Republican Party officials, not primary election voters, will choose a candidate to face Democrat Nathan McMurray …

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The severity of his predicament may finally have settled in as Chris Collins contemplates the real possibility of prison, but whatever the reason for abandoning his re-election campaign, it was the right call. Charged last week with 11 federal felony counts related to insider trading, the Western New York congressman at first insisted he would continue his campaign whil…

It helps, but not enough. The U.S. Department of Commerce lowered the Trump administration’s crushing tariffs on newsprint a little, meaning that many of the country’s newspapers, already gasping, will strangle a little more slowly. The administration imposed the tariff on Canadian newsprint at the request of a single American provider whose financial problems are not c…

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The solar industry is undergoing stresses — from tariffs to uncertain tax credits — but even so, Tesla must meet the job creation promises it made for Buffalo. If the company fails in that task, state officials must be prepared to impose previously agreed upon penalties. Hopefully, the situation will not devolve to that level and Tesla will hit its mark — specificall…

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Why is there a push now for members of the Assembly to cut short their summer recess and rush back to Albany for a special session to pass an ethics reform bill? This is an election year, in case you’ve forgotten, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is up for a third term. Certainly the convictions this year in the Buffalo Billion bid-rigging trial, as well as those of Joseph P…

Maybe it was a one-off, maybe not. But for anyone who cares to see it, there is a lesson in last week's sudden, surprising thaw in the cold war between Carl Paladino and Rep. Brian Higgins. Paladino, of course, is the former school board member and Republican gubernatorial nominee whose name is synonymous with controversy. Higgins is a Democratic congressman from Buffal…