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After the February 2009 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence left 50 dead, families of the victims lobbied for tougher airline safety standards, which Congress approved in 2010. Tragedies often spur us, as a society, to look for ways to prevent them from recurring. That’s the first instinct that comes to mind after the crash of a limousine in Schohari…

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Niagara Falls Boulevard is informally known as a speedway, at least to pedestrians sensibly hesitant about crossing from one side to the other. People have died trying. Something had to be done. Leaders of the towns of Tonawanda and Amherst conducted a safety audit to examine the problem. The state Department of Transportation owns and maintains the road. It did not par…

We all knew this intuitively, but now a state report has underscored it: Craig Lehner should still be alive today. Lehner, a Buffalo police officer, died last October in an underwater training accident. While taking part in a dive team practice, the 34-year-old officer’s tether got caught on a boulder in the Niagara River, off Bird Island Pier. As he turned around, the …

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The man who fired the shot that killed Rosemary Billquist near her home in Sherman last November was shooting – after sunset – at what he thought was a deer. Thomas B. Jadlowski last week pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and hunting after sunset. He faces up to four years in prison when sentenced in January. The maximum sentence wouldn’t be unfair. Billqu…

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Critics say that a state tax incentive known as 485-a is abused by Buffalo real estate developers, who use it to reap tax break windfalls. Defenders of the program – including developers and Buffalo city officials – maintain that 485-a encourages the restoration of dilapidated buildings, bringing neglected or empty properties back onto the tax rolls, and therefore is a …

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo may have offered Niagara Falls a much-needed lifeline by promising in advance of $12.3 million on unpaid Seneca Niagara Casino revenue but what does it mean for other former recipients of casino money? Only the governor, running for re-election, and his administration know the answer. But, make no mistake, this casino money dilemma is the product of…

Buffalo Niagara International Airport is finally getting a terminal lounge, fitting nicely into its multimillion-dollar, multiyear expansion project. The BNIA, which earned the best satisfaction score among medium hub airports in North America in a J.D. Power study, is the gateway to the world from Western New York and Southern Ontario. The absence of a terminal lounge …

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When County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz introduced proposals recently for a new convention center in downtown Buffalo, he said the first question for citizens to ask is, "Does our region want to stay in the convention business?" (Our vote was “yes.”) The same question should be asked when discussing the idea of building a new stadium for the Bills: Does Buffalo want to …

It’s a deadly serious matter, of course. Gun runners seeking to evade New York laws are going out of state to buy illegal weapons, sometimes to sell them. Supporters of sensible gun control laws — and we’ll acknowledge that different people define “sensible” in different ways — know that a big part of the problem is the inability to pass federal laws that restrict access t…

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Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center officials are shouting from the rooftops, and for good reason. A confluence of events melded together to create dream opportunities on three fronts: • First, Roswell Park and the University of Rochester received $19 million in federal funds to research flavored tobacco. The funding and partnership allows researchers to examine…

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Now that President Trump has revised the North American Free Trade Agreement into something that seems familiar to economic experts – and run a victory lap to celebrate – folks around here should see the glass as half full. There will be trade peace with our close partner, Canada. Happily, Trump’s relationship with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to have …

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The mother of an alleged molestation victim called it “a covered-up mess.” A Catholic priest who was accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy was allowed to remain in ministry for several decades, on the watch of six bishops or auxiliary bishops in the Buffalo Diocese. Her mistake, she realized too late, was that she reported the crime not to police, but to the church,…

The announcement could hardly have been more in sync with the times. Less than a week after Bill Cosby was shunted off to prison as a sexual abuser and only days after a Supreme Court nomination was roiled by accusations of sexual misconduct, a jury awarded $7 million to a former teacher at Attica prison, concluding that she had been a victim of sexual harassment and a hos…

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The state Department of Education released the test scores from spring’s state assessments for grades 3-8 last week. Due to changes in the tests from year to year, it’s difficult to tell if student scores are improving, staying flat or backsliding. One thing is clear, however. Our public schools are not doing a good enough job of educating our kids. In the Buffalo re…

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Buffalo City Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder this month proposed that the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority pay $50,000 for a yearly, outside audit of agency purchasing. Gillian Brown, executive director of the BMHA, said that would be a waste of money. “HUD offers a procurement review of all our policies for free,” Brown said. Federal audits may be “free,” but the…