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The Say Yes Buffalo scholarship program has reported its first concrete progress toward its ultimate goal of getting every Buffalo public high school graduate into college.Say Yes officials report that 58 percent of eligible public school graduates are attending a partnering college this fall and receiving fully covered tuition benefits.The program promises to be a transfo…

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With all due respect to the governor’s father, it is long past time to stop making trucks – and everyone else – traveling along the Thruway pay for the operation of the state’s canal system.The canals and two toll-free highways downstate were added to the Thruway’s ledger in the early 1990s by then-Gov. Mario Cuomo. The reason? To hold down official state spending during y…

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The purchase of Tops Friendly Markets by six top company officials is another sign that entrepreneurship is alive and well in Western New York.It is a highly leveraged deal for one of the area’s largest private employers. But the renewed local focus for the Amherst-based supermarket chain could be good news for consumers in the form of lower prices and better selection.The…

The exhortation to “stop this war” would normally sound odd coming from a School Board president, until you realize that it came from the Hamburg schools, which have been plagued by unrest, confusion and chaos.There’s always some new controversy in the district. Earlier this month, 200 parents, community members and staffers cheered at the mere suggestion that Sally A. Ste…

For many Amherst residents, the big issue in the recent race for town supervisor centered on development – and how it should be controlled. The controversy stems from two hotel projects about a half-mile apart on Main Street, the Wyndham Garden hotel and residences at South Forest Road and the Hyatt Place Hotel near the Youngmann Highway.Residents wondered about Supervisor…

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Buffalo school officials have struck what appears to be a happy balance between the need to help all children learn and the advantages of having schools with admissions criteria.As matters stand, the entrance requirements for criteria-based schools such as City Honors and Olmsted have been too puzzling to too many people, while the number of seats available at those school…

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As the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy approaches, we are reminded of the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, his Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Profiles in Courage” and, of course, the circumstances of his death.It is fascinating that, according to a recent Associated Press poll, more than 50 percent of Americans do no…

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By Patrick Reddy / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

Sat, Nov 16, 2013

“So many things will be said about Kennedy in the future, and the myths are already so thick, that without doubt the man himself will soon be lost in the myth … his particular style was such to captivate myth-makers, who will find in his love of children and in the beauty of his wife much to work with.”– Theodore White, “The Making of the President”This Friday marks the 50…

With the approval earlier this month of a state constitutional amendment authorizing up to seven more casinos, New York must act swiftly to prepare for the inevitable spike in problem gambling and associated issues.The good news is that the state appears to be doing that, but it will be critical to ensure that, with the billions of dollars the state will take in from gambl…

Chicago has lost bragging rights as home of the world’s tallest building. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the arbiter of such things, has ruled that the new owner of the title is One World Trade Center in Manhattan. The council determined that Chicago’s Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) no longer reigns supreme, even though it has six more f…

Another Election Day has come and gone, giving us a chance to consider an unresolved issue. That is, how to improve the American voting system. We are still operating under some obsolete rules and procedures.Those need to change if we ever hope to reverse the woeful turnouts of recent elections and ensure that all eligible citizens are able to register and vote without und…

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The discouraging reading and math scores by the nation’s fourth- and eighth-graders demonstrate why early education and the new Common Core standards are necessary.The latest results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also called the nation’s report card, show an educational system badly in need of progress.There were incremental gains in both core subject…

There should be little argument that it is better to negotiate Iran out of its nuclear weapons program than it is to try to destroy it militarily. Iran is desperate to have the world community ease the sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy. Desperate enough to begin negotiations designed to end its nuclear weapons program. But the sanctions should not be lifted witho…

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The Buffalo Sabres provided an early Christmas present Wednesday to the organization’s increasingly restless fan base.In a blockbuster move that consoled and excited loss-weary fans, owner Terry Pegula shook up the organization by firing both hapless short-time coach Ron Rolston, who moved up from Rochester in February to replace veteran coach Lindy Ruff, and longtime Gene…

An X-ray laser that can visualize the tiniest of objects will prove another key component in the scientific and medical research going on at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.The University at Buffalo, representing a national consortium of eight research universities and institutes, has been awarded a $25 million Science and Technology Center grant from the National Scien…