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Buffalo Public Schools recently received fantastic news that will bolster the district’s efforts to provide students with more science, technology, engineering and math skills.A $3.9 million federal grant to convert Martin Luther King Multicultural Institute into a fifth- through 12th-grade school specializing in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is the juic…

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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority may not have gotten everything it wanted from the state budget, but it did win a significant increase in funding. For that, authority officials and the riding public are grateful.The newly adopted budget increases aid to the NFTA and all other upstate agencies by 2.97 percent. That is significantly more than the governor’s prop…

For Republicans, winning elections is apparently no longer good enough. Now, they want to steal them.In pivotal states that the party controls – the ones that have voted recently for Democratic presidential candidates – Republicans are setting about the seedy task of disenfranchising voters whose election choices they find disagreeable.What is most startling about this is …

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Recent stories in The News about dog fights have again put the spotlight on a vicious activity – we can't call it a sport – that dates back centuries. It is hard to fathom how human beings can condone this cruel activity, but it needs to end. The only way that can happen is for the entire community to get incensed, fed up and involved.As New staff reporter Jane Kwiatkowski…

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Buffalo School Board members should not sign any document, unless it’s urgent, until after the May elections, and maybe not until a new board is seated in July.Superintendent Pamela C. Brown’s judgment is untrustworthy. Better to wait for a newly elected board in less than a month, when it is likely that she will be replaced. Indeed, with all that has occurred in recent we…

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Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were introduced commercially for agriculture in the United States in the mid 1990s, and they have been adopted by most farmers here. Nevertheless, anti-GMO activists and entrepreneurs have called for labeling of foods made from GMOs or for their outright ban. Among the numerous reasons for opposition is that GMOs are products of scienc…

Jet aircraft are large, but not compared with the ocean. The weeks-long search for some physical sign of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is not something we should wonder at, considering the frontier nature of our blue planet.The 29 percent of our planet that is land is inhabited by more than 7 billion of our species, at least a few of whom would have reported a crash or hija…

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More good news on the Peace Bridge front came the other day with word of U.S. Customs and Border Protection plans that include increasing the number of agents at the border between Buffalo and Canada in the coming months.Customs and Border Protection said the process for hiring the new officers will be complete by Sept. 30, 2015. The sooner, the better.More agents mean few…

Catholic Charities touches all of our lives, whether we use its services or not. It touches our neighbors, friends and strangers and, therefore, affects everyone.Bishop Richard J. Malone announced a $10.8 million goal for the 2014 appeal, which begins today and runs through April 13, Palm Sunday. Volunteers will work to achieve the final goal throughout the coming months a…

George W. Bush, the artist? Or should it be musician Prince’s former title, “The Artist Formerly Known as George W. Bush?” Either way, he’s letting the public in on his more creative side and he started by giving his daughter Jenna Bush Hager, an NBC correspondent for the network’s “Today” show first crack at an interview on the subject of his kinda famous paintings.Alongs…

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The Supreme Court has widened the divide between the haves and the have-nots by striking down a decades-old cap on the total amount any individual can contribute to federal candidates in a two-year election cycle.Make no mistake, “little guys” lost.In the 5-4 decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, with the court’s more conservative members in the majority, justices continued to ro…

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Superintendent Pamela C. Brown on Wednesday presented the School Board and public with a set of facts that should have been plain to her from the beginning. Hiring two unqualified people as district administrators is wrong. Maneuvering to transform them into highly paid “interns” is even more wrong.The Buffalo School Board did the right thing Wednesday in voting unanimousl…

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The innumerable hard lessons learned following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, should serve America and its allies in the face of a possible growing threat.As recently reported, dozens of seasoned militant fighters, including some midlevel planners, have traveled to Syria from Pakistan in recent months. American intelligence and counterterrorism officials have ind…

After the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament wrapped up here in Buffalo for the second and third rounds, the sports world should have gotten the message. Buffalo is ready for the big leagues.Or, any size league for that matter.The tournament spent three days in First Niagara Center, during which time more than 18,000 fans gathered and spent an estimated $5.2 million. They so…

The Buffalo Bills made a pivotal move in Western New York’s favor in the appointment of Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., to the New Stadium Working Group.Schumer’s presence on the 21-member panel works in huge favor of keeping the team right here. He is not only a U.S. senator, but he is one of the most powerful U.S. senators. Schumer has long been an influential presence …