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During the exercise of endurance known as President Trump's impeachment trial, senators are forbidden from eating or drinking, with the exception of water or milk. But over the decades, the U.S. Senate chamber has kept a stocked candy drawer in a desk on the Republican side of the aisle out of tradition. That drawer, which is kept stocked by Republican Sen. Pat Toomey o…

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The saga of Robert Morgan's cellphone continues. In our last episode, the embattled Rochester developer – who faces a criminal indictment on mortgage and insurance fraud charges – had filed a motion in federal court seeking to have his iPhone returned to him. He claimed that prosecutors have held the phone since the May 2018 FBI raid that preceded the first set of charg…

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And you thought you had a problem keeping up with texts and voicemail. Rochester developer Robert C. Morgan hasn't had his iPhone for more than 19 months, since federal authorities seized it during a raid on his company's offices in May 2018 in suburban Rochester. That was just weeks before the first mortgage fraud indictments were handed down – against his son, nephew …

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Got snow on your driveway and no way to clear it? Yep, there's an app for that. But it's not from Buffalo. A company called SnoHub offers a full-service mobile app that provides a quick and easy way to connect with and pay for snow-clearing services for snow removal, shoveling or de-icing. It's available through Apple iTunes or Google Play. It's available in 23 state…

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As easy as the city is trying to make it to pay for parking, it's apparently just as easy to forget. Buffalo Place, the nonprofit organization that runs the downtown business improvement district, has been updating its report on the availability of parking downtown, producing a map that shows where there are spaces and how much they cost. Officials distributed the lates…

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Have no fear. The city snowplows are here – at all hours. Morgan Smith, deputy executive director for Buffalo Place, was updating the nonprofit group's board of directors Wednesday about how its operations crew had performed a week ago when it was "put to the test" with the early snowfall. He noted that the workers "performed well overall," although "there's always room…

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There's always some good-natured bantering and teasing among politicians and government officials at news conferences, and there was plenty of it at last week's ribbon-cutting for People Inc.'s new Linwood-Lafayette Senior Apartments. Rhonda Frederick, the nonprofit agency's CEO, started to introduce Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, and then stopped and just called her up. Hochul…

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You've heard of the parking boot. But what about the Barnacle? Starting Nov. 1, Allpro Parking will deploy the Barnacle on cars that fail to pay or don't follow the rules in its parking lots. The yellow device obstructs most of the windshield, so that the vehicle can't be safely operated. Allpro calls the Barnacle less intrusive than booting or towing. It's tough to …

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There are longtime employees, and then there is Wayne Schultz. Schultz, 86, just celebrated his 60th anniversary working for Ford Gum and Machine in Akron. He has spent his entire career in the gum manufacturer's print shop. Ford Gum in recent years has gained acclaim for producing Big League Chew under a licensing agreement, but Schultz's career at Ford began long b…

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Buffalo Place staff members have proven themselves adept at many tasks over the years as the nonprofit organization in charge of the downtown business improvement district has taken on growing responsibilities. The organization markets downtown, coordinates events and activities, maintains the streetscape and infrastructure, provides extra security, promotes new busines…

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Uniland Development Co. and Delaware North executives joined together on Thursday to celebrate the certification of the new Delaware North Building for its environmental sustainability. But they took the party to a different place. The 12-story building was recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council with the silver designation under the Leadership in Energy and En…

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Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. formally kicked off construction on its new West End townhouse project in the Waterfront Village on Thursday – in the middle of a steady rainstorm, following a deluge the night before. The previous day had been warm and sunny, while the forecast for Friday was also clear. But CEO Paul Ciminelli had good reasons for his choice. "It’s kind o…

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Get ready for the Gerber Collision of the Game. The Carubba Collision chain was bought this year by another company, Gerber Collision and Glass. Hockey fans wondered if the subsequent rebranding would spell the end of its sponsorship of highlights of hits delivered by Sabres players, a staple of games and broadcasts. Turns out, the sponsorship will live on, said Joe …

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When it comes to money, Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown knows exactly who's in charge. During the formal groundbreaking ceremony for Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.'s new West End townhouse project, the mayor noted that the new 20-unit development will add $336,000 to the city's annual tax base each year when it's completed in 2022. "Yes, I do watch those numbers, folks," h…

Oh, yeah, it's on. The battle between cordless and corded power tools has come to Buffalo, with the launch of a new YouTube video from home improvement retailer Lowe's, featuring the Northland Corridor and two kinds of Bosch drills. The North Carolina company used the construction site of the Workforce Training Center as a backdrop for a production shoot last month, …