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Reporters' Notebook: Oct. 18, 2021 – Unchained
October 18, 2021, 10:30 am | Source
OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite lyric from singer and songwriter Laura Nyro, born on this date in 1947, “All I ask of livin’ is to have no chains on me.”

Pandemic Lessons: When do we know it's OK to listen to the science?
October 18, 2021, 9:00 am | Source
“Science is not built on a single study,” said Sumit Chanda, an infectious diseases expert at Scripps Research and a Williamsville native. “It’s built on a body of work that is done by multiple, independent people and labs that build…

Buffalo police lieutenant identified as landlord where 3 died in house fire without smoke detectors
October 18, 2021, 9:00 am | Source
Anthony Gouchie, 25, his girlfriend, Emma Johnson, 28, and their 1-year-old daughter Amira Gouchie – two days shy of her second birthday – died in a middle-of-the-night, two-alarm fire at 57 E. Utica St. on Sept. 25, 2020.

Covid-19 in Western New York: The latest statistics
October 17, 2021, 10:48 pm | Source
More than 153,600 Western New Yorkers have contracted Covid-19 since March 2020 and 2,715 have died of it.

Accident in Allegany County leads to Leandra's Law arrest
October 17, 2021, 9:37 pm | Source
Jacob N. Boring, 44, was arrested on Leandra’s Law charges after a hit-run property damage accident Friday on Route 305.

Beyond detox: Erie County inmates to receive more treatment for drug addiction
October 17, 2021, 8:18 pm | Source
"It's our position to be ahead of the game, not following the curve," Country Mental Health Commissioner Mark O'Brien said.

'Call this Nash-Bill': Bills Mafia takes over Music City for 'Monday Night Football'
October 17, 2021, 7:00 pm | Source
Tens of thousands of Bills fans headed to Nashville this weekend to cheer on their team for another prime-time performance.

Weeks from mayoral election, Council still looking at city manager model
October 17, 2021, 5:30 pm | Source
A city manager form of governance would not eliminate the mayor. Instead, the mayor would become part of the Council as an equal voice.

Housing update: 12 charts that show how the real estate market is performing in Buffalo
October 17, 2021, 3:15 pm | Source
Find out how home prices have changed recently, plus which areas have the most new listings, and more with these charts and maps, updated weekly.

In Buffalo Bills' stadium talks, one branch of state government is left out
October 17, 2021, 10:00 am | Source
“A generational decision like this shouldn’t be made in the dark," said Assemblyman Pat Burke, a Buffalo Democrat whose district includes the team’s present and proposed future home in Orchard Park.

$3.3 million state grant will transform baseball facilities in South Buffalo's Okell Park
October 17, 2021, 1:39 am | Source
The project will include installation of a new synthetic turf field, rebuilding and relocating several diamonds, improved lighting and a new scoreboard.

2021 Covid-19 pandemic coverage
October 16, 2021, 11:00 pm | Source
Our daily coverage of the Covid-19 outbreak, plus the latest map and statistics for Western New York.

Oct. 23 fundraiser for Depew baseball coach hit by Lou Gehrig's disease
October 16, 2021, 10:19 pm | Source
A fundraiser will be held on Oct. 23 in the Lancaster Elks Lodge 1478 for Dennis Crawley, a long-time Depew High School baseball coach.

New report envisions DL&W Terminal as 'compelling public space' if properly restored
October 16, 2021, 10:15 pm | Source
A report issued by the Project for Public Spaces, based on input from throughout the area, foresees a facility with no single purpose, like shopping mall or food court, but a multi-use community asset with a "sense of place."

Health care industry pressures spurring strikes across the country
October 16, 2021, 9:00 pm | Source
The reasons health care workers cite for striking are similar: They have endured the demands and exhaustion of working through the pandemic and insist hospitals staff up to help shoulder the workload.

GOP seeks to break Democrats' lock on Amherst Town Board
October 16, 2021, 8:30 pm | Source
"The biggest problem is we have one-party rule in Amherst," Town Board challenger Daniel J. Rider said. "We have no public discussion of anything."

First-ever winners of the Robert G. Wilmers Integrity Prize chosen
October 16, 2021, 7:00 pm | Source
"Choosing a winner was not easy," said Yo-Yo Ma, the famed cellist and a friend of Wilmers, during the online award presentation this month. "It was probably the reason we chose two."

Niagara Falls sets trick-or-treat hours for Halloween
October 16, 2021, 4:09 pm | Source
Hours will be 2 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 31, the mayor's office said.

Economy by the numbers: 5 charts that show which direction the economy is trending in Buffalo and New York
October 16, 2021, 3:15 pm | Source
Which counties have the lowest unemployment rate? Where is gas the cheapest? Which areas have the highest weekly earnings? Find out with these charts and maps.

Board of Elections offers extended hours for absentee ballot applications, submissions
October 16, 2021, 1:10 pm | Source
Voters using absentee ballots also may visit the office weekdays during regular business hours.

Ex-Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy: If money isn't spent on new Bills stadium, 'it will be spent somewhere else'
October 16, 2021, 9:00 am | Source
Duffy, who represented the Cuomo administration in negotiations one decade ago for the Buffalo Bills’ current lease, isn’t jarred by the projected $1.4 billion price tag for a new stadium in Orchard Park.

Body found in lower Niagara River identified as missing 15-year-old Sanborn boy
October 15, 2021, 9:45 pm | Source
Kameron Stenzel was fishing with his father on Monday when he slipped and fell into the swift currents of the Niagara River before disappearing.

Analysis: Letitia James – no longer just attorney general
October 15, 2021, 9:45 pm | Source
Many label the state attorney general as the top contender for the Democratic nomination for governor next year, and cameras and notebooks record her every word these days.

Conservatives now back John Garcia for Erie County sheriff
October 15, 2021, 9:45 pm | Source
"We wholeheartedly support John Garcia," Erie County Conservative Chairman Ralph C. Lorigo said Friday, referring to the retired Buffalo detective.

Beautiful Niagara Gorge presents hidden dangers
October 15, 2021, 9:30 pm | Source
For experienced naturalists, the gorge and the river that carved it present little hazard. But, for those who go off the trails, it can be life-threatening.

Lake View litterbug whose case drew national attention must take part in neighborhood cleanup
October 15, 2021, 6:30 pm | Source
Larry Pope was back in Hamburg Town Court on Friday, when Town Justice Gerald P. Gorman agreed to a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal that comes with several additional conditions.

Vaccine update: 9 charts that show how New York is handling the spread of COVID-19
October 15, 2021, 4:15 pm | Source
How many people have been vaccinated? What is the hospital capacity across the state? How have case counts changed recently? Find out with these charts and maps, updated weekly.

Off Main Street: Saving the giraffes, a zero-star Uber ride and the Sabres' new goal song(s)
October 15, 2021, 4:00 pm | Source
The lighter side of the news: Eschewing the many clichéd arena rock anthems, the Sabres have allowed each player to pick their own unique goal song.

U.S. side of Canadian border to open Nov. 8
October 15, 2021, 2:26 pm | Source
The opening comes nearly three months after Canada opened its land borders to vaccinated Americans. However, significant differences will remain over how the two nations manage their newly reopened land border crossings.

Reporters' Notebook: Oct. 15, 2021 – Words to the wise
October 15, 2021, 10:30 am | Source
OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English humorist P. G. Wodehouse, born on this date in 1881, “I always advise people never to give advice.”

Gronkowski family gym, focused on fitness and recovery, draws diverse clients
October 15, 2021, 10:10 am | Source
“This is where fitness is going. Not only are you getting your workout in but also recovering here,” said Dan Gronkowski, the second-oldest of five Gronkowski brothers, who all play a role in NexGen Fitness Buffalo.

Voters statewide will have a say on major and minor changes to New York Constitution
October 15, 2021, 10:05 am | Source
From redistricting to new environmental protections, voters will consider five propositions on the ballot this year.

FedEx Ground to open distribution center in Cheektowaga
October 15, 2021, 10:00 am | Source
FedEx is seeking to hire 150 workers to staff the distribution center.

Rob Gronkowski credits family, Tom Brady for the rebuild that relaunched NFL career
October 15, 2021, 10:00 am | Source
“With a year off, I was able to focus on my body and mind. Eating healthy and getting the right nutrition is key to recovering no matter who you are. Unless you have a very severe illness, your body can…

Refresh Takes: The annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk returns
October 15, 2021, 9:30 am | Source
The American Cancer Society organizes the walk to raise awareness, as well as proceeds to support breast cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones, along with research that improves treatment.

'They don't believe in the system': M&T innovation lab aims to boost multicultural entrepreneurs
October 15, 2021, 9:00 am | Source
“This is going to open up a lot of knowledge of what the small business and entrepreneur should know from the get-go,” said Bobby Anderson of F-Bites.

Alden State Bank rediscovering history with branch move
October 15, 2021, 9:00 am | Source
"We are extremely excited at the prospect of returning to the building where Alden State Bank served the community for almost 40 years,” said Steven Woodard, the president and CEO.

Empty Buffalo State dorms to be used by Afghan refugees
October 14, 2021, 11:18 pm | Source
The governor said Buffalo State would serve as a temporary home to up to 100 refugees while permanent housing is identified.

'Porchtoberfest' to liven up Elmwood Village on Saturday
October 14, 2021, 9:21 pm | Source
Like its cousin Porchfest, Porchtoberfest will also liven up the Elmwood Village with a day of music and events.

Strike benefits kick in for Mercy Hospital workers
October 14, 2021, 9:00 pm | Source
As about 2,000 striking CWA members support their union's push for a new contract, they are about to receive a financial boost.

Body found in lower Niagara River on Ontario shoreline
October 14, 2021, 7:24 pm | Source
Officials have located a male body in the lower Niagara River on the fourth day of a search after a teenager who was fishing with his father slipped into the swift current and disappeared.

Tax breaks for a truck stop? Quicklee's seeks subsidies for Niagara Falls travel center
October 14, 2021, 9:00 am | Source
The company plans to create 20 new jobs with the project, with an estimated annual payroll of $750,000 after three years.

Buffalo's Trini Ross sworn in as U.S. attorney for NY's Western District
October 13, 2021, 11:42 pm | Source
Ross was nominated to the post by President Biden in July and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on Sept. 30.

'What has taken so long?' Border reopening plan is big step for families, businesses
October 13, 2021, 10:49 pm | Source
With the U.S. side of the Canadian border poised to reopen, this holiday season will be a time for cross-border family reunions.

Family of drowned police dive-team member to receive $1.275 million settlement
October 13, 2021, 9:51 pm | Source
Craig Lehner’s sister, Donna K. Wilson, sued the Police Department and the City of Buffalo, alleging that her brother had not been properly trained before going into the water and drowning during a dive-team training exercise on Oct. 13, 2017.

Starbucks has closed two stores that tried to unionize – and says it's a coincidence
October 13, 2021, 9:47 pm | Source
Starbucks representatives said it's common practice to close for remodeling and training.

Ciminelli hires Gurney to market West End condos for sale
October 13, 2021, 9:41 pm | Source
Buffalo-based Ciminelli is constructing the $20 million project in phases, with eight units already built.

Two-year-old breach in Buffalo Harbor breakwater has been fixed
October 13, 2021, 9:15 pm | Source
The $7.8 million project closed the gap on the north end of the Buffalo North Breakwater.

AG claims staffing firm in Mercy Hospital strike lacks license
October 13, 2021, 8:27 pm | Source
The state Attorney General's Office called for Huffmaster to stop providing its services to Mercy Hospital.

Health sectors see 3% reduction in staffing since state vaccination mandate
October 13, 2021, 7:06 pm | Source
Gov. Kathy Hochul characterized as “fluid” the numbers regarding overall staff reductions seen since the mandate kicked in on different dates for health workers.

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