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Sometimes there's a certain benefit in coming into a community from the outside. I'm a Western New Yorker by birth, but I haven't been around for the entire civic opera involving Carl Paladino, a guy I've never met. I wasn't here when he made the remarks last year that triggered the motion toward his state-ordered…

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"Slow your roll," some readers said. "Way too early," others claimed. "Give 'em time, for cryin' outs," I heard. My takeaway from the Buffalo Bills' preseason opener last week was their disconcerting penalty total. They committed 13 penalties. The Minnesota Vikings accepted 10 of them for 106 yards. All those flags irked Bills coach Sean…

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An overflow crowd turned out Thursday evening for a raucous, contentious mayoral debate, held in the Burchfield Penney Arts Center on the SUNY Buffalo State campus. Mayor Byron W. Brown, a three-term incumbent, defended his record against a barrage of criticism leveled by City Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant,…

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Carl P. Paladino is out as a member of the Buffalo Board of Education. But don’t expect this School Board drama to be over just yet. Many cheered the state education commissioner’s decision Thursday to remove Paladino from the School Board, but the Paladino camp quickly said it will resist. His attorneys already started working…

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Many prominent people praised state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia's decision to oust Carl Paladino from the Buffalo School Board, but not always for the reasons Elia cited. Elia's decision was based on Paladino, in January 2017,  publicly discussing confidential information from an October 2016 executive session of the board. But many of the people who…

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Attorneys for Carl Paladino held a brief news conference at around 5 p.m. Thursday, in which they said that Paladino will appeal the ruling. Paladino was not present at the session, held in downtown Buffalo. Attorneys Dennis Vacco and Jennifer Persico, from the firm Lippes Mathias, represented Paladino at the briefing. "We are very disappointed…

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The Buffalo Sabres have signed their last restricted free agent, agreeing to a two-year deal with forward Zemgus Girgensons that will pay the Latvian an average annual value of $1.6 million. Girgensons, 23, is coming off the least productive of his four NHL seasons last year as he posted a career-low 16 points in 75…

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Going to see KISS at the Seneca Niagara Casino? Leave the spiked jewelry and extreme makeup to Gene Simmons and Co. if you want to get into the show or casino. Those are just two things to know if you're attending either the KISS concert or REO Speedwagon and Styx doubleheader, both being held outdoors…

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A truck driver has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a fatal Thruway crash in June that killed a University at Buffalo Nursing School faculty member. Kristofer M. Gregorek, 27, of Ballston Spa, who police said was using his cell phone to shop when the accident occurred, was charged Thursday with second-degree manslaughter in…

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1) Arkells, Edgefest: Part 3, 5 p.m. Aug. 19 in Artpark (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston). Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here. Commentary: After Volbeat and 311, the closing act of three-pronged Edgefest is Canadian rockers Arkells, who sold out back-to-back shows in Town Ballroom last December. Frontman Max Kerman explained why he…

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By Michael Birnbaum, William Booth and William Branigin BRUSSELS – Spain came under repeated attack starting Thursday in what authorities called linked terrorist incidents, when a driver swerved a van into crowds in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district, killing more than a dozen people and injuring scores of others. Early Friday, an attempted attack unfolded…

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Rep. Brian Higgins says he is posing questions to Veterans Affairs officials about an alert to more than 500 patients at the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center who underwent procedures with medical scopes. "Anything that compromises the health and safety of those who so bravely served is extremely troubling," Higgins, D-Buffalo, said in a statement.…

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Cipriana Lopez has been out of work for a year, and her employment prospects seemed dim until she learned about a medical interpreter training program in Buffalo. It was a perfect fit for Lopez, a native of the Dominican Republic who easily switches between Spanish and English. She was one of 38 people – many…

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By Michael D. Shear, Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman President Donald Trump found himself increasingly isolated in a racial crisis of his own making on Wednesday, abandoned by the nation’s top business executives, contradicted by military leaders and shunned by Republicans outraged by his defense of white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. The breach with…

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By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and MAGGIE HABERMAN President Donald Trump angrily defended himself on Tuesday against criticism that he did not specifically condemn Nazi and white supremacist groups following the weekend’s deadly racial unrest in Virginia, and at one point questioned whether the movement to pull down statues of Confederate leaders would escalate to the…

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By Jena McGregor In a tweet Tuesday morning, President Trump said he has other chief executives ready to succeed the “grandstanders” who stepped down from his manufacturing council in the aftermath of the violent protests in Charlottesville, Va. “For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place,”…

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By Glenn Thrush WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Monday bowed to overwhelming pressure that he personally condemn white supremacists who incited bloody demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend – labeling their racist views “evil” after two days of equivocal statements. “Racism is evil,” Trump said. “And those who cause violence in its name…

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Western New York is a beautiful place – and each day, Buffalo News photographers will bring you a photo to prove it. Our challenge is to look at things differently, to remind us all to slow down and enjoy our surroundings. Check back each morning to see our favorite image for the day. View the…

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