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An Amherst man pleaded guilty Friday to using?his 99-year-old grandmother's power of attorney to loot her bank accounts. Nicholas A. Farrell, 39, of Oakbrook Drive, admitted to third-degree grand larceny and agreed to repay the $27,798 taken from the Wheatfield woman's savings and checking accounts between Aug. 4, 2017, and July 31, 2018. Niagara County Assistant Dis…

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Citigroup has completed its? purchase of one of its two office buildings at the CrossPoint Business Park in Getzville, cementing its presence in Western New York with a $52.8 million investment. The New York City-based banking company – the nation's third-largest – acquired 580 and 562 CrossPoint Parkway from affiliates of Uniland Development Co. The deal – which was…

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The apparent suicide of a student on the University at Buffalo's campus has prompted a petition to better secure the building where the 20-year-old jumped to his death last week in a stairwell. The tragedy also has rekindled the larger discussion of mental health services on campus. The petition, started online at Change.org, calls on the university to provide some t…

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July 15, 1946 – Dec. 12, 2019 While Dorothy A. Smith, known throughout the real estate world as Dorothy Stahlnecker, was forging the path for women as a leader in commercial real estate, she mentored countless individuals throughout her career for the pleasure of seeing them grow. And for nearly half that time, for the last 15 years, she endured six different kinds o…

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Five Amherst Central High School teachers who say renovation work performed in their classrooms is making them sick have sued the company that oversaw the construction. The teachers say materials used in the project left an odor that lingers to this day in many of the science classrooms in the building and they have repeatedly complained to school and district officials…

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Five University at Buffalo academics were forced to leave Russia this week after a court in that country ruled they violated the terms of their visas by speaking at a local university. UB officials confirmed Thursday that the five faculty and staff had left Russia and returned safely to the United States. The group had traveled to the city of Ryazan, about 125 miles …

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In July 2016, a whistleblower filed a complaint under seal in federal court accusing CCS Oncology, then one of the region's largest providers of cancer care, of defrauding taxpayers out of millions of dollars annually. In March 2018, FBI agents raided every CCS Oncology office in the area, an event followed one month later by the practice's shutdown. And one year ago…

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After moving away from Buffalo in 2007, Jerry Cappello has lived in five cities over the past 12 years. But none of them compares to his hometown. “The people there, that sense of community is really strong,” Cappello said. “I really haven’t experienced anything like that anywhere else. Not just the places I’ve lived, but the places I’ve traveled to.” Cappello was bo…

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Jan. 14, 1934 – Dec. 5, 2019 Dr. Gary N. Cohen, a child and adolescent psychiatrist who directed the psychiatric unit at the former Women & Children’s Hospital for many years, died Dec. 5 in Buffalo General Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 85. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1951 graduate of Bennett High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the Univer…

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May 1, 1941 – Dec. 4, 2019 Mary E. Vinal, a substitute teacher at Williamsville's Heim Elementary School, died Dec. 4 in her Eggertsville home after a 15-year struggle with Parkinson’s disease. She was 78. Born in Buffalo, the former Mary E. Straubinger was second of four children and the daughter of Victor F. Straubinger, a contractor who built many apartment comple…

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Cats have made themselves at home in Amherst's yards and streets. Officials say they don't want to – nor could they – remove all stray and feral cats from the town.?But they want to make sure felines that spend most or all of their time outside are healthy and sterilized. That's why the Town Board on Monday approved new rules for the care of community cats. The local…

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A class project that didn't go as planned triggered Wednesday's fire on the seventh floor of Furnas Hall on the University at Buffalo's North Campus. UB spokesman John DellaContrada said Friday that a student built a device called a Stirling motor for a thermodynamics project in Room 706, the lounge of UB's engineering fraternity. UB's campus newspaper, the Spectrum,…

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March 21, 1934 - Nov. 16, 2019 A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for Sister Mary Jeanne Kennedy at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 11 in the St. Mary of the Angels Chapel at Fredonia Place of Williamsville, 201 Reist St. Sister Jeanne, a longtime educator with the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, died Nov. 16 in Fredonia Place of Williamsville Health Care Center. She was 85.…

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Aug. 26, 1963 – Nov. 18, 2019 Everything changed for David F. Noyes after Sept. 11, 2001. For 15 years, he had built a successful commercial photography studio and small advertising agency. But then, as business faltered following the terrorist attacks, he decided to strike off in a new direction. With a partner, he launched Experience Outdoors, an award-winning m…