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The U.S. Government Has the Right to Search Your Electronic Devices at the Border

The U.S. Government Has the Right to Search Your Electronic Devices at the Border

 

Hundreds of thousands of travelers, citizens and foreign nationals alike cross the U.S. border every day. Many may be surprised to learn that border patrol agents do not need a warrant, any suspicion of wrongdoing or even consent to search a vehicle and all passenger belongings, including electronic devices. 

With the exception of foreign and domestic officials with diplomatic immunity, everyone who legally crosses a U.S. border undergoes a primary inspection. Most travelers are familiar with this process: A CBP officer checks your documents, glances between you and your passport and asks what your purpose is for entering the country. Following this exchange, a traveler may be asked to undergo a secondary inspection. 

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CPS legislation gains momentum


ALBANY, NY – A proposal that would speed up the process for reporting child abuse is now one step closer to reaching the floor of the New York State Senate for a vote.

The bill, which was passed by the state finance committee, would immediately transfer reports of child abuse to the local Child Protective Services department for investigation.

Currently, when doctors, social workers or police call the state child abuse hotline to report abuse it is determined by hotline staff whether to forward the report to CPS.

State Senator Tm Kennedy is behind this bill. He says last year it stalled in the state assembly, but he believes it has more momentum this year. He expects it to be called to the senate floor in the next couple of weeks.

Annual No Frills Buffalo Golf Tournament to Benefit Hospice Foundation

Annual No Frills Buffalo Golf Tournament to Benefit Hospice Foundation

 

No Frills Buffalo publishing company’s seventh annual golf outing to benefit the Hospice Foundation will take place on Friday, July 10, at Chestnut Hill Country Club, 1330 Broadway, Darien Center.

Individual golfers, foursomes and sponsors are still being sought for the annual “Come Get Some” golf tournament. Registration and lunch begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start.

Shark Girl has a new home at Canalside


BUFFALO, N.Y. - Buffalo's most famous waterfront resident has a new home at Canalside.

Shark Girl is now perched on one of the bridges that runs over the replica canals at the site where Memorial Auditorium once stood. She was removed from her spot near the boardwalk a few weeks ago for some touch up work after our rough winter.

Shark Girl is part of a collaboration between Erie County and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery to showcase works of art in public places throughout the county. She was created by artist Casey Riordan Millard.

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Mayor Brown and Mayor Dyster Proclaim June 6, 2015 "Tour de Cure Day"

Mayor Brown and Mayor Dyster Proclaim June 6, 2015 "Tour de Cure Day"

BUFFALO, NY–Today the American Diabetes Association (ADA), Mayor Byron Brown and Mayor Paul Dyster announced the 2015 Seneca Resorts & Casinos Tour de Cure®, presented by Independent Health. This year’s Tour de Cure® will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015, beginning at Old Falls Street in downtown Niagara Falls, NY. The signature cycling event attracts riders of all skill levels, and raises funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy efforts. The ADA invites riders, sponsors and volunteers to participate in this community-driven ride.

“I’m proud to support the American Diabetes Association in their fight to Stop Diabetes® and the disease’s deadly consequences,” said Byron W. Brown, Mayor of the City of Buffalo. “By proclaiming June 6, 2015 as ‘Tour de Cure Day’ in the City of Buffalo, I call on Western New Yorkers to support and participate in this year’s event by riding or volunteering, in order to raise funds for those affected by diabetes.”

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market to Kick Off 17th Season on Saturday, May 9

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market to Kick Off 17th Season on Saturday, May 9

 

An enhanced EBT program, three new vendors, talented local entertainers and two Wellness Weekends will highlight the 2015 season at the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market. The selling season kicks off on Saturday, May 9, and runs through Saturday, Nov. 28. Hours at the open-air venue in Buffalo’s historic Elmwood Village are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. 

A program of the Elmwood Village Association, the market features more than 40 vendors selling fruits, vegetables, baked goods, organics, fresh meat, cut flowers, wine, craft beer, eggs, dairy, honey, cheese and much more. Products available at the market are always fresh, seasonal and local. New vendors in 2015 include K&B Farm, Kindred Kreek and Niagara Distilling Company.

Visa Fees Waived for 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Visa Fees Waived for 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games

 

The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games will take place in Los Angeles, California, from July 25 through Aug. 2, 2015. This year, foreign participants have something new to look forward to: There will be no visa application fee or visa issuance fee required. In 2014, the State Department announced that the fees would be waived for both the 2014 Special Olympics Summer Games Invitational and this year’s main event. Consular posts worldwide have been authorized to issue multiple-entry "B-1/B-2" visitor visas to qualifying applicants.