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EC legislators expect to hear more about StingRay from Sheriff Howard


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Some county legislators have withheld judgment on the Sheriff Tim Howard's use of the cell phone spying system StingRay, until now.

The NYCLU won its lawsuit requesting details about the domestic surveillance program and those documents, made available on Tuesday, show Sheriff Howard may not have been forthcoming when he first went before the legislature almost a year ago.

"We were right to raise those questions because the rights of the public to their privacy and their constitutional rights need to be preserved," said legislator Peter Savage.

It's a controversial topic. Just like national debates over the Patriot Act, NSA and WikiLeaks, there's a fourth amendment argument to both sides at the local level.

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City school AV technician admits to fraud


BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo Public Schools audio-visual technician Noe Rodriguez, 38, of Buffalo, was submitting time cards for working full days in Buffalo at the same time he was on the clock at the Lake Shore district, 25 miles away.

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli's office made this discovery as it was conducting an audit of the Buffalo school district's supervision of its service repair center, an investigation which is nearing completion.

Rodriguez was arrested and pleaded guilty to scheming to defraud in the first degree, a felony, and paid $18,229 in restitution, according to an agreement with Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III. He is due back in Erie County Court for sentencing on June 11.

Amherst Proclamation Recognizes Daemen Basketball Teams

Amherst Proclamation Recognizes Daemen Basketball Teams

The Town of Amherst Board has issued a proclamation in honor of the Daemen College men’s and women’s basketball teams, recognizing both teams’ victories in their respective United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division I National Championship tournaments. The proclamation was presented at the April 6 town board meeting.

The Daemen men’s team, led by tournament Most Valuable Player Gerald Beverly, entered this year's tournament as the top seed and went on to defeat No. 8 Indiana University-South Bend, No. 4 Concordia College (Ala.) and No. 3 Rochester College (Mich.) in Uniontown, Pa., to capture the program’s first-ever USCAA national title.

Fundraiser for WNY VegFest 2015

Fundraiser for WNY VegFest 2015

The WNY VegFest is growing rapidly each year and quickly becoming THE preeminent healthy lifestyle festival throughout the entire region. The community came out to enthusiastically support the inaugural WNY VegFest in 2014 with over 5,000 people attending and enjoying all the varied the plant powered fun!

Buffalo and Western New York have seen an explosion of interest in health, compassion and plant-based eating over the last few years, and together with the help of local veg advocacy groups and sanctuaries the WNY VegFest is helping to spread the life affirming message of a plant based diet.

 

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Dog Ears to Host Series of Classes for Aspiring Screenwriters

Dog Ears to Host Series of Classes for Aspiring Screenwriters

 

Attention aspiring screenwriters! The industry is changing, the internet is the new norm for entertainment and the world needs content! If you have ever wanted to write for the large or small screen, you need to start here!

John Szablewski, a screenwriter and filmmaker from Buffalo, will be holding a screenwriting workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo. The cost of the event is $15.

Canalside hosts summer job fair


BUFFALO, NY - Summer job seekers who want to work by the water may want to head down to the Cobblestone District on Thursday.

Canalside is hosting a job fair to hire summer food, beverage and event workers. It runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Iron Works on Illinois Street, next to the First Niagara Center.

Bring along a resume and a printed and completed application from the Canalside website: http://www.canalsidebuffalo.com/jobopportunities/.


2-Alarm Fire on Delaware Ave. Downtown


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo fire crews remain on the scene of a smoky 2-alarm fire in the 100 block of Delaware Avenue near West Huron in the heart of downtown.

The call came in around 8:15 a.m., and the blaze was called under control about 20 minutes later.

The fire started in a storage room in the restaurant section of the building.