NBC News/Marist poll: America shrugs off scandals plaguing NFL

According to an exclusive new NBC News/Marist poll, nearly 90 percent of Americans say the recent outcry about domestic violence in the NFL hasn't changed how much professional football they watch - and less than a third of the nation believes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should resign. 

The poll also finds a majority of Americans - including nearly six in 10 self-described football fans - say they disapprove of the way the NFL has handled the domestic-violence allegations.

Additional analysis from NBC News' Mark Murray is below.

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UB school supply drive sets record

The University at Buffalo community gets an A+ for generosity, donating more than 24,000 items in this year's school supply drive sponsored by the office of community relations. In all, 24,469 items were collected, making this year's drive the most successful one yet.

This year's drive doubled the number of items collected just two years ago and is nearly 10 times more than what was collected when the program began in 2009.

The haul included more than 3,000 notebooks, 9,500 sheets of loose-leaf paper and more than 600 pens and 1,700 pencils, among other items. 

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Buffalo Maritime Festival: A celebration of all things nautical

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. invites the public to experience a celebration of all things that have made the Buffalo community a historic lakefront destination.

The Buffalo Maritime Festival at Canalside begins Friday at 3 p.m. with a boat parade and the arrival of the majestic U.S. Brig Niagara, which will serve as a centerpiece for three full days of events and activities that run through Sunday. Tug DeWitt Clinton and the Spirit of Buffalo, a U.S. Coast Guard Response Boat, plus dozens of other classic boats will join the brig.

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AAA: new partnerships, more savings with local auto repair facilities

AAA Western and Central New York has announced details of a renewed partnership with more than 80 auto repair facilities participating in the AAA Approved Auto Repair program. AAA's AAR program offers members a way to identify reliable repair shops they can trust.

Starting this month, local AAR locations will offer new and improved standard discounts and benefits to AAA members, including: a 10 percent discount on repair labor; a two-year/24,000-mile guarantee on parts and labor; a free multi-point inspection; preliminary diagnosis within one hour of tow arrival; and member-preferred pricing on select maintenance services.

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HAL presents 'De-Mystifying The Upper Landing'

The Old Stone Chimney, the oldest stone structure on the upper lakes, marked the southern end of the Niagara Portage. Lewistonians know the legacy of the Portage and the Lower Landing as well as anyone, yet the Old Stone Chimney, virtually hidden since 1962, is shrouded in mystery.

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Niagara launching poverty-focused social entrepreneurship program

Niagara University is launching a poverty-focused social entrepreneurship program that aims to address some of the most significant problems facing Niagara Falls-area residents.

For its inaugural competition, "EntrepreNU2015," a Vincentian community enterprise project, challenges NU students to become directly engaged in finding new, self-sustaining, innovative solutions to the poverty-related issues of food, hunger and nutrition that confront so many Niagara Falls residents.

A recent community report commissioned by The John R. Oishei Foundation found approximately 15 percent of Niagara Falls' most vulnerable residents have urgent concerns around food.

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Quick Takes

Collins supports legislation to fund government

Higgins questions counterterrorism center director

ECC awarded $5.75 million through NYSUNY 2020

'Carving at the Casino' presented at Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino

Buffalo Harbor State Park seeks partner

Higgins announces House passage of bill keeping Kids Korner open


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

NFP is offering readers the opportunity to honor loved ones by placing either a tribute ad for survivors or a memorial ad that will run in the Island Dispatch, Niagara Wheatfield Tribune and Lewiston-Porter Sentinel.

Click here to download a PDF.

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