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Ceretto: 'Lawyering up' shows continuing ethics issues in Assembly
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 03:05 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, said Wednesday the State Assembly's hiring of an outside law firm with $200,000 of taxpayer money to handle sexual harassment issues falls far short of the reforms needed to correct the problems in New York's lower house.
Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic host E!'s "Live From the Red Carpet: The 2014 Academy Awards'
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 03:00 pm
On Sunday, March 2, E! goes live from the heart of Hollywood with almost 10 hours of coverage at this year's Oscars. As award season comes to a close, this year's Oscar race is one of the most buzzed about in years and E!'s 20-plus cameras will bring fans closer to all the action as if they were actually on the carpet interviewing their favorite stars.
New York State Parks visitation topped 60 million in 2013
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 03:00 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) announced Wednesday that more than 60.1 million people visited state parks and historic sites in 2013, and campgrounds had their busiest year on record, as dozens of parks across the state undergo improvements thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "New York Works" initiative.
State Tax Department announces $1 billion in refunds issued for 1.1 million taxpayers
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 03:00 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance announced Wednesday it has issued $1 billion in refunds, and reminded New Yorkers to use free e-filing options for faster refunds. Already, refunds have been issued to more than 1.1 million taxpayers - a 50 percent increase over last year's total by this date of 776,000.
Register for 'Girls on the Run of Buffalo' spring season
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 02:55 pm
"Girls on the Run of Buffalo," a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running, is now accepting registrations for its spring season.
Grisanti comments on passage of Dream Act, proposed property tax freeze
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 02:50 pm
State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-60th District, offered these comments Wednesday:
Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue to appear at Pet Supplies Plus
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 02:50 pm
Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue will be present with adoptable dogs this Saturday, March 1, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the Pet Supplies Plus location at 2952 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Dogs Angel, Blu, Kirby, Reba, Rudy, Simba and Snuggles will be on hand; photos and information on these and all their animals are available online at
TVGN and Shazam to offer immersive second screen experience for viewers of 'TVGN Live with Entertainment Tonight at The Oscars'
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 02:50 pm
This Sunday, TVGN and Shazam will offer viewers an interactive second screen engagement opportunity while watching "TVGN Live with ET at The Oscars," a live red carpet show featuring interviews with Hollywood's hottest stars, Sunday, March 2 at 5 p.m.
Niagara County unveils online park reservations
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 02:50 pm
Niagara County is rolling out a new, online parks reservation system to allow the public to reserve park shelters from home or their Internet-enabled mobile phone, the head of the Niagara County Legislature's public works panel announced.
Cuomo, Walt Disney, Marvel, Netflix: Landmark live-action TV series based on Marvel characters to film in New York
Wed, Feb 26th 2014 01:25 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, The Walt Disney Company, Marvel and Netflix Inc. have announced Marvel's landmark live-action television series, which will bring Marvel's "flawed heroes of Hell's Kitchen" characters to Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, will principally film in New York state.

Filming is set to begin this summer and will create at least 3,000 jobs in New York, including up to 400 full-time jobs.

Think it's safe to type a quick text while walking? Guess again
Wed, Feb 26th 2014 12:50 pm
Texting and walking is a known danger, but Dr. Dietrich Jehle, professor of emergency medicine at the University at Buffalo, says distracted walking results in more injuries per mile than distracted driving.
Higgins comments on president's transportation proposal
Wed, Feb 26th 2014 12:50 pm
This afternoon, President Obama is expected to announce a four-year, $302 billion transportation proposal. The plan is supported by $150 billion in revenue earned by closing business tax loopholes, and includes $600 million in new competitive TIGER grants. The current highway transportation bill is scheduled to expire this fall.
'Kohl's Cares' scholarship program nomination period ends March 14
Wed, Feb 26th 2014 09:50 am
Only two weeks remain to nominate young volunteers for the "Kohl's Cares" scholarship program. Kids ages 6 to 18 who have made a positive impact on their communities can be awarded scholarships and prizes, ranging from $50 Kohl's gift cards to $10,000 scholarships.
Canisius College endowment exceeds $100 million
Wed, Feb 26th 2014 09:50 am
Canisius College's endowment has exceeded $100 million for the first time in the college's history, President John J. Hurley announced Wednesday. The endowment stands at $103,104,691, more than double its amount before the beginning of the college's last fundraising campaign, "A Legacy of Leadership," which concluded in 2012.

"This is a milestone for us, as we continue our ascent among regional comprehensive universities in the country," Hurley said. "But continued growth of the endowment remains a key priority."

Academy invites fans to join Oscar celebration with #MyOscarPhoto on Twitter
Wed, Feb 26th 2014 09:30 am
For the first time, Oscar fans watching the "Oscars Red Carpet Live" show on March 2 on ABC will have the opportunity to see themselves next to the stars on the red carpet through Twitter.
'Good Morning America' is headed to Hollywood for the Oscars
Wed, Feb 26th 2014 09:30 am
ABC News "Good Morning America" is heading to Hollywood for the Oscars. Leading up to Hollywood's biggest night, GMA will countdown to the awards with daily segments on entertainment news, red carpet fashion trends, and interviews with the nominees.
How to 'curb' car sickness in puppies and dogs
Wed, Feb 26th 2014 09:30 am
Much like humans, dogs and puppies can also experience a feeling of illness while on car trips. This car sickness can make pet travel, whether short or long, quite an ordeal for dogs and their families. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help your dog in the car.
Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour elected 2nd vice president of New York State Sheriffs' Association
Wed, Feb 26th 2014 07:00 am
The New York State Sheriffs' Association held its election of officers at its 80th annual Winter Training Conference last week at the Desmond Hotel in Albany. Members elected Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour as 2nd vice president.
Like father, like son
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 09:00 pm
Antoine Mason is having the best season of his college career.
'Psych': Maggie Lawson and Timothy Omundson preview final episodes
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 08:50 pm
INTERVIEW: "Psych" is back with its final five episodes on the USA Network. Stars Timothy Omundson (Det. Carlton Lassiter) and Maggie Lawson (Det. Juliet O'Hara) recently teased the remaining episodes (and promised plenty of delicious flavor for the show's dedicated "Psych-Os").
WGRZ's Olympic ratings are golden
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 08:25 pm
WGRZ's television ratings for The 2014 Winter Olympics were one of the strongest of any television station in the entire U.S.
Ceretto votes against Dream Act
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 08:25 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, voted against the Dream Act Tuesday, citing the difficulties that honest, working-class families have paying for college. Ceretto said he believes these families should get help before people who are not in the country legally.
Reps. Collins, Reed and Gibson introduce Kids Before Cons Act
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 08:25 pm
Congressman Chris Collins, NY-27, officially introduced the Kids Before Cons Act Tuesday with congressmen Tom Reed, NY-23, and Chris Gibson, NY-19, as co-sponsors.

This legislation will prohibit the use of federal taxpayer dollars to provide a college education to convicted criminals.

"The governor's latest plan to fund college educations for convicted criminals using taxpayer dollars is an insult to law-abiding citizens all across our state," Collins said. "That is why, in response, I am introducing legislation that will ensure no federal taxpayer dollars are used to fund higher education for criminals.

Cuomo announces creation of 500 new information technology jobs in Buffalo
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 08:25 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Monday that IBM will bring 500 new information technology jobs to Buffalo, a commitment leveraged by a $55 million "Buffalo Billion" investment by the state in the Buffalo Information Technologies Innovation and Commercialization Hub. IBM will be the first anchor tenant in the hub, which, in partnership with the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, State Data Center, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and University at Buffalo, will train IT professionals, educate new IT staff through State University of New York partnerships, and develop next generation IT software needed to drive state-of-the-art discoveries in the areas of molecular research, genomics, energy efficiency development and defense.
Cuomo announces truck pre-inspections to begin at Peace Bridge
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 08:25 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Monday the start of the commercial vehicle pre-inspection pilot program at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie, Ontario, in order to help ease congestion at the second-busiest border crossing on the U.S.-Canada border. This pilot program will be in place for a minimum of six months, but could eventually be made permanent, allowing all initial inspections to be done in Canada.
Time Inc.'s People partners with The Academy to host this year's Oscar Fan Experience for second year
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 08:20 pm
People, the No. 1 celebrity and entertainment brand, has partnered with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to present the 2014 Oscar Fan Experience March 2.
'American Idol XIII' preshow 'Idol Insider' to air Mondays exclusively across Vevo
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 08:20 pm
For the first time ever on Vevo, "American Idol XIII" fans can get an exclusive sneak peak at each week's new episodes with "Idol Insider," a new weekly digital series hosted by Sam Tsui, with all-new episodes airing Mondays.
NBCUniversal's coverage of 2014 Sochi Games reaches more Americans via more platforms than any Winter Olympics
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 08:20 pm
There were more ways to consume, more hours shown, and more Americans experiencing NBCUniversal's presentation of the XXII Olympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia, than ever before for a Winter Olympics. The Sochi Games generated 242.3 million media exposures across the platforms of NBCUniversal - a 3.5 million increase over the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers generate Monday highs while 'The Voice' and 'Blacklist' deliver a primetime sweep
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 08:20 pm
At 11:35 p.m. ET, "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" delivered strong ratings with its first telecast on a non-Olympic night, averaging a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.257 million viewers overall in "fast official" ratings from Nielsen Media Research.
Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski swap ice skates for couture
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 08:20 pm
Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski and three-time U.S. figure skating champion and Olympian Johnny Weir had just as much fun coordinating their outfits together as they did as ice skating commentators for NBC at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. And now the pair is headed straight from Sochi to Hollywood.
Penguins-Blackhawks NHL Stadium Series game first-ever regular-season game scheduled for primetime on NBC
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 08:20 pm
NBC Sports Group's NHL regular-season coverage returns this week, highlighted by a potential Stanley Cup Final matchup, as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks face off in the NHL Stadium Series at Soldier Field in Chicago Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC.
Western New York pays tribute to Shirley Chisholm
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 08:20 pm
Members of the Western New York community came together Tuesday at Forest Lawn to pay tribute to Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to Congress, who was recently honored by the U.S. Postal Service with the issuance of a limited-edition Black Heritage Forever Stamp.
IBHS offers consumer resources on responding to flooding due to snow and ice melting
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 12:30 pm
Snow and ice have been causing significant disruptions throughout the country this year, and as temperatures begin to rise, flooding due to snow and ice melting could cause costly property damage.
Contemporary Catholicism expert speaking at Niagara University March 12
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 12:30 pm
The Rev. James L. Heft, S.M., founder of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California, will deliver an address at Niagara University March 12 as part of the Henry and Grace McNulty Lecture Series on Religion in the Modern World.
Free pancakes at IHOP March 4
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 12:30 pm
For the ninth consecutive year, IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer each guest a free short stack of their famous buttermilk pancakes on National Pancake Day in an effort to raise $3 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals programs nationwide.
Geraldo Rivera to host 'Putting Buffalo Back to Work' career expo
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 12:30 pm
Cumulus Radio (Buffalo's 97 Rock, 103.3 The Edge, Classic Hits 104.1 and Sports Radio 1270) will host a career expo with 44 local businesses at the Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, March 10. From WABC in New York City, Geraldo Rivera will be a special guest speaker and conduct a live broadcast.

From WABC in New York City, Geraldo Rivera will be a special guest speaker and conduct a live broadcast. In addition, all four Cumulus Buffalo stations will be broadcasting from the Millennium Hotel Buffalo. All on-air personalities will be on hand.

Warm up with 'SEAsonings' at Aquarium of Niagara
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 12:30 pm
Had enough slipping and sliding, sneezing and freezing? No need for cold medicine, just drop by the Aquarium of Niagara Thursday, March 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. It's time for the annual winter fundraiser "SEAsonings - The Original Taste of Niagara."
'BAND Against Bullying' competition returns to UB, sending abuse-prevention and 'dignity for all' messages
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 12:20 pm
Students from seven area high schools will use their musical and artistic skills to send an anti-bullying message during the second "BAND Against Bullying" school competition to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in "the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts.
Turkey isn't just for Thanksgiving
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 10:45 am
With the diverse population that makes up America, many of us are accustomed to numerous cultures and ways of life. Since Niagara Falls is home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the city attracts tourists from all over who add a sense of diversity to Western New York.
Niagara University announces spring Ridge Fest concert
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 10:40 am
Rodney Atkins will be performing during Niagara's Ridge Fest, a weeklong event hosted by NUSGA in April. The event is an end of the year celebration a week before students have to prepare for final exams.

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