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Morning Roundup: Tuesday, Dec. 21

Winter begins

Dorothy Spivey walks carefully along a snowy Germain Street in Buffalo on Monday. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News

Good morning.

The official start to winter comes tonight, but the region has already seen above-average snowfall and below-normal temperatures for the first part of the month, reports News Staff Reporter Stephen T. Watson.

The National Weather Service forecasts a high near 27 today in the Buffalo area with partly sunny skies. 

Here's a look at a few of the latest headlines:

- Former Niagara Falls Mayor Vince Anello was sentenced to 13 months in federal prison Monday for filing false statements with an electrical workers union. The moment of disgrace came after years of controversy and federal investigations aimed at Anello, News Staff Reporter Dan Herbeck writes.

- The Buffalo Niagara region is one of the most racially segregated communities in the United States, according to an analysis of new census data by the Brookings Institution.

- A local investor and development group paid $3.5 million Monday to buy the former Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna, reports News Business Reporter Jonathan D. Epstein.

--Denise Jewell Gee

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