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Audio: Meyer discusses First Night festivities and the impact on downtown on WBFO

The News' Brian Meyer talked about the annual family friendly New Year's celebration this morning on WBFO-FM 88.7 with host Eileen Buckley:

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Previously, Meyer interviewed Carrie Meyer, executive director of Independent Health Foundation, about the First Night plans as part of The News' "In Focus" series:

Boston Globe hockey writer pens column on sledding at Chestnut Ridge

Kevin Paul Dupont, hockey columnist for the Boston Globe, wrote Saturday about a family trip to go sledding at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park:

How a snowy hill and a sled can wipe out all the noise of daily life

Another column of Dupont's, "Andy Murray knows about Newtown’s pain," was a topic of discussion during the "Bucky & Sully Show" this week (the complete Dec. 28 show can be found here):

Document: Report recommending state trooper's dismissal

Patrick Lakamp today tells us the tale of prostitutes, strippers and off-duty state troopers.

Here's the State Police Hearing Board's report recommending the dismissal of Trooper Frederick Franklin Jr.:

State Police Hearing Board report recommending Trooper Franklin's dismissal

Interactive 2012 News Quiz

Audio: Lipsey on WBFO

With News Publisher Stan Lipsey stepping down effective Jan. 1, he talked about his work in Buffalo and Omaha during an interview this morning with WBFO's Eileen Buckley.

Download the mp3 here.

Morning meeting: Stories we are working on

Here are a few of the stories we've got cooking:

*Four of the top administrators at one of Buffalo's hospitals experienced important life events at their institution. Charity Vogel has their stories.

*John Vogl is covering tonight's Amerks/Lake Erie Monsters game at the First Niagara Center.

*We'll have a preview of all the activities associated with the upcoming First Night Buffalo event.

*The UB men's basketball team is playing Division II Notre Dame College tonight.

*Our Year in Review coverage will continue tomorrow with a look back at the year in sports.

--Aaron Besecker

Video: In Focus Interview with First Night's Carrie Meyer

Carrie Meyer, executive director of the Independent Health Foundation, talks about what's in store at this year's family-friendly First Night festivities.

Morning meeting: Stories we are working on

Here are some of the stories we're pursuing today:

*The snow will start coming down later today, and is expected to come down at two inches per hour tonight.

*Staff Reporter Jane Kwiatkowski is working on a feature story about WBLK's syndicated morning show.

*Some UB accounting students will be helping low-income families with their tax returns.

*Pro Bowl selections will be announced tonight at 7 p.m.

*We'll have a rundown of the year's biggest business stories in tomorrow's edition.

--Aaron Besecker

2012: A Year in Review

The Buffalo News continues to look back at the year in news, sports and entertainment. On Jan. 1, we'll look ahead to some of what 2013 will bring. Here's a rundown of all our coverage:


Today, Dec. 31: A look at those who passed on. 

Photo Gallery of Western New York weather 2012. 



Sunday, Dec. 30 : A year of extremes. The top local stories of 2012.

Sports 2012

Saturday, Dec. 29: The top 10 Sports Stories

A photo gallery of the Best in Sports

Sharon Cantillon's Best Photos of 2012 

Interactive 2012 News Quiz

Continue reading "2012: A Year in Review" »

Morning meeting: Stories we are working on

Here are a few of the stories we've got cooking, based on this morning's news meeting:

*The Clarence Industrial Development Agency is meeting to discuss possible tax breaks for a car dealership.

*The December Home of the Month, in tomorrow's Home & Style section, is the Ronald McDonald House, which was remade by a group of interior designers.

*Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski is tracking the latest on "fiscal cliff" talks.

*Albany Bureau Chief Tom Precious is following the chatter over a possible special session of the State Legislature to deal with gun control measures.

*Our Gusto cover story is a list of staff picks of holiday things to do, as well as non-holiday stuff.

--Aaron Besecker

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