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Photo: Demolition of Bethlehem Steel Administration Building begins

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An excavator smashed the ornate facade of the Bethlehem Steel Administration Building Friday, a day after an Appeals Court judge rejected Campaign for Greater Buffalo’s attempt for a temporary restraining order to halt demolition. Preservationists have for months sought to save the 1901 Beaux Arts-style building, but in the end could not convince Lackawanna Mayor Geoff Szymanski, who went to court to get a demolition order, or Gateway Trade Center, the building’s owner, to reverse course. Photo by Derek Gee for The Buffalo News.

Video: David Zack, Cheektowaga police chief, on keeping schools safe

Cheektowaga Police Chief speaks about how his department has been preparing to keep schools safe.

Live Blog - Cheektowaga Police Event: "A Shooter in Our Schools," 6:30 p.m.

The Cheektowaga Police Department, in an effort "to provide parents with a brief history of active shooter incidents in the United States, facts related to those incidents and the Cheektowaga Police Department's readiness to deal with such an event," will present A Shooter in Our Schools: Is Our Police Department Prepared? from the Maryvale High School Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

The presentation, spearheaded by Chief David J. Zack and the Cheektowaga Police, is designed as a "pro-active" informational event for Cheektowagans following the recent incidents in Aurora, Colo. and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. that "have elevated levels of concern in communities everywhere," the police department announced.

Pre-registration was required for the event.

Cheektowaga Police said earlier this week that, because of the overwhelming interest they received about the presentation, it is expected that a second such event will be held in the near future.

Follow along live here where the Buffalo News' Cheektowaga reporter, T.J. Pignataro, will provide frequent updates and images from the event.

Video: In Focus: Franklin J. Sciortino, U.S. Small Business Administration

The district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration discusses the debate over raising the minimum wage and highlights local programs set up to assist entrepreneurs. He also talks with Brian Meyer about small business-lending.

The Buffalo Arts and Technology Center: putting people to work and graduating students

An editorial today deals with the Buffalo Arts and Technology Center, set to roll out next year under the direction of educator Amber M. Dixon. The idea is to get people working who are unemployed and better jobs for the unemployed, largely in the medical field as medical coders and pharmacy technicians.

The center, a neighbor of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will be housed in the vacant first and lower floors in the Artspace Buffalo Lofts at 1219 Main St., providing adult and high school students with art and culture and new opportunities. 

The program is supported through more than $4 million in funding, primarily from the John R. Oishei Foundation, First Niagara Foundation and Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, along with the Empire State Development Corp. and the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council. 

It is modeled after the Manchester Bidwell Corp. concept from Pittsburgh. 

Take a look here at an interview by The News' Brian Meyer with Dixon and a video by the dynamic founder of the Manchester model, Bill Strickland.

Dawn Marie Bracely - Editorial Writer

Meeting blog at 6:45 p.m.: Requiring landlords to be licensed in Cheektowaga?

A long-anticipated, yet controversial, move to enact a Landlord Licensing Law in the Town of Cheektowaga is expected to be considered tonight by the Cheektowaga Town Board.

The town's first local law of 2013 is being sponsored by Supervisor Mary F. Holtz and Councilman Stanley J. Kaznowski III and would, if approved, require landlords renting four or more residential dwelling units in the town to obtain a license.

Town officials held a public hearing on the proposal way back in September 2011. Several landlords turned out to voice their opposition to the plan, while some residents and town police officials expressed support for the law.

It will be the first regular meeting of the town board since last month's brouhaha between Republican and Democratic leaders over several town issues led to chastisements by several residents.

Join T.J. Pignataro, the Buffalo News' Cheektowaga reporter, who will be live tonight in the council chambers at Cheektowaga Town Hall.


Meeting blog at 7 p.m.: Hearing to be set for sweeping parking changes near Daemen

Video: Buffalo Zoo introduces polar bear cub

Cuddly 3-month-old cub's introduction marks opening of fundraising for habitat.

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