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SkyRiders set off

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Riders get ready to go over the Skyway in a photo by Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News.

GObike Buffalo hosted its first SkyRide this morning along the Buffalo Skyway, which was closed for two hours to accommodate the event.

The bicycle ride started at 10 a.m. from Canalside. Riders completed two routes – a 14-mile South Loop going to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and a 15-mile North Loop through Delaware Park and along the Niagara River.

Buffalo News photographers  are on the scene and up high to record the event; click  here for a gallery of images.

Riders took to Twitter and Instagram to share the experience:

Video: Hochul, Derenda on indictments of cops

A cleanup at the Buffalo Police Department continues with the announcement today that three officers have been indicted for using excessive force against four teenagers in a case dating to 2009.

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. and Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda discuss the indictments:

Live blog at 2 p.m.: Felony hearing in Molly's assault

Outpouring of support for Ben Sauer's family

Ben Sauer, the Clarence 5-year-old who was the inspiration for the #Blue4Ben campaign, died Tuesday night after battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

Ben's story, chronicled in his mother's blog, captured the hearts of Western New Yorkers, prompting locals to tweet their support of the little boy and his family and post hopeful messages on Facebook, many adopting the #Blue4Ben hashtag. 

The Sauer family formally announced the passing of little Ben around 4 p.m. today on Facebook, spurring another wave of encouraging and introspective Twitter and Facebook posts -- some of which have been imbedded below.

 

Special report: The Front Lines of Fracking

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Jim Van Blarcom, who has nine natural gas gas wells on his farm, has expanded his business fivefold since 2009, erecting a new barn and investing in hog farming. Photo by Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News.

 

The Front Lines of Fracking is a Buffalo News special report that looks at the potential for fracking in New York’s Southern Tier and the benefits and pitfalls that come with it. The three-part series examines how fracking is changing communities in neighboring states and how residents are trying to adapt.

Part One (May 11): Fracking has been a boon for Pennsylvania, but its economic benefits aren’t as big as claimed.

Part Two (May 18): Despite many anecdotal concerns about environmental and health risks, the science is inconclusive.

Part Three (coming May 19): The fracking industry transformed Youngstown, Ohio, almost overnight.

Photo galleries:

Video of lawyer comments, Twitter updates from felony hearing for homicide suspect, 13

After the felony hearing for Jean Sanchez, assigned counsel Paul Dell talked with the media about the case. Sanchez, 13, is accused of killing Ameer Al Shammari, 13.

Review updates: Police news conference on arrest of 13-year-old

A 13-year-old Black Rock boy has confessed to killing Ameer Al Shammari, a law enforcement official said today.

The boy, identified by authorities as Jean Sanchez, was arrested at about 3:30 a.m. today after homicide investigators developed leads that helped them to identify the suspect.

The teenager will be charged as an adult, an official told The Buffalo News.

News Staff Reporter Jay Rey is providing live updates from a police news conference:

The News' annual Kids Day: Donate, read articles, view images and more

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Today marks the 32nd year of The Buffalo News' annual Kids Day fundraising effort, which over the years has raised more than $4.2 million for children all across Western New York.

The proceeds from today's special edition of The News will benefit Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, the Robert Warner MD Center for Children with Special Needs and Children’s Charities of Western New York.

Below you will find links to the articles in the special section and a gallery of photos highlighting patients at Women and Children's Hospital.

Missed the paper this morning? You can still donate.

YouTube video alleges Buffalo police brutality

Here is the video, first posted on a Facebook page belonging to Cop Block of Western New York, that allegedly shows Buffalo officers assaulting a man already in custody:

“Buffalo police are aware of the video and are investigating the matter," police spokesman Michael DeGeorge said Sunday.

Will Jills be cheering on Bills this season?

All activities involving the Buffalo Jills have been suspended in the wake of a lawsuit filed by five former cheerleaders. News Court Reporter James Staas provides details in a chat with Brian Meyer:

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