Mon September 15, 2014

Buffalo teens study distressed neighborhoods

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 3:21 pm

Dr. Henry Taylor, Director of UB's Urban Studies program, Gavin Luter, Coordinator of Educational Programs for UB's Urban Studies with Buffalo students, Malilk Rainey, Nyah Shaw & Nisa Jenkins.

Some Buffalo Public School students recently participated in the 'Community as Classroom' program. The University at Buffalo's Center for Urban Studies used the Fruit Belt and other distressed city neighborhoods as a virtual classroom. 

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Mon September 15, 2014

New study finds area birds at risk of extinction

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 9:51 am


A new study released by the National Audubon Society finds that some birds found in Western New York are at risk of extinction due to global warming.

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Mon September 8, 2014

Binghamton forms commission to end veteran homelessness

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The City of Binghamton has pledged to seek an end to homelessness among the city’s veterans. The first step, announced Friday, is the formation of a blue ribbon commission.

The city doesn’t know how many veterans are homeless and needs to figure out where to house them. Those will be the two main goals of the 15-member commission.

The announcement Friday included representatives from the federal government, the mayor and local organizations. Mayor Rich David painted the goal in moral terms.

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Tue September 2, 2014

Medical marijuana legal in N.Y., but will insurance pay for it?

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Marijuana has been approved in New York for medicinal uses for people with certain ailments, but that doesn’t mean using it will be simple.

It’s a bit of a going-nowhere-fast loop when it comes to health insurance providers offering coverage for medicinal marijuana.

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Mon September 1, 2014

How will medical marijuana use go over in the workplace?

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 7:05 am

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While medical marijuana will soon be legal for some illnesses in New York, legal experts are warning there are some unanswered concerns over when and where it can be used.

In about a year and a half, people with illnesses like cancer or AIDS will be able to use medicinal marijuana legally for pain and loss of appetite.

But will those patients be allowed to be high in the workplace?

Labor attorney Michael Macomber, with the firm Tully Rinckey, says marijuana is still an illegal drug at the federal level after all.

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