Halloween is the one day a year where you’re encouraged to be anything besides yourself, however, the holiday can potentially pose safety risks for all ages. For example, there are often horror stories about people putting dangerous items, such as razor blades or drugs, into candy. That was apparent this year in western New York, as there were two separate reports of sharp objects being found in candy.
A state review has found Buffalo State is not fully complaint with a law intended to protect students from sexual assault. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the preliminary results Sept. 19 of a state-wide review of all colleges and universities to monitor compliance with New York’s “Enough is Enough” law.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation plans to eliminate American beech trees in Chautauqua County with herbicide injections due to overpopulation of the species.
The SPCA serving Erie County is assisting animal shelters in Florida and Texas by housing at least 21 dogs displaced by hurricanes. Hurricane Irma devastated parts of Florida last month and many of the shelters in the affected areas needed space for displaced dogs and other animals.
The unemployment rate in Buffalo has risen above 5 percent for the first time in four years, despite increased business development. The unemployment rate climbed to 5.2 percent for August, which is up from 4.9 percent from the same time last year, according to the state Department of Labor.
The Buffalo chapter of Black Lives Matter has organized a feminine hygiene product drive for women in need. For many women, these products, including tampons, pads and panty liners can be too expensive.
Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison will speak in Buffalo Nov. 9 at the Kleinhans Music Hall. Morrison, 86, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the American Book Award in 1988 for “Beloved.”