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Tipline: Foreclosure Warnings in Buffalo Over User Fees

 The e-mails and calls came into our Tipline about letters from the city of Buffalo which start out with the heading : Your Property Is Subject To Foreclosure.

 It turns out those letters have gone out to people who owe city taxes, sewer rent, or user fees. They warn the property owner that their property could end up on foreclosure list with the Erie County Clerk's Office.

 But some people say they do not feel they were billed properly to begin with. Some of the confusion may stem from a new billing policy which the city started this year. City Hall now sends out bills on an annual basis for garbage user fees with attached coupons. Some residents may not realize they need to still send payments with those coupons on the due dates. In past years the city would just send out quarterly bills. That may account for some people saying they did not get a bill.

Man Pleads Guilty in Stabbing Outside Goodwill

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A man once employed by the Goodwill store on William Street has plead guilty to first degree manslaughter for a stabbing outside the store in August.

32 year old Jawain Wilson will be sentenced in January on the charge.

The victim was 21 year old Joshua Thomas of Buffalo. Thomas was rushed to ECMC after the incident but later died of his injuries.

The two men both worked at Goodwill Industries, in separate departments, according to Thomas Lynch, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Western New York.

Lynch declined an on-camera interview, but said nothing like this has ever happened at Goodwill of Western New York before, and since the stabbing, colleagues in other regions have been reaching out to the William Street location with messages of support. 

Lynch said there is no protocol for a situation like this, but at this time, Wilson has been suspended indefinitely.

Public Meeting on Broadway-Fillmore Post Office Closure

Public Meeting on Broadway-Fillmore Post Office Closure

The Broadway Fillmore Station post office is once again on the closing list by the United States Postal Service.

It is almost two years to the day that the office was saved from a previous closure attempt.

Top Black Friday 2011 Deals Online Today

BUFFALO, NY -- Black Friday doesn't have to be a hassle. Today we're saving you time and money. Below is a round-up of the top deals already online that run through Black Friday.

Each link below already has the coupon built-in, so all you need to do is click, enter the coupon code (if applicable) and enjoy. These prices are "Black Friday safe" but please keep in mind there are bigger deals right around the corner. We'll have those Thursday and Friday.

Black Friday Store Maps: Where The Deals Are

One of the major keys to a successful in-store Black Friday experience is knowing where the retailer's putting the deals, and how that store is laid out.

Click on any store name below and you'll find the only hand-drawn deal maps in the country (exclusive to our network of stations). I only mapped out the 8 stores below since the lay-outs are similar from one location to the next. Some store sections will differ slightly, others may be the mirror image of a map. Knowing a store's layout could easily put a deal in your hands first.

Happy Shopping!

- Matt (@MattGranite on Twitter)

Click on any store name below to download the map.

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Bishop Kmiec to Meet with Pope Benedict This Week at the Vatican

Bishop Kmiec to Meet with Pope Benedict This Week at the Vatican

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, bishop of Buffalo, leaves for Rome this afternoon for a scheduled meeting with Pope Benedict XVI.

The meeting is part of the “ad limina” visit that bishops have at the Vatican with the Holy Father.  In the past, the so-called quinquennial meetings were held every five years.  During Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy, the meetings are held every seven years.  This will be Bishop Kmiec’s first formal meeting with this Holy Father.  While in Trenton and Nashville, Bishop Kmiec was part of “ad limina” visits with Pope John Paul II. 

Click here to listen to Bishop Kmiec's Western New York Catholic Weekly radio interview about his upcoming meeting with the pope.

Free Henry! Set to Release "Ethereal Gust" Nov. 25

Free Henry! Set to Release "Ethereal Gust" Nov. 25

Ethereal Gust, the highly anticipated follow-up album to Free Henry!’s Summers On Neptune, brings the band back to their roots, performing their CD Release Show at Mr. Goodbar, 1110 Elmwood Ave. on Friday, November 25, 2011 at 10:30PM.