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** Freezing rain advisory issued for all of WNY from 8 PM tonight-10 AM Tuesday. 1/10″ of ice accumulation possible, creating slick spots on untreated surfaces and roadways.**
Today will be a nice and uneventful weather day. By afternoon clouds will start to fill in leaving behind a mix of sun and clouds before becoming overcast into the evening. Late tonight as our next disturbance arrives, the S. Tier will see the first of freezing rain. This will leave minimal accumulating ice behind. By morning this disturbance will bring a thin layer of ice will move through all of Western New York. This will cause some icy spots on area roadways. As temperatures rise, this should turn over to just rain for the rest of Tuesday afternoon and evening.
Rain will stick around but become more scattered in nature for Wednesday. After that, the weather looks to dry out in time for the end of the week and weekend. In addition to staying dry,temperatures will be above average. The mild weather will persist until a more wintry weather pattern moves in for the last weekend of the month into February.
TODAY: Mostly to Partly Sunny, Pleasant afternoon, Clouds increase late, High: 36-39, Showers arrive overnight, freezing rain likely early Tuesday, Low: 30.
TUESDAY: Chance of freezing rain early, Turning to rain showers by late morning and continue through the afternoon, Unseasonably mild, High: 44, Low: 38.
WEDNESDAY: Cloudy, Scattered Rain/Snow Showers, Breezy, High: 38, Low: 34.
THURSDAY: Mix of Clouds and Sun, High: 41, Low: 33.
FRIDAY: Partly Sunny, chance of a rain shower at night, High: 45, Low: 35.
SATURDAY: Partly to Mostly Cloudy, High: 46, Low: 34.
SUNDAY: Partly to Mostly Cloudy, High: 45, Low: 38.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – In light of recent online attacks from Russia, and on the DNC, cyber experts are weighing in, saying the internet is under attack.
Some say a hack called “spear phishing” is damaging the foundation of the democratic system, and the attacks are only getting more frequent.
Cyber Expert Arun Vishwanath says, the attacks are becoming more sophisticated and more frequent. He said, “What started as North Korea now we have the Russians’ interfering with democracy.”
He said seconds can dictate what happens when it comes to a spear phishing cyber attack. He said, “So what used to be hackers, run of the mill hackers, now we have state sponsored hackers, we have terrorist groups from all over the world, and because we have email all over the world anybody can do this.”
And even Netflix recently was involved in a scam. It’s become the latest weapon and you, the next potential victim. Vishwanath said, “It is very easy to fall victim to if you don’t have good cyber hygiene.”
There’s no data to help experts find out how often they’re happening. but the hackers will hold you ransom through your hard-drive. He said, “The new class of attacks that started the last couple of years doesn’t have a need for you to respond. It usually has an attachment in it, a PDF or word document. If you open the document it injects malware into your computer.”
And it just takes one person and one click to do so much damage. It’s something that can destroy companies, hospitals and thieves can steal your personal information in seconds.
Vishwanath said, “A lot of this has gotten more sophisticated, but people have also gotten more lax. And it’s not our fault because technology makes it easier for us to not pay attention.”
There’s no easy solution with such a wide and fragile internet system. But you can start with keeping your personal online identity safe through what’s called: Two factor authentication.
Vishwanath said, “Anyone of us who uses Apple devices for instance, has this thing where you log into one device, you have to authenticate on another device.”
To learn more from Vishwanath and his advice on cyber hygiene, you can find a link to his article on CNN here.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police say a man is seriously injured after being shot multiple times Saturday afternoon.
Detectives responded to the shooting on Horton Place just before 2 p.m. The 35-year-old victim was rushed to the hospital.
The victim’s name has not been released. Anyone with information is asked to call 716-847-2255.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Hours after a man was seriously injured in a Saturday afternoon shooting, police responded to another shooting.
This one happened just before 6 p.m. at Walden Avenue and Bailey Avenue in Buffalo.
Detectives say a 37-year-old man was was struck by gunfire.
He was transported to ECMC where he was treated and released.
Anyone with information is asked to call or text the confidential tipcall line at 847-2255.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Sean McDermott was officially introduced as the 20th head coach of the Buffalo Bills on Friday afternoon. Owner Terry Pegula took the podium first and stated that the organization interviewed four candidates for the job and that McDermott stood out from the very beginning.
McDermott then opened the press conference by thanking his family along with Terry and Kim Pegula and General Manager Doug Whaley.
Below are some quotes from McDermott:
ON A WINNING ATTITUDE:
“Like a lot of guys I have trained myself to be a head coach since I was born, I come from a football family. I have been a part of building defense brick by brick. I have been to two super bowls I know what that looks like, feels like and taste likes. With that I am extremely confident in my ability to get things done.”
ON WHY HE CHOSE THE BILLS:
“In my opinion this was the best job on the market. People may think different but that is how I feel. We have two great owners with Terry and Kim that are willing and committed to this football team and the city of Buffalo. When you talk about a fan base, I have been here before. I have seen these fans hanging over the railing at capacity. I look forward to creating that and recreating that here.”
ON MAKING PROMISES FROM THE START LIKE REX RYAN DID:
“I am not in to making promises. The promise I will make is that we are going to be competitive and we are going to work hard every day. We are going to compete on a daily basis. I am going to build this culture to develop a daily standard of winning. You have to earn the right to win in this league, and I know that.”
ON DOUG WHALEY’S ROLE WITH THE TEAM:
“Doug has control of the 53. We have talked going through the process with the Pegulas. I wouldn’t have taken this job if I wasn’t comfortable with that.”
“This is a team effort we are working together to get this franchise to where it needs to be.” – Dough Whaley
ON TYROD TAYLOR:
“When you look at the quarterback play in this league it is critical, I just met Tyrod 10 minutes ago and we had a nice conversation, at Tyrod’s position or any position…let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I am going to go through and evaluate every position and every position group.”
ON WHAT DEFENSE HE WILL RUN:
“Whether we will be a 4-3 or a 3-4, I come from a 4-3 background. Strategically, right now I will not say what we are going to be. I am going to put the players in position to be successful.”
ON HIS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR:
“The offensive coordinator position will be an extremely important one. Just like the rest of the staff that is an active search right now. I believe in hiring guys who are great teachers and motivators and care about our players. There is a number of candidates that I am talking to and will continue talking to as soon as this press conference is over.”
On the same day as the conference, the Bills announced three people that have agreed in principle to join the team’s coaching staff. They are Leslie Frazier (defensive coordinator), Bob Babich (linebackers coach) and Juan Castillo (offensive line/run game coordinator).
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Baton Rouge, Louisiana is still picking up the pieces five months after being hit with severe flooding. Now Western New Yorkers are stepping up to help.
During the week of Jan. 9, about 20 members from the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church went to Louisiana to help families rebuild what was lost. They worked alongside another church group from Auburn, Alabama.
Together a team of 26 worked on five homes. Both groups partnered with #Revive225, a ministry of First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge that is leading food recovery efforts.
13 people were killed in the Aug. 2016 flood. Thousands of families are still trying to make their homes livable again.
The pastor of the church says it was hard to see and much worse than he anticipated.
“If you can imagine the climate of Louisiana everything is just mildew and mold so everything had to be torn out. There’s just street after street of homes that have been gutted, so it’s pretty sobering to see but it was great to be able to be a part of a team and be down there and help them with the relief efforts,” said Richard Young, pastor of the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church.
Members of the mission team included students from UB, Canisius, St. Bonaventure, Orchard Park High School and Cleveland State University. Work included sheet rock, subflooring, painting and more.
The ministry leading the efforts has worked on 200 homes so far and partnered with more than 500 volunteers from all over the country.
If you would like to learn more about this trip and how you can get involved, click here.
ELLENTON, Fla. (AP) — After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May.
The iconic American spectacle was felled by a variety of factors, company executives say. Declining attendance combined with high operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal rights groups all contributed to its demise.
“There isn’t any one thing,” said Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment. “This has been a very difficult decision for me and for the entire family.”
The company broke the news to circus employees Saturday night after shows in Orlando and Miami.
Ringling Bros. has two touring circuses this season and will perform 30 shows between now and May. Major stops include Atlanta, Washington, Philadelphia, Boston and Brooklyn. The final shows will be in Providence, Rhode Island, on May 7 and in Uniondale, New York, at the Nassau County Coliseum on May 21.
The circus, with its exotic animals, flashy costumes and death-defying acrobats, has been a staple of entertainment in the United States since the mid-1800s. Phineas Taylor Barnum made a traveling spectacle of animals and human oddities popular, while the five Ringling brothers performed juggling acts and skits from their home base in Wisconsin. Eventually, they merged and the modern circus was born. The sprawling troupes traveled around America by train, wowing audiences with the sheer scale of entertainment and exotic animals.
By midcentury, the circus was routine, wholesome family entertainment. But as the 20th century went on, kids became less and less enthralled. Movies, television, video games and the internet captured young minds. The circus didn’t have savvy product merchandising tie-ins or Saturday morning cartoons to shore up its image.
“The competitor in many ways is time,” said Feld, adding that transporting the show by rail and other circus quirks – such as providing a traveling school for performers’ children- are throwbacks to another era. “It’s a different model that we can’t see how it works in today’s world to justify and maintain an affordable ticket price. So you’ve got all these things working against it.”
The Feld family bought the Ringling circus in 1967. The show was just under 3 hours then. Today, the show is 2 hours and 7 minutes, with the longest segment – a tiger act – clocking in at 12 minutes.
“Try getting a 3- or 4-year-old today to sit for 12 minutes,” he said.
Feld and his daughter Juliette Feld, who is the company’s chief operating officer, acknowledged another reality that led to the closing, and it was the one thing that initially drew millions to the show: the animals. Ringling has been targeted by activists who say forcing animals to perform is cruel and unnecessary.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a longtime opponent of the circus, wasted no time in claiming victory.
“After 36 years of PETA protests, which have awoken the world to the plight of animals in captivity, PETA heralds the end of what has been the saddest show on earth for wild animals, and asks all other animal circuses to follow suit, as this is a sign of changing times,” Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, wrote in a statement.
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, acknowledged the move was “bittersweet” for the Felds but said: “I applaud their decision to move away from an institution grounded on inherently inhumane wild animal acts.”
In May of 2016, after a long and costly legal battle, the company removed the elephants from the shows and sent the animals to live on a conservation farm in Central Florida. The animals had been the symbol of the circus since Barnum brought an Asian elephant named Jumbo to America in 1882. In 2014, Feld Entertainment won $25.2 million in settlements from groups including the Humane Society of the United States, ending a 14-year fight over allegations that circus employees mistreated elephants.
By the time the elephants were removed, public opinion had shifted somewhat. Los Angeles prohibited the use of bull-hooks by elephant trainers and handlers, as did Oakland, California. The city of Asheville, North Carolina nixed wild or exotic animals from performing in the municipally owned, 7,600-seat U.S. Cellular Center.
Attendance has been dropping for 10 years, said Juliette Feld, but when the elephants left, there was a “dramatic drop” in ticket sales. Paradoxically, while many said they didn’t want big animals to perform in circuses, many others refused to attend a circus without them.
“We know now that one of the major reasons people came to Ringling Bros. was getting to see elephants,” she said. “We stand by that decision. We know it was the right decision. This was what audiences wanted to see and it definitely played a major role.”
The Felds say their existing animals – lions, tigers, camels, donkeys, alpacas, kangaroos and llamas – will go to suitable homes. Juliette Feld says the company will continue operating the Center for Elephant Conservation.
Some 500 people perform and work on both touring shows. A handful will be placed in positions with the company’s other, profitable shows – it owns Monster Jam, Disney on Ice and Marvel Live, among other things – but most will be out of a job. Juliette Feld said the company will help employees with job placement and resumes. In some cases where a circus employee lives on the tour rail car (the circus travels by train), the company will also help with housing relocation.
Kenneth Feld became visibly emotional while discussing the decision with a reporter. He said over the next four months, fans will be able to say goodbye at the remaining shows.
In recent years, Ringling Bros. tried to remain relevant, hiring its first African American ringmaster, then its first female ringmaster, and also launching an interactive app. It added elements from its other, popular shows, such as motorbike daredevils and ice skaters. But it seemingly was no match for Pokemon Go and a generation of kids who desire familiar brands and YouTube celebrities.
“We tried all these different things to see what would work, and supported it with a lot of funding as well, and we weren’t successful in finding the solution,” said Kenneth Feld.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Thousands of people flocked to Downtown Buffalo Saturday for various winter events.
One of the events that received a lot of attention, was the 2nd Annual Chillabration at Canalside.
Chillabration is a four-day event and is free for everyone.
People can enjoy ice skating at the Canalside rink, ice biking, curling, activities for children, ice carving, live music and food trucks.
The event drew locals and people from out of town as the event has something for everyone to enjoy.
“I think it’s fun, it’s nice, it’s fun for the kids and they even have a petting zoo and stuff so that’s cool,” said Renee Brydalski, Buffalo resident.
“It’s super awesome, I’ve lived here my whole life and this is definitely one of the coolest things that have happened downtown in a while,” said Amara O’Connell, Buffalo resident.
Chillabration will continue through Monday, January 16.
Here’s the full schedule of events for the remaining days of the festival:
Sunday, January 15
Monday, January 16
SALAMANCA, N.Y. (WIVB) — The water levels are receding in Salamanca, a welcome sight for many who watched the river rising through the night.
“Over here you [usually] have it all dry land,” said Officer Sam Depasquale with the Salamanca Police Department.
That dry land along with most of trees lining the Allegheny riverbank sit submerged in rushing waters.
“I’m kind of scared,” said Cori McKinney, from Salamanca. “People have to get back and forth to where they have to go.”
Barriers have been are stopping the water from causing major damage.
“They [the water levels] are high,” Tanya Terhune. “Thank God for the banks.”
But those banks couldn’t stop the water from pooling into some basements and backyards
“It [the water] usually sits back on the other side of those far trees about 6 of 7 feet beyond those trees,” said Tammy Sheldon, pointing in her backyard. “There’s a deep embankment there almost like a wall so I didn’t think we would get anything into the yard. I thought it was – the embankment they built up would keep the water back there.”
Sheldon has lived in this house along the river for six months. She says no one told her there was a possibility the rivers level would rise so high the water would be in her yard.
“I never suspected that it would come up over that. I always took for granted that the river would stay where it’s supposed to.”
She realized last night, that wasn’t the case. She spent the night watching the river rise, waiting until daylight to check the extent of the damage, finding her van immersed in water.
“It’s sad my car is gone,” said Sheldon. “That’s the vehicle I brought my son home in. We have a lot of memories in there.”
And now, it’s sinking in the flooded Allegheny River.
“I thought it would be safe there. I thought it would be okay.
Police say they aren’t seeing any major roadways being flooded today. They say to avoid driving through those areas and call Salamanca police if you do come across any issues.
TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Town of Tonawanda Police officers stopped a burglary in progress Friday afternoon.
Police say they responded to a home on Wendel Avenue after receiving reports of a suspicious person walking up and down the driveway. When officers arrived, they found a bedroom window open and located the suspect inside the bedroom. The suspect fled the scene before being caught by an officer and taken into custody. The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Jeffrey C. Fleischer, was found with a broken string of pearls he had just stolen from the home.
Fleischer is charged with burglary, petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and resisting arrest.