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A few days ago we had invited a relative from California, who was in Western New York and traveling through, to drop in and have lunch with us. There would be only about six of us, so that would be no problem.

Too many scientists and federal policymakers focus so much on climate change that they’ve given short shrift to environmental threats that are destroying our forests and waterways at unprecedented rates. One could argue that invasive species, not warming temperatures, are the greatest threat…

We’re barely a month out from the Colonial Pipeline hacking, perpetrated by the Russian-speaking hacking group DarkSide, which left thousands of Americans without gas, preventing many from accessing food or medicine. Not long after that was the attack on JBS, the world’s largest meat supplie…

July is “Independent Retailer Month.” It is a shop-local event – similar to “Small Business Saturday” or “Plaid Friday” during the holidays – aimed at raising awareness of the value independent retailers and small business bring to our communities. It is also about encouraging local consumer…

In recent weeks we have seen the return of beloved community festivals and the continued decline of COVID-19 cases, with some counties even clearing all active cases for a time — something not seen in months.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Batavia resident Judith DeLuca shares with The Daily News a letter that she has submitted to Batavia’s City Council in regards to a proposed disc golf course in Centennial Park:

On the 14th of June, I was humbled to stand in the presence of a very special group. The Livingston County Veterans Monument project my wife and I had worked on with the greatest group of people you will ever meet, was finally being formally dedicated.

With a month to go before his swearing in, Iran’s president-in-waiting Ebrahim Raisi is getting daily intimations of the many problems that await him: American missile attacks against Iranian proxy militias in Iraq and Syria, an Israeli drone attack on a centrifuge factory near Tehran, stall…

The Class of 2021 has grit. This year’s class of graduating seniors has spent more than a year navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. They have overcome and excelled in the face of upheaval brought on by a public health crisis like nothing we have experienced in our lifetimes.