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Gary Stranges' June 2 cover story on "The Trouble with Teaching" has won a national award presented by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. Stranges, assistant chief copy editor at The News, questioned whether a misguided bureaucracy was discouraging the best candidates from becoming teachers.

Although the organization's PASS awards usually are given to reporters who write about the criminal justice system, the judges praised Stranges' story as "an important part of the educational process and so worthy of recognition and acclaim."

The awards were presented to the winners Friday at a ceremony in San Francisco. It was the second consecutive year that BUFFALO magazine has won a PASS award, and the second award the magazine has won in the last few weeks.

Gorgeous Garden
The guessing can stop. The beautiful garden on the cover of the Oct. 6 magazine belongs to Varity Corp., the former Butler Mansion, located at the corner of Delaware and North avenues. The photo was taken by Mike Groll.