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Front page, Feb. 26, 1917: Laconia, with Americans on board, sunk by German torpedoes

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of Feb. 26, 1917:

* The British ship Laconia was torpedoed by German submarines and sunk on its way to the U.S. from England. Americans were on board; it was said to be the biggest vessel sunk by Germany. As a result, President Wilson asked Congress to put the U.S. in a state of armed neutrality. (The U.S. would officially enter World War I in April.)

* It was discovered that Buffalo's sanitary code included provisions for overcrowding and ventilation on street cars, which citizens believed could force the International Railway company into making improvements to the area's trolley car system.

* The Kenefick educational bill was in front of the City Council that would create a separate board of education. The opposition argued that it would eliminate public review or involvement in the city's educational system to have a separate entity. Advocates said the bill would take politics out of the educational process.

* Buffalo's manufacturers came out against proposed assessments on machinery and other equipment. Members of the Chamber of Commerce and Associated Manufacturers and Merchants released the following resolution asking to work with the city to "find a fair and satisfactory solution which will not be detrimental or disadvantageous to the interests of the manufacturers and merchants of this city."

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from Feb. 26, 1917:

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