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Dan Herbeck

Dan Herbeck is an investigative reporter who has been at The Buffalo News for nearly 40 years. He is a graduate of Sweet Home High School, Erie County Community College and St. Bonaventure University. He and Lou Michel wrote a best-selling book in 2001 about Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing, "American Terrorist."


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Officially speaking, Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes continue to be partners in charge of their Buffalo-based Cellino & Barnes personal injury law firm. But in State Supreme Court, the two men continue to clobber away at each other — in an ugly legal dispute, now in its sixth month. Late Friday afternoon, Cellino accused his estranged law partner of fin…

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An Amherst couple arrived in Yountville, Calif., on Sunday afternoon for a three-day visit to the wine country of Napa Valley. Seven hours later, they were lucky to get out alive when a huge wildfire broke out not far from the Silverado Resort, where they were staying. "We had gone out for a nice dinner in Yountville, and had gone to bed around 9:30," Rose Ciotta sai…

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As the Civil War was coming to an end in 1865, a Buffalo lawyer named Lyman K. Bass reached a decision. He would run as a Republican for Erie County district attorney, seeking to become the county's chief criminal prosecutor. His opponent in the race was a man Bass knew well – his best friend and roommate, Grover Cleveland. Cleveland was then the county's one and onl…

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Many of the email conversations included in the new federal indictment against G. Steven Pigeon refer to his efforts to use his political ties to help a close relative of Judge John A. Michalek get jobs – initially with President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign and later with the State Department. In March 2012, Pigeon wrote to Michalek: "Obama does pay. My clo…

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The criminal case against G. Steven Pigeon took some surprising turns at federal court Friday, raising a question if federal and state efforts to prosecute the former Democratic Party leader are in trouble. Federal prosecutors filed a new indictment against Pigeon relating to his alleged bribery of a former state judge. The federal indictment included many of the same a…

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Ross M. Cellino Jr., the millionaire lawyer who filed a lawsuit four months ago to get out of the Cellino & Barnes law firm, is getting his wish – at least in California. The Cellino & Barnes law firm no longer exists in California. In early September, the firm began operating as The Barnes Firm in Los Angeles, San Diego and Oakland. And according to Barnes Firm…

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A North Collins-based blogger has been ordered by a judge to pay almost $38,289 in damages and legal fees to Bills Fan Thunder, a children's charity organization made up of Buffalo Bills' football fans. In her order, State Supreme Court Justice E. Jeannette Ogden said she found that blogger James Kriger made statements that "constitute defamation" in a series of posts a…

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In his heyday with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Graham Nash performed in some of the biggest rock music events of all time – including the 1969 Woodstock festival, a huge stadium tour in 1974 and the No Nukes concerts of 1979. This year, Nash has put all that wild stuff aside for awhile. At age 75, he's on a tour of small venues, mostly in small cities that include…

Feb. 12, 1921 – Sept. 13, 2017 As a teenager in Adolf Hitler's Germany, Gunter Paul Heinze grew up with great fear and apprehension about what the future would hold. He and his parents, who lived in Berlin, had many Jewish friends. They did not support the Nazi dictator, his war efforts or his plans to exterminate the Jewish race. "My father didn’t think he had a…

"Reversing the Stigma," a documentary film about the history of addiction and how the opioid crisis is being handled in New York state, will be premiered at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Main Lecture Hall at Medaille College, 18 Agassiz Circle. The presentation, sponsored by Save The Michaels of the World and Medaille College, will be free and open to the public.

Two leaders of the Western New York chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization will attend an entrepreneurship event on Sept. 18 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The local chapter's global chairman, Brian Brault and its president, J.P. Midgley, will represent the local entrepreneurial community to engage in conversations with business leaders in the …

Buffalo Bills Thunder, a charitable group made up of Buffalo Bills fans, will be taking 15 youngsters from the TJ Dulski Community Center on Buffalo's East Side to Sunday's home opener against the New York Jets. The organization said it will also sponsor a "family-friendly tailgate party" for the kids outside New Era Field before the game.

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Like millions of people in Florida, Charles P. "Chuck" Ewing is hunkering down in his home, preparing for the worst but hoping and praying for the best. Ewing is a University at Buffalo law professor and forensic psychologist who recently moved to Naples, Fla. He spent a nervous Saturday getting ready for the expected landfall of Hurricane Irma. Ewing, 68, is facing …

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A neighbor's pit bull attacked Daisy Moore's cockapoo two years ago near her Grand Island home, and the dog suffered serious injuries. Her dog, little Maggie, recovered after expensive treatment by a veterinarian. But Maggie died a few months later of cancer. So Moore, a 76-year-old widow and retiree,  got another cockapoo, this one named Brandi. Once again, a neighb…

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BIOGRAPHY Jimmy Buffett – A Good Life All The Way By Ryan White Touchstone 354 pages, $26.99 It was one of those "throwaway" songs, a silly little tune that Jimmy Buffett didn't give a whole lot of thought, one of many, many songs he wrote while traveling across the nation, one bar at a time. A song that took him no more than 20 minutes to write. He scraw…