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Deidre Williams has covered city schools for The Buffalo News since 2013.


Magomed Magomedov is worried about his mother. Zulai Magomedov wants to see her mother. Rakhim Misirov misses his friends, and Marat Akhilgov says he misses his mother.The four children, ranging in age from 10 to 12, have more in common than a longing for families and friends. The Chechen children live in England, and their problems are much bigger than they are. They can'…

From the first set of twins, to the first boy and the first girl, a lot of millennium titles were dished out to babies born just after midnight Jan. 1.But here's one for the record books: the first U.S. citizen born this year at an overseas military installation.Lauren Elizabeth Matthew got the gold for that, and even though she was born at 12:14 a.m. New Year's on Okinawa…

Savings bonds. Limo rides. Enough fruit baskets to make you sick.It's a bonanza befitting baby Jesus, not one named Jane or Jack. Or even Y2K.With a little luck, Michelle Lorenz, an expectant mother, could have it all.Her due date is Jan. 1, 2000. That makes her one of about 60 mothers in the running to deliver Western New York's first millennium baby."This could be a famo…

Attempts to clear out leftover merchandise began slowly Sunday, but retailers say customers returned to the bargain hunting grounds in respectable numbers later in the day.Store managers at Prime Outlets Niagara Falls USA said they weren't too surprised or disappointed by a morning rush that wasn't, and that things should pick up today."I heard it was 10 times busier last …

It looked a lot like Christmas Saturday -- a white Christmas.Except in most of Niagara and Orleans counties, one to two inches of snow blanketed Western New York.It felt a lot like winter, too, as 20- to 30-mph winds dropped overnight temperatures into the midteens, according to the National Weather Service.And although the day's high temperature was 25 degrees, the wind m…

As of today, Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Lackawanna has ceased providing full-service emergency medical care. Instead, it now has an urgent-care center for non-life-threatening injuries."I think what they're doing is a tragedy, and it's unfortunate not only to Lackawanna but for the people of Southtowns," said Joseph M. Litwin, owner of Litwin Funeral Home. "That prope…

The 5-year-old girl seriously burned in a weekend house fire continued fighting for her life in a Cincinnati hospital Tuesday. Her mother -- who also suffered serious injuries -- was airlifted to a hospital near where her daughter remains in critical condition.Hospital administrators said the move is intended to lessen the family's hardship.Atarah Dickinson suffered second…

How's this for a dream vacation?You go to a Buffalo Sabres practice and meet Dominic Hasek on Thursday night. Then you spend a little time with Michael Peca, Brian Holzinger and Rob Ray.As guests of the hockey team, you and your family -- along with 17,000 other fans -- watch the Sabres end a five-game winless streak on Friday night.Then you get up early on Saturday to mak…

With the possible exception of Buffalo Bills head coach Wade Phillips, no one is more interested in seeing the Bills intercept footballs than Ben Gair.Gair is the executive director of the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York, and for every pass the team picks off this season, the agency receives a donation from nine players -- Keion Carpenter, Donovan Greer, Ken…

Say goodbye to old-school hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan and skinheads and hello to a brand new order of intolerant organizations, said Ellen Cannon, an Illinois professor of political science and public policy. Cannon brought her Politics of Hate program to the Jewish Federation on Delaware Avenue on Wednesday.Cannon appears regularly on national television and radio n…

No one knows what Buffalo will look like a century from now. But thanks to a millennium time capsule buried Tuesday in Niagara Square, future generations will be able to get a glimpse of what Buffalo looks like now.Politicians and passers-by celebrated the special moment with a ceremony and a toast Tuesday on the steps of City Hall before the four-foot-long capsule was bur…

It happened two years ago in Pearl, Miss. It happened again in Fort Gibson, Okla., on Monday, and it has happened several times in between.The all-too-familiar problem of youth violence took center stage Thursday at Child & Family Services' annual meeting. About 100 people attended the luncheon at the Adam's Mark Hotel."The entire country is aware of the problem," said age…

Sister Mary Johnice thought long and hard about what nuns could do to show elderly victims of crime on the East Side that they are not forgotten this holiday season. She came up with very little on her own. Then, she said, something miraculous happened."I had pondered it for a while. Then I took it to prayer. Right after that, the doorbell rang, and a gentleman asked if th…

John Kelly was having breakfast in the mess hall at Pearl Harbor on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941."I heard what sounded like firecrackers. I stood up, looked out the window and saw men pointing in the air. Then they all scattered," said Kelly, of Buffalo."When I opened the door and looked outside, I saw a fighter plane. At first I thought, 'Why is the Air Corps doing maneuve…

Oh that I had wings like a dove so that I could fly away and be at rest.-- The Bible, Psalm 55This scripture reading was part of Sunday's debut Release of the Doves, which is billed as a holiday remembrance program.With overcast skies and Lake Erie as a backdrop, scores of Hamburg-area residents gathered at Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home to free more than 30 doves in memor…