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Ellen Przepasniak

Ellen Przepasniak is a digital content editor. She has previously worked as a writer at The Times, Artvoice and Boston's Weekly Dig and was the features editor at The Post-Journal. She earned a master's degree in journalism at Boston University and a bachelor's degree in English at SUNY Fredonia.


Local News

While the weekend started with snow, it ended with 2018's first day above 60 degrees. It's fair to say Western New Yorkers may have missed a few stories while they were soaking up the sun. Here are a few stories from the weekend that you may have missed. 1. Tops wants to close "a few stores" in bankruptcy As Tops works through its bankruptcy filing, the company announced…

Photo Galleries

We asked readers to send us pictures of their pets for National Pet Day. Here are some of their submissions. You can continue to submit your photos by emailing Qina Liu at qliu@buffnews.com. Please include the name of your pet and a fun fact for the caption.

Bills

Buffalo Twitter reacted quickly to an ESPN report that the Buffalo Bills traded quarterback Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns for a third-round draft pick, No. 65 overall. http://buffalonews.com/2018/03/09/reports-bills-trade-tyrod-taylor-to-the-browns/ The news seemed to come out of nowhere at 6 p.m. on a Friday, shocking many, including Taylor's now former teamm…

Food and Drink

In light of Food Editor Andrew Z. Galarneau's french fry post with the best of local gourmet fries, we got to thinking: Where are the best places for humble fries? You know, the kind of french fries you eat if you're out at a bar with friends, bowling or looking for a late-night snack. Plus, just because some fries may come pre-cut and frozen doesn't automatically mean …

Business

Remember when there was almost an Ikea at Canalside? When that idea went the way of the Bass Pros of the world, many Western New Yorkers thought they'd be trudging across the border to Canada for the foreseeable future to get their fix of Swedish home goods. Well, the world's largest furniture retailer may finally be coming to Western New York — Henrietta, specifical…

Gusto

Jim Gaffigan must have a fallsview room on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls since he tweeted a video of the cataracts Thursday afternoon from a high vantage point. The comedian is performing at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ont., tonight and Friday. He tweeted: "Unfortunately this waterfall thingy is blocking my view of Buffalo!!!" https://twitte…

History

Although it happened 34 years ago, it is a tragedy still remembered frequently in local fire and police companies. On Dec. 27, 1983, six people — five of whom were Buffalo firefighters — were killed after a propane explosion at the Chimera Radiator Co. on North Division Street on the city's East Side. More than 70 people were injured, and the fire damaged more than t…

Bills

Tonawanda native Jeff Glor hasn't been shy about being a Buffalo Bills fan since the announcement that he'd be the new anchor of "CBS Evening News." Glor told News reporter Tim Graham on "The Tim Graham Show" Wednesday that he'd be taking his two sons to the game at MetLife Stadium and that he'd be proudly supporting the Bills. The Kenmore East graduate told Graham h…

Bills

Sometimes last-minute Halloween costumes are the most popular. Just ask O.J. Simpson. He wore his own No. 32 Buffalo Bills jersey to answer the door on Halloween at his Las Vegas home. That's the same jersey he wore for his eight-year stint as a running back for the Bills. Never too far from the spotlight, the photos of Simpson have now gone viral. Some tweeters a…

Bills

The Buffalo Bills dedicated a pregame ceremony in front of the fans on Sunday to remembering Buffalo Police Officer Craig E. Lehner, who died in a dive training accident. The ceremony brought Lehner's family, his K-9 partner Shield and law enforcement onto the field to pay tribute to the Lehner. Owners Terry and Kim Pegula presented Lehner's mother, Kathleen, with a gam…

Bills

When Buffalo Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander tweeted that he was looking for suggestions for a solo dinner, he got dozens of ideas from enthusiastic Bills fans. Alexander must have known that by tagging the #BillsMafia, he would be inundated with suggestions — some serious and some not so serious. https://twitter.com/onemangang97/status/918959903229784064 Some …

Sports

Terry Pegula was right. The Bills and Sabres are really coming together this season. Literally. Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams and running back LeSean McCoy showed some love to the Sabres by attending the season opener at KeyBank Center Thursday night. By the looks of it, they had a great time cheering on the Sabres and greeting fans. Shady especiall…

Bills

Former Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan appeared on the morning show “Sunday NFL Countdown" today, calling President Donald Trump's recent comments about the NFL "appalling." In April 2016, Ryan introduced Trump at a campaign rally in Buffalo and expressed his support for the then-candidate. Ryan said on Sunday: “Everyone’s always been united. Yeah, the views are differe…

History

In the early 1890s, Buffalo was experiencing a building boom, especially when it came to big office buildings downtown. The Brisbane Building, then known as the Mooney & Brisbane Building, was said to be the world's largest mercantile and office building in the city when it was completed in 1896. But it didn't hold that title long, as the Ellicott Square Building al…