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Gene Warner has been a Buffalo News reporter for 36 years.


MEMOIR Papi: My Story By David Ortiz with Michael Holley Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 262 pages, $28 The date was April 15, 2013, Boston's Day of Infamy. Everyone knows the basic details of that horrendous Monday afternoon: Two bombs detonated, 12 seconds apart, near the Boston Marathon finish line. Three dead, including an 8-year-old boy. Plenty of lost li…

FICTION Camino Island By John Grisham Doubleday 290 pages, $28.95 Testimony By Scott Turow Grand Central Publishing 483 pages, $28 Pity the poor U.S. courthouse. John Grisham and Scott Turow just don't want to go there anymore. Instead, they've opted for a literary change of venue. Grisham, in his new book, "Camino Island," has moved to a s…

NONFICTION The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir By Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich Flatiron Books 336 pages, $26.99 This is no whodunit. Not even close. Ricky Langley is the killer, and you learn that in the first three pages. Ricky, as he’s called throughout, is a 26-year-old convicted pedophile who kindly drew a neighborhood map to help the searcher…

Dr. Louis Lazar stamped his own personal style on his family practice office on Peoria Street in the city’s Black Rock-Riverside area for nearly six decades. Patients never made appointments. They were treated on a first-come, first-served basis, after walking up half a flight of stairs, taking a deli-like number and sitting in a waiting room with couches and chairs. …

NONFICTION Killings By Calvin Trillin Random House 293 pages, $26 By Gene Warner Calvin Trillin never dwells on the gory details of a killing. He couldn’t care less about the caliber of the gun or the length of the knife blade. If you’re looking for blood and guts or a graphic painting of a murder scene, look elsewhere. That seems odd in a book…

Larry Levite had an XL-sized personality. He decided to get some tattoos, starting around age 70. His office at Buffalo Spree magazine was filled with life-sized stuffed bears and other animals. He once got a $100 tip from Frank Sinatra and crossed paths with Gregory Peck and Judy Garland as a would-be actor in the early 1960s. He even bluffed his way into a job at New …

Ukraine has been engaged in a war to defend its borders for the past three years, leading to the deaths of more than 10,000 volunteers, soldiers and civilians and creating an estimated 2 million internal refugees. A benefit concert illustrating Ukraine's fight for freedom, dignity and  independence will be held Saturday night in Buffalo. The Ukrainian American Civi…

A couple thousand Kids Day volunteers dodged raindrops Tuesday morning as they hawked special editions of The Buffalo News to benefit Women & Children’s Hospital and other local children’s charities. Officials and volunteers reported alternating sprinkles and downpours starting at daybreak, when many of the sellers hit the streets. “When we have inclement w…

The Buffalo News introduces readers to 28 local Holocaust-era Jewish survivors, through portraits taken by staff photographer Mark Mulville. The 28 men and women share one common denominator: All saw, felt or learned later about the atrocities and indignities inflicted by the Nazi regime on Jews, as well as Communists, homosexuals, gypsies, the disabled and other target…

Two brothers -- ages 9 and 11 -- believed to be from the Buffalo area were pronounced dead at the scene of an accident on the Thruway in Ontario County early Monday morning, after State Police found a single vehicle overturned and on its side. The boys were ejected from the back seat of the vehicle as it overturned several times, and State Police believe they were not w…

Quick quiz: Can you name the key nations in World War I, the underlying causes of the war and the years it was fought? Didn’t think so. World War I, supposedly “the war to end all wars,” remains the forgotten war to most Americans. http://buffalonews.com/2017/04/05/front-page-april-6-1917-u-s-goes-war-germany/ Buffalo did its share in World War I – orig…

June 2, 1926 – March 25, 2017 The thriving Jewish Community Center on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, with its day-care program and fitness facility, might not be operating today if it weren’t for Ann Holland Cohn and her family. The year was 1995, and Jewish Center officials were weighing whether to close the Delaware Avenue building and sell it, at a time when the …

In many ways, Paris Adams and David Tyler represent the heart and soul of SABAH – Spirited Athletes Bold at Heart. Tyler’s never met a person he couldn’t compliment. “Is that the beautiful Sheila?” he always asks in greeting Sheila O’Brien, the skating association’s executive director. It doesn’t matter that Tyler’s been totally blind since birth. …

The clock is ticking, as book lovers mount a campaign to keep a treasure of local literary gems from the early 19th century where it belongs – tucked safely inside a Buffalo library or rare-book room. More than 300 rare books and pamphlets depicting life in Buffalo in the early 1800s are up for sale, and the University at Buffalo would love to display them, but it nee…

Sept. 15, 1926 – March 7, 2017 Vera Coppard-Leibovic had a cause, to educate others about the horrors of the Holocaust, and nothing would stop her from sharing her own experiences, as one of about 10,000 children to escape the Nazis on the Kindertransport trains. A couple of months ago, when her health worsened, she insisted that if others wanted her to be included…