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


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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…

NCAA Basketball

Where else would the Bison roam but to Buffalo? Which team coming to Buffalo for this week’s NCAA basketball tournament is coached by an alumnus of another team playing here this week? Which campus housed the Capitol of the United States, for four months in 1783? And which school had a dormitory break away from the university, part of a student protest during th…

Local News

No other city has hosted more “first weekend” NCAA basketball tournament games than Buffalo. So fans who have come back for the tournament over the years have seen how the downtown landscape has been transformed. The last time the NCAA basketball tournament played Buffalo – a mere three years ago – HarborCenter was a construction site, with a 300-foot yellow …

Local News

They have little in common. One is a construction worker. Another wants to be a mental-health counselor. And one is a professional hockey broadcaster and former Buffalo Sabre. The 26 Buffalo area residents sworn in as U.S. citizens Tuesday morning have vastly different stories. They come from war-torn lands, from totalitarian regimes, even from democratic Western cou…

Local News

The bomb threat that forced the local Jewish Community Center to evacuate both its buildings, on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo and North Forest Road in Amherst, late Monday morning was part of a nationwide effort that saw at least 10 such centers targeted with similar threats, according to local and national officials. Similar threats were reported Monday -- on Presidents …

Local News

The year was 1917. Buffalo was thriving as a steel-making, grain-milling town, an important shipping port with a growing population of nearly a half million residents. The city became a magnet for southern and rural black Americans lured by attractive jobs in the steel mills and other companies. [PHOTO GALLERY: A Closer Look at the Colored Musicians Club] But that…

Local News

  Jan. 27, 1931 – Feb. 11, 2017 Dr. Robert S. Cotsen was all Buffalo, but not the kind of man who guzzled beer or gorged on chicken wings. Instead, he found joy jogging in Delaware Park every morning, shoveling his Middlesex Road walk, searching garage sales for antiques and biking down Delaware Avenue to his Buffalo Medical Group office. He even made house…

Local News

If Canalside can be a tourist destination, why not Michigan Avenue? It was a key stop on the Underground Railroad. It still boasts three historic anchor structures – the Michigan Street Baptist Church, the Nash House Museum and the Colored Musicians Club. It attracted luminaries such as Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois. But the appro…

March 24, 1920 – Jan. 29, 2017 Richard E. Moot was so intent on defending democracy in World War II that even before the United States entered the war, he wanted to join the Canadian Air Force, the fastest way to enter combat. His family persuaded him to join the U.S. Navy. As a Navy signal officer, guiding pilots landing on aircraft carriers at night, he desig…

Local News

The call came at 3:10 p.m. last Thursday. Claire E. Martoche called her father, Salvatore R. Martoche, to tell him she had returned safely to her Lockport apartment, after three weeks in a Pennsylvania residential treatment program for people battling drug addiction and mental illness. “Hey, Dad, it’s Claire. I just wanted to call and let you know I’m here,” …

Local News

Local pet owners now may take their beloved cremated pets with them to their graves, at least in Forest Lawn and its three suburban cemeteries. And that means more than the obvious dogs and cats. Forest Lawn soon will become home to the cremated remains of birds and fish, rabbits and turtles, gerbils and hamsters and other pets, President Joseph P. Dispenza expects. …

Local News

The experts knew a big storm was brewing. Little did they know how crippling it would be. The evening before, on Thursday Jan. 27, 1977, the National Weather Service issued some kind of winter storm warning, aware that severe winds were barreling toward Western New York, ready to unleash their power on a few inches of fresh snow falling on top of a huge existing snowpac…

May 16, 1968 – Jan. 15, 2017 When Scott D. Pastor moved to Florida in 2008, he took a huge slice of Buffalo with him, later opening a Sarasota restaurant serving many of his hometown’s favorites, including Sahlen’s hot dogs charred over hardwood charcoal and Buffalo wings. That restaurant, Webber’s Hot Dogs, summed up his love affair with all things Buffa…

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New Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn Jr. vows to improve his office’s relationship with the local law enforcement community, partly by tackling some of the toughest cases to prosecute, not just the ones “wrapped up and tied with a bow.” He plans to veer from the office’s existing plea policy, which resulted in plea-deal offers being pulled from the ta…

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Christopher J. Belling has plenty of accomplishments from his 41 years as a prosecutor, 38 of them in Erie County. He took more than 300 felony cases here to trial. He served under six district attorneys: Edward C. Cosgrove, Richard J. Arcara, Kevin M. Dillon, Frank J. Clark, Frank A. Sedita III and Michael J. Flaherty Jr. And he carved out a reputation for training …