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


Buffalo and Cincinnati go at it today in a battle that is as much a contest for national bragging rights between two medium-sized Northern cities as it is a football game to decide who goes to the Super Bowl.Today's winner goes on to Miami and a two-week media blitz sure to tie that city's fortunes to its football team. The loser goes home.All the rhetoric and pre-gam…

A serious band of Buffalo Bills, already wearing their game faces, arrived here in orange-and-black jungle country Friday evening, ready to go Bengal-hunting on Sunday.Looking determined enough to step up to the line of scrimmage 42 hours ahead of time, three busloads of Bills barely uttered a word as they filed into the Clarion Hotel on West Sixth Street downtown at …

Much of the bar's decor can be described as Modern Bengal or Traditional Redleg.Walk up the stairs at Barleycorn's on East Sixth Street here, and you're immediately greeted by a green board announcing the coming big-screen sports attractions. An orange tiger symbol and a "Welcome to the Jungle" sign adorn the board's upper corners.Bengal paws, posters, hats and banner…

Apparently the temptation was too great.The thought of watching the Bills-Bengals game on home television Sunday while clutching a few $100 bills must have been too much for many Bengals ticket holders besieged by reports of tickets going for up to $250 apiece.How else can anyone explain the more than 250 classified ads appearing in Thursday's Cincinnati Enquirer, fro…

Imagine someone with the political polish of Roger Blackwell, the athletic ability of Cornelius Bennett and some of Mother Teresa's volunteer spirit.Meet Reggie Williams, No. 57 for the Cincinnati Bengals, the 1976 third-round draft choice from Dartmouth College who has started at outside linebacker here for 13 years.He ain't your typical pro football player, folks.Th…

More than 100 years ago, it was known as "Porkopolis," in tribute to its role as the nation's meat-packing center.Sounds a little like Buffalo.At one time, before the advent of the railroads, when waterways were king, it was the sixth largest city in the nation.Sounds almost like Buffalo.It's often called the Queen City of the West, a lot like Buffalo's Queen City of …

Hankering to go on a Bengal safari in the Jungle Sunday?Don't despair. Hundreds of tickets are left for the Bills-Bengals American Football Conference Championship Game, although you won't find them at the box office.Private entrepreneurs -- or scalpers, if you prefer to forgo the euphemisms -- are making a big buck off Sunday's game.So if you're intent on bringing th…

Uh-oh.Was that really fog that settled over the Ohio Valley and Riverfront Stadium Tuesday?Visions of last Saturday's football fog-out in Chicago immediately came to mind. Strong winds and snowsqualls then created an even more blustery situation.But not to worry. The Bills-Bengals title game still is four days away, and forecasts for Sunday are calling for a weather p…

Attention, all you Bills fanatics who plan to storm Rich Stadium on Sunday to help your team move one step closer to the Super Bowl.Bills General Manager Bill Polian has a plan -- in the form of a public plea -- that might make life a little tougher for Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon every time he brings his teammates to the line of scrimmage Sunday."I'd like …

Christina Hudson, 6, was dancing, jumping up and down and clapping loudly enough to activate her new Teddy Ruxpin doll. A big smile covered her face. Ditto for her sister, Aimee, 10, caressing her four new Barbie dolls, and their brother, Shawn, 11, modeling his sharp new Adidas sneakers.Perhaps the best gift, though, couldn't be found under the Christmas tree in the …

Five years is a long time.Long enough for many who lost loved ones in the North Division Street explosion to try to rebuild their lives.Long enough for them to recapture memories of the good times, to remember the vibrancy of the seven people who died in the Dec. 27, 1983, nightmare.But not long enough for anyone to forget the pain from that night.With the fifth anniv…

The fruits of Laura Bevilacqua's allowance were sitting under the huge Christmas tree in the lobby of The Buffalo News, and the 8-year-old Williamsville girl was beaming.If Christmas is the season of giving, Laura's got the idea down pat.A bingo game, a "bop bag," a doll, two "glo-bugs," a little people's bus and a set of wooden blocks were part of the bounty that Lau…

She was a battered wife. Now, as a poor woman, she has had to endure a few more beatings at the hands of society.The physical abuse from Tina Chandler's husband included kicks to the stomach and blows to the head with a lamp, she said. Then, while trying to survive economically without her husband, Ms. Chandler and her children were evicted from their West Side apartm…

The note, sent to a local agency, was short and direct, but it told much of Arlene's story:"Please help me for Christmas. I need a can opener and some canned goods for the holidays. I'm 62 years old and have M.S. (multiple sclerosis) and cannot walk. Please, can you find me a pair of socks or slippers to keep warm. My size is 8 for socks and 6 for slippers. If you can…

Niagara regional police are scratching their heads today, trying to determine why a 58-year-old St. Catharines, Ont., man went on a spree of destruction that included ramming his car into the same house at least 15 times late Sunday.Part of the official amazement is that no one except the driver was injured and no other cars, except his, were damaged.The wild driving …