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


Somewhere, somehow, the Rev. A. Joseph Bissonette is smiling at the thought that 14-year-old Roberta Pickens is carrying his memory forward.Earlier this fall, Roberta entered Sacred Heart Academy on a partial scholarship from the Rev. A. Joseph Bissonette Memorial Foundation, which is reaching out to perpetuate the ideals of Father Bissonette, one of two inner-city pr…

This time the Rich Stadium goalposts survived, but the National Football League attendance record and the frostbitten Raiders from Los Angeles didn't.The Buffalo Bills ended their two-week minislumber by whuppin' the Raiders in convincing fashion, 37-21, Sunday, repaying their fans for setting a National Football League single-season attendance record of 622,793.The n…

Cocaine possession is in his past. Devotion to the Torah's commandments is in his future.Marvin Pollack, 44, serving a three-to-six-year prison sentence, stood in front of a makeshift ark Wednesday in the visitors' room of the Wyoming Correctional Facility and dutifully read and recited the Hebrew passages that affirmed his commitment to the teachings of the Torah.Wea…

Two years ago, Tanya Troupe had a Christmas tree for her small children. But it wasn't really a tree, just a poster of one tacked up on the wall.Ms. Troupe can't afford such luxuries. She can't even afford some of the necessities. She and her three children have only one bed, shared by Kyle, 5, and Javon, 2. The baby, Jacon, 1, sleeps in his crib, while their mother s…

Western New York's chances of being host for the 1993 World University Games jumped to 90 or even 98 percent Friday, County Executive Gorski speculated after Buffalo was designated the U.S.-recommended site for the games."Buffalo will literally be the focus of attention of the entire world in 1993," a buoyant Gorski told reporters after landing with the news at Prior …

Some nights she slept in warehouses or on the streets to escape her boyfriend, who beat her repeatedly with a hammer or a two-by-four.Other nights she returned to her New Jersey apartment, deciding it was better to be beaten than to live on the streets.But always there was the bottle, the ever-present bottle that defined her whole life."Those last few years, I was exi…

Winter got serious in Western New York overnight, as Dec. 1 brought a classic lake-effect snowstorm that dumped up to a foot of snow on Springville and other southern Erie County areas.With the official start of winter almost three weeks away, seasonal terms like "school closings," "snowplows" and "slippery roads" sneaked backed into the vocabulary today, with the sno…

Shhhhhhh!Don't tell Dan Dierdorf or any other Buffalo-winter-weather-bashers, but the Greater Buffalo Chamber of Commerce has had to consult weather trends and the calendar in an attempt to bring a missing element to this season's Winterfest III celebration:Snow.How embarrassing!Buffalo -- the land of the frozen tundra and the 10-foot snowdrifts, according to most out…

Our Lady of Victory Hospital's new 26-bed Head Trauma Rehabilitation Unit was once only a dream, like the dream Nancy Ward now harbors for her boyfriend, Gary Gestwick.As hospital officials Wednesday give tours of the new head-trauma unit that is to open next fall, Ms. Ward will cling to the hope that the facility will admit her boyfriend and help him toward an ever-m…

Sunday's football pandemonium throughout Western New York translated into cash-register delirium Monday, as Bills fans swamped the sales counters at local stores selling Bills souvenirs.What sold well?"Anything with 'Buffalo Bills' on it," replied Pat Flett, manager of Kleinhans Buffalo Boutique.Thirty people lined up outside Trench Manufacturing Co. before it opened …

For once in their lives, the four huge gladiators -- Bruce Smith, Cornelius Bennett, Darryl Talley and Leon Seals -- were but mere spectators as they stood on the NBC camera stand in Rich Stadium's southeast end zone and watched a victory-starved town go crazy.This wasn't their party.This was Buffalo's celebration -- a time for the men in shoulder pads to change place…

On a dreary Sunday before Labor Day 1960, on the long campaign trail, Vincent M. Gaughan of Hamburg was sitting in front of Sen. John F. Kennedy on their way back from Mass in Anchorage, Alaska.The driver, himself a Catholic, learned that this was Kennedy's first time in that church."Then you have three wishes coming, senator," the driver told him. "What are your thre…

Some call the three doctors who perform roughly one-third of the abortions in Erie County butchers and killers. They have been accused of paying for fancy cars with money earned murdering babies. And three times since late July, their of fices were blocked by hundreds of anti- abortion demonstrators. Fed up, they now want to set the record straight. They are convinced…

Winds howled through Western New York today with gusts above 65 mph, uprooting trees, splitting electric poles, blowing apart a traf fic light and knocking the alumi num siding off at least one house. Downed tree limbs and tele phone wires became the norm in Buffalo and several immediate suburbs as wicked wind gusts left everything from cars to Metro Rail trains sw…