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


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He was only 8 years old, a third-grader walking home from school, but what he saw that autumn day 40 years ago remains etched in the memory of Mark D. DiPirro. The enduring images of that murder scene – the blood, the police tape – may even have led DiPirro on his eventual career path, as a longtime Town of Lancaster police officer. What DiPirro saw wasn't just …

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Erie County sheriff’s officials on Oct. 29 unveiled a new wrapped-in-pink patrol vehicle, to raise public awareness about breast cancer and honor its survivors. Two days later, a pair of sheriff’s deputies went to the West Seneca home of Colleen Dolac, who worked in the sheriff’s Division of Correctional Health, and handed over termination papers accusing her of a…

He's best known for his artwork on goalie masks, but artist David Arrigo will paint on a different medium during the Sabres-Devils game inside KeyBank Center on Friday night, when he "live paints" a mural celebrating the city of Buffalo. Arrigo will paint a new Labatt Blue hockey and beer-inspired mural near the Labatt Blue Zone bar in the arena. The event celebrates…

A 33-year-old Lackawanna man remained hospitalized in serious condition late Tuesday morning, after being shot once inside his home on Monday night. Eric Taylor, 33, of Gates Avenue, was listed in serious condition following surgery in Erie County Medical Center, Lackawanna police reported. "It looks like he was hit once, in the chest," Capt. Joseph Leo, chief of det…

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The Whistler By John Grisham Doubleday 374 pages, $28.95 Gather ‘round the campfire, boys and girls. John Grisham has another story to tell. In “The Whistler,” Grisham wades into what could be termed “gray-collar” crime – a blend of mostly white-collar transgressions, with a few old-fashioned violent crimes tossed into the mix. So we have charact…

Travell Thomas has made a good living as a professional poker player, racking up more than half a million dollars in earnings. But that’s not his most lucrative occupation, according to federal prosecutors. They say the 38-year-old resident of Orchard Park ran a scheme that coerced thousands of victims nationwide into overpaying their debts by at least $31 million. …

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Stanford Lipsey, the longtime Buffalo News publisher once dubbed Western New York’s “guardian angel” by a United States senator, died Tuesday morning in his Rancho Mirage, Calif., home. He was 89. Lipsey, who was named News publisher in 1983, served in the post for 29 years before stepping aside to become publisher emeritus at the end of 2012. [Photo Gallery: …

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Cheery quiz for the day: What percentage of the roughly 10,000 people who die in Erie County each year are cremated, rather than buried in a casket? The answer:  54 percent. That means that cemeteries, like phone-book companies and sellers of hard-cover books, need to tweak their business model to survive in the digital age. “The notion of cremation being th…

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More than 70 years later, the Holocaust remains an almost incomprehensible event for everyone, either because of the sheer number of deaths, including a reported 6 million Jews, or the difficulty understanding the pure evil of the genocide. That, in part, explains the international movement to deny that the Holocaust existed or that it claimed so many lives. “We wo…

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The Buffalo Police Underwater Recovery Team retrieved a body from Black Rock Channel at mid-afternoon Monday, about half an hour after a report of a person spotted in the water. Police said the body was that of a male. An autopsy is scheduled, according Michael J. DeGeorge, spokesman for the Buffalo Police Department. The Buffalo Police Underwater Recovery Team got t…

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The short-term debate has been resolved. The Town of Orchard Park has given up on the idea of requiring owners of private parking lots outside New Era Field to apply for permits that would allow police on their properties for Buffalo Bills home games. But the larger concern remains – how to curb drunkenness, fights, thefts and social-media-driven rowdyism in those lot…

A 28-year-old Orchard Park man was hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit at Mercy Hospital late Monday afternoon, after an apparent overdose inside a Southwestern Boulevard coffee shop. Authorities responded to a 3:39 p.m. call of a possible overdose inside a restroom at the Tim Hortons on Southwestern, near Abbott Road, Orchard Park Police Detective Lt. Patrick McMas…

Some of the points claimed in lawsuit to block fantasy-sports contests in New York: Fantasy-sports contests are illegal "games of chance," not legal "games of skill." As with poker and horse racing, skill can help fantasy-sports bettor, but there's also luck of the draw. State lawmakers and Gov. Cuomo exceeded their legal authority in approving these contests. …

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It was a bird cage, a simple bird cage, that still lives on in Stephan H. Lewy’s mind – a possible symbol of German Jews’ resolve in the face of Nazi oppression in the 1930s.In late 1938, after the Nazis had destroyed 300 Jewish synagogues in Berlin and rounded up 30,000 Jewish men during Kristallnacht, adult Jewish males were subject to arrest, usually late at night…

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They started out as Jacksonville fans. After all, the Jaguars were the designated home team against the Buffalo Bills last October, and all fans entering Wembley Stadium found Jags flags on their seats.By the end of the game, though, British residents Matthew and Claire Wild had become Bills fans – thanks to the efforts of an Orchard Park couple sitting a row in front of…