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The Town of Boston’s website calls it “the most widely known of any event in the history of Boston.” And it is a grisly one. The story of the North Boston Love murder took place not even a decade after the town was formed in 1817, when it was still mostly a wilderness with fewer than 200 settlers. The true tale tells of the Thayers, a poor family headed by the father…

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This post is the latest in an occasional series about the men and women who played important roles in Buffalo’s early history. Of the Native Americans who called Western New York home when European and Anglo-American settlers arrived in the late 18th century, the Seneca chief Red Jacket is perhaps the most widely known. Many Buffalo-area residents are familiar with land…

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Buffalo News columnist Jerry Sullivan has some advice for Bills fans: Be patient. With all the hype surrounding rookie quarterback Josh Allen, it’s easy to get carried away. But, as Sullivan writes, it’s not clear yet whether Allen is going to be the next Jim Kelly or another EJ Manuel. “During team drills, Allen completed 10 of 12 passes,” Sullivan writes. “You can'…

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The scrutiny came from all directions for Josh Allen on Friday. It was the rookie quarterback’s first minicamp practice, and – for whatever it’s worth – he completed 10 of his 12 passes in 11-on-11 drills. Perhaps most significant was this comment from Hall-of-Famer Jim Kelly, who was in attendance to see and meet Allen: “Reminds me of the way I threw it.” “No, I’m s…

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With all the moves Bills General Manager Brandon Beane has made, it’s hard to believe he has been in his job for only a year. Beane’s one-year anniversary with the team was Wednesday, and since he took over, the Bills’ roster has been in constant flux. To commemorate the occasion, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News has an overview of Beane’s 10 biggest moves, including the…

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As part of a leaguewide effort to handle alumni relations in-house, the Bills are splitting with the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation and will no longer allow it to use the team’s logo on its website or in its communications. The Bills will also no longer provide funding to the foundation, instead choosing to invest more in its own alumni department, The Buffalo News’ St…

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This post is the latest in an occasional series examining the history of Buffalo-area highways and streets. Western New York is home to two major east-west transcontinental highways: Interstate 90, the longest route in the Interstate Highway System, and U.S. Route 20, the longest road in the older United States Numbered Highway System and also the longest road in Americ…

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Now that the speculation about who the Bills would pick in the NFL Draft is over, it’s time to begin guessing when the players they did pick will see their first NFL action. In his Bills Mailbag, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News did just that in response to reader questions about when quarterback Josh Allen and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds will get onto the field. Here’s …

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In the weeks leading up to last month’s NFL Draft, Bills fans spent a lot of time speculating about what general manager Brandon Beane might do when the big day finally arrived. Armed with more draft capital than perhaps any other GM, Beane had a lot of options: stay put, trade up, take a big-name quarterback, plug other holes on the roster. Now, in a wide-ranging inter…

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Exit: Russ Brandon. Enter: Kim Pegula. The sudden resignation of Brandon as managing partner and president of the Pegula sports empire following an internal investigation into Brandon’s workplace behavior and allegations of personal misconduct has left Pegula – who along with her husband, Terry, owns the Bills and the Sabres – with unprecedented power, writes Mark Gaugh…

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One quirk of New York’s cartography is the state’s system of unofficial “hamlets,” or unincorporated communities within towns that do not have their own governments but nevertheless carry distinctive identities. Some of Western New York’s hamlets, like Lake View and Derby, have their own post offices and thus are part of residents’ addresses. Others, like Cleveland Hill…

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If you were busy over the weekend, [BN] Blitz has all the information you need to catch up on the newest members of the Buffalo Bills now that the 2018 NFL Draft has come and gone. Headlining Buffalo’s eight draft picks were Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen and Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, but the Bills also added a group of other offensive and defensive pla…

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A whirlwind of three days has come and gone, and for Bills fans, the most highly anticipated NFL Draft in years is over. The biggest news of the draft, obviously, was Buffalo’s move to No. 7 overall to select Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen. The team followed the Allen pick by choosing four defensive players in a row, and then the Bills plugged a few other holes on offen…

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Like it or not, the Josh Allen era has officially begun in Buffalo. Opinions about the Bills’ big move to get Allen Thursday night ranged across the ideological spectrum. CBS gave the pick a grade of A+. Allen’s coach compared him to Carson Wentz. But by every commonly used trade calculator, the Bills vastly overpaid when they swapped with Tampa Bay to move to No. 7 and…

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Earlier this month, the Buffalo of Yesteryear series highlighted the city’s beloved Memorial Auditorium, the longtime home of the Buffalo Sabres, which was demolished more than a decade after the team moved to what is now called KeyBank Center. But the Aud, which opened in 1940, wasn’t Buffalo’s first professional hockey arena. That distinction belongs to a building …