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Mike Connelly is editor of The Buffalo News.

Welcome to BuffaloNews.com version 4.0. It looks different from the old BuffaloNews.com. The home page has a new, visual design built around big stories, hot topics and the latest news and entertainment. For some of you, the changes will be a relief. It has been more than four years since the last redesign of BuffaloNews.com. The digital world has changed a lot since th…

It has been more than four years since the last major changes to The News web and mobile sites, an eternity in the digital age. As we planned the new site, what drove our decisions? Mobile. Our No. 1 goal was to build a new BuffaloNews.com that works great on phones and tablets. In 2012, the last time BuffaloNews.com was redesigned, 35 percent of Americans had smartphon…

Coming this week: an all-new BuffaloNews.com.It has been more than four years since the last major changes to The News web and mobile sites, an eternity in the digital age. As we planned the new site, what drove our decisions?Mobile. Our No. 1 goal was to build a new BuffaloNews.com that works great on phones and tablets. In 2012, the last time BuffaloNews.com was redesign…

Donn Esmonde’s first assignment for The Buffalo Evening News was covering a tennis match.It wasn’t exactly a hazing. It’s the sort of story given to new reporters.That was Jan. 6, 1982. Donn was a kid from Long Island, an English major from SUNY Stony Brook, coming to The News after a couple years writing sports at the Poughkeepsie Journal. Last Sunday – 34 years a…

In a New York Times article two weeks ago, a UCLA political science professor cited recent research that found “partisans surprisingly willing to discriminate against people who are not members of their political party.”The professor’s conclusion: “We’ve entered an age of party-ism.”It is tempting to believe we live in particularly nasty political times. That f…

Those of us in the news business love the Thomas Jefferson quote: “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”In fairness, at a less happy moment Jefferson, who was our third president and the author of the Declaration of Independence, wrote…

Misstatements, let’s call them, are nothing new in American politics.For most of American history, political debate has been raw. In 1800, President John Adams ran for re-election against challenger Thomas Jefferson. Both were icons of America’s fight for independence. But according to a 2011 CQ Press report about lying in politics, Adams partisans painted Jefferson as…

The cover headlines on the annual Buffalo News Prospectus section say it all.2014: The new Buffalo2015: Building the new Buffalo2016: The new Buffalo takes shapeOur region is changing. A half century of hard times is giving way to growth, investment and optimism. In 2015, HarborCenter and the Conventus building were completed and Delaware North moved into its new headquart…

One hundred thirty-five years ago today, the first edition of The Buffalo Evening News hit the street. Or more accurately, the floor.This is the story told by News reporter Ralph Dibble in a 1980 section celebrating the centennial of The News:“The first edition of The Buffalo Evening News didn’t sell a copy. In fact, it never made it to the press room. Due off the pres…

For more than a year, The Buffalo News has reported an unusual series of news stories called How to Fix Buffalo’s Schools.Unusual for this reason: Newspapers tend to write about problems. They less often write about solutions.Many people have given up on urban schools, including the troubled Buffalo Public Schools. We have all heard the explanations for poor student test…

The Gobblin Gourmet tweaked its menu from what was listed -- you won't find gourmet popsicles, and the deep-fried cake balls will arrive Thursday -- but there were intriguing fried substitutes. Banana Puddin' Funnel Cake * Fried Cina-minnies * Deep-Fried Oreos The Gobblin Gourmet is located on K8 on the Erie County Fair map. Banana Puddin' Funnel Cake Banana Puddin' …

Big G's Food Service was aggressive in tying together sweets with bacon. How did they pair? Chocolate-Covered Bacon * Bacon Lemonade * Bourbon Chicken Big G's Food Service is located at I7 on the Erie County Fair map. Chocolate-Covered Bacon Chocolate-covered bacon: To my surprise, first you taste the chocolate, then you taste the bacon. No dangerous coexistence. Re…

Almost 11 years ago, The Buffalo News hired Adam Zyglis straight out of college to replace the great Tom Toles, The News’ longtime editorial cartoonist. Toles had won a Pulitzer Prize and was leaving to succeed Herblock at the Washington Post.Talk about pressure.This week, Zyglis reached journalism’s pinnacle. He was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartoo…

After more than 121 years, The Buffalo News is no longer a member of the Associated Press.It is a bittersweet parting. The AP is one of the world’s largest news organizations and a fierce defender of press freedom. For decades, it has been the backbone of our national and foreign report. If it moves, the AP covers it.But the news marketplace is changing. Thanks to the ex…

The pictures were remarkable. A wall of snow across Lake Erie. A lone person carving a path through a sea of deep snow.And again and again, pictures of families and neighbors and strangers helping each other.The back-to-back lake-effect storms of November 2014 – the storms were too serious and deadly for cutesy names like Snowvember – disrupted our lives for more than …