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Qina Liu is the digital engagement editor at The Buffalo News. Contact her at qliu@buffnews.com.

It was the perfect storm. Meagan Meller had the swan. Toria Getz had the Jeep. And Zoe Brania had the camera. But they never ever expected to be able to go tubing in the middle of a street. That changed when almost a foot of rain fell in their neighborhood, closing many roads in the Buffalo area.  https://twitter.com/Toria_Getz/status/885547943008325632 …

Since the Prep Talk Awards are our version of Oscar Night for Western New York high school sports, we had the event's stars model for us on the Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel and Conference Center. For three hours, people could vote for the best dressed athlete on The Buffalo News Snapchat story by screenshoting their favorite athlete. Sophomore track star Nia Steven…

In 2016 alone, the number of shootings in Buffalo have increased 23 percent compared to the five-year average from 2011 to 2015. The Buffalo News' Aaron Besecker, Lexie Heinle and Dan Kirchberger analyzed more than six years of shootings data from the Buffalo Police Department and published the results last week. Among their findings: the entire East Side accounts for a…

You might be used to seeing Hoyt Lake in wedding or engagement photos, but you probably haven't seen Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park like this before. Filmed with a drone by Colin Gordon of Buffalo Aerial Productions at 6:05 a.m. on May 17, 2017, this is the kind of picturesque wanderlust-inspiring video that would induce feelings of jealousy and FOMO from all your Instagr…

Unless you live along the shorelines of Lake Ontario, it can be hard to imagine the submerged docks, collapsed breakwalls and streets and parking lots flooded with water. SceniCopter captured some of these scenes with his drone between May 9 and May 10. The 12-and-a-half-minute video showcases the flooding in Greece, N.Y., showing homes and landmarks along Crescent Beac…

Multiple firetrucks and emergency vehicles responded to a barn fire around 12:30 p.m. on 657 Aurora St. in Lancaster, where two full stories were engulfed in flames. https://twitter.com/Lanc_Depew_Bee/status/852609728970665985 Area roads were closed for a short period of time. https://twitter.com/sarapmeehan/status/852559347335016448 https://twitter.com/Kayla_…

The News has launched a new free iOS app. If you have the iPhone or iPad app, you can update the app here or by waiting for an automatic update to run the next time your phone is connected to a power source while connected to a Wi-Fi network. The new iPhone app resembles BuffaloNews.com, but also offers a few additional features including: the ability to save a…

If you've ever wanted to play Ms. Pac-Man in Niagara Square, Soldier's Circle or MLK Park, now's your chance. Google Maps released this interactive feature just in time for April Fool's Day. To play, go to google.com/maps, type in a location and click on the Ms. Pac-Man screen (circled below in red). Here's a look at the area outside 1 News Plaza transformed …

As President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress last night, Americans heard him talk about immigration reform, repealing Obamacare and tax reform. http://buffalonews.com/2017/02/28/trump-says-hes-open-legal-pathway-undocumented-immigrants/ Americans also heard an extremely loud clap close to a microphone on at least three TV stations, which include ABC, NBC …

More than 150 readers responded to our request to email their stories about the Blizzard of '77.  http://buffalonews.com/2017/01/23/blizzard-tales-readers-remember/ Since we've published some of their responses in our Jan. 22 special section in The Buffalo News, many more shared their memories. Here's a look of some of them: https://twitter.com/philsmithwrites/…

Have you ever driven past Buffalo City Hall and thought, "Man, that looks like something from Gotham City"? If you haven't, you won't be able to unsee this Gotham City Buffalo City Hall doppelganger. Take a look at this video game poster for "Batman: The Telltale Series." https://twitter.com/SalecityIn/status/816975047893991424 If you look to the bottom left-han…

2016 was the year of Harambe and Pokemon Go and when a 61-foot-duck invaded Canalside, but as 2016 comes to a close, we're counting down some of the more viral things that happened in Buffalo this year. Remember: 14. When a Bills fan broke his leg during a tailgating stunt. https://twitter.com/B1ackSchefter/status/808124953816133632 13. And when another Bil…

As lake-effect snow hit the Western New York area Thursday, we filmed and time-lapsed the view outside our window at One News Plaza, overlooking Canalside. This is footage between noon and 8 p.m., when the snowfall was heaviest. https://youtu.be/tNK-4XqHZiw http://buffalonews.com/2016/12/14/expect-next-36-hours/ http://buffalonews.com/2016/12/14/storm-coming-go-ho…