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The death of Buffalo police Officer Craig Lehner stunned the city and resonated well beyond. The K-9 officer and member of the department's Underwater Recovery Unit disappeared during a training exercise in the Niagara River on Oct. 13, touching off a frantic five-day search. More than 50 agencies from across the state and Canada sent first responders to help in the sea…

Gusto

When Matt Keeler was a sophomore at Notre Dame High School in Albion, he combined two areas of interest — hockey and graphics — and began creating designs for baseball caps and T-shirts. “Being around the sport my whole life, and having a passion for the game and also for creativity, there was nothing in the hockey market that served those two things,” he said. …

Hamburg

Hamburgh Holidays kicks off with the annual Santa Claus parade at 11 a.m. Nov. 25 down Main and Buffalo streets in Hamburg and culminating with Rock the Roundabout New Year's Eve. Hamburgh Holidays is a series of holiday-themed events and the name of the volunteer community organization that oversees the events. A free children's holiday matinee will be played at 11 …

High Schools

Who: Maple Grove Red Dragons (11-1) vs. II-Cambridge Indians (11-1) When: noon Friday Where: Syracuse University Carrier Dome Tickets: $10 Television: Spectrum News Rankings: Maple Grove is ranked No. 8 in the News Small Schools Poll and No. 2 in the state poll. Cambridge is ranked first in the state. State final records: Maple Grove is 2-1 beating II-Lak…

From Week Seven of 2015 to Week Five of 2017, the Chiefs went 27-4 in the regular season. Yeah, 27-4. From Week Six to Week 11 of 2017, they went 1-4. So what's gone wrong with Kansas City, particularly on defense? During their 5-0 start, the Chiefs averaged 17.4 quarterback pressures per game, a rather high figure. That average includes a 26 quarterback-pressure per…

Horse Racing

The traditional running of the Clark Handicap on the day after Thanksgiving at Churchill Downs is set for this afternoon under the Twin Spires. Bob Baffert ships in Hoppertunity (3-1) to face off against Diversify (5-2) in the nine-horse field going 1 1/8-miles in Race 11 on Friday. The two main contenders will start from opposite ends of the gate, with Hoppertunity lea…

Erie County

To find the face of overdose drug deaths in Erie County, head to the suburbs and look for white millennials. White men between the ages of 20 and 40 comprise the single largest death demographic – by far – of the more than 1,000 residents who have died of opioid-related drug overdoses in the past five years. Moreover, unlike last year, when the greatest percentage o…

Bills

Nov. 23, 1959 – The Buffalo Bills officially went into the football business on this day, as they acquired the rights to some players in the American Football League's first college draft. The team took Richie Lucas of Penn State, a quarterback. Lucas finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting that year, and would later go on to the College Football Hall of Fame. …

Local News

Financial issues and other problems at Erie Community College have prompted the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to warn that the college's accreditation could be jeopardized if the problems aren't fixed. Middle States issued the warning in a Nov. 17 letter to ECC President Dan Hocoy. The college has a year to fix the problems or risk being placed on probati…

Family

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

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LAKELAND, Minn. – The words above the fireplace appear to be a Bible verse: VELIS ET REMIS 12:1. They are not. The words are Latin, the numbers represent a date, and though the message is not drawn from the Bible, it may as well be. In the life of Karin and Phil Housley, velis et remis has been a biblical philosophy. It’s what drove them to stay together 35 years ag…

Columns

So much to be thankful for. So little thanks. You’d think that with a $4,000 – or more! – annual pay hike right around the corner, Western New Yorkers would be giddy with gratitude and already spending the money. The promised windfall will come from the GOP’s tax reform effort, which will lower the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent, thereby spurri…

Books

DIARIES The Vanity Fair Diaries 1983-1992 By Tina Brown Henry Holt 437 pages, $32 The first and greatest correspondent on journalism's Vanity beat was, of course, Ecclesiastes, who memorably reported to all of us (in King James' majestic translation) "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity." All time pride of place after that belongs to John Bunyan, one of his…

Bills

Bills coach Sean McDermott announced Wednesday that Tyrod Taylor would return as the team's quarterback after rookie Nathan Peterman threw five interceptions last week in his first career start. Taylor called it an "interesting set of days" and seemed hurt by the benching, but maintained that this week will just be business as usual. Thankful: Jerry Sullivan, ever …