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All right, class, here’s your assignment: Write a couple of believable paragraphs that include the words submarine, park, tendons, tree and maybe. Something like: John Pawlowski just can’t stay out of the news. First, it was for the apparently suspicious habit of eating his submarine sandwich each week on the same Town of Tonawanda street, raising the suspicions of …

By Jolie Milstein From the Forge to the HELP Buffalo II, families in Buffalo have always been on the front line of fighting for affordable housing. That fight has only taken on greater importance as the borough gets less and less affordable for low- and middle-income families who are struggling to make ends meet. Thankfully, the City of Buffalo – and all of New Yor…

We're #PrepTalkLive from another big day of spring high school playoff action, though some events have been moved due to weather. Check out today's top games and events in Homeroom Announcements, from Corey Desiderio, which is updated with the latest postponements and location changes. We follow ALL the high school action, in all sports, though our Buffalo News te…

Gabriel Vilardi Position: Center Junior team: Windsor (OHL) 2016-17 stats: 49 games, 29 goals, 32 assists, 61 points Size: 6-foot-3, 201 pounds Born: Kingston, Ont. Central Scouting rank: No. 4 (North America) What to know: Vilardi grew up watching and admiring former Sabres captain Daniel Briere. They’re very different, however. While Briere was a d…

The Buffalo Marathon will take place Sunday on many of the city's major streets and at its two major parks. Here are things anyone who will be in the city during that period will need to know: When: The Buffalo Marathon, half-marathon and marathon relay will start at 6:30 a.m. Sunday. Where: It will include more than 50 streets and avenues that run from the city w…

Michelle R. Morgan, 23, of Grand Island was charged with drunken driving Friday after driving the wrong way on the North I-990,  Amherst police  reported. She was stopped near Sweet Home exit about 2:30 a.m. Friday, police said. Morgan was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving the wrong way on a divided highway and making an unsafe lane change.

Buffalo is one patriotic town. Friday morning's "Swingin' Stars and Stripes," the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's Memorial Day concert, drew a huge crowd. There were lots of little kids and from the clamor before the concert, you would have thought you were at a baseball game. And that was just the beginning. Once the concert began, people kept rising to their feet. …

The Erie County Water Authority is warning its customers about people impersonating water meter workers in Amherst. The water authority encouraged customers to ask water meter workers for identification before giving them access to a home or business. Authority meter service workers drive blue-and-white vehicles with a water authority logo visible on both sides, wear a …

A first-timer vs. a long-timer. The game's best defense corps against legendary forwards. A veteran goalie getting a long-awaited first chance against a kid trying to go 2 for 2. Smashville vs. the Steel City. There are no shortage of storylines for a highly intriguing Stanley Cup final that opens Monday night in Pittsburgh as the Penguins host the Nashville Predators. …

In the latest edition of the [BN] Blitz Podcast, Vic Carucci and Jay Skurski cover plenty Buffalo Bills topics, such as: *The release of former second-round draft pick Cyrus Kouandjio and what it means to the situation at offensive tackle. *Charles Clay's chronic knee issue and the concerns it has raised with coach Sean McDermott. *Zay Jones' knee injury and what …

Lloyd D. Crawford, 52, of Amherst, was charged with felony drunken driving early Friday morning after he was pulled over on Main Street. Crawford was stopped in the 5500 block of Main Street about 3 a.m. Friday. Crawford pleaded not guilty before Amherst Town Justice Kara A. Buscaglia, who noted that this was his third drunken driving arrest since 1988. The judge …

Jason Botterill will be conducting two coaching searches instead of one after firing Rochester coach Dan Lambert on Friday. The Sabres' new general manager met with Lambert this week to discuss the organization's failed season. As in Buffalo, there will be a fresh start with the Amerks. “I would like to thank Dan for his hard work and contributions to our organizat…

Supercells are long-lived, rotating thunderstorms. They can have life cycles up to and over 60 minutes, and they can reach up to 50,000 feet in the atmosphere; sometimes their tops extend even higher. All supercells are dangerous thunderstorms, with frequent lightning and usually damaging hail. Nearly all especially violent and large, long-track tornadoes come from pare…

MEMOIR "The Mighty Franks" By Michael Frank Farrar, Straus and Giroux $26, 320 pages Memoirs often seem to do double duty as therapy for their author, a public way to sort through one’s  personal demons while trying to shoo them away. But Michael Frank, the acutely perceptive scribe behind "The Mighty Franks," doesn’t just place his dysfunctional ext…

NONFICTION Al Franken, "Giant of the Senate" by Al Franken; Twelve, 416 pages, ($28) In the fall of 2007, the Democratic leadership of the U.S. Senate was not entirely on board with the idea that the people of Minnesota would be interested in electing Al Franken to the august body the following year. First off, he had never run for office. Second, there was some v…