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The obstacle-driven fitness craze sparked by the TV show "American Ninja Warrior" and touring events such as Spartan Race and Tough Mudder continue with a four-day event in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.), organized by Ninja Warrior Academy of Hybrid Fitness. The inaugural River Warrior Challenge runs June 24 and 25, with spectator tickets available for $10 for a …

Frank Todaro had his back turned when he heard a collective gasp and then silence from workers at his car repair shop, Collision Masters, LLC, at 555 Pearl St. "You could hear crickets," the business' founder recalled. A customer from South Buffalo, identified only as Mr. King, had asked for an estimate and driven his silver Chevy truck into the shop. The workers' react…

If you've ever been to City Hall, you've probably noticed what an architectural gem the building truly is. But now people outside of Buffalo know it, too. Curbed.com has listed the building as one of the 10 most beautiful city halls in the nation. The online publication, an arm of Vox Media, ranked Buffalo second to Austin, Texas. [GALLERY: A Closer Look at Buff…

The Buffalove continues to flow from Vanessa Williams. The actress/singer/former Miss America appeared on "LIVE with Kelly and Ryan" Wednesday and told the co-hosts about her ties to the area and her July 4, 2015, wedding in Buffalo to Jim Skrip of Depew. "My husband is from Buffalo, very strong Buffalo roots," Williams said. "My mother was born and raised in Buffal…

A map of the most misspelled words in America is making the rounds of the internet, and the words it highlights are both hilarious and horrifying. Disease. College. Angel. If you live in Utah, South Dakota or North Carolina, you're more likely to ask Google how to spell those words. As for us New Yorkers, beauty is our downfall, it seems. Take a look for yourself: …

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…

Jaws dropped this morning when the Buffalo Sabres fired both general manager Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma. Judging from the social media reaction as a whole, there was little surprise that Bylsma was canned, but few expected GMTM to suffer the same fate. Shock and befuddlement have reigned supreme, so the humorous takes are sparse, at least until fans can get th…

There's rarely a dull moment in the Life of Gronk. White House press secretary Sean Spicer's media gathering today featured an unexpected visitor, as New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski poked his head in for a quick comment. The initial look on Spicer's face is priceless, but the government official handled the intruder with aplomb, although he did not acce…

Those with Type 2 diabetes may soon want to add a new name to their list of iPhone helpers. Move over Alexa. Zip it, Siri. Hello Brook. Independent Health is involved in a pilot program designed to help the makers of the Brook Inc. app bring it to a broader audience in the coming months. "This is the beginning of a significant transformation,” said Dr. Michae…

To hear Tracey Tong tell it, all she did was defend a fellow subway rider in New York City from the verbal assault of another passenger. Ellen DeGeneres saw it another way: She thinks Tong is a hero and brought her on her daytime talk show to show the viral cell-phone video of Tong standing up for another person and to celebrate her for what she did. https://twitter.…

In what's become a yearly routine, Gusto delves deep into the bowels of local social media to unearth the best April Fools' Day jokes in Buffalo. 2017 brings an added challenge, however, with April Fools' Day falling on a Saturday, a day when fewer Buffalonians are at their office desks with time to kill. But thanks to help from Kiss 98.5's Shy Guy Shawn - who usuall…

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 …

The CW sure seems to have a thing for the Buffalo music scene. After including songs from local acts M.A.G.S. and Humble Braggers on hit shows "The Flash" and "iZombie," the network will next feature music from local electro artist brat'ya on the popular show "The Originals." Scheduled to air on April 21 April 28, the episode is set to feature the song "Dreams,"…