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Before you could catch a boxing match on TV or on the radio, the only way to see the action was to be at the ringside. In 1914, Buffalo Evening News artists did their best to show readers what the action looked like in boxing at the Broadway Auditorium, which, by the way, is now better known as the Broadway Barns. It's no longer home to sporting events -- but it is home t…

Among the news on the front page of the May 15, 1914, Buffalo Evening News: "Foreigners" in Mexico City arm themselves out of "fear of tumult" as rebels begin attacking near the capital. A small box along the right side announces that U.S. peace mediators will have nine suites of rooms in the Niagara Falls hotel where peace talks were planned. The photos illustrate the…

Since 2010, Daniel Derenda has been Buffalo’s police commissioner. Twenty-five years ago, however, he was just another officer on the beat at the Fillmore Station when he made an unusual arrest. "Police recover automobile before theft is reported" "Fillmore Station police Sunday recovered a $15,000 rental car even before it was reported stolen when they stopped its dri…

On the first anniversary of The Buffalo Evening News' ownership of Channel 4, the possibilities of what was to come for this amazing new medium of television seemed endless. Readers felt as if they were part of the future when they read of the expanding scope of the Buffalo Newsreel, a weekly program offering film clips of local news and re-enactments of local happenings.…

Through the '30s, '40s, and '50s, both The Buffalo Evening News and the Courier-Express kept a daily running tally of the number of people killed, year to date, in car accidents. Invariably, there would be a grisly story or two daily, describing the horrific way in which someone was critically injured or killed in an auto mishap. As more safety controls were built into a…

Among the news on the front page of the May 14, 1914, Buffalo Evening News: The photos on the cover show a funeral procession carrying the body of a local Marine, Gabriel de Fabbio, from his parents' home to St. Joseph's Church. A small related item -- visible to the right of the top photo -- notes that the president sent a wreath to de Fabbio's grave. Back in Mexico, G…

Congressional hearings into the crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence Center three months earlier lead all the national TV newscasts on May 14, 2009, as Western New York’s tragedy had turned the eyes of the nation towards airline safety. A mind-boggling series of flaws, lapses, and errors lead to the crash that killed 50 people, including a pregnant woman, as detailed in a Bu…

The news received little more than a blurb in the paper 65 years ago, but the technology that begat a new subset of Americans — the Coach Potato — was first shown to Western New Yorkers at Bickford Brothers on Broadway in Buffalo. "Remote-control TV set is shown by RCA" "The picture screen measures 300 square inches. General Sales Manager Irving Nadritch of Bickford …

In the 20 years since talking about the harsh spotlight to a woman’s magazine, Hillary Clinton has seen plenty more of that glare. Questions of her husband’s fidelity were national fodder as Bill Clinton fought for his presidency. She was later elected to two terms in the Senate, then waged a losing campaign for president herself and spent four years as President Obam…

Among the news on the front page of the May 13, 1914, Buffalo Evening News: "Hoards gold seeing end of dictatorship: That the present head of Mexico feels himself slipping was made clear to President Wilson today" continues the coverage of Veracruz, Mexico. Another story -- "All offensive movements are now abandoned: Gen. Funston is reassured by newspaper" follows the …

Among the news on the front page of the May 13, 1914, Buffalo Evening News: "Hoards gold seeing end of dictatorship: That the present head of Mexico feels himself slipping was made clear to President Wilson today" continues the coverage of Veracruz, Mexico. Another story -- "All offensive movements are now abandoned: Gen. Funston is reassured by newspaper" follows the po…

For many years, the thought of gambling was controversial among the people of the Seneca Nation.  The 1994 referendum, where gambling was overwhelmingly rejected by the Seneca people, “did not bury the gaming issue.” "Tribal traditions prevailed in Seneca referendum rejecting casino gambling" " 'Tuesday's referendum,' (Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder) said, 'is…

News of Buffalo Schools Superintendent Marion Canedo's plans to retire came abruptly for many, starting anew a debate over how city schools should be run and who should be in charge. News reporter Peter Simon spent an hour interviewing the outgoing boss. "Departing Canedo says ‘It’s just time' " "Marion Canedo will retire as superintendent of the Buffalo Public Scho…

Republican County Executive Joel Giambra battled with Democrats in the County Legislature over his office’s purchase of a new SUV for official use. In response to Tonawanda Democrat Al DeBenedetti's accusation that Giambra hid the purchase by using a Public Works budget line, the county executive retorted, “You can’t hide a Suburban.” "Giambra’s car purchase pro…