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As recently as the 1950s, the blue pike, or blue walleye, was the most prevalent of Lake Erie fish, and it was certainly among the best fish for eating available off Buffalo’s shores. Men could catch 30 or 40 a day in the 1940s, until the ability to catch even one petered out in the late 1950s. In the early 1980s, the fish was officially declared extinct, though some tho…

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For the three seasons Doug Flutie played for the Buffalo Bills, there was no more popular man in Buffalo. Between his role in the “Business Backs the Bills” campaign to sell suites and make capital improvements to the stadium, to the several incarnations of Flutie Flakes, to his seemingly magical play on the field, the undersized underdog always seemed to leave people…

For decades, Erie County lawmakers battled over “the extra penny” in county sales tax. It was during a fiscal crisis in 1984 that the tax was raised eventually raised from 7 percent to 8 percent. Save for 10 days, the sales tax rate in Erie County has been at least 8 percent since 1987. That 1 percent was a political hot potato for years, as it had to be renewed bi-an…

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Through the spring of 2009, watching the slow demolition of Memorial Auditorium at the mouth of the Buffalo Harbor became as much of a spectator sport as so many of the great sports events people remembered from the building's 60 years. As the weathered stone walls came down, they seemed to clear the path for the site's future as a Bass Pro store. That, as we all know, di…

Buffalo’s Cosmic Cowboy, Shane Brother Shane, had a lengthy on-and-off career in Buffalo radio at stations WYSL, WKBW and WGR. Known for his love of muscle cars, horses, cowboy attire and common man’s poetry, Shane was signing autographs and giving away record albums at Purchase Radio’s Niagara Falls Boulevard location, across the street from the Boulevard Mall, on …

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Among the news on the front page of the May 23, 1914, Buffalo Evening News: A ship by the name of Halifax No. 19 went down near Liscomb, a small island off Halifax, Nova Scotia. Three bodies and wreckage were recovered. "All victims believed to have been Scotchmen," read one of the headlines. A picture depicts the envoys sent by the Mexican president to Niagara Falls pe…

“Pleasing the palate of Western New Yorkers for over 40 years,” Queen-O was on sale this week in 1959… 10 cents off the sparkling beverage made by the Sol Lenzner Corporation on Buffalo’s East Side. 

On this date ran a fun story by News reporter Ray Hill with a nice ending about the life of a famous dog, adopted by a loving family after being set on fire on the streets of Buffalo’s West Side. "After torment, Stinky now revels in dog's life" "She loves chasing a ball and playing tug of war. In moments of high mischief, she slips under the dining room table to chew o…

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It was a quarter of a century ago that Mayor James D. Griffin announced his last run for mayor. "Griffin ends speculation: Will run again" "To no one's surprise, James D. Griffin today formally announced he is seeking a record fourth term as mayor. " 'Our job's not done,' said Griffin, who already has served as mayor longer than anyone in the city's history. " 'The botto…

Among the news on the front page of the May 22, 1914, Buffalo Evening News: An "Extra!" edition of The News trumpeted the conviction of Lieutenant Charles Becker of murdering Herman Rosenthal. Earlier editions of the News reported that the jury had begun to deliberate. Coverage continued of the U.S.-Mexico peace talks in Niagara Falls; European powers were expected to t…

While he wouldn't commit to reporters that he was indeed a candidate for president, Sen. John Kennedy spent the day in Buffalo on May 22, 1959, the highlight of which was a speech to Democrats at the Statler Hilton. From the Picture Page: Senator and Mrs. Kennedy arrive, meet with top Democrats at the Statler Hilton Sen. Kennedy's arrival was covered in The News…

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Activist Dick Kern had a big mouth and bizarre tactics, often leading people to oppose him, even if they agreed with his passionate stance that Buffalo’s housing authority could be doing more to help people. Starting in the late 1990s, Kern became the subject of more than a dozen prosecutions for harassment and related charges. From his perspective, the cycle of being d…

Among the news on the front page of the May 21, 1914, Buffalo Evening News: "Both sides are looking for middle ground" in the efforts in Niagara Falls to settle the ongoing conflict in Mexico. The secretary of the civil service commission in Buffalo accuses the commissioner of leaking the answers to a state exam. The prosecution and the defense rested in the Becker mur…

The Buffalo Evening News headline blares that two noted Western New York businessmen, each with long-suspected ties to organized crime in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and around the country, were indicted after police accidentally broke up a suspected secret meeting of the nation’s top mafia bosses. A third man with ties to the area was among those facing trouble. John Monta…

Dennis and Estelle Jurasz shared a marriage -- and a career as law enforcement officers, he in North Tonawanda, she in Lockport. "Police couple: Life's not a television script" "He's a cop for the North Tonawanda Police Department. She's a police officer for the Lockport Police Department. But Estelle Pavlock-Jurasz -- Lockport's Law Officer of the Year -- is not the T.J…