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On this date in 1994, News Columnist Donn Esmonde heralded Mayor Anthony M. Masiello’s 1994-95 budget plan as a solid step in the right direction, saying "pulling Buffalo out of the 1970s is like scaling a mountain of molasses." Tough fiscal choices show Masiello means business "The change began with this budget. Changes in structure and efficiency. Changes that, if …

“Don’t you know that wrestling is fake?” has been the taunt offered up by non-fans for generations. There was a time, however, before the days of multiple multi-million dollar empires, when perhaps wrestling was at least a little less fake. Buffalo’s Police Commissioner ordered the arrests of two wrestlers who left ring as he declared “slugging outside of the ri…

While the mafia’s influence was waning in Buffalo by 1979, it was still strong enough to warrant the convening of a grand jury in an attempt to learn more about the local syndicate. May 6, 1979: DA’s crime unit tries again for Sacco testimony "Moments after the 1976 shooting in (reputed mob lieutenant John) Sacco’s building on Connecticut St. police found a large c…

Among the news on the front page of the May 6, 1914, Buffalo Evening News: Gen. Carranza exits the conflict in Veracruz, Mexico; U.S. Gen. Funston "is given free hand." An announcement that mediators were to meet in Niagara Falls, Ont., on May 16, 1914, to work on resolving the conflict. "About 200  officials and newspaper men" were to stay at the Clifton hotel. Ameri…

The rules of the road haven't changed since 1949.  Thomas Dickerman, 13, of Auburn Ave, Buffalo, demonstrates the right way and the wrong way to operate a bicycle in the City of Buffalo 65 years ago. The safety tips were offered as Police Commissioner McMahon urged Buffalo parents to stress Bicycle Safety Week to their children. Some safety do's and don'ts for Buffalo b…

Representing each of the local TV news stations, Barry Lillis, WGR-TV; John Beard, WIVB-TV;  and Don Postles, WKBW-TV. were wearing Joseph Palanker furs and men’s fashions from Fred Roneker to help raise scholarship funds for women. From TV to modeling, all for a good cause "Lillis and Beard sport mink, while Postles’ coat is coyote."

As much an international top news story as it was a Buffalo sports story, Buffalo News Sabres Beat Writer (and later Hockey Hall of Famer) Jim Kelley collects the facts (very few) and rumors (bountiful) about Alexander Mogilny’s apparent defection from the Soviet Union and the Red Army hockey team to the United States to play for the Sabres. (Five days after this story r…

Among the news on the front page of the May 4, 1914, edition of The Buffalo Evening News: In addition to conference news, a photo shows an "American bluejacket killed at Veracruz and Mexican snip whose bullet slew him." A report from correspondent Richard Harding Davis says the talks over the water tower at Veracruz ended when "Major Russell" "calls bluff of federal com…

Among the news on the front page of the May 3, 1914, edition of The Buffalo Evening News: U.S. troops move to support water tower, though Washington is told the need isn't dire. Militia and mine guards are blamed for the deaths of women and children in Colorado. A thousand Boy Scouts put on a program in a Broadway auditorium before an appreciative (and large) audience.…

Only 10 short years later, fewer and fewer would agree with late Buffalo News Editor Murray Light's assessment of smokers' rights.  Smokers have rights, too "I have no problem with the prohibition of smoking in indoor and outdoor stadiums and other places accommodating large masses of people. Most non-smokers do not want to sit near a smoker. Whether that's a health haz…

The Marine who dove on a grenade to save his mates was laid to rest May 2, 2004. A hero remembered: More than 1,000 people tell Cpl. Jason L. Dunham goodbye "When word reached this rural community of rolling hills where Dunham would mow a neighbor's lawn for a cold can of pop, it came as no surprise that he had made the ultimate sacrifice to save others. ... The Rev. Ro…

Among the news on the front page of the May 2, 1914, edition of The Buffalo Evening News: A German widow mistaken for an American was beaten so badly by a mob in Mexico City that she later died of her injuries. The U.S. sends troops to a new front in Mexico, Tampico. In local news, a "murderess" charged with killing her husband, Mrs. Buffum, is expected to give testimo…

Today’s soccer moms (and dads, and grandparents)  might feel like they are in uncharted territory, virtually living in their vehicles as they juggle the extracurricular schedules of their children between every sort of activity imaginable. While the volume of activities may have increased, the frenzied feeling of driving the kids around is nothing new. The moms of the …

As a part of the Vatican II reforms instituted by the recently sainted Pope John XXIII, beginning May 10, 1964, Buffalo area Catholics began taking part in prayers during the distribution of the Eucharist. Catholics pray at Communion starting May 10 "The new decree shortens the prayer which priests heretofore have said while distributing Communion: "May the Body of Our L…