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A man who was rescued from a mauling inside the polar bear pit at the Buffalo Zoo pleaded innocent to charges of criminal trespass and reckless endangerment of property. Twenty-year-old Kurt Fornes was one of three men facing charges after allegedly hopping the fence into the  zoo on a Saturday night. After Fornes fell into the pit, police had to be called in to kill th…

Among the news on the front page of the Buffalo Evening News on May 1, 1914: The steamer Siberia, carrying 71 passengers -- including Mrs. Burton Harrison, wife of Philippines governor -- sent out a distress call. " 'Everyone dead' gasps rescue workers in mine": continued coverage of the tragedy in West Virginia. The occupation in Veracruz, Mexico, continues to resolve…

On this date, the battle between two of Buffalo’s downtown retail giants was clear as day in a Buffalo Evening News ad for flatware. (And only 15 years later, both stores were gone.) The Wm. Hengerer Co. was founded in Buffalo in 1876 and merged with Rochester-based Sibley’s in 1981. The flagship Main Street store closed in 1987. Adam, Meldrum and Anderson was founde…

Buffalo saw plenty of Hollywood in the  early 1980s. "Hide in Plain Sight," starring James Caan, was shot here in 1979 and released in 1980. In 1982, Goldie Hahn and Burt Reynolds spent some time in Buffalo's Parkside neighborhood shooting "Best Friends," and also watching history at the Aud -- both were in attendance the night Wayne Gretzky scored a hat trick shattering…

Among the news on the front page of The Buffalo Evening News on April 30, 1914: U.S. soldiers in Veracruz "begin to experience hardships of tropical service," such as the "barren sand hills." Much of the news on the cover related to the occupation in Mexico. The photos at the top of the page depict the bride, groom and officiant from the wedding of the "head of the Hous…

Buffalo News Reporter Mike Beebe visited with the 150 families as they "started over down South"; that is, moved from Western New York to Shreveport, La. The men were all looking for work after being laid off from the General Motors foundry in Tonawanda. Beebe wrote a five-part series, several installments of which are spotlighted here: News series to follow workers f…

Streets Department employees were accused of conspiracy in the alleged hiring of "no-show" employees and then in the alleged covering up of the fact that, for three years, an Ash & Garbage Division employee never showed up for work. 'No show,' paid 3 years, never knew job, jury told "A 'no show' employee was on the city payroll for three years before he learned what …

It has been 10 years since Amherst teen John Stevens was voted off  Fox's "American Idol."  A decade later, you may remember the red-headed crooner who went on to become a member of the Beantown Swing Orchestra, but do you remember the controversy on what was then among the most popular TV shows in America? Judge Simon Cowell said Stevens took "every bullet ... like a m…

Since the current system of an elected school board has been in place, every Buffalo mayor has asked for the power to appoint members to the board in an effort to save struggling city schools. Mayor Byron W. Brown took it a step further, speaking this February of possible mayoral control of Buffalo Schools. In 1999, Mayor Anthony M. Masiello wanted to name two members of…

Douglas Turner reported from Washington that after some delay, the Coast Guard approved the building of a twin span to the current Peace Bridge. Coast Guard approves building twin span "The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday approved the Peace Bridge Authority's plan to "twin" the existing 1927 bridge and will issue a construction permit to the authority in the next few days.…

On April 28, 1999, News Reporter Tom Buckham took a look at a Burchfield watercolor that had come up for auction on a website "known as Ebay." Fifty-five years earlier, the Albright (not yet -Knox) Art Gallery opened a series of comparisons between Burchfield paintings and photos of the scenes painted. Included in the series is a Wadsworth Street home in Buffalo. The art …

Among the news on the April 29, 1914, front page of The Buffalo Evening News: Veracruz coverage continues with the urging of an armistice; it is "believed that both Huerta and this government will consent." 201 people are reported dead after an explosion at a mine in Eccles, W.Va. 20 people die when the steamer Benjamin Noble is lost off Duluth, Minn.

Dr. William T. Clark, a former Buffalo Bisons pitcher and the director of Meyer Memorial Hospital (now ECMC), is photographed with his son Bill Jr., a pitcher for Amherst High School. Son of ex-Bison hurler carries on: Bill Clark Jr. pitches no-hit game "Dr. Clark hurled for Buffalo in the International League in 1924. Today, he is proud of the achievement of his son, Bi…

Hamburg Supervisor Jack Quinn was one of the parties agreeing to a complicated land deal that exchanged some land, preserved some park space and set the stage for the $50 million McKinley Mall. Land swap paves way for Hamburg mall "[The project] is still on target for a June, 1985 opening. ... Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Adam, Meldrum & Anderson Co. will be the key …

Among the news on the front page of The Buffalo Evening News on April 28, 1914:: General, support troops arrive in seized Mexican city. The Mexican president accepts U.S. peace proposal "unconditionally." Fleeing federals try to enter the United States. A young mother and her children died in a fire in Mount Union, Pa. A promotional box along the bottom reads: "Huert…