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Ten years after the U.S. Supreme Court issued the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, school districts around the country were still seeking the most appropriate way to fix racial imbalances in individual schools. In 1964, the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court said if the goal was racial equality in schools, it was legal to draw school district boundaries based o…

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After starting the season as the Sabres' top goalkeeper, Ryan Miller ended the 2003-04 season with the Rochester Americans, taking the team to the Calder Cup semifinals. At this point in Miller's career, people like Buffalo News Sports Editor Larry Felser were beginning to wonder if Miller was going to be a “footnote" in Sabres history. Ryan Miller puts Amerks back in …

Among the news on the front page of the May 8, 1914, Buffalo Evening News: A 23-year-old man by the name of Peppe Cino was accused of stabbing 38-year-old Luigina Rizzo to death in her Front Avenue home, in front of her children. Her son identified the assailant to police and, only hours later, to a grand jury. "Mexican situation looks much more warlike" as Gen. Funston…

News Reporter and Columnist Ray Hill always had a way with words, and his gritty, colorful style was perfect for a series of police ride-along articles in 1979. In this article, he takes you to the streets of the Grant-Ferry area with Lt. (later Homicide Chief) Charles Fieramusca and his night watch crew. Danger lurks in the quiet of the night "­­­Sam the Pill was wor…

Fifty-one weeks into the experiment called “television” in Buffalo, the city in 1949 was the home of 21, 546 television sets. WBEN-TV Channel 4 signed on with The Buffalo Evening News Television Service in May 1948, and it was still the only television station in town almost a year later. Two VHF stations came and went in the early 1950s. WBES-TV Channel  59 came a…

Among the news on the front page of the May 7, 1914, Buffalo Evening News: British officials reported the deaths of two of their subjects alongside an American in mines near Guadelajara, Mexico. Others were being held captive by bandits. A Buffalo native living in Mexico with his wife and 8-month-old baby escaped the country ("after dodging a rain of Mexican shots") and…

Among the news on the front page of the May 7, 1914, Buffalo Evening News: British officials reported the deaths of two of their subjects alongside an American in mines near Guadelajara, Mexico. Others were being held captive by bandits. A Buffalo native living in Mexico with his wife and 8-month-old baby escaped the country ("after dodging a rain of Mexican shots") …

Fifteen years ago, Donn Esmonde wrote a column about an embattled Buffalo Schools superintendent and the three new school board members who wouldn't rubber-stamp his policies. A similar story could be written this week. School board vote gives accountability victory over rhetoric "Five weeks ago, the Buffalo School Board voted against pinning down [James] Harris, Buffalo…

Rep. John J. LaFalce and a Canadian Member of Parliament were asking for a 90-day moratorium on building a new Peace Bridge span, citing a need for more study over whether a “twin span” or “signature bridge” could be most cost and environmentally effective.   Fifteen years later, the project is still being studied.   LaFalce plan seeks study of bridge d…

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."