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While history tells us the decline of industry had already began in Western New York by 1959, Bethlehem Steel was still investing millions into the building of a new headquarters across Route 5 from the Ford Stamping Plant (now the Gateway Longview complex). The building of this mill would have allowed for more finished steel product to leave the Lackawanna plant, instead …

Among the news on the front page of the May 17, 1914, Buffalo Evening News: The Mexican president suffers an attack and "may be dying"; his illness comes on after a "drinking bout." "Dead! No indeed, says Madden of future of G.O.P." President Wilson tells Colorado it has to get the mine strike under control or else he will pull federal soldiers from the state. A young…

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It was one of those opinionated days for Larry Felser, who evaluated the popularity rankings of Buffalo’s athletes. From the rebounding Jim Kelly to the unknown Dominik Hasek, Larry’s inimitable style takes you on a walk down memory lane as far as the names that mattered in Buffalo sports 20 years ago. "Kelly’s popularity enjoys a post-Super Bowl bounce" "Goldhaber Resea…

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For nearly 130 years, Adam, Meldrum and Anderson was a Buffalo-based department store. That streak came to an end in 1994. The following year, the flagship Main Street store was closed. May 16, 1994: AM&A’s chain is purchased by Bon-Ton, Sale ends era "AM&A’s been sold to a York, Pa.-based regional retailer, executives announced today. "Bon-Ton will spend $38.5 …

Among the news on the front page of the May 16, 1914, Buffalo Evening News: A "summary killing stirs officials" on the Mexico front, but plans for the peace talks in Niagara Falls move forward. A photo shows the wreck of a lightship and a story tells of a diver's inability to recover bodies of the ship's crew. The state spends $75,000 to fix a road -- and instead makes…

He was a beloved, admired, and favorite News columnist for more than three decades. Bob Curran took to the keyboard to carry the mantel for the little guy, the underdog, and the veteran. He also tried to make us smile along the way. When he died in 2003, he was remembered for his style and purpose, and for his friendship -- whether you were on the same political wavelengt…

Buffalo designer David Bonnabel had submitted to a DNA test to help prove a wild tale of being kidnapped as a 3-year-old and dragged around the country by a woman before she left for Europe.  News reporter Robert J. McCarthy writes that the story played on the emotions of a Florida couple who’d never given up hope of finding their long-missing son. "Tests may solve riddl…

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 drive…

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…

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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 Buff…

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 said…