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Republican County Executive Joel Giambra battled with Democrats in the County Legislature over his office’s purchase of a new SUV for official use. In response to Tonawanda Democrat Al DeBenedetti's accusation that Giambra hid the purchase by using a Public Works budget line, the county executive retorted, “You can’t hide a Suburban.” "Giambra’s car purchase provokes accu…

This piece, noting Henry Ehrenreich’s 21st birthday, recounts his escape from Nazi Germany through England (his musician father spent time in Dachau), his family’s reunion on Ashland Avenue, his time as a Buffalo Evening News delivery boy, and his graduation from Kensington High School and Cornell University. "Former News carrier who fled the Nazis wins Phi Beta Kappa key…

Among the news on the front page of the May 11, 1914, Buffalo Evening News: The first traces were found of a ship that sank in November 1913, carrying a crew of five. "Traces of red paint brought up by grapplers (are) first clue to resting place of ship that mysteriously disappeared," the headline reads in part. A photo shows the "illfated" crew. Coverage of the U.S.-Me…

Among the news on the front page of the May 12, 1914, Buffalo Evening News: " 'News' correspondent escorted out of Mexico City because certain nice diplomatic distinctions are not understand there: Americans regarded as hated invaders," reads the headline on the latest report from Richard Harding Davis. The U.S.  honors sailors who died in Veracruz, Mexico. Mediators a…

Among the news in the May 10, 1914, Buffalo Evening News: Richard H. Davis -- whose reports from Veracruz, Mexico, the News was publishing -- was one of three reporters ordered held by Gen. Huerta. "The State Department is trying to secure the release of Davis, if arrested, and the details will appear in the News," the note introducing the story said. In related news…

As a great halfway point between Chicago and New York, Buffalo, during the heyday of train travel, was a hotbed for entertainment. Musicians, vaudeville acts and sports teams all knew they could stop in Buffalo for a day or two and clear a pretty good gate before hopping back on the train. Owner Harry Altman called Buffalo’s Town Casino the top night spot between New York…

On this date in 1949, there certainly was a more rural feel to the corner that now features Charlie the Butcher and Tim Hortons, north of Buffalo Niagara International Airport. 'It's a little previous, but the water's fine' The boys swimming in the gravel pit at the corner of Wehrle Drive and Cayuga Road refused to give their names to The News photographer, saying, “Our …

Among the news on the front page of the May 9, 1914, Buffalo Evening News: An earthquake shocked Italy near Mount Etna and Sicily; the Associated Press reported that the shocks "destroyed many villages." The mayor gave five police officers medal at a ceremony where "500 bluecoats captained by Superintendent Regan [made] splendid showing passing in review before official…

Among the news on the front page of the May 9, 1914, Buffalo Evening News: An earthquake shocked Italy near Mount Etna and Sicily; the Associated Press reported that the shocks "destroyed many villages." The mayor gave five police officers medal at a ceremony where "500 bluecoats captained by Superintendent Regan [made] splendid showing passing in review before offic…

Just about every week in this part of the mid-1960s there was a great Buffalo Evening News Lifestyles article about women and their families adapting to new roles in modern society.  Some of them read as somewhat flip or silly today, but it's interesting to see The News' perspective and that the changing role of women was seen as news 50 years ago. 'Family's help eases lo…

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 pl…

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 workin…

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 and we…