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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 haza…

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 Buf…

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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…

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It has been a quarter-century since the opening that Louis L. Berger Jr. described as "a zoo."  After years of red tape and zoning battles, shoppers finally got their first look at the $100 million Walden Galleria mall. Walden Galleria opens with a flair: Enthusiastic crowds explore Western New York's largest shopping complex "The stores are ready to roll, open their gat…

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 the …

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…

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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 founded in…

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 t…

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 …