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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

Most of what was written in the paper in 1944 had to do, in some way, with World War II. Even if not directly about the fighting, the backdrop of the war was apparent in every day-to-day task in Buffalo and around the country. Thomas Webster was an orphan of the London air raids, and he moved into his uncle's home off Seneca Street. Boy who lost parents in raid likes new…

Among the news on the front page of The Buffalo Evening News on April 27, 1914: Four regiments' worth of U.S. troops arrive at Veracruz, where they "repulse invaders." Ten people are killed in a skirmish near Laredo, Texas; "federals" and rebels join the Mexican fight against the U.S. The president asks magnate John D. Rockefeller Jr. to put an end to the strike at the…

Among the news on the front page of The Buffalo Evening News on April 27, 1944: World War II is raging in Europe and the Pacific. President Roosevelt orders the takeover of Chicago headquarters of Montgomery Ward department store for violating wartime operating rules. Two Buffalonians among the crew involved in two separate Lake Erie freighter collisions; three died in…

Among the news on the front page of the Buffalo Evening News on April 26, 1914: Brazil, Argentina and Chile offer to serve as mediators in Veracruz, Mexico. A "reign of terror" begins in the Mexican capital; "American forces cannot reach threatened Americans there." As a result of the U.S. actions in Mexico, "Consul at Nogales, Ariz., besieged in office by mob of Mexic…

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While renovations at Rich Stadium continued, Erie County Executive Dennis Gorski was looking toward the end of the Bills' 25-year lease in Orchard Park. The Bills would go on to sign a 15-year lease to remain in the stadium in December 1998. The deal, which included renaming the facility Ralph Wilson Stadium, called for $125 million from New York State and Erie County pub…

Everyday Buffalonians, groundskeepers at War Memorial Stadium and the mayor (helped by a future mayor) were featured getting outdoor spaces ready for summer in The Buffalo Evening News on April 25, 1969. War Memorial was the home of the Bisons from 1960 to '69 and from 1979 to '87. Mayor Frank Sedita and the man who followed him as mayor, Stanley Makowski, planted a tree…

Among the news on the front page of The Buffalo Evening News on April 25, 1914: Washington is "much alarmed" over reports of Americans being killed in Mexico City. In Richard Harding Davis' first report for The News, support for the troops in Veracruz depart Galveston. Diplomats returning from Mexico City warn that Americans in that country are in danger. The action i…