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Buffalo may own a national reputation for snowstorms off Lake Erie, but it turns out some know us for our tsunamis, too. No, not 100-foot wall-of-water, earthquake-driven tsunamis that swamp far-away places in the Pacific. The tsunamis around here are different and pass with little impact. They're called meteotsunamis, and researchers have determined more than 100 of…

Paul R. Hulub remembers the plans he made with two buddies after they received their draft notices for service in World War II. "I'd heard so many good things about the Marines that I convinced my two friends that we would all join the Marines," the 91-year-old Hulub said in recalling how the trio took the train from North Andover, Mass., to the Boston Navy Yard. "…

Every athlete has a dream school. Michaila Raby’s no different in that sense. She just competes in a sport not usually associated with high school athletics. Basketball players may envision themselves playing at Syracuse, or volleyball players at Penn State. But what about cowgirls? Michaila has her mind set on earning a rodeo scholarship to Montana State Uni…

After several sessions before a court-appointed mediator, battling law partners Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Steven E. Barnes have made no progress toward patching up their differences, sources on both sides of the case told The Buffalo News. Attorneys for Cellino and Barnes were scheduled to appear in court Monday to give a progress report to State Supreme Court Justice De…

Several private colleges and universities in Western New York won't participate in a new state financial aid program that includes some of the same controversial strings attached to the free-tuition program for the public SUNY campuses. Daemen College, Medaille College, D'Youville College and St. Bonaventure University have informed the Higher Education Services Corp., …

Since he was elected to the Buffalo School Board, Carl P. Paladino has cultivated more enemies than friends. Now, he's using those foes' attempts to have him removed from office as a platform to air his grievances about the Buffalo schools, essentially shifting the spotlight off of himself and onto the many problems he's criticized since he was first elected. That ma…

A Niagara Falls man was stopped by State Police at 9:56 a.m. Saturday on Tuscarora Road in the Town of Niagara and charged with drunken driving. Troopers said someone called 911 to report a possible intoxicated driver. Police stopped the suspect, Ruben Flores, 50, and he was taken into custody. A breath test revealed a blood alcohol level of 0.28 percent, which three an…

A cast iron sign that touts "Birthplace of the Grain Elevator" was reported stolen to the Buffalo Police Department on Saturday by Industrial Heritage Committee President Lorraine Pierro. The heavy, metal sign was taken off a concrete post located near lamp post No. 7 on Erie Street. Pierro said it wasn't certain exactly when the sign was taken, but the Buffalo Histo…

Instead of risking hypothermia in April, Buffalo’s Burmese community waits until it is shorts-and-sandals weather to get wet. Hundreds of people attended the annual Buffalo Myanmar Water Festival on Saturday, celebrating the Burmese New Year, which occurred in mid-April. In Burmese culture, water is sacred. On a day-to-day basis, it sustains life; on their New Year, i…

Dec. 20, 1937 – June 18, 2017 Whether it was working as an office boy for the Butler family or serving customers as a district manager, Donald J. McPhee Sr. was always proud of what he did for a living. Proud enough to spend 46 years doing it at The Buffalo News. Mr. McPhee, a longtime district manager, died Sunday at his home in Alden. He was 79. Born and ra…

Phillip Jackson, 24, of Buffalo, who was on probation for selling drugs when he was caught selling drugs again, was sentenced to prison on Friday. Jackson received a probationary sentence of five years in February after being convicted of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth-degree. Just four days later the Buffalo Police Narcotics Unit executed a …

A Buffalo man was sentenced to a year and a half in prison for a drunken driving crash that paralyzed another driver. Kevin Reyome, 55, was sentenced by Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case on Friday. In March, Reyome pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular assault and leaving the scene of a serious injury accident. Shortly after midnight on Sept. 16, Reyome drove his…

WASHINGTON – The Senate Republicans' health care bill will cost New York billions more than the House bill passed last month. That's the consensus that health care experts reached after a close look at the legislation. What concerns analysts most is the Senate's different approach to changing Medicaid, the state-federal program for the poor and the lower middle cla…

The City of Lockport was approved earlier this week for a $470,000 state grant that Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey said would pay for new computer hardware and software, including more efficient payroll and water and sewer billing systems. Finance Director Scott A. Schrader said there also will be connections to the Niagara County Information Technology Department two blocks f…

A robber struck a convenience store at 975 Abbott Road early Saturday, a clerk told Buffalo police. The robber carried what appeared to be a gun, but it was covered with a black plastic bag. He told the clerk he'd shoot her if she didn't hand over cash. He made off with about $50, according to a police report of the incident.