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One was just 14 years old, a Harlem teen overwhelmed more by the throngs of police than by an orator’s silver-tongued message 50 years ago today in Washington, D.C.Another was an NAACP leader from Boston University who marveled at the sight of some 250,000 people, black and white, all dedicated to stamping out racism in America.Two others were young brides. One remembered …

Buffalo police today confirmed that a woman driver was extricated from her car by a Buffalo Fire Rescue Squad after she lost control in the westbound lane of the Scajaquada Expressway between Parkside Avenue and Delaware Avenue about 3 p.m. Monday.The car hit a puddle of water and then went off the road and struck a pole and a tree and crashed into a fence at the city tenn…

Buffalo homicide detectives today were still searching for a man who was wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt and grey sweatpants when he fatally shot 21-year-old Christopher Iverson of Buffalo at St. Mary’s Road and Walden Avenue about 1:40 a.m. Saturday.After Ferry-Fillmore police responded to a “shots fired” call in that vicinity the still-alive Iverson was found in a ca…

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Buffalo’s starring role as the setting for a mystery movie involving the missing work of electricity genius Nikola Tesla will be a “wrap” today.The cast and production crew for the independent movie, “The American Side,” will complete their four-week shoot here, according to the film’s star and co-writer, Greg Stuhr, a native of Eden.Stuhr said he and his colleagues will l…

By Robert J. McCarthyOn the day he will appear in a live, televised mayoral election debate, Republican candidate Sergio R. Rodriguez Tuesday released a 12-point crime fighting plan he says will “enhance the quality and quantity of police presence in the city.” “Too often, the only contact with police our citizens in certain neighborhoods have is when someone is being arre…

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Siren songJanne Sirén, the director of the Albright-Knox, looks like a work of art himself. Siren, who is from Finland, is tanned and fit as few Buffalonians are. His teeth are blindingly white. That and his Scandinavian blond hair add up to the kind of look that no native Buffalonian could possibly have, not even if all your ancestors were from Finland. No wonder Buzz, wh…

Mayor Byron W. Brown, Democratic challenger Bernard A. Tolbert and Republican Sergio R. Rodriguez will meet in an hourlong debate at 8 p.m. today in the WNED studios. Buffalo News Political Reporter Robert J. McCarthy will be one of the panelists.Go to BuffaloNews.com for a live video stream of the debate, as well as full coverage, analysis and reaction. Also see Wednesday…

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In the 16 years since he retired from law enforcement, former Erie County Sheriff Thomas F. Higgins has not been one to let any grass grow under his feet.That was never more so than Friday when, Higgins estimates, 13,000 feet of air separated him from the ground below, as the 83-year-old South Buffalo resident made his first ever sky dive from a plane over the lush vistas …

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Stretching out one of her fluffy, white polar bear paws, Luna reached at a small, wooden stick that had drifted away in a murky pool of water. Young, wide-eyed children pressed themselves against the glass provided for observation, peering in closer as they watched one of the Buffalo Zoo’s stars at play. Not far away, Kali, a larger male polar bear, coiled into himself, ex…

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An attorney for Pinnacle Charter School said Monday she hopes that negotiations with lawyers for the state Education Department will get the school’s children back in their classrooms Sept. 4, despite the state’s decision Friday to close the struggling charter school.Stunned and angry parents of the school’s 560 students were signing affidavits of support for Pinnacle whil…

Democrat Bernard A. Tolbert labels his mayoral campaign as the “Takin’ It to the Streets” tour, a novel approach allowing citizens to periodically air their grievances against incumbent Byron W. Brown.As part of challenging Brown in the Sept. 10 Democratic primary, the former head of the FBI’s Buffalo office has produced neighborhood residents to complain about blight in c…

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Basswoods, sycamores, willows and shrubs were among the initial 2,000 native and naturalized plants installed as part of the shoreline restoration of a former steel manufacturing brownfield along the Buffalo River in South Buffalo.The project, part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, received nearly $1 million granted to Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper by the federal En…

LOCKPORT – A Buffalo man was arraigned Monday in Niagara County Court on an indictment charging him with stealing more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from a store in the Fashion Outlets of Niagara after he had been banned from the mall.Demetrius M. Clark, 54, of Loepere Street, pleaded not guilty to third-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny and possession of bur…

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Long before Charles J. Zappo toiled as a medic on World War II’s battlefields and assisted in liberating a concentration camp, he knew what hard work was and how war could exact a devastating price.At 8 years old, Zappo helped his mother and stepfather make ends meet by going out and shining shoes in the warmer weather. In winter, he sold newspapers.“There was this city in…

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Late on Sunday evening, a small team of Buffalo street artists gathered in the parking lot of Holly Farms, a convenience store near Allen and College streets, to begin work on the first of a major new series of public murals.The mural-in-progress, created by a group of graffiti artists under the direction of Ian DeBeer and with the help of digital projection artist Keith H…