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It’s been nearly a decade since Tonawanda’s own Joe Mesi stepped into the ring for his last professional fight against Shannon Miller in 2007, a bout "Baby" Joe won with a round one TKO. However, despite his disappearance from the limelight, Mesi is still in Buffalo, and still representing, working in, and boasting about the city he loves. Mesi grew up in Tonawanda …

For Western New York’s own millennials, alternative music junkies, and fangirls and boys of all types, the exclamation "the British are coming!" has made a comeback this past May. British, of course, referring to the English electropop band: The 1975. And what’s better than a night of The 1975? Two nights. That’s right, the band took the LED-illuminated stage at a …

"Wonder Woman," the fourth film in the recent D.C. cinematic universe, tries its best to make up for Zach Snyder’s disappointing "Man of Steel" and "Batman vs. Superman." With many fans hoping for a good film in the franchise, and with the immense popularity of its title character, can "Wonder Woman" defy the conventions of its forebears and save the D.C. cinematic univ…

The world is a pretty big place. It sustains more than 7.5 billion people in about 200 countries. However, just like people, every country is different. Three European teenagers had the opportunity to experience this idea firsthand. Loïc Labanere and Iñigo Aranjuelo, both 17, and Juliette Petit, 18, spent the past year in Buffalo as foreign exchange students in multiple…

SUNY Buffalo State hosted the first ever Western New York Youth Climate Action Summit on Saturday. With more than 24 schools and 90 students in attendance, the summit addressed urgent issues concerning climate change and the greenhouse effect. To many, the greenhouse effect is still an unfamiliar concept. A session during the summit focused on the basics of global warm…

On a gray and cloudy Wednesday morning, the music department at one local high school is glowing with excitement. A whiteboard in the chorus room of Clarence High School reads: "Welcome Jim Papoulis!" Students cleaned every nook and cranny of the room and prepared for the arrival of a composer who would work as a clinician with the choirs to prepare them for a concert the…

As this school year comes to a close, there is plenty of excitement for the upcoming summer, as well as reflection on the many months behind us. Graduating seniors especially find this to be a bittersweet time, when it is time to move on, and yet hold on to the memories we’ve created. As a soon-to-be 2017 grad, set to head to Brooklyn College in the fall to major in j…

The "Alien" film franchise has always been synonymous with atmospheric tension, and suspense surrounding one of the most creative, inventive and terrifying creature designs ever: the late H.R. Giger’s xenomorph. Although every movie in the series is technically a different genre, the one that made the biggest departure was 2012’s "Prometheus." The film served as an or…

What makes an interesting, relatable, keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat book? Those questions could be answered by author Corrie Wang (rhymes with song). The Western New York native’s recently released debut book, "The Takedown," fits that description. The young adult novel tells the story of Kyla Cheng, a popular, soon-to-be-valedictorian high school senior who is jus…

The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," serves as a continuation of the adventures of the titular Guardians as they learn more about Peter Quill/Star-Lord’s (Chris Pratt) father, whom he hasn’t seen in decades. The film opens with the Guardians protecting some very valuable batteries and returning them to their owners, a pow…

The college search process is already complicated and taxing enough for anyone who chooses to undertake it. Between curating an application, weighing schools, waiting for acceptances or rejections, and making the final decision, it is a lot for any teenager to handle. But what happens when there is another layer added to the typical procedure? What happens when a student …

Set the scene – it’s a bone-chilling, wet, windy February night. Hundreds of used syringes blanket the ground. You don’t know where to take your next step. You sit under a muddy concrete overpass where many homeless people sleep every night, and where hundreds of people have never awakened because they have had a deadly dose of heroin. You are drenched in fake vomi…

Brandon, did your mother ever tell you not to talk to strangers? "I imagine that she did," Brandon Stanton said, laughing. Stanton, a 33-year-old photographer and writer, is the creator of Humans of New York, a blog and New York Times best-selling book series. He spoke Saturday at the University at Buffalo as part of the Distinguished Speaker series. Stanton replaced J…

Summer is fast approaching and that means sunshine, warm weather and fun activities are just around the corner. A lot of those activities cost money and that may be money that teens have to provide. Although finding baby-sitting positions and lawn mowing jobs are good options for earning some money, starting a small business could work as well. There are a lot of great…