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The photographs are flying around Twitter. There is George H.W. Bush, in his wheelchair, a pensive figure near the casket of his wife, Barbara, in a Houston church. There are the Secret Service agents with that casket, agents assigned for years to protect the former First Lady, who even now are staying at her side. You would need a heart of stone to be unmoved by …

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Genesee County sheriff's deputies added a litany of new charges – including vehicular assault and reckless driving - against an Oakfield man already accused of driving while intoxicated in connection with a three-vehicle crash Wednesday in Corfu. The crash sent four people to the hospital. Jacob J. Szumigala, 24, was driving a Hyundai Sonata westbound on Route 33 aro…

High Schools

Anyone who has followed Greg Dolan's basketball career knows the Williamsville South star loves a challenge. Coach Gabe Michael presented one to him last summer. That's when Michael told his point guard, regarded as perhaps the best offensive facilitator in the area, that in order for the Billies to be really good during the 2017-18 season, Dolan would have to average r…

Local News

A 21-year-old man was shot in the chest Friday evening during an alleged altercation in the downtown Metropolitan Transportation Center at 181 Ellicott St. Trevor Martin, 21, was charged with first-degree assault. Martin is accused of shooting Devan Wright, 21, according to an updated statement from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, which operates the downt…

MidCity Office Furniture, a Buffalo-born furniture enterprise, announced the addition of interior designer Julie Wilcox. She uses her ability and training to partner with the client to transforming their work spaces. Wilcox graduated from Buffalo State College with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture and Design.

Anita Alvarez of Buffalo and Cassandra Neeley of Williamsville will compete with the U.S. Senior National Synchronized Swimming in the China Open starting on Friday in Beijing. It’s the first event of 10 events on the FINA-Sanctioned World Series. Alvarez, a 2016 Olympian, will compete with 15-year-old Ruby Remati of Andover, Mass. in the duet competition. Remati might be…

Golf

This is the time of year when Jamie Miller's phone begins to ring off the hook – if the terminology applies to cellphones. Miller is one of the top golfers in the Buffalo area. He played at Augusta State, and he played the minor pro circuit for several years before regaining his amateur status. Miller is now a financial adviser at Morgan Stanley. So when a friend, or…

Bills

The NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, but for now the focus remains on next week's NFL Draft. As we approach the draft, the [BN] Blitz newsletter will feature a reader question answered daily by a member of our team. You can leave questions in the comment section below. Here's today's Q&A with Vic Carucci. Tyler Ford asks: Seems like very little interest in…

Bills

Like the rest of us, Jerry Sullivan isn't quite sure what to make of Richie Incognito's erratic tweets about his status with the Buffalo Bills: "Yes, it keeps getting weirder with Richie. Late Friday, just three days after announcing that he was retiring from football for health reasons, Incognito tweeted that he would be in Buffalo on Monday for the Bills' offseason prog…

Buffalo

In a separate column, we report today on how Robbie Hausmann, a cellist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, lost his great-grandmother, Toni Marcus, at the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. Last month, while on a BPO tour of Poland, Hausmann visited Auschwitz and played the mourner's Kaddish for Marcus, and all those killed at Auschwitz. He returned…

Local News

A stalled frontal boundary will divide portions of Western New York between the warm and the unwarm. It'll also bring several rounds of rain to the region through the weekend, including the possibility for freezing rain Saturday that could bring as much as one-half inch of ice to some parts of the region, the National Weather Service said. The weather service issued …

Former Cardinal O'Hara standout Donel Cathcart of Niagara County Community College was named second team NJCAA Division II All-America. Cathcart, who has committed to Youngstown State, scored 639 points in 21 games (20.5 ppg) in 2017-18 for coach Bill Beilein's Thunder Wolves and went over the 1,000-point mark for his career. The 6-foot-5 Cathcart also averaged 8.5 rebo…

Sweet Home baseball coach Jon Campolo was so engrossed in other details that he didn't realize that his senior right-hander Josh Bystrak was pitching a perfect game on Monday against Maryvale in Amherst. It was only the second game of the season and Bystrak was approaching the pitch-limit. "I was going to take him out," Campolo said. "The players said 'Coach, what ar…

Crime

Shaquan O. Herbert was sentenced Monday to 18 years in state prison for a fatal beating on his way to commit a robbery in a Niagara Falls apartment house. Herbert, 23, of Ontario Avenue, Niagara Falls, had pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for the April 12, 2017, death of Jose Hewitt, 59. Hewitt died of a heart attack after the beating at the entrance to 6…