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Most popular stories of the week: Sabres, Marcell Dareus, Blue Monk and Letchworth

What did your fellow Buffalo News readers read the most this past week? Here, based on social traffic, are the top five stories.

5. NHL reportedly expanding to Las Vegas; Sabres to plan for expansion draft 

June 14, 2016: The NHL announced plans for its 31st hockey team, which will be housed in Las Vegas. What does that mean for the Sabres? A current player will be drafted to the Las Vegas team in 2017-18.

Buffalo Sabres Ryan O'Reilly tosses a puck to fans during pregame prior to playing the Winnipeg Jets at the First Niagara Center on Saturday, March 26, 2016. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

(Harry Scull Jr./News file photo)

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4. After yet another death hits close to home, Bills DT Marcell Dareus finds ways to cope

June 9, 2016: Last year, Tyler Dunne wrote a heartbreaking profile on how everyone close to Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus died. Dunne spoke with Dareus again after Dareus' close friend died from terminal cancer. 

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (99) walks off the field after the OTA practice at Ralph Wilson Practice field in Orchard Park, NY on Wednesday,June 8, 2016. (James P. McCoy/ Buffalo News)

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus. (James P. McCoy/News file photo)

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3. Farewell, Diane Muench: Born with Down syndrome, pioneer by example in WNY movement for human rights

 June 10, 2016: You've probably never heard of Diane Muench, but she defied statistical odds. News contributor Sean Kirst chronicles Muench's story -- not just as a woman who lived with Down syndrome but also as "a pioneer, an American whose life -- and example -- encompassed an important era in human rights." Muench died in April.

Diane Muench (right), who died in April at 64, in a recent photo with her sister, Sharon Muench Richards. A memorial service for Diane will be held Sunday, in Jamestown. (Family photo)

Diane Muench (right), who died at age 64, in a recent photo with her sister, Sharon Muench Richards. (Family photo)

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2. New bar opens in Blue Monk space

June 10, 2016: A part of Buffalo died when Blue Monk closed earlier this year, but soon a new bar will rise from Blue Monk's ashes. While 727 Elmwood won't be the same as Blue Monk, at least we can get craft beer there again, right?

The familiar interior of 727, former home of Blue Monk. (Photo courtesy of Nick Guy)

The familiar interior of 727, former home of Blue Monk. (Photo courtesy of Nick Guy)

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1. Body of second boy recovered in Letchworth State Park

June 14, 2016: It's a parent's worse nightmare when your child disappears (Just ask features editor Bruce Andriatch, who wrote this column after the unspeakable happened at the Cincinnati Zoo.) The nightmare became real Saturday when seven family members, two of them children, were swept over a waterfall at Letchworth State Park. Police recovered one of the boys' bodies Sunday and the second body late Tuesday. 

Police tape blocks a trail leading to lower falls of Letchworth State Park, where two boys went missing Saturday. (Jack Howland/Buffalo News)

Police tape blocks a trail leading to lower falls of Letchworth State Park, where two boys went missing Saturday. (Jack Howland/Buffalo News)

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