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Front page, Feb. 23, 1917: Two sentenced to English class for assault on African-American man

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of Feb. 23, 1917:

* The Citizens' League was formed to "put up a real fight for decent street car conditions in and near Buffalo." The group hoped to appeal to the state's Public Service Commission to investigate poor trolley conditions locally.

* Both Britain and the U.S. were facing food shortages due to World War I. Some U.S. Senators attempted to pass a food embargo in Congress to prohibit the export of staple food products.

* When Frank Gallo, 20, and Joseph Pici, 23, pleaded guilty to charges of third-degree assault for attacking an African-American man with a crowbar and a heavy weight, they weren't expecting an unusual sentence. The judge gave them probation for one year and ordered them to go to night school and learn the English language. "I want you to be a credit to the community," the judge said.

* In other unusual front page news, John Edward Teiper of Orchard Park – who was serving a 20-year to life term in Auburn Prison for killing his mother – was transferred from the prison's broom shop to a clerical desk job. The article reads: "It was said Teiper has become accustomed to the routine life and is in better health because of the daily work and exercise."

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from Feb. 23, 1917:

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