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Front page, Feb. 27, 1917: Buffalo man rescued after Germans sink the Laconia

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of Feb. 27, 1917:

* Six Americans died when the British liner Laconia was sank by German torpedoes. Buffalonian Joseph Lewis, of 63 William St., who was on the Laconia's crew, was rescued. President Woodrow Wilson viwed this act as a "clear-cut violation of American rights." Although the U.S. was not yet officially part of World War I, Wilson asked Congress for the power to "deal with the submarine peril."

* Cazenovia Creek overflowed in South Buffalo after heavy rainfall loosened the heavy ice the day before. Flooding was especially bad on Bailey Avenue between Elk Street and Abbott Road, where 12- to 15-inch ice chunks came up over the banks of the creek.

* Debate continued on the Kenefick Bill, which would separate the Buffalo Board of Education from the City Council. Board of Education Chairman Daniel Kenefick said, "All that was sought ... was to create a board with powers similar to those enjoyed by school boards in every other city of size in the country."

* The Health Department might take control over street cars to prevent overcrowding and ensure clean, ventilated trolleys. The Buffalo Evening News urged citizens to appear at a public hearing to urge Mayor Fuhrmann and the City Council to adopt the code to so that the trolley company could be held accountable.

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from Feb. 27, 1917:

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