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The weekend in review: 10 of our most interesting reads

While the weekend started with snow, it ended with 2018's first day above 60 degrees. It's fair to say Western New Yorkers may have missed a few stories while they were soaking up the sun. Here are a few stories from the weekend that you may have missed.

1. Tops wants to close "a few stores" in bankruptcy

As Tops works through its bankruptcy filing, the company announced it will close "a few" stores that have "consistently underperformed."

2. Consolidating school districts seems like a no-brainer. So why isn't it? 

The latest person to take up the issue of consolidating school districts is Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. News Reporter Barbara O'Brien took a look at past consolidation efforts and why they didn't work.

(Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

3. Last of Buffalo's master hatters has fitted Broadway, Hollywood stars

Inside Gary Witkowski's unassuming shop on Broadway, hand-sewn hats are created for some of the biggest stars of stage and screen. After you read the story, take a look inside the workspace of Buffalo's last custom hatter through photographs by The News' Mark Mulville.

4. 20 months after devastating shooting, Buffalo boy goes back to school

On the night of Aug. 25, 2016, when Donnell Bibbes was 8, he was shot in the head while sitting in a car with his family. Nearly two years later, Donny is returning to normal – but he and his mother are still feeling the scars.

5. On the shores of Lake Ontario, a new resort rises

One couple's unusual vision for an all-inclusive vacation resort or wedding destination on the shores of Lake Ontario is becoming a reality.

6. Chuck E. Cheese's brawl involving several young women stirs up social media 

A dramatic video of a group of teenagers fighting at a Chuck E. Cheese's went viral, but there aren't many answers about what led up to the incident.

7. Bucky Gleason: In a 48-hour period this week, Buffalo sports could take a dramatic upturn 

With the NFL Draft and NHL Draft Lottery both coming this week, Sports Columnist Bucky Gleason predicts that this could be a game-changing week in Buffalo sports.

8. Discount Diva: So, I checked out Zara at the Walden Galleria

The two-story, fast-fashion retailer Zara opened this month at the Walden Galleria, and the Discount Diva headed over to see whether it lived up to the hype. She says Zara can afford to take risks, which often results in very cool merchandise.

A view of Main Street next to Lafayette Square, circa 1905. (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection)

9. Buffalo Memories: The Early Years

Some 186 years ago last week, Buffalo was incorporated as a city. Take a look back at images of Buffalo's early memories.

10. Smiles at Shea's 2018 Black Tie Gala

Every year, Shea's hosts a black-tie gala where the who's who of Buffalo raises funds for the historic theater. Take a look at who was there.

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