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Anne Neville

A native of Albany, Anne Neville has a master's degree in public affairs journalism from Ohio State University, where she was a Kiplinger Fellow. Since May, she has been assigned to write obituaries.


A man and woman in a small red car pull into the gas station next to the Buffalo GYN Womenservices clinic on Main Street.Mickey Van de Ven approaches. The driver rolls down his window. Van de Ven speaks softly to him at first, then her voice becomes louder: "It's a child, not a choice! Ask to see the sonogram!"A pro-life "sidewalk counselor" for Last Call Ministries, the G…

If Sister Madeleine Marie's students could see her now!On second thought, they might well recognize the graceful woman with the cap of white curls, even though she now wears a sweat shirt with a tiger on it.No matter what her garb, she's still teaching.Helen Christian, the former Sister Madeleine Marie, is one of the volunteers teaching Taoist Tai Chi in Kenmore."If you li…

Hedria Lunken lay alone in the operating room, awaiting anesthesia. The gynecologist passed by and asked casually, "How are you?"Lunken burst into tears. Her cries escalated; tears washed her face; sobs convulsed her body.Lunken -- the dutiful daughter, the good mother, the adoring wife -- was pregnant with what would have been her third child. It was 1964, and she was in …

The last woman to die in Buffalo after an illegal abortion was barely a woman.Deborah Jones was a 16-year-old student at P.S. 31 on the East Side. Her siblings say Deborah, a religious girl in a devout family, was impregnated by a teacher at her school.On June 20, 1969, the man took her to local abortionist Georgiana Smith Goodloe, according to police. Deborah died three d…

There are eight million stories in the Naked City, and the story of the Naked House is one of them.Realtors see everything when they show houses - from people blissfully snoozing in beds to pets behaving badly. Those particular incidents are so common that they rate just a mention in almost all experienced broker's catalog of stories. But others - well, they have to be hea…

Buck Brannaman knows horses. And if it looks like he's whispering into his horse Bif's ear in the photo on the cover of his book, "The Faraway Horses," there's a good reason for that.Brannaman, 40, was interviewed by author Nicholas Evans while Evans was researching his best-selling novel, "The Horse Whisperer." Brannaman also served as a technical adviser to and double fo…

You can be Richard Nixon or a belly dancer, a fairy princess or a firefighter. You can park a coffin in your front yard. You can rig up spooky voices and scary specters to greet the neighborhood kids when they come knocking at your door.When night falls this Thursday, the October orgy of orange and black will culminate with parades, parties and troupes of trick-or-treaters…

One year ago today, anger, fear, dread and loss clicked our lives into bright focus. Some people, responding to the specific circumstances of the Sept. 11 attacks, stopped flying or avoided tall buildings. But most of us, troubled in a more general way, took other, more subtle steps to cope with our nation's losses and soothe our all-too-personal fears:We reached out to lo…

Report From Ground ZeroBy Dennis SmithViking366 pages, $24.95 FirehouseBy David HalberstamHyperion201 pages, $22.95 Last Man DownBy Richard PicciottoBerkley Publishing Group243 pages, $24.95 Strong Of HeartBy Thomas Von EssenRegan Books288 pages, $25.95 There's a venerable and historic link between firefighting and storytelling.It may be that the Irish tradition o…

As we take our first steps into the 21st century, what new folkways are in the making?Will we ever see the day when smoking in public is prohibited? Dr. K. Michael Cummings, of Roswell Park, says, "In Buffalo, if we're smart, it'll happen in the next 12 months. We're pushing the County Legislature to pass California-style indoor air protection laws."Even in bars, the last …

Smoking was chic. Dogs ran free. People thought nothing of littering. A misbehaving child could get a smack - or a street-corner spanking.These weren't your grandfather's salad days - they were the 1960s and later.Now, smoking is banned in many public places and discouraged in many more. Letting your dog run free or dumping trash on the street is illegal in most areas. And…

Kim Zuppa leans over the char pit, where flames dance. On her right, three oil-filled fryers simmer. On her left, a massive pizza oven roasts at a steady 500 degrees. Every time her husband, Mike, flips open the long top door, a wave of heat blasts across the kitchen.Welcome to Kim Zuppa's workplace. It's 114 degrees.Kim and Mike Zuppa are just two of the Western New Yorke…

Heat is an underrated killer. The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says more people die each year in the United States from extreme heat than from hurricanes, lightening, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes combined. From 1979 to 1999, more than 8,000 people died from excessive heat exposure in this country.Luckily, the body gives plenty of warning o…

When you must face the heat, stay indoors, use fans and air conditioning, drink plenty of cool water.But what if your job forces you to work with heat even during the dog days of summer?Well, the water part still applies, with the occasional addition of a sports drink or small portion of food or liquid containing sodium. But what else can be done?According to the National …

Walt, Walt, Walt! First you let that hunter shoot Bambi's mother. Then you (and your minions, after your personal advancement to another plane) get into this missing-mom, wicked-stepmother, menacing-monsters, scare-the-bejesus-out-of-kids groove.Now, it's worse. These days, kids and those who would like to entertain them in the cool darkness of a movie theater for a few ho…