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Charity Vogel


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This story was originally published in 2012 on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. On a clear April night a century ago, two men from Western New York retired to accommodations aboard R.M.S. Titanic that were as different as the lives they led by day. Edward Austin Kent, 58, a wealthy architect, was in Cabin B-37 in the first-class quarters of the shi…

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He’s their miracle.Wyatt Eli, born Friday, may only be two days old.But already, his life seems special to those who know him and his family, the Vaillancourts, of the Town of Tonawanda.Wyatt’s birth at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital at 3:11 a.m. Friday came just a few months after his parents’ lives made headlines – when his mother, Kim Vaillancourt, learned she had a…

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You won’t find them nibbling hors d’oeuvres at former Ambassador Anthony Gioia’s house. They aren’t posing for photos with Hillary Clinton at the Hyatt. But you might know some of Bernie Sanders’ campaign donors. One manages a bar in South Buffalo. Another delivers pizza. Other local contributors to Sanders include a spa worker, meat cutter, coffee shop barista and a Za…

Six people at the University at Buffalo may have mumps, according to state health officials on Saturday.The six students have either probable or suspected cases of the disease, which can cause headaches, swelling in glands and fever, according to a statement from the state health department.To curb any spreading of the illness, those connected with UB should let their doct…

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Buffalo's homeless shelters have been inspected, and their conditions seem mostly OK.“I would say that all 11 places I went to pretty much had passing grades,” said Buffalo Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder.State inspectors have not yet offered their opinions of the shelters, with their inspection results still to come.Schroeder said he's not sure if his office will prepare …

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Gripped by an epidemic in which hundreds have died from heroin or opioid overdoses since 2015, about 500 people turned out Thursday for a town hall meeting in the North Park Theatre. Police had urged citizens to attend, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, during an earlier visit to Buffalo, called it “a middle-class, suburban drug as much as it is an urban drug. And it’s like fire t…

This year for Immaculata Academy will be the last.That was the message delivered to families and students Friday, in a letter from the Catholic religious order that has been behind the Town of Hamburg high school for 88 years.June will mark the end of classes at the campus on South Park Avenue, a leader of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph wrote in the letter.Sister Ann…

For about a dozen homeless shelters in Buffalo, it’s time for an inspection.Local and state officials – under orders from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo – were set to begin checking the shelters Wednesday.The inspections follow Cuomo’s announcement last month that homeless shelters in the state will be given a closer look because of concerns about shelter safety and conditions. Late…

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It looks like John J. Rigas is heading home.Several news services reported Friday evening that the 91-year-old Rigas, the former owner of the Buffalo Sabres and head of the former Adelphia Communications Corp., will be able to leave prison early, in the wake of a federal court decision on Friday about his case.A judge in New York City, District Judge Kimba M. Wood, ruled t…

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It was a day to sled – without crowds.And then to warm near a fire.Or, for some, it was a day to switch activities – and maybe do something indoors, instead.Like walk around an indoor garden. Or do some crafts and games.“We’re not going to let them sled, because of the cold,” said Kate Coyle, a Buffalo resident, who was hosting a birthday party for two of her kids at Chest…

Buffalo shelters for the homeless will be put under scrutiny, along with others in the state.The inspections here will be led by City Comptroller Mark Schroeder. The inspections will examine their physical and security conditions as well as finances, said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.The inspections are underway, Cuomo said Thursday at an editorial board meeting at The Buffalo Ne…

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Gregory Jarvis was supposed to come back to campus – along with the flag. When the payload specialist lifted off on board the Challenger, 30 years ago on Thursday, the 1967 University of Buffalo graduate took with him a UB flag. The Challenger’s fate – the space shuttle exploded slightly more than a minute after takeoff, killing Jarvis and six other crew members – remain…

Biking to the campus may have just gotten a boost.Two local organizations stated on Friday they will collaborate on efforts to encourage people in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to think about changing the ways they get to work each day.GObike Buffalo and the medical campus will be a part of the effort, according to a release.Under a new collaboration between the two g…

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As the evening grew late, Richard Doyle was running out of options.The NFTA bus terminal, for the moment an oasis of flourescent-lit warmth and bustle in the January chill, would close in a couple of hours.City Mission was one possibility. Doyle, who said he is 61 but looks older, had stayed there before. But this evening, as 11 p.m. drew on and the temperature outdoors di…

Crowding around the radio at break of day?That’s so 1980s.Nowadays, students and parents find out about school closings, cancellations, dismissals and delays in much more up-to-date ways:Online, and through social media.There are also automated calls to the phones of school district families – and emails, too.“Social media closes the circle of communication,” said Bret Apt…