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Gene Warner

Gene Warner spent 36 years as a Buffalo News reporter.


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When her mother died in a hospital from an acute infection in 2011, Jennifer White of Grand Island learned that her father had used her mother’s bank account to withdraw about $1,100 while gambling at the Seneca Niagara Casino. That followed about 20 years of her father’s heavy gambling that led to creditors’ phone calls, loan sharks appearing at the family home and car…

Some of the points claimed in lawsuit to block fantasy-sports contests in New York: Fantasy-sports contests are illegal "games of chance," not legal "games of skill." As with poker and horse racing, skill can help fantasy-sports bettor, but there's also luck of the draw. State lawmakers and Gov. Cuomo exceeded their legal authority in approving these contests. …

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It was a bird cage, a simple bird cage, that still lives on in Stephan H. Lewy’s mind – a possible symbol of German Jews’ resolve in the face of Nazi oppression in the 1930s.In late 1938, after the Nazis had destroyed 300 Jewish synagogues in Berlin and rounded up 30,000 Jewish men during Kristallnacht, adult Jewish males were subject to arrest, usually late at night.So ev…

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They started out as Jacksonville fans. After all, the Jaguars were the designated home team against the Buffalo Bills last October, and all fans entering Wembley Stadium found Jags flags on their seats.By the end of the game, though, British residents Matthew and Claire Wild had become Bills fans – thanks to the efforts of an Orchard Park couple sitting a row in front of t…

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They started out as Jacksonville fans. After all, the Jaguars were the designated home team against the Buffalo Bills last October, and all fans entering Wembley Stadium found Jags flags on their seats. By the end of the game, though, British residents Matthew and Claire Wild had become Bills fans – thanks to the efforts of an Orchard Park couple sitting a row in front of…

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The Buffalo Bills’ battle against the New York Jets on Thursday promises to be a challenging night for the locals, with the game marking the team’s home opener, a nationally broadcast night game and a clash against a division rival.But we’re not just talking about the challenges facing Bills players and coaches.We’re talking about the tough test facing law enforcement offi…

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At the recently renamed New Era Field, a new era of anti-terrorist security dawns for the tens of thousands of football fans who flock to Buffalo Bills games in Orchard Park.During all home games, Bills fans will see a couple of dozen SWAT team members, dressed in green fatigues and toting rifles as they patrol the stadium.It also will be hard to miss 16 explosive-detectin…

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Fifty names grace the list of Buffalo’s fallen police officers, from Officer Patricia A. Parete who died in 2013 to Policeman George Dill, who was killed in 1865.Maybe there should be a 51st name on the list: Edward C. Obertean.These facts are not in dispute:Obertean was gunned down in a shootout on Buffalo’s East Side on Aug. 31, 1924. His killer was a Ku Klux Klan offici…

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She still has the shirt, a white short-sleeved shirt bearing the soot stains.Lisa Amatura hasn’t washed that shirt for 15 years.It’s a symbol, a painful reminder of Sept. 11, 2001. But it also is a reminder of her survival during the worst terrorist act in our nation.It’s the shirt Amatura wore the day the planes hit. The shirt she held to her face as she fled down 78 floo…

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Got a story?It could be a story about two old Army buddies reminiscing about their military service.Or two siblings telling about a loved one who has died.Or even a little girl just learning that her mother was in prison when she gave birth to her.It also could be something much more mundane, but still a good story.StoryCorps, the 13-year-old national oral-history initiati…

An 82-year-old woman living in a Delaware Avenue nursing home died Monday three days after she was beaten when she mistakenly wandered into a male resident’s room in the facility, authorities confirmed Wednesday morning.The apparent beating occurred at about 9 a.m. Friday in the Emerald South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 1175 Delaware Ave., near West Ferry Street. …

Lackawanna police believe they have ended an unusual recent crime spree, after arresting a burglary suspect accused of breaking into his neighborhood gas station a total of six times this month.Detectives say the accused thief lived so close to the Mobil station on South Park Avenue – less than a quarter mile away – that he’d walk to the scene of the crime and back, carryi…

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Benghazi.It’s become the code word, the symbol, for any Hillary Clinton bashers accusing her of a deadly combination of ineptitude and unscrupulous behavior as America’s secretary of state.First, of course, “Benghazi” means the death of ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in an attack on their Benghazi compound in September 2012. The code word also suggests …

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The hand-held wands are mostly gone. In their place are walk-through metal detectors at every gate.That’s the biggest change in game-day security for Buffalo Bills fans entering Ralph Wilson Stadium this year, and it starts Saturday at the preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts.While that’s the most noticeable change in fans’ game-day routines, many fans and Orcha…

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You have to go back 75 years, to the summer before Pearl Harbor, to find a drier spring and summer in the Buffalo area. Just months before the United States entered World War II in 1941, a mere 9 inches of rain fell on Buffalo from March through July, compared to the 9.07 inches of rain that fell over the same period this year. In fact, dating back to 1871, this year now…