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Jillian Deutsch


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John Starkey drives his way down the streets of Buffalo’s West Side surrounding Lafayette High School, marveling at the neighborhood’s history and fabric. There’s the new Rico’s Pincho Truck parked on Grant Street selling Puerto Rican food from the window. There’s International Preparatory School on the campus of Grover Cleveland High on Porter, where Hispanic students pr…

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Retired Surrogate Court Judge Joseph Mattina oversaw about 10,000 adoptions in his decades on the bench. He receives cards every Christmas from adoptive parents; and when he goes out in public, someone inevitably pulls up a child’s photo on their phones or from their wallets. But a few weeks ago, he opened a four-page letter, written in cursive. The letter was from Lyne…

Retired State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Mattina oversaw about 10,000 adoptions in his decades on the bench. He receives cards every Christmas from adoptive parents; and when he goes out in public, someone inevitably pulls up a child’s photo on their phones or from their wallets.But a few weeks ago, he opened a four-page letter, written in cursive.The letter was from Lyn…

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Back in June, Christopher Smith, co-founder and vice president of Community Beer Works, was originally selling tickets for a beer festival at Larkinville scheduled for Aug. 20.When he heard about Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie’s terminal brain cancer diagnosis, and that the band’s last show would be broadcast the day of his fest, Smith, who has been a Hip fan since 19…

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Melanie Aronow was planning to leave for SUNY Fredonia this weekend.Quincy Harper was headed back to Medina High School, where he played sports.The two 18-year-olds were killed early Saturday morning while walking with two others on a narrow two-lane road in Wheatfield that was crowded with parked cars.---RELATED: Neighbor describes horrific scene where car killed 2 on Sha…

Dr. Mustafa Gokcek usually plans a summer trip to Turkey for his students at Niagara University. In October, following increasing tension in the country, Gokcek decided to cancel it this year.That proved to be the right call.On July 15 – the day after the terrorist attack in Nice, France – Turkish soldiers attempted to overthrow the government. Soldiers blocked access to s…

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Taking your own slow roll across Buffalo will be more convenient and a little cheaper starting Thursday. People will be able to rent one of the 200 new bikes that are part of Reddy Bikeshare at various rates. Reddy is establishing nearly 30 bike stations around the city, from the southern Outer Harbor to the north's Hertel Avenue. “We’re hoping to ignite or reignite a ne…

Taking your own slow roll across Buffalo will be a more convenient and a little cheaper starting Thursday.For a penny a minute, people will be able to rent one of the 200 new bikes that are part of Reddy Bikeshare. Nearly 30 bike stations are being established around the city, from the Outer Harbor to the south and Hertel Avenue to the north.“We’re hoping to ignite or reig…

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Dennis Gutfield has a 2½-car garage with four BMWs. How?“The answer to the riddle,” he says, “is that I have two BMW cars and two BMW motorcycles.”“BMW” is synonymous for luxury European cars, but it also refers to a smaller flock of loyal fans of premium motorcycles. Thousands of them rode their models thousands of miles this weekend so they could be surrounded by fellow …

People heard the news in different ways.Paul McQuillen turned on the television. The Rev. Joan Montagnes read the news online. Robbie Butler and Julie Carter scrolled through their cellphones in the car while heading home from a wedding in New York City. On Saturday night, a shooter entered a gay nightclub and, with an AR-15 assault rifle, killed 50 people and wounded 53 o…

Buffalo native Taylor Burts woke up at 4 a.m. Sunday in Tampa, Fla., when her phone rang. It was unusual to get a call at that hour, but she answered it and a friend told her to check a mutual friend’s Facebook page. Earlier in the evening, the mutual friend had been at Pulse nightclub and posted photos of himself dancing. But now, he posted that he was running. There was …