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Maki Becker

Maki Becker has been a staff reporter at The Buffalo News since 2005. Before that, she worked at the New York Daily News and the Charlotte Observer.


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David A. Smith, the man accused of driving drunk and plowing his motorcycle into several pedestrians on an Amherst bike path Sunday, has at least two prior drunken-driving convictions in the local area, according to computer and arrest records.Smith was charged with driving while intoxicated and criminally negligent homicide Sunday following the incident that killed two pe…

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On a sunny and clear Veterans Day morning, scores of mourners lined Broadway from Lancaster to the Charles Meyer Funeral Home, waving American flags and paying a final tribute to a soldier from Alden who earned a Bronze Star with “V” device for valor that his family didn’t know about until his death.On the same morning, across the state in the tiny North Country Town of Mo…

D'Youville College has purchased the former headquarters of Gateway-Longview on Niagara Street for $730,000, college officials announced Saturday.D'Youville does not have any specific plans yet for the 65,000-square-foot structure, at 605 Niagara St., between Jersey Street and Prospect Avenue, officials said."Depending on our needs, the facility will eventually be used for…

Decades-old files that the Boy Scouts of America kept on 13 area men who were banned from Scouting reveal an organization that reacted decisively internally after arrests of Scout leaders for alleged sexual or inappropriate conduct. But the files also show no evidence that Scout executives alerted others outside the organization.In nine of the cases, police or newspaper ar…

D’Youville College has purchased the former headquarters of Gateway-Longview on Niagara Street for $730,000, college officials announced Saturday.D’Youville does not have any specific plans yet for the 65,000-square-foot structure, at 605 Niagara St., between Jersey Street and Prospect Avenue, officials said.“Depending on our needs, the facility will eventually be used for…

Friends and loved ones of Sgt. Brett E. Gornewicz, who died Nov. 3 in Afghanistan when his armored vehicle struck a roadside bomb, are asking the public to join them in honoring him when his body is returned to home Sunday.His coffin arrives at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport this morning. A procession will follow starting at about 10 a.m. from the airport to the…

A 24-year-old Lockport man was killed in an early morning shooting in the Riverside section of Buffalo Saturday, police said.Homicide detectives were investigating the fatal shooting that took place at about 1 a.m. in the 500 block of Ontario.The victim’s name was not released.Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Buffalo police confidential tip line at 847…

GObike Buffalo is sponsoring a "Cranksgiving" bike race/food drive next Saturday.Participants are asked to ride around the city to get items from a list of goods that will be donated to Food Not Bombs, a group that prepares and gives out food to the community.Bicyclists are asked to gather at Lafayette Square at 1 p.m. Riders are asked to bring a bike, of course, as well a…

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GObike Buffalo is sponsoring a “Cranksgiving” bike race-food drive on Saturday, Nov. 17.Participants are asked to ride around the city to get items from a list of goods that will be donated to Food Not Bombs, a group that prepares and gives out food to the community.Bicyclists are asked to gather at Lafayette Square at 1 p.m. Riders are asked to bring a bike, of course, as…

Jennifer Greer graduated with a degree in early-childhood education last spring, but the 28-year-old Buffalo woman has only been able to find part-time work at a day care center. She baby-sits and cleans houses on the side to make ends meet.Alysha Hodges completed a course in medical administration last December but has yet to find a job.Loren McLaughlin, 29, of Buffalo, h…

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Jennifer Greer graduated with a degree in early-childhood education last spring, but the 28-year-old Buffalo woman has only been able to find part-time work at a day care center. She baby-sits and cleans houses on the side to make ends meet.Alysha Hodges completed a course in medical administration last December but has yet to find a job.Loren McLaughlin, 29, of Buffalo, h…

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A manhunt was on for a man who fled from a car crash early Thursday in the Town of Hanover that killed his passenger, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reported.The car was westbound on Routes 5 and 20 at about 3 a.m., turned onto the split on Route 5 and went out of control before slamming into a concrete abutment in a roadside ditch, according to the sheriff’s offic…

Three soldiers from upstate New York were killed in Afghanistan Saturday when their armored vehicle hit a roadside bomb as they were trying to clear the road of just such deadly devices, the Defense Department reported Monday.Spc. Brett E. Gornewicz, 27, of Alden, had recently been awarded a Bronze Star with valor. He was an aspiring engineer who was planning to move to No…

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Three soldiers from upstate New York were killed in Afghanistan Saturday when their armored vehicle hit a roadside bomb as they were trying to clear the road of just such deadly devices, the Defense Department reported Monday.Spc. Brett E. Gornewicz, 27, of Alden, had recently been awarded a Bronze Star with valor. He was an aspiring engineer who was planning to move to No…

Julia Burke is going to run a marathon this weekend. Even before the announcement Friday that the New York City Marathon was canceled, her conscience wasn't going let her run there as planned, but nothing will stop her from doing what she can to help the devastated city.Burke will circle the Delaware Park meadow 15 times Sunday morning at the same time she had been plannin…