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Flipped out over a wrong turnA little Driving 101 advice: If you are going to flip the bird to a fellow motorist on the road, be ready to pay the price.A woman driving along Whirlpool Street in Niagara Falls on Wednesday afternoon executed a right turn onto Elmwood Avenue from the left lane, turning into the path of an oncoming car. The oncoming driver nearly struck her, a…

Buffalo, manThe saga of the “ice car” got lots of national and international attention this week, including on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”“A Buffalo man had his car frozen in a block of ice overnight after he parked too close to Lake Erie,” Meyers said Wednesday night during his opening monologue, “which sounds frightening, but not as frightening as a Buffalo Man!…

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Dog fightLooks like the downtown dog wars are at an end: Dog é Style, the hot-dog-centric restaurant at 128 Genesee St., is closing.The restaurant made headlines earlier this year for a rift between owner Rocco Termini and the Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs truck, which was serving lunch at the Catholic Health headquarters – practically across the street from the restaurant.The wa…

Untouched snow toolsBuffalo Place officials are ready to do battle this winter. They’re just not sure when, or if, the enemy will show up.The nonprofit organization, which manages the downtown business improvement district along Main Street and other downtown streets, has snowplows and other machinery in place to clear the streets and sidewalks when the weather turns white…

The Force among usIf 18,000 baseball fans wielding glow-in-the-dark laser swords at Coca-Cola Field for the Buffalo Bisons’ annual Star Wars night is any indication, Western New Yorkers love the film franchise.But are we really secretly living in that galaxy “far, far away?”With a little assist from Peter Myhalenko and Gil Guemes, members of the Buffalo-based North Ridge S…

Revved and readyCleveland Jones Jr.’s loyalty to General Motors goes beyond his job at the Tonawanda engine plant.When the assembly engine technician saw the 2016 Chevy Camaro unveiled earlier this year, he just knew he had to have that car.He placed his order at the first opportunity last summer. And when a Hot Rod Magazine editor stopped by the plant one day with a 2016 …

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Unusual reprieveKenmore Village Court proceedings were going along smoothly Tuesday night, until a young woman was called before Judge Scott Riordan to contest a traffic ticket.The woman handed her ticket to Riordan, whose look quickly turned to one of puzzlement.“Did you write on your ticket?” Riordan asked the woman.“My friend did,” the woman replied.“Your friend wrote, …

A case of burning loveSome guys will go to elaborate lengths to make their proposal of marriage to their intended a memorable one.Still, the stunt that Depew Assistant Fire Chief Aleksander Wojciewchowicz pulled off a couple of weeks ago has to be one for the ages. Wojciewchowicz staged a fake garage fire at the home he shares with his fiancée, Toni Murray, as a ruse befor…

From hip-hop to IHOPHip-hop star DMX has been a frequent if reluctant visitor to Western New York over the years, most recently when his failure to pay child support landed him in the Erie County Holding Center. An earlier stay came after he was caught speeding on the Kensington Expressway and in possession of marijuana.His most recent visit sounds like it might have been …

A long detourThe Town of Boston was an unlikely tourist destination for two bewildered visitors from China recently.Al Steffenhagen, general sales manager at Cappellino Chevrolet on Boston State Road, said the mother and her young son pulled up in a rental car to the parking lot of his dealership recently, where it soon turned out the woman didn’t speak English, though the…

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Deflated valueWhen Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension was overturned by a federal judge, New England fans rejoiced.The judge in the case, Richard Berman, was practically hailed as a hero. A Dunkin’ Donuts shop in Maine posted a sign promising the judge free coffee “for life.”Of course, Dunkin’s headquarters is in the heart of Patriots territory – Massach…

It’s a washWhen new Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash presided over his first school board meeting on Wednesday, Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore was among those who formally welcomed him to the district.After urging Cash to make early childhood education a priority, Rumore then invited Cash to attend the union’s Council of Delegates meetin…

Vidler’s in ViennaVidler’s 5 & 10 in East Aurora has gone international, at least online.The store was featured in the Austrian press this past week in an article in Futurezone, which is the online tech site for Austria’s largest daily newspaper, “Die Kurier.”“Anyone looking for a Spaetzle maker or a Krampus mask in the U.S. will find it at Vidler’s 5 & 10 in the biggest s…

Degrees of separationWhat is it about entrepreneurs and maps?The Tulsa World newspaper in Tulsa, Okla., this week reported a hub for entrepreneurs will open there next year. Its name: 36degreesNorth.If that sounds familiar, it should: Buffalo is home to 43North, the business plan competition aimed at luring startups (and their jobs) here.The Tulsa story explained that 36 d…

How now, brown cow?There were no shades of gray in the story about the long forgotten “brown cow lawsuit” that was featured on the front page of The Buffalo Evening News 100 years ago this week.The odd, black-and-white case about two sets of folks with the surname Brown battling over eight brown cows was a curiosity all right and, we suspect, a well-read item in its time. …