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Qina Liu

Qina Liu is the digital engagement editor at The Buffalo News. Contact her at qliu@buffnews.com.


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Many have seen Pancho Billa, the character Ezra Castro played, at Buffalo Bills games, stadium parking lots and the NFL draft. Fewer have seen Castro undergoing treatment for cancer. When columnist Sean Kirst and photographer James P. McCoy chronicled Castro's hospital stay last month, Castro wanted to make sure he had the opportunity to thank Bills fans for accepting him…

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Buffalo Bills superfan and Texas native Ezra Castro, known for his moniker "Pancho Billa," died after a long battle with cancer Tuesday morning. Many – from media members and Bills players to NFL fans – shared touching sentiments on social media after Castro's death. [Related: Farewell to a Bills superfan: Team, fans vow to keep Pancho Billa's legacy alive] If you…

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When Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz put forward a plan to allocate $45 million in leftover county money from 2018 toward various county programs and community organizations, it launched a debate among county legislators about whether there were better ways to spend that money. And it led to questions among many readers about why the money needs to be spent at all …

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Submissions can be emailed to outdoors@buffnews.com and should include name, hometown and particulars of the catch. One photo will be selected Catch of the Week and be published on the Thursday Outdoors page.

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The sequel to John Krasinski's "A Quiet Place" will be filmed in Western New York, according to multiple media outlets. Krasinski, known for his role as Jim Halpert in "The Office," was in Western New York in April scouting possible locations. Buffalo Twitter was very excited about the news, with some offering to be movie extras or Buffalo tour guides. https://twi…

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The Buffalo Bills selected tight end Dawson Knox as the No. 96 overall NFL draft pick after moving up in a trade with the Washington Redskins. Here's what Twitter thought of the pick. https://twitter.com/ShanePHallam/status/1121975653010685953 https://twitter.com/Whitey_Whiteman/status/1121975764788887552 https://twitter.com/RyanTalbotBills/status/1121975171840…

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The Buffalo Bills selected Cody Ford as the No. 38 overall NFL draft pick after moving up in a trade with the Oakland Raiders. Here's what Twitter thought of the pick. https://twitter.com/JRsBBQ/status/1121928632006533120 https://twitter.com/willmcfadden/status/1121921679075287040 https://twitter.com/ChrisTrapasso/status/1121922629114499072 https://twitter.c…

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The Bills Mafia is known for their big hearts. Remember when they paid it forward by donating to Andy Dalton's foundation? Or when they responded to alleged cheating in a Twitter poll in the best way possible?  So after Sean Kirst reported that Bills fan Pancho Billa is entering hospice Thursday, some readers wondered if and how they could raise money for Ezra Cas…

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The Buffalo Bills selected Ed Oliver as the No. 9 overall draft pick.  Twitter thought drafting Oliver was a steal at No. 9. https://twitter.com/nucfootball/status/1121586000986288128 https://twitter.com/tracywolfson/status/1121586021035126784 https://twitter.com/Ryan_McCrystal/status/1121586065696010240 https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/112158468349651353…

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Day 3 of the NFL Draft begins at noon Saturday in Nashville. How to watch: 12 p.m. Saturday on ABC, ESPN, ESPN 2 and NFL Network. You can also stream online at NFL.com/watch.  What to know: Click here to see the draft order of the Bills' remaining picks.  Here's a position-by-position look at the Bills' needs entering the draft.  Six players from Western New Yo…

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Bills super fan Ezra Castro, better known by his moniker Pancho Billa, can't be in Nashville for the NFL Draft, but Buffalo Bills' defensive tackle Harrison Phillips wants Castro to know that he and the entire Bills Mafia are in his corner. Castro, who has been battling cancer, called Phillips to let him know that he's entering hospice care.  In return, Phillips reco…

Local News

Twenty-four years ago on April 19, 1995, 168 people died and at least 500 were injured with a truck bombing outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Okla. Buffalo News reporters Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck covered the Oklahoma bombing and its Western New York connection, later co-authoring the book "American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklah…

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More than 100 priests who worked in the Buffalo area have been publicly linked to sex allegations, according to Buffalo News reports, public records and lists of abusers prepared by the diocese and religious orders. That has led some to wonder: How pervasive is the problem? And why haven't more priests gone to prison? Those were among the questions readers have had a…