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Sara Meehan

Sara Paulson Meehan is the digital news editor for The Buffalo News. A former copy editor, she has been with The News since 2005.


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The snowstorm that became known as the October Surprise struck the night of Oct. 12, 2006, and affected thousands of Western New Yorkers. The heavy snow brought down hundreds of thousands of trees, blocking roads and leaving area homes and businesses without heat and electricity for days. Efforts are still underway to "re-tree" the area. Here's a look back at the storm, as…

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If you don't think "rapper" when you look at the face at the top of this page, well, you're in good company. “When you meet him, even as an artist, you’re like, ‘This can’t be the guy that was on that record I just heard,’ " hip-hop icon Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, founder of '80s group Run-DMC, told The Buffalo News' Jason Wolf. "And then he goes in the booth and he transf…

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Let's Goat Buffalo, a company that provides "goatscaping" services to customers wanting a more natural solution to overgrown greenery, brought its goats to the Richardson Olmsted Campus. Originally built as the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane in the 19th century, the site once featured a 100-acre farm where patients could choose to work and harvest food for the asylum.…

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An undrafted free agent cracking the 53-man roster. A backup shedding that label and becoming a starter. A starter making it to the Pro Bowl. Here's a look at eight Bills who might fit one of those definitions.

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Heat-related illness range from dangerous (heat stroke) to common (sunburn). From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, here are how to recognize and treat them. Heat stroke • High body temperature (103 degrees or higher) • Hot, red, dry or damp skin • Fast, strong pulse • Headache • Dizziness • Nausea • Confusion • Losing consciousness (pa…

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It was 50 years ago this month that Neil Armstrong became the first human being to ever step on the moon. The original mission video that aired at the time has been restored and made available on NASA's YouTube page. Watch below to see the footage that captivated the America of July 1969. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9HdPi9Ikhk See the historic front page from…

The 2019 All-Western New York Scholar-Athlete spring sports team consists of 136 winners and 586 honorable mentions. To be nominated for the team, students must have carried a 90-plus average for the previous six semesters and been a starter or significant player in their winter sport. The scholar-athlete team is open to seniors from Western New York's 100-plus public and …

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The 2019 All-Western New York Scholar-Athlete spring sports team consists of 136 winners and 586 honorable mentions. To be nominated for the team, students must have carried a 90-plus average for the previous six semesters and been a starter or significant player in their winter sport.

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O.J. Simpson, who was infamously acquitted in the deaths of his estranged wife and his estranged wife's friend, isn't interested in revisiting that part of his life — or so he told the Associated Press in a story published earlier this week. “We don’t need to go back and relive the worst day of our lives,” he said. “The subject of the moment is the subject I will never …

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With its 25th year officially in the books, our annual Editorial Cartoon Contest continues to let students across Western New York express their First Amendment rights of free speech. We received over 600 cartoons this year. Students throughout WNY showed us their concern for a variety of issues. Cartoons on President Trump, social media and climate change dominated the en…

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Young and Wright Architectural has done major renovations at the former malt house and grain elevator at 50 Elk St. They are are ready to show the public the first two completed floors of what is now called Silos at Elk Street.

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We didn't have local teams in the NCAA Tournament to watch this weekend, but we made up for it with controversial development plans, singing cops, a "cloud and atmosphere of negativity" around the Sabres, and more. Orchard Park grapples with 'biggest project the town has looked at in decades' Orchard Park has had its share of major developments, from shopping centers and…

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What could turn out to be an epic storm is bearing down on Western New York, accompanied by predictions of hurricane-strength winds, downed trees and power outages throughout the region. New York State Electric & Gas has prepared additional resources, and National Grid has nearly 2,100 line, service and tree workers pre-positioned this weekend, ready to go to work t…