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S.J. Velasquez


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When the November snowstorm nailed parts of Western New York, including Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, with multiple feet of snow, the Bills were forced to postpone their Nov. 23 home game against the Jets and relocate to a far less snowy Ford Field in Detroit. To show their appreciation to the Detroit Lions for offering up their stadium, the Bills shipped off some…

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Even if the Bills aren't playing their best, count on the Twitterverse to be on point with comical quips. Here's a slice of the Sunday's Twitter chatter during the game against the Denver Broncos: [bn_tweet url="https://twitter.com/topshelfcookies/status/541710268896927747"] [bn_tweet url="https://twitter.com/kaylahaynesx3/status/541714014058082304"] [bn_tweet url="htt…

For so many Western New Yorkers, the annual Turkey Trot is just as much part of Thanksgiving tradition as the grand bird atop the dinner table. Now 119 years old, the event is considered the longest consecutively run race in the nation. Here are some clips from The News' coverage of the race back in the '90s:    

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Snow shovel at the ready? Check. Scraper in the trunk of your car? Check. Nonperishable food items and bottled water stocked in the pantry? Check. Have BuffaloNews.com bookmarked for complete coverage of the impending snowstorm? Double-check. The News' team will be reporting throughout Western New York as the area gets walloped by the anticipated lake-effect machine. H…

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Buffalo sports fans are simultaneously channeling team and Halloween spirit with creatively carved pumpkins. A few quick searches on social media for Bills and Sabres-inspired jack-o'-lanterns proved fruitful, turning up lots of results. The best of the bunch are embedded below. [bn_tweet url="https://twitter.com/jbenk_923/status/527914075809124352"] [bn_tweet url="https:…

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The city of Buffalo released a short list of guidelines for residents handing out candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween, including a suggested cut-off time. In the letter signed by Mayor Byron Brown, residents are asked to stop handing out candy after 8 p.m. Friday "to minimize the safety risks that occur when older kids go door-to-door until late at night." While it m…

Bills fans embraced the "second screen" experience  during the game, and the enthusiasm continued on Twitter in the hours after the Bills defeated the Jets, 43-23. One tweet getting attention belongs to Mike Secchiaroli, who describes himself as a member of Cardinal O'Hara's class of 2017 in his Twitter bio. His tweet, as of 7:30 p.m. today, has been retweeted more than 1…

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Runners who plan on participating in the YMCA Turkey Trot but haven't yet registered for the race are challenged to beat the clock in more ways than one. The price of registration for the YMCA Turkey Trot increases by $5 in just a few days. To take advantage of the $30 early bird price, runners must sign up by Thursday. On Friday, the price goes up to $35 per individual e…

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The day after the Bills' first game under the ownership of Terry and Kim Pegula, Donald Trump is talking -- well, tweeting -- a lot of smack about the team and the Pegulas. Trump, who, according to Forbes.com, offered less than $900 million to buy the Bills, said this morning on Twitter he's glad he didn't pay a "ridiculous price" to buy the NFL franchise because the game…

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Shortly after NFL representatives unanimously approved Terry and Kim Pegula as the new owners of the Buffalo Bills, Terry Pegula shared the news with his daughter Jessie Pegula by sending a simple, straight-forward text message: "We own Bills." Jessie Pegula took a screen shot of the text, which appears to have been sent at 9:31 a.m., and shared it with her Twitter follo…

Have a burning question for candidates running in New York's governor's race? Ask away. The Buffalo News and WNED/WBFO are sponsoring an Oct. 22 debate, and we are soliciting reader questions to ask incumbent Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Republican challenger Rob Astorino, Green Party challenger Howie Hawkins and Libertarian challenger Michael McDermott. Questions can be submi…

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A Buffalo Zoo rhino is all caught up in FIFA fever, it seems. Brandon Davids and his son Dylan were visiting the zoo Thursday when they were treated to a display of one rhino's soccer skills. Davids suggested the rhino simply couldn't contain its World Cup spirit. [bn_youtube id="t9ngwaMqrDM"] Davids said his almost-4-year-old son was visiting the zoo on a field trip. T…

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About a week after Jim Kelly wrapped up chemotherapy treatment, his wife announced he is now finished with radiation. Jim Kelly was greeted by supporters upon exiting the hospital. The moment was documented on a video that was uploaded to Jill Kelly's Vimeo account this afternoon. That video is embedded below: 8 days after completing chemo, Jim Kelly is DONE with radiat…

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Western New Yorkers have known it to be true for generations, and now the Associated Press has formally acknowledged this fact: It's Buffalo wings -- with a capital B. The AP Stylebook -- which is casually referred to as the style bible for journalists -- has officially endorsed the capital B for at least a few years, but the rule has finally made its way into the latest …

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation announced today Canalside's 2014 summer events schedule, boasting more than 1,000 activities and attractions happening along Buffalo's inner harbor. Planned Canalside activities -- most of which are free and family-friendly -- include outdoor fitness classes, culinary presentations, various improvised performances by wandering mus…