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A man was spotted Friday evening in the parking lot of the North Buffalo Home Depot Friday evening offering to sell patrons of the Elmwood Avenue store an Apple computer for $70, store security told Buffalo police. The man claimed the computer in the box he was carrying was an Apple MacBook Pro worth $2,800, police said. It turned out the label on the box was for a c…

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In what has the makings of a sequel to a Carrie Underwood song, a 22-year-old North Buffalo woman reported that someone –  possibly her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend – scratched obscenities on her car, according to Buffalo police. The words were found on all sides of the 2006 black Acura, the woman told police. The woman, who lives on Delaware Avenue, said her car was in…

Saluting Our War Heroes

The news first came over the radio and it was a shock to the East High School senior and his family. The Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor earlier that morning: Dec. 7, 1941. Robert F. Wiedemer, who was 17, said he immediately informed his father he was enlisting in the Navy. "But my father wouldn't sign the early enlistment papers. He wanted me to graduate high …

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Fans of modernist buildings that look like a pumpkin on stilts won't be happy about this: Lackawanna wants to tear down the infamous addition to its City Hall. Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski wants to demolish the City Hall annex, retrofit the original structure in the rear where police and court offices are housed and build a new seat of government on nearby vacant land where…

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has reversed its controversial decision last month to close one of Buffalo’s longest-established gay bars. The Underground, at 274 Delaware Ave., will reopen in July under a new yearlong lease approved by HUD, the property owner and bar owner Nick Tiede. Lynne Patton, the HUD administrator in New York and New Jerse…

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The creators of two inflammatory online fake news items don’t identify local defense attorney Joseph Terranova by name in any of the pictures on the phony stories – but there he is. One shows Terranova standing in court next to a frightened-looking teen. The headline: “17-YEAR-OLD TEENAGER SUES HIS PARENTS FOR BEING BORN WHITE.” In another, on the “satiric” World New…

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A 42-year-old Angola man suffered serious injuries Saturday night after losing control of the motorcycle he was driving on Central Avenue in Silver Creek, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Jacob P. Farabaugh was attempting to negotiate a turn at the corner of Central and Christy Street at about 10:30 p.m. when the accident occurred, sheriff's deputies…

Business

It hasn't been easy for the 94th Catholic Charities Appeal that enters its final days still needing $193,000 to reach an $11 million goal. Buffalo diocesan faithful are counting on Sister Mary McCarrick, director of Catholic Charities, to finish strong in the wake of a tapped-out donor base, the shrinking population of churchgoers and a scandal involving priests accused…

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Jada Yuan is a pioneer in a grand travel-writing experiment. She's visiting – and writing about – the New York Times' 52 Places to Go in 2018. One of those places was Buffalo, and her article about her visit was published – and very warmly received – last week. When she had her first look at the list of the 52 places she would be traveling, which includes location…

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Some of the brides wore fancy jewelry and their wedding gowns from the day they were married. Many of the grooms donned matching tuxedos and bow ties. But they all came out to Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls on Saturday to take help break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Marriage Vow Renewal Ceremony. More than 1,700 couples were expecte…

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Craig Rubright's "all-American car" has a Ford body, a Chevrolet 283 V-8 engine taken from a 1957 Corvette and a Coppertone orange color that came from Chrysler paint. But the aesthetics of the car weren't the greatest of Rubright's concerns on Saturday as he parked it at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum. He was focused on arriving in good condition 2,3…

Crime

A 16-year-old girl was arrested after she reportedly became belligerent when she was caught "skinny dipping" at the Village Park clubhouse in the Town of Lockport early Tuesday. Niagara County sheriff's deputies responded  around 4:20 a.m. following reports of juveniles in the pool after hours. They said they heard a female screaming before spotting her walking nude aro…

Authorities were already seeking to remove a 2-year-old boy from his father's custody Friday when the man reportedly shoplifted steaks from a Niagara Falls supermarket and hid the meat inside the child's stroller. Child Protective Services workers armed with an emergency removal order were trying to catch up with the man as he and the child's mother pushed the boy in a …

A 50-year-old man suffered a fractured kneecap Monday afternoon during an altercation with a co-worker at the Waste Management company security booth on Balmer Road, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. The two combatants were employed by Sentrex Security Systems Inc. at the site, deputies said, when an argument occurred over the victim's smoking while on the job. Wh…