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It was a furious scramble for a careening ball, a third-quarter play that in most games with a score of 35-3 would have been utterly meaningless. In this case, it was a pivotal instant in an astounding piece of football history. Mark Maddox, who was in the middle of it, only wishes he could remember. A little more than a quarter-century ago, with the Buffalo Bills…

Environment

An emaciated common raven hopped like a rabbit up a makeshift wooden ladder at the SPCA of Erie County. The year-old bird feasted on a platter of moistened cat food, mouse, smelt, blueberries and strawberries. The bird had just spent some two months living in the rafters of a pallet warehouse at the Bethlehem Steel site. Its appetite: ravenous, of course. "They…

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The Niagara County Department of Health announced Saturday that Olcott Beach is suitable for swimming again. The health department closed the beach to swimming Wednesday because of high bacteria readings in a water quality test. A new round of testing on Friday determined that the water was suitable for swimming, officials said. The health department plans to cont…

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The Erie County Sheriff's Office issued a silver alert for a missing West Seneca woman who is reported to be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or a related cognitive disorder. Robin A. Leys, 61, was last seen early Friday at 3100 Transit Road in West Seneca. She was traveling on foot. Leys is described as a white female, 5 feet 2 inches tall, 120 pounds, wit…

Buffalo

Clearly, after 150 years, Young & Swartz is not a company to be brushed aside. The company began manufacturing industrial brushes on Cherry Street in downtown Buffalo in 1868. That year also proved to be a significant one in the country's history. The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted African-Americans full citizenship, the House of Representatives …

Buffalo

Like many people in Western New York, Jose A. Palma Jr. is sweating it out this summer. Unlike most, Palma's concerns revolve around keeping his putting green free from grubs, slugs and other organisms. "You're constantly fighting something, whether it’s the grubs or diseases," he said. "That's the thing with short grass. You see everything when grass is cut so low."…

Business

New York's junior member of the U.S. Senate would like to see a bank in every one of the more than 30,000 U.S. Post Office branches across the country. Kirsten Gillibrand, the Democratic senator, Friday announced she has introduced legislation to that effect during a stop at PUSH Buffalo headquarters on Grant Street. Gillibrand's bill is a long-shot – she is still wo…

A 14-year-old Newfane girl who was reported missing Wednesday has been located and is safe, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office reported Friday. According to the Sheriff's Office, a caller reported seeing the girl Thursday outside a Robinson Road pizzeria in the Town of Lockport. Deputies arrived, found the girl unharmed and returned her to her home, the Sheriff's Of…

Environment

The Tonawanda Coke plant was ordered to shut down operations Friday after a state Department of Environmental Conservation inspection of the facility Thursday found persistent and repeated violations of the plant's DEC permit. A cease-and-desist letter from DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos delivered to the plant Friday included a notice of intent to revoke Tonawanda Coke's…

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Crews at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga have restored power at the east terminal, according to a spokeswoman for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Helen Tederous, public affairs director for the authority, said the power went out at about 5:30 p.m. Friday, temporarily affecting some air travel at the airport.     …

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Dr. Sara K. Berkelhamer, a neonatologist, expressed disappointment with the recent news that a U.S. delegation tried to water down an international call to encourage more breastfeeding. She did so both professionally and personally. Berkelhamer – attending physician for neonatology and medical director of respiratory therapy at John R. Oishei Children's Hospital – ga…

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A 34-year-old man was shot Friday during an encounter with Buffalo Police following a standoff outside a home in South Buffalo at McKinley Parkway and Como Avenue. Capt. Jeffrey D. Rinaldo of the Buffalo Police said an officer was forced to shoot the man after he didn’t respond to multiple requests from police to drop his 12 gauge shotgun. The man was rushed to Erie …

Crime

The man accused of killing a North Tonawanda teenager 25 years ago is eligible for youthful offender status, his lawyers said. He's 43. Joseph H. Belstadt remains eligible because he was 17 when Amanda "Mandy" Steingasser was killed on Sept. 20, 1993. So if Belstadt is convicted of any charge, even murder, connected to Steingasser's death, the judge could rule him…

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A Buffalo man has been charged with biting off the lower lip of his 62-year-old upstairs neighbor during a fight, according to a city police report. David J. Beaner, 20, was arrested Wednesday night at his residence on Northampton Street, just west of Martin Luther King Jr. Park. "The defendant did bite the lower lip of [the victim] causing substantial pain, bleeding…