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Faced with costly and repeated acts of vandalism in an East Side park, one Common Council member is speaking out against the “senseless” defacement of public property – and putting $200 of his own money where his mouth is.Council President Richard A. Fontana, of the Lovejoy District, is offering a $200 reward to anyone who can help Buffalo police track down the individuals…

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Three thin women ruled the U.S. Professional Wing Eating Championship on Sunday at Coca-Cola Field, eating a total of nearly 500 chicken wings in 12 minutes to easily outpace their seven male counterparts.Miki Sudo, 28, of Las Vegas, consumed 178 wings, 20 more than Michelle Lesco of Tucson, Ariz., with five-time champion Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas, of Alexandria. Va.,…

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Neighbors Mark Whitcomb and Rodney Johnson were rousted from their Tyler Street homes Sunday by the sound of raucous University at Buffalo students in the street.It wasn’t a loud house party, though. It was a mini-parade through University Heights of UB’s marching band, the “Thunder of the East,” and football players handing out T-shirts that culminated in a block party on…

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At 16, Larry L. Penrod went to war for a buddy caught smoking in the boys room at Tonawanda High School.“A teacher came in and started giving my friend a hard time for smoking. I said to the teacher, ‘I was smoking, too,’ and that put the attention on me. The teacher started pushing me. I started pushing back. I pulled his tie off, and they suspended me,” Penrod says.Figur…

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It’s becoming a good time to be a construction worker in Western New York again.From carpenters to sheet-metal workers, from laborers to bricklayers, from truck drivers to crane operators, construction crews are working at jobs throughout the Buffalo Niagara region – especially in downtown Buffalo.“If you’re a good carpenter and you come to Buffalo, you’ll have no problem …

When classes resume in the West Seneca School District this week, students enrolled in the alternative education program will be back in a traditional high school setting.Sixteen years ago, saving money was the goal when the district established its own Alternative Learning Center on the top floor of the old Ebenezer School. The district had been sending students to Erie 1…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to tennis great Jimmy Connors, born on this date in 1952, “Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you’re too damned old to do anything about it.” ...WorkingEvery morning whenthe sun begins to shine,Without the sound of the alarm, cannot get to work on time.We must stay at workfor eight hours a day,Perform o…

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Just weeks before his death after a short illness in a Dublin hospital Friday, Irish poet Seamus Heaney was still recalling the warm welcome he received when he spoke at Canisius College last Oct. 23.Joseph Hassett, a Buffalo native and 1964 Canisius graduate, said that when he saw his friend Heaney during the Yeats International Summer School in early August, Heaney inscr…

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Just weeks before his death after a short illness in a Dublin hospital Friday, Irish poet Seamus Heaney was still recalling the warm welcome he received when he spoke at Canisius College last Oct. 23.Joseph Hassett, a Buffalo native and 1964 Canisius graduate, said that when he saw his friend Heaney during the Yeats International Summer School in early August, Heaney inscr…

Buffalo police have released the names of the three people injured in a shooting that left one man dead on the city’s West Side early Saturday.27-year-old Ervin Maye of Buffalo died after an unknown shooter opened fire inside a residence in the 400 block of Massachusetts Avenue at around 1 a.m. Saturday, Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said in a statement. Als…

It’s an odd thing, realizing you’re older than your elementary school principal was the year you started kindergarten.I would have sworn back then my principal was old. Turns out, James Bodziak was in his early 30s when he landed his first principal job at South Davis Elementary. Now, at 61, he’s just barely hitting retirement age.But Bodziak, superintendent of Frontier Ce…

Three homemade pop bottle bombs exploded early today in Lockport and South Buffalo.Two of the pop bottle bombs were discovered on a cul-de-sac street in the Town of Lockport, police reported.One bomb had already detonated by the time police arrived around 3:12 a.m., and the second detonated soon after, police said. The bombs were contained in a plastic Gatorade and two-lit…

Five lost hikers were rescued in Chestnut Ridge Park late Saturday after they became disoriented amid the park’s dense foliage and deep ravines, Orchard Park police reported.The two males and three females who range in age from 12 to 19 had entered the park around 6:30 p.m. But as darkness fell they realized they could not find their way out and placed a 911 call at 8:26 p…

Police across the area charged motorists in West Seneca, Ripley and Clarence overnight for driving while intoxicated, including one who was charged with a violation of Leandra’s Law for having a minor in the vehicle.A 21-year-old Hamburg man lost control of his vehicle at 4 a.m. today and struck a parked car on Warren Avenue near Center Road in West Seneca, town police rep…

BuffaloThe Common Council will hold a ceremony in honor of the victims and heroes of Sept. 11. at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Niagara Square. The ceremony will include a seven-foot tall stainless steel memorial, engraved with the names of the victims, created by Steel Crazy Iron Art in Black Rock. The memorial will be available for public viewing until 2 p.m. Also this week:• The C…