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AMHERST -- The public is invited to test a driving-while-texting simulator at Northtown World Auto Centre today and Saturday. Here's a video on how it works: The simulator will be available until 6 p.m. today and until 5 p.m. Saturday. --Aaron Besecker

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At 15 years old, Walter N. Suchowiecki joined the New York State Army National Guard. The youngest of six children in a family on hard times, Suchowiecki claimed he was 18 years old in order to earn a dollar a night for participating in military drills at the local armory in Binghamton. "We all lied about our age, and no one checked. We were mostly from poor families…

Seven years shy of a century later, Russell E. Tucker Sr. got his due Friday at a ceremony where he was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds he suffered as a Marine in World War I. From all accounts, Tucker was a quiet man who would have shied away from the elaborate ceremony during which Rep. Brian Higgins presented the medal to the war hero's 80-year…

Iskalo Development Co., one of the biggest developers in the Williamsville area, has agreed to buy the Lord Amherst Hotel in nearby Snyder, snapping up one of the area's landmark properties.Neither the developer nor the current owners, the Genrich family, would give the purchase price for the deal, which is not expected to close until next month. The Williamsville-…

The News' Tim Graham discussed his Sunday Spotlight story -- Two painful lives, one freakish death, a secret fortune -- about the bizarre death of Teddy Wroblewski, a hoarder believed to be missing for nearly two years until his body was discovered in his own home.

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After graduating from Hutchinson-Central High School in 1950, Cravane M. Givens received a football scholarship to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. At the historically black university, all of the male students were required to receive two years of military training. Givens initially participated in Army infantry drills, but when the Air Force…

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At age 16, Russell A. Guthrie was impressed when his friend Vincent Hall returned home on leave from the Army in 1941. Hall, a member of the all-black 10th Cavalry Regiment, looked sharp in his uniform. And when he told young Guthrie what an honor it was to serve, Guthrie decided he wanted to follow in his friend's footsteps. There was just one problem. "I wasn't …

An NFTA officer shot a suspected car thief in the buttocks following a violent struggle this afternoon on Linwood Avenue, an official with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority said. Read more Footage from the scene: Map of 200 block of Linwood Ave: View Larger Map

Men are more violent, more likely to abandon their children, less likely to finish school and less likely to vote. Does that make women the superior gender? The News' Dan Herbeck tackled this topic for a recent Spotlight story. Now, he wants your feedback. Join him for a live chat at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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An Orchard Park house owned by two former Buffalo Bills was struck by lightning this morning, sparking a large mutual-aid fire that brought firefighters from at least five local volunteer companies, authorities said. View Larger Map Below is the Google maps Street View image of 95 Stoughton Lane prior to the lightning strike:   Below is the after shot at 95 Stoughton …

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Ernest W. Reitzel wanted to serve his country in the worst way during World War II, but he figured his inability to walk long distances would prevent that. On a good day as a teenager, he could walk perhaps 300 feet before his hips stiffened and he would be forced to rest because of a physical disability. But the 18-year-old Warsaw native managed to show up in Buffal…

NIAGARA FALLS -- With New York State poised to make same-sex marriage legal at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, the celebration near the cataracts has been in full swing since early this evening. (Click here for the very latest.) Longtime couple Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd were wed by Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster at 12:01 a.m. next to the roaring natural wonder. The coup…