Working at the old Houdaille Industries plant on East Delavan Avenue in Buffalo making parts for World War II airplanes, 22-year-old Kenneth Bates found love.
He had noticed Vera Marie Hudecek, a gofer delivering messages throughout the plant from supervisors.
"I had all my teeth at that time, and I'd whistle at her when she walked by," he says. "But what really got …
After graduating from Tonawanda High School in June 1966, Bob Kunkel said, he spent the summer sipping beer and seeking dates with young ladies.
By August, though, he started thinking about the future and realized he had no idea what he wanted to do in life. But he was certain of one thing.
Winter was on the way, and he wanted to be someplace warm. In Southeast Asia,…
Anthony Moley was raised to respect his mother's wishes. Brought up by parents who came from Sicily in search of the American Dream, he promised his mom that he would not go into the Navy when his draft notice arrived.
Moley reported for a physical at the local recruiting station and passed with flying colors.
"The recruiter looked at me and said, 'Congratulations, y…
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AMHERST -- Satish K. Tripathi is officially the new University at Buffalo president, and he will be well paid for it.
Tripathi was formally appointed today by the State University of New York Board of Trustees, and officially introduced during a press conference inside the university's Center for the Arts this afternoon.
James M. Hannon had just graduated from Burgard Vocational High School and was pumping gas at a station on the South Buffalo-West Seneca border.
He enjoyed the work because of the friendly family atmosphere. The station was owned by his neighbor Jim Sanders, but the job didn't last as long as Hannon would have liked. After Christmas 1948, business slowed, and he was lai…
After Congress and the president averted a federal government shutdown Friday night by passing a stopgap measure, what's next for the budget?
News Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski joined BuffaloNews.com Live for a discussion about when budget cuts are expected to be announced and his front-page story Sunday about two members of the local tea party movement and their f…
Melissa's father Mark Szpila, and mother Lynn Barthelemy spoke to reporters in January. Photo by Buffalo News.
The mother of Melissa M. Barthelemy — a Western New York native who died, apparently at the hands of a serial killer, after she disappeared in Long Island in July 2009 — appeared this morning on Good Morning, America.
Lynn Barthelemy was interviewed by host Georg…
John May is 91, and he would be the first to tell you that his memory is fading. But key points of his service in World War II remain as vivid as if they happened yesterday.
There was a bullet wound in his left leg, below the knee. The scar, like his memory, has faded a bit but is still visible.
Before he was drafted, he had been content to work as an automobile mech…
City Grill shootings verdict live chat with Pat Lakamp
Law enforcement officers from across the region, state and beyond gather to remember State Trooper Kevin Dobson this morning in Clarence. (Derek Gee /Buffalo News)
CLARENCE -- Trooper Kevin Dobson left the State Police barracks last Saturday morning, but never came back to finish his shift.
After his funeral today at Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church, Dobson will make it back …
City Grill trial live chat with Pat Lakamp
BUFFALO -- Not quite yet.
There is still more than twice the amount of ice on the eastern end of Lake Erie than is needed to remove the ice boom.
"It's not going to happen Friday, but at some point afterwards," said Michael Saltzman, spokesman for the New York Power Authority.
Ice boom regulations require that the removal of the boom start on April 1, unless…
Rosemarie Lenz, 16, of Clarence, fills out a form at the St. Bonaventure University stand during the National College Fair at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center on Tuesday. (Derek Gee / Buffalo News)
SATs. Financial aid. College essays.
The college application process can be daunting.
But admissions officers say students can take the stress out of the process if they …
In a world where things are a mere Google search away, people and places with local ties pop up on many corners of the Internet.
People who used to live in the Buffalo area, as well as others who still call this place home, have a habit of making news elsewhere.
On an occasional basis, Buffalo News Live will highlight these Buffalonians, whether they're gone or they…
Bruce Andriatch, The News' suburban editor, talked about the Verizon deal in Somerset falling through and financial challenges facing area school districts on WBFO-FM 88.7 this morning:
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