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By William Lambers As we celebrate Black History Month, let's remember a hero, peacemaker, teacher and humanitarian: Ralph Bunche. We need his inspiration today with so much conflict in the world. Ralph Bunche was the first African American to win the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1950. He was also a great billiards player. Those two facts are connected. Bunche was a poli…

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John Bak has coached Lancaster boys hockey for more than two decades, first as a varsity assistant dating to the program’s club days, and for the past five years as modified head coach. When Kevin Miller shifted to coach the combined Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew girls team that went on to win a regular season title in his first year, Bak brought measured optimism into his fir…

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Jim Kubiak has been analyzing the play of the Buffalo Bills quarterbacks for BNBlitz.com. He is the all-time leading passer at Navy, has played in the NFL, NFL Europe and the Arena Football League, and has been a coach and executive in the AFL. He spent eight years as the radio analyst for the University at Buffalo and runs the Western New York Quarterback Academy to help …

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ALBANY – The national auto club AAA has released a study on the use of marijuana by drivers involved in fatal crashes that the group says New York State officials should consider as it weighs whether to legalize the drug. The AAA for Foundation Traffic Safety Thursday morning said it had found a “concerning number” of drivers in Washington state tested positive for mari…

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Erie County Medical Center has received $10 million from a state program to support its new trauma and emergency department. The funding comes from the state Department of Health's Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program. The hospital's $55 million project is expected to be completed in May. The new facility, designed by CannonDesign and being built by …

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The long goodbye for a former Dresser-Rand plant in Wellsville – a manufacturing mainstay in rural Allegany County – is nearly over. Siemens, which two years ago announced the plant's phaseout, has set April 24 as the last day of operations, affecting 149 workers, according to a notice filed with the state Department of Labor. The Wellsville plant makes steam turbines, …

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Nan Clarkson insists anything she accomplished in Buffalo was built upon good luck, from day one. Almost 70 years ago, doors opened as soon as she and her husband Will arrived in the city. Will already had business connections here while Nan's father, a prominent and progressive minister in Detroit, had a friend from Princeton, Rev. Thomas Heath, who helped introduce he…

By Richard Cherwitz A rhetorical perspective often provides insights into political events that might be less possible via historical, political scientific and journalistic accounts. The impeachment and Senate trial of a president is a case in point. On Wednesday, House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., delivered a powerful opening presentation at the …

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M&T Bank, coming off a record year of profits, is making headway on hiring 1,000 tech employees. To fulfill such a lofty hiring goal, the bank is recruiting freshly minted college graduates, appealing to expatriates, and converting some contract workers to permanent employees, said Darren J. King, M&T's chief financial officer. "That is progressing as we woul…

Natalie Surdej of Lancaster set a meet record in the girls weight throw and Tapestry Charter eighth-grader Jada Kenner and West Seneca East’s Vinny Pagliaccio were other first-place winners among Western New York athletes who performed well at the New Balance Games on Saturday at The Armory in New York City. Surdej had a throw of 58 feet, .25 inch to smash the previous …

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Malik Johnson moved to second place on Canisius’ all-time assists list as the Golden Griffins downed visiting Siena, 73-63, Friday night at the Koessler Athletic Center. Johnson logged six assists with his 24 points and seven rebounds, increasing his career total to 551. He passed Javone Moore (1993-97) who had 550. Frank Turner (2006-10) holds the all-time career as…

By Mike Mombrea Sr. In 1945, The Buffalo Evening News applied for FCC permission to build a television studio. Many at the time were convinced that television was only a passing fad. Alfred Kirchhofer, The News’ executive editor and president of WBEN Radio, had a reputation for innovation in the newspaper industry. In 1946, permission was granted and the WBEN-TV call…

By Judith Whitehead I think we all grow into our “bucket list,” whether we call it our wish list, or what we would like to accomplish during our lifetime. When we are young adults, we may have hopes and aspirations of getting an education, finding someone to spend our lives with, maybe having children, spending time with family and friends, etc., but it isn’t until w…