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As he prepares to trek across the Canisius High School stage Thursday to receive his diploma, Jaurney Boyland’s first name is a homophone that doesn’t begin to describe how far he’s come. In fact, if you base predictions on stereotypes, he never should have gotten this far. With a father in prison and a mother he had to get away from when he was 11, he easily could have …

Buffalo

The Komodo dragon moved cautiously around his new enclosure at the Buffalo Zoo on Tuesday, a forked tongue occasionally slithering in and out. The 4-year-old prehistoric-looking monitor lizard will make his public debut Friday with the re-opening of the former Reptile House. The building has been renamed the Donna M. Fernandes Amphibian and Reptile Center. The 5-foot…

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Western New York is a beautiful place – and each day, Buffalo News photographers will bring you a photo to prove it. Our challenge is to look at things differently, to remind us all to slow down and enjoy our surroundings. Check back each morning to see our favorite image for the day. View the images in full screen for the most impact. – Cathaleen Curtiss, director of phot…

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"We have gone from what was state-of-the-art in 1942 to what is state-of-the-art now," said Norah Fletchall, the Buffalo Zoo's president and chief executive officer, as she took The Buffalo News inside the renovated and renamed reptile house. The new exhibit space opens to the public May 24.

Amherst

I.M. Pei, the globally important architect, died last week. Around the world, architectural historians spoke with reverence of his work, such as his glass pyramid at the Louvre, the East Building at the National Gallery or, closer to home, the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse. My reaction was more primal. Fifty years ago, I was a kid in Dunkirk, living on the same stre…

Colleges

Conner Morro got the phone call on a Friday morning in February, and his roommate’s voice was frantic. Their apartment on Loring Avenue had been broken into the previous night, while the Canisius baseball team traveled to Durham, N.C., for a three-game series at North Carolina Central. At least $2,500 worth of valuables had been stolen, including a piece of jewelry: …

Business

When customers walk into the new Dash's Market Wednesday, the only thing they may recognize from the old Hertel Avenue store will be the service desk counter. Owner Joe Dash had workers preserve it before the store was demolished, then install it in the new store as an homage to his roots. "It has my father's DNA on it," he said. That's where the similarities end. …

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In honor of National Rescue Dog Day on May 20, we asked our readers to send in their photos of their adopted pups. If you'd like to share your photos to be featured on BuffaloNews.com, please email images to qliu@buffnews.com. Please include your dog's name, breed and where your dog was adopted from for caption information.

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GObike Buffalo's annual fundraiser, the SkyRide, takes cyclists on an 18-mile tour through Buffalo, at times using highways that would otherwise be off-limits to bicycle riders.

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Few of the University at Buffalo students receiving their diplomas at Sunday's commencement have come as far as Isnino Iftin. Born in a refugee camp in Kenya, she moved to this country at 8, first to Baltimore and then to Buffalo's West Side. Initially unhappy with the move to this area, she later threw herself into activities at Riverside High School and became an a…

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A group of veteran boaters in the Safe Harbor Marina office at Buffalo Harbor reacted with incredulous laughter, sarcastic sighs and swearing Thursday to a proposed state law that would require all owners of motorized boats to take a safety course, no matter how long they've been on the water. But then Lancaster's Ron Rabent walked in. "I think everyone should have one,…

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The plan was to kick off the state's annual seat belt awareness campaign Tuesday with an event at West Seneca East High School. But on Sunday, hours after a West Seneca teen was killed and five others narrowly escaped death following a fiery car crash, it seemed prudent to consider postponing the event. Mark J.F. Schroeder, acting commissioner of the State Department…

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Ezra Castro, known to thousands of football fans as Pancho Billa, embraced the Bills as his favorite team when he was a child in El Paso, Texas. Despite living in Cowboys country, that allegiance only intensified. As an adult, his passion turned him into a stadium icon and one of the most iconic members of the Bills Mafia. -- Sean Kirst If you'd like to share your photos …

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The hard news about Ezra Castro had just started spreading Tuesday morning when Brandon Beane’s phone began to buzz in Orchard Park. He glanced at the number and understood immediately what the call would mean. It was Veronica Borjon, Mr. Castro’s longtime partner. She was calling the Bills general manager to tell him about the death of Mr. Castro, 39, who with his luch…

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The hard news about Ezra Castro had just started moving Tuesday morning around Twitter when Brandon Beane’s phone began to buzz in Orchard Park. He glanced at the number and understood immediately what the call would mean. It was Veronica Borjon, Castro’s longtime partner. She was calling the Bills general manager to tell him about the death of Castro, 39, who with his …