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James Carpino can only hope his little girl remembers. From the top of his city a week or two ago, he pulled out his mobile phone and called his wife, Sharlyn, using Facetime. He asked her to hold the phone so their 4-year-old daughter Violet could see the screen. Carpino, 39, lifted his own phone and turned it in a slow circle, taking in the peak of Buffalo City Hall a…

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I am betting that I am hardly alone in this memory. More than a half-century ago, I was a little kid in Western New York, the youngest child in a factory family. We'd drive through downtown Buffalo in early evening, the sky just bright enough to highlight the silhouettes of the twin statues atop the Liberty Building, one facing east, one facing west, with electric torch…