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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The crowd—dancing, cheering, laughing—was exuberant. But it was more than joy that the 200 or so revelers shared as they convened at Holy Cross Church on Maryland Street last Saturday—July 9—to celebrate the birth of South Sudan, the world’s newest nation. Memories held these people together. Many were from South Sudan, and […]

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The Canoes Overhead: Nancy Rubins’ Epic New Sculpture at the Albright-Knox Is Whatever You Make of It

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A voluminous sculpture of about 60 tangled, aluminum boats has been turning heads skyward since construction started on June 6 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Planted on a lawn in the middle of a looped driveway off Elmwood Avenue, the web of mostly canoes rises like a tree, with watercraft bursting like […]

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Wine From the Old World: In Buffalo, a Tradition From Italy Lives On

AMHERST, N.Y. — The winemaking rituals are an heirloom from the Old Country, an artifact of the world Luigi Aloisio left behind when he sailed for America in 1939. Every step is labor-intensive, from the washing and tightening of heavy, oak barrels to the stemming of grapes. The recipe is simple [...]

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Disgrace: St. Matthew’s Church Is Falling Apart. Who Will Save It?

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The pigeon shit is everywhere. It’s in the belly of the church, beneath the cracked cathedral ceiling, carpeting the floor of the nave where wooden pews once stood. It’s in the choir loft. On a narrow flight of steps ascending skyward to the bell tower, the droppings have accumulated in a lining [...]

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St. Matthew’s History: Q & A With the Buffalo Diocese

BUFFALO, N.Y. — St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church, founded in 1908, is one of 14 churches the eight-county Catholic Diocese of Buffalo closed in the 1990s. Like business, factories and other landmarks across the city, the house of worship fell victim to the region’s declining population.

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Closing a Cold Case: Police Solve the Murder of Joseph Thomas Jr.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The phone call that Joseph Thomas Sr. had been waiting for since August 2003 finally came this March. After more than seven years, police had finally solved his son’s murder. Joseph Thomas Jr.—Joe Joe, to his family—had been shot at close range on the night of Aug. 23, 2003 while hanging out […]

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Murder on May Street: Who Killed Joseph Thomas Jr.?

BUFFALO, N.Y. — There was nothing extraordinary about the murder of Joseph Thomas Jr. He was 19, black and a resident of one of Buffalo’s poorer neighborhoods. Police found his body on the floor of a home at 302 May St., just south of Genesee Street on the city’s East Side. Joe Joe, as his […]

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Somebody had collapsed. From his chair on the other side of the community room at St. Joseph University Church on Main Street, Jud Mead could not make out who it was. All he could see was a small circle of onlookers standing over what he deduced must have been a body. “Larry!” those […]

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How Wegmans Buys Fish: The Complicated Story Behind Your Seafood Dinner

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The seafood cases at Wegmans on Amherst Street hold the story of our oceans. New York State scallops, $12.99 a pound, rest like delicate pillows—pink and white and juicy—on a bed of cheesecloth. Fillets of silver-skinned rainbow trout glimmer alongside rounded steaks of swordfish from Canada. Other delights include crab legs from Russia, […]

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The cownose ray, a stingray with a wingspan of 2 or 3 feet long, might seem like a strange thing to eat. With a square snout and smooth brown or olive skin, the creature could pass for an alien. Nevertheless, the ray could soon land on our dinner plates, a victim of […]

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