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Disturbing Development in Case of Boy Found on Porch

Burned-out vehicle with human remains was rental car driven by little Noelvin's parents

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy was found on a stranger's porch in Buffalo on Monday morning, more than 1,000 miles from his home in Florida, and the three adults he'd been traveling with, including his parents, are "potentially ... still alive," say Buffalo police—but it doesn't... More »

Police Identify Boy, 3, Found on Stranger's Porch

Grandmother fears his parents are dead

(Newser) - Police in Buffalo now know the identity of the 3-year-old boy found asleep on a stranger's porch Monday morning, but they're still trying to figure out how he got there—and what happened to his parents. The boy's paternal grandmother tells WIVB that his name is Noelvin... More »

Mystery Deepens After Boy, 3, Found on Porch

Buffalo woman found him asleep in a box

(Newser) - Police in Buffalo are trying to figure out who left a boy around three years old on a home's front porch early Monday. Lois Augsburger tells WIVB that she found the boy around 8am asleep in a cardboard box she leaves out for cats. He was wrapped in a... More »

Rare Blood Infections Traced to Nurse's Alleged Opioid Theft

Kelsey Mulvey accused of swapping cancer patients' medication with tap water

(Newser) - A nurse in New York allegedly stole injectable opioids for her own use, then refilled hospital syringes with tap water in a move that caused rare infections in cancer patients, according to a new report. The report published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine notes six cancer patients... More »

Frat 'Hazing' That Triggered Cardiac Arrest Ends in Tragedy

Sebastian Serafin-Bazan, 18, has died

(Newser) - A student who went into cardiac arrest after a possible frat-house hazing incident has died, the Buffalo News reports. Sebastian Serafin-Bazan, 18, was rushed from a University of Buffalo fraternity to a hospital just after midnight on Friday. The freshman had been told to perform exercises at the Sigma Pi... More »

Frat Boys Run for It After 'Hazing Gone Wrong'

The University of Buffalo reels from student's apparent collapse

(Newser) - A University of Buffalo student was in critical condition after an apparent frat hazing gone wrong—a frightening event that could lead to criminal charges, the Buffalo News reports. Police say Sebastian Serafin-Bazan, 18, suffered a cardiac arrest after fraternity brothers told him to perform exercises from Thursday night to... More »

College Athlete Was Disowned for Being Gay. Now, Good News

NCAA waives donations rule so Emily Scheck can accept money to help her pay school, living costs

(Newser) - When Grace Hausladen started a GoFundMe for her friend and Division I cross-country teammate Emily Scheck, it was for one reason: to raise money for tuition and living expenses at Buffalo's Canisius College after Scheck's family disowned her in August upon finding out she had a girlfriend. The... More »

The Longest Current Playoff Drought in Major Sports Is Over

What's eluded Buffalo Bills for 17 years is now theirs: wild-card spot after 22-16 win against Miami

(Newser) - The Buffalo Bills already had the record for the most consecutive Super Bowl appearances , with nary a win. On Sunday, what SBNation calls "one of the NFL's longest-suffering franchises" broke its most recent record: the longest current playoff drought, not only in the NFL, but in any of... More »

Uber's Final Frontier: Upstate New York

State considers legislation to overturn ban on ride-sharing services

(Newser) - Brian Cook's March Madness-inspired trip to Buffalo to cheer on Princeton was, for him, a journey back to a simpler time, when hailing a ride meant standing on a corner and flagging down a taxi. "For a 19-year-old, that's unknown," said Cook. "I take Uber... More »

School Board Gives Trump Supporter 24 Hours to Quit

Buffalo's Carl Paladino said first lady should go live with a gorilla

(Newser) - Buffalo's school board voted 6-2 Thursday to try to get rid of a controversial ninth member—Carl Paladino, co-chair of Donald Trump's New York campaign. The board gave Paladino 24 hours to resign over what it called "unambiguously racist" and "morally repugnant" remarks about the Obamas... More »

Your Best Bet for an 'Epic' New Year's Eve? Orlando

Here are the top 10 US cities in which to ring in the New Year

(Newser) - Looking to give 2016 a memorable sendoff? Consider booking a flight to one of the cities on WalletHub's list of best places to ring in the New Year. The site analyzed the 100 largest cities in America using "20 key indicators of an epic New Year's Eve.... More »

Suspect in Arson Targeting Black Firefighter Is 'Friend'

Ex-firefighter may have been upset with Kenneth Walker's fire company

(Newser) - Buffalo police have a suspect in custody in the arson of a black firefighter's apartment —and he's no stranger. Police say former firefighter Matthew Jurado, 39, who lives across the street from Kenneth Walker, has been charged with second-degree arson after he admitted to starting the blaze... More »

Home of Black Firefighter Torched After He Got Racist Letter

Note sent to Kenneth Walker's home earlier in week said 'resign ... or you will regret it'

(Newser) - Kenneth Walker's two cats were killed and he lost all of his possessions, but he, his wife, and their two kids are OK after a fire Wednesday in his apartment outside Buffalo, NY—a fire sparked after he received a racist letter telling him to quit the local volunteer... More »

Pair Rescued as Boat Teeters Near Edge of Niagara Falls

Only a section of engine kept the boat from drifting

(Newser) - A man and woman got closer to Niagara Falls than they probably ever wanted on Sunday. The US Coast Guard was called in to rescue the pair from Buffalo after their boat became disabled and drifted "very close" to the Canadian side of the falls, reports the Niagara Gazette... More »

This Might Be the Healthiest Eating Competition Ever

Contestants have 8 minutes to down as much kale as they can

(Newser) - Competitive eaters have signed up for an eating contest being bid as the healthiest "in the history of the world." The "Kale Yeah!" championship presented by the Independent Health Foundation's Healthy Options program will take place at the Taste of Buffalo food festival in New... More »

Cops Find Possible Car Thief Up a Tree

Zayvaughn Boutwell tried to elude arrest, police say

(Newser) - It won't go down in the annals of brilliant police chases: Police in Buffalo say a man driving a stolen car crashed it into a pole and kicked out a window to escape—only to be arrested hiding up a tree, reports the Buffalo News . The crash occurred after... More »

Woman Sues After Husband Declared Dead: 'He Tried to Hug Me'

No one believed Tammy Cleveland when she (rightly) insisted husband wasn't dead

(Newser) - A widow is suing two Buffalo-area hospitals and doctors in each after her 46-year-old husband was erroneously declared dead last year—and no one believed her when she insisted he was alive, the Democrat and Chronicle reports. When Michael Cleveland suffered a heart attack on Oct. 10, wife Tammy rushed... More »

Professor Looks Into Rumor, Finds Priceless Coin Trove

Coins had sat in university archives for 80 years

(Newser) - In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the swashbuckling professor tells his students that "70% of all archaeology is done in the library"—but at the University at Buffalo, it turned out to be 100% for assistant classics professor Philip Kiernan. He followed up on a rumor about... More »

Buffalo's Hot New Ride: Ice Bikes

Woman's invention part of revitalized waterfront

(Newser) - If it were possible for anything to be hot in Buffalo this winter, it was the newfangled "ice bikes" that debuted at an outdoor skating rink. The bicycles on ice skates were an immediate hit when they glided onto the Ice at Canalside the day the mammoth new rink... More »

No Rest for Snow-Weary Buffalo, as Floods Loom

Temps set to soar today and tomorrow as vast amounts of snow melts

(Newser) - Shovel-wielding Buffalonians took to their snow-choked streets en masse this weekend, as plows, dump trucks, and military vehicles worked to dig the city out from the near seven feet of lake-effect snow that was already collapsing roofs in the area . But with temperatures set to near 50 degrees today and... More »

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