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The Bomb That Fell On Niagara: The Sphere

by Geoff Kelly & Louis Ricciuti

This is going to seem complicated and take a long way to get where it’s going. So here’s the gist, right upfront: Possibly, in Lewiston, are buried the remnants of an experimental nuclear reactor dating from the 1940s. This reactor would have been part of a secret program to weaponize poisonous materials—a program with roots in the study of poison gases in the First World War and whose culmination is found today in the use of depleted uranium munitions around the world.

News Feature

Canary in a Coal Mine

by Justin Sondel

Buffalo’s Old First Ward, the venerable, traditionally Irish neighborhood that borders the Buffalo River was once the one of most thriving and lively sections of the city. Because of its proximity to the water, the First Ward teemed with factories, saloons, hotels, and the residences of the men and women who worked there. Today there is still a strong residential community, but much—though certainly not all—of that industry has vanished.


Wasting the Crisis?

by Bruce Fisher

“There is,” said America’s chief banking regulator to a Washington forum this week, “some virtue to regulation.” How astounding that this simple sentence would be such a revelation in our nation’s capitol.

The News, Briefly

Dems Gone Wild

by George Sax

County Executives Make Unenforced Apprentice Law Disappear

by John McMahon


by J. Tim Raymond

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Angela Pusateri, 79, may be unconventional, but, according to Jenna, 13, “She really is a cool grandmother.” The Hallandale Beach, Fla., woman is a rap-music singer with a new CD (“Who’s Your Granny?”) and occasional playdates, where she shows up in hockey jersey, jewels, sunglasses and baseball cap.

Music Interview

Pop Is Art

by Donny Kutzbach

He started making records at 14 years old while just a schoolboy in Sydney, Australia. Now at 30, he’s steadily earned his place as a youthful elder of indie pop.


Uganda: Children & War

by Lucy Yau

Currently on view at El Museo in Allentown is the work of social documentary photographer Errol Daniels.


Kevin O'Callahan: Buffalo Rivier

by Dean Brownrout

Kevin O’Callahan (1902-1977) was the founder of the Buffalo Print Club, and a master printmaker in his own right. The Buffalo Print Club’s heyday was in the 1930 and 1940s.

Season Ticket

Good Game, Bad Bet

by Dave Staba

He trudged up Abbott Road, toward Southwestern Boulevard, about 1,000 yards away from where, 15 minutes earlier, Rian Lindell’s field goal as time expired had spared the Buffalo Bills the shame of losing to the once-feared, now-pitiable Oakland Raiders.

Play Ball!

Meet the Mets!

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

After a roller-coaster week in which rumors and speculation were rife that the Buffalo Bisons would hook up with the New York Mets as their new major league parent, it became a done deal: The two clubs held a new conference Monday to announce a two-year affiliation agreement.


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including this week's Editors Pick: the third annual Art of Hip Hop, which runs Friday through Sunday at various locations.

Film Feature

Highlights from the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival

by M. Faust

Six films at the Toronto Film Festival that go together

by Girish Shambu

Film Reviews

Eagle Eye

by M. Faust

The Lucky Ones

by George Sax

Nights in Rodanthe

by M. Faust


Movie Times (Sep. 26 - Oct. 2)

On The Boards Theater Listings

Film Now Playing

You Auto Know

New (& Improved?)

by Jim Corbran

For those of you who haven’t been following along, this is my 10th year writing the new model year column (in one paper or another), and my, how things have changed. Back then trucks and SUVs were kings of the hill; now they’re more like the brother-in-law who was dispatched to an ambassadorship of some faraway nation.


About God & Community

When it began four years ago in someone’s living room, Ellen Brauza (known to her flock as “Mother Ellen”) wasn’t sure of the shape of her mission but only that a group of like-minded believers felt called to come together that day. The Buffalo Community of the Holy Spirit has been meeting weekly ever since. “Our sense of mission has developed and is still subject to change as we feel God is leading us,” Brauza says.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Against all odds, you are finally finding a way to quit that nagging “addiction.” You’re shedding a dependency that isn’t worthy of you. You’re weaning yourself from a passion that hasn’t brought out the best in you. Congratulations on your hard, meticulous work, you epic hero, you.


Ask Anyone

My girlfriend lost a bundle on the stock market last week. She doesn’t always tell me when she’s down, and I don’t know exactly what she did, but I get the sense that she must’ve moved a lot of money out of her fairly diversified portfolio into one or two stocks that tanked.