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Sailor in famous celebratory kiss served on ship now resting in Buffalo

His spontaneous kiss of a passing woman in Times Square was captured on film and published by Life Magazine. George Mendonsa died last weekend at the age of 95 but a part of his life now rests docked in the waters of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.

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His spontaneous kiss of a passing woman in Times Square was captured on film and published by Life Magazine. George Mendonsa died last weekend at the age of 95 but a part of his life now rests docked in the waters of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.

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President Trump pushed forward Tuesday with his plan to launch a space force as a new branch of the military. But it would at first be under the umbrella of the Air Force, and it requires approval of Congress — which is far from certain.

This represents at least a temporary shift. Trump had stated that he wanted a space force that is "separate but equal" from the Air Force.

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A Lancaster Central School District elementary principal was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated. New York State Police in Clarence arrested Amy Moeller, 40, of Amherst last Thursday.

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What is called the jewel of the Village of Lewison has new owners. The Frontier House, which has a history ranging from hosting prominent American guests to housing a fast food franchise, is now in the hands of a group of local developers.

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With winter bearing down with record-setting snow falls, residents are searching for indoor activities. During her appearance on WBFO's Press Pass, Jessica Marinelli of Buffalo Rising offers some alternatives, including the latest offering at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Humble and Human: An Exhibition in Honor of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. With Erie County Free Week underway, Marinelli says the event provides an opportunity to view the works of great Impressionist artists like Monet, Renoir and Gauguin.

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Catholic priests from across the region will be meeting in East Aurora Tuesday to discuss the clergy sex abuse crisis.


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New state legislation expanding benefits for New York crime victims is now in effect.

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A new online training program in the state is now available to help educators better prepare for supporting student mental health. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS) provides the service for educators.

George Mendonsa, the Navy sailor whose passionate kiss in Times Square symbolized a nation's exuberance over the end of World War II, has died. He was 95.

The photographer never got the name of the sailor, but Mendonsa claimed it was him, and many experts who analyzed his facial structure came to the same conclusion.

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Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers are using robot smoking machines from back in the day for a new use.

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