The Nation: Buffalo: Camaraderie and Tragedy

"It's William McKinley's revenge," muttered one Buffalo resident as he squinted through the slits of his frosted face-mask at the snow-encrusted monument to the President who was assassinated in the city in 1901. That explanation made as much sense as any. The 435,000 inhabitants of what local CBers call Nickel City could not help wondering why they and their rural neighbors had been selected for the vengeful Winter of '77's most punishing assault so far. In fact, Buffalo's location on a narrow peninsula, where it catches moisture-laden winds off Lake Erie, contributes to...

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