Pulp nonfiction, WNY-style.
Cover design by Chastity Taber. Illustration by Josh Flanigan.


Every region has its share of controversial happenings, from truly infamous crimes to merely ironic mishaps, and Western New York is no exception. This month we explore exciting tales of mob bosses, shady mayors, unsolved mysteries, and society murders. We’ve even tracked down some sports controversies and put together a scandal map and timeline. Spree might not know where all the bodies are buried, but we’ve certainly got some fascinating stories to share. It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world, and WNY has contributed its share.
By William C. Altreuter, Ron Ehmke, Terri Parsell Hilmey, Elizabeth Licata, Nancy Parisi, Christopher Schobert, Lee Simonson, and Joe Sweeney.

Mayors Gone Wild
By Nancy J. Parisi
Fear and loathing
and sex and death, Buffalo-style

By Elizabeth Licata
Scoundrel Time
200 years of dirty tricks, dark deeds,
and other shenanigans

By Compiled by Ron Ehmke

A comprehensive, user-friendly list of the area’s finest dentists (chosen by the peers), accompanied by a profile of UB’s world-renowned dental school, the revolutionary growth of Ivoclar Vivadent, and the top ten recent dentistry innovations, and their effect on all of us.
By Donna Evans-Deyermond and Allison DiMatteo.

The List: Top Dentists

Slice of WNY: Hertel Avenue between Admiral and North Park
By Lisa Kane; photos by kc kratt
Hot 5: An opinionated to-do list
By Christopher Schobert
Wall Street hits the wall
By Bruce Eaton
Spree insider: A charitable challenge from Ethan Allen
By Kathyrn DeLong
Cool Stuff: A winter walk among the dead
By Maria Scrivani; photos by kc kratt
Picture This
By Spree readers

Visual Art: The science/art synthesis
By Bruce Adams
Visual Art: Selections from Huntington
By Bruce Adams
Dance: December is Nutcracker month
By Manya Fabiniak
Theater: A merry little season on the stage
By Darwin McPherson
Music: Holiday music is here
By Jeffrey Levine
Plus: Writer Tom Waters turns to poetry.

Great Indoors: Webb rebirth
By Barry A. Muskat
Style: Naughty and nice
By William C. Altreuter and Catherine Berlin
Beauty: The little things
By Catherine Berlin
Vanity Wars
By "Faith”
Gadget Planet
By William C. Altreuter and Catherine Berlin
Profile: A remarkable life
By Barry A. Muskat

A review of Tabree on Elmwood; three small-plate options—Left Bank, Toro, and Shango; Edritos returns; the strange bouillabaisse of food and media; the Foodies seek the finest sponge candy; Buffalo’s Garlic Smeeer; cookie confessions; the month in galas; and a truly scandalous pubcrawl.
By Bruce Adams, Mike Andrzejewski, Lisa Brown, Ron Ehmke, Joe George, Terri Parsell Hilmey, Jessica Keltz, Vicki G. Marshall, Kevin Purdy, Margaret M. Toohey, and Jennifer Wutz-Lopes

Take One:
Tabree wears the bistro title well
By Kevin Purdy; photos by kc kratt
Locavoring: Fear no Smeeer:
Spreadable garlic knows no bounds
By Bruce Adams

Editor’s letter, deadlines
Dining guide
Shopping Spree
Cultural listings
Index of advertisers
Who was there
Bflo Days:
Scandal trivia
By Ron Ehmke