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Here’s a roundup of some of the most popular stories that appeared in The Buffalo News in the last week:

Sunday

“Death follows a life of drugs and love”

Heroin and other opiates have become one of the most widely abused drugs in Buffalo as well as in the country. The explosion of prescription painkiller abuse has led many addicts to seek the cheaper and stronger high of opiates. And with AIDS and HIV fading from the headlines, the act of injecting a needle doesn’t faze abusers. But opiates remain deadly drugs that obliterate lives. Already this year, 46 people have died from opiate overdoses in Erie County. Across the country, more than 100 die each day.

This is the story of how three lives were ruined – two in death – as the national health crisis of opiates rages on.

“Assessed at $35,000, home sells for $280,000”

Ellicott Development recently purchased 47 St. Paul – assessed at $35,000 – and a small, vacant lot at 49 St. Paul – assessed for $2,000 – for $280,000.

That’s $225,000 more than what Bonita Whitlock paid for the 2,288-square-foot two-family house in 1995, records show. The vacant lot was purchased two years later for $1.

“Toronto Sun reports that Bon Jovi’s group wants to keep Bills in Buffalo”

Jon Bon Jovi and the Toronto-based group interested in buying the Buffalo Bills reportedly want to keep the team in Buffalo.

The bidding group consisting of Bon Jovi, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment chairman Larry Tanenbaum and the Rogers family has said that it is “committed to keeping the NFL franchise in Western New York,” multiple sources told the Toronto Sun on Saturday.

Monday

“Ulrich’s 1868 Tavern sets grand opening party”

Ulrich’s 1868 Tavern started selling food and beer again on June 25. Since then, the air conditioning has been finished and the staff has gotten a chance to work the kinks out of the point-of-sale system.

But the restored historic restaurant at 674 Ellicott St. deserves a coming out party, which will be Aug. 18, said owner Sal Buscaglia. The street will be blocked off, and there will be tents and live music.

“Watkins becomes immediate fan favorite as thousands watch practice”

The Buffalo Bills’ star defensive tackle, Marcell Dareus, was not on the St. John Fisher College field Sunday night because he has not yet been able to pass his physical conditioning test, coach Doug Marrone confirmed.

The rest of the Bills entertained a capacity crowd of more than 4,000 on the opening night of training camp. First-round draft pick Sammy Watkins drew the biggest cheers with some nice catches.

“Marquise Goodwin wants the world to know he’s not hurt”

Marquise Goodwin took to Twitter on Sunday night to clear up why he left the Buffalo Bills’ first training camp practice.

“Cartagena found guilty of murder in death of 8-year-old daughter”

Candace Cartagena was found guilty on second-degree murder today in the death of her 8-year-old daughter Bianca more than three years ago in her East Amherst home.

Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk read his verdict from the bench five days after listening to closing arguments in the nonjury trial. Cartagena, 35, will be sentenced at 2 p.m. Aug. 26.

Tuesday

“Hamburg Schools superintendent under investigation by police”

Turmoil in the Hamburg Central School District took a dramatic turn Tuesday when the district announced that Superintendent Richard E. Jetter is under investigation by police and that two administrators would be filling in for him.

“Williams finds his happy place with the Bills”

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has noticed a change for the better in star defensive end Mario Williams.

“This is the happiest I’ve seen him,” Marrone said of Williams. “He’s energetic. He’s running around. He looks great, and he’s having fun. I couldn’t be more excited of where he is.”

That’s good news for the Bills, and bad news for the rest of the NFL.

“Proposed ferry service would link Buffalo’s Canalside to outer harbor”

A ferry service linking Canalside to the outer harbor could begin by next summer.

The ferry would carry between 50 to 100 people on trips between Canalside’s Central Wharf and the outer harbor.

“I will personally be very disappointed if we don’t have a very active, back-and-forth ferry for passengers by this time next year,” said Robert D. Gioia, chairman of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp.

Wednesday

“Hamburg School Board unanimously votes to put superintendent on leave”

Chaos seemed to reign in the shell-shocked Hamburg Central School District today, when the School Board unanimously voted to put Superintendent Richard E. Jetter on administrative leave, appointed an acting superintendent, and police were called for an incident in executive session.

“Source says Jetter admitted to police, district employee that he damaged own car”

Hamburg School Superintendent Richard E. Jetter admitted to Hamburg Village Police and a school employee on Monday that he damaged his own car, the source in the school district told The Buffalo News today.

The source said he then checked himself into BryLin Hospital, which offers private psychiatric and substance abuse care.

“Ch.4 news director Schlaerth is out”

Channel 4 News Director Joe Schlaerth is no longer working at the station, multiple sources inside the CBS affiliate have confirmed.

His departure – all the sources say he was fired this morning – is no surprise considering how unpopular he has been inside the news department.

Thursday

“Lackawanna cop brings home biggest area municipal paycheck”

Police officers and firefighters top the list of Western New York’s highest-paid municipal workers, starting with an officer from Lackawanna.

Mark A. Cellini, a Lackawanna police officer for 25 years, was the best-paid local government employee in 2013-14, pulling in $233,929, according to the Empire Center for Public Policy, a conservative-leaning think tank based in Albany.

“Jetter told police he was drinking, hit pole in Buffalo night before vandalism report”

Richard E. Jetter, now on leave from his job as the superintendent of the Hamburg Central School District, told village police Monday that he was drinking the night he hit a pole in South Buffalo – a day before he reported to police that his car was vandalized during a school board meeting, according to a statement he gave police Monday before checking into BryLin Hospital.

“Celebration mixed with concern over Schlaerth’s departure”

Inside the CBS affiliate, the end of (Joe) Schlaerth’s Channel 4 career was greeted with a mixture of celebration and concern.

The celebration occurred because Schlaerth was not a popular boss. That became clear when the LIN station conducted focus groups about station management in 2013 and Schlaerth was given very low grades. I’m told some staffers celebrated by bringing in pizza and brownies.

“The scoop on 10 outstanding ice cream places”

Let’s face it, the best ice cream place is usually the closest one. If you’re going to drive by scoop slingers singing their sweet siren song and head on down the road, your destination has to offer something special. Here are some of our favorites.

Friday

“Bon Jovi group interested in Bills says it isn’t considering Ontario sites”

A group composed of Toronto investors and rocker Jon Bon Jovi looking to purchase the Buffalo Bills insists that it is not looking at potential new stadium sites in Southern Ontario and that its plans are to keep the team in Western New York.

“It’s the Buffalo Bills, and they will do everything they can to make that work there,” said Andrew Bergmann, a Toronto engineer who is a stadium consultant for the group.

“Late bloomer Hogan making his case for Bills”

Chris Hogan is an example of the kind of phenomenal athleticism it takes just to get a foot in the door in the NFL.

Hogan, entering his second year as a receiver with the Buffalo Bills, is an amazing athlete. He was the New Jersey high school player of the year in lacrosse and starred for four years in the sport at Penn State. Only then did he turn to football, because he had a year of college eligibility left, and he played a season of “Division I-AA” ball for Monmouth.

“Washington Post extols Buffalo’s renaissance”

With the likes of WalletHub and Movoto cheekily adding various cities to top 10 lists and then emailing the corresponding media for plugs, it’s refreshing when a media powerhouse like the Washington Post spends the time and money to understand Buffalo’s resurgence.

WP freelance travel writer Melanie D.G. Kaplan, a Syracuse and Columbia alum, was tasked with exploring the renovations, projects and ideas that have slowly changed the nation’s collective mindset about Buffalo.