50 years ago, 1963: Two prisoners, both considered dangerous, sawed their way out of the Erie County Jail. One of the prisoners made an attempt at escaping last week and was recaptured. According to Sheriff Al Young the pair made a line of bed sheets tied together to haul a hacksaw to the jail's third floor. The two sawed through three bars of a third floor window and escaped through the jail annex roof.
25 years ago, 1988: City commissioners voted 5-1 to sign a lease with Battery Park to operate the Shelby Street boat ramp. Under the agreement, Battery Park paid the city $5,000 a year for a two-year lease to operate the ramp and concession stand. All ramp fee revenues would go to the city.
10 years ago, 2003: President George Bush launched his re-election campaign with high approval ratings but a sluggish economy. Hoping to achieve a goal denied his father, Bush filed formal notice of his quest for a second term, listing Vice President Dick Cheney as his 2004 running mate.