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Marshall J. Brown, reporter and Second Amendment advocate

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Nov 282014

Feb. 28, 1936 Oct. 10, 2014

Marshall J. Brown, a former Buffalo Courier-Express reporter and advocate of the right to bear arms, died Friday at his 63-acre gentlemans farm in Colden after an extended battle with multiple system atrophy, a neurological disease. He was 78.

The native of the Bronx came from a newspaper family, with his father, Max, and two uncles, all editors at United Press International.

Marsh was a feisty, hard-nosed old-time newsman, like one of the characters youd see in an old movie like The Front Page, said Buffalo News reporter Dan Herbeck, who worked with Mr. Brown at Buffalo Police Headquarters in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He carried a gun when he was on the job, sometimes beat the police to crime scenes. On more than one occasion, he conducted his own investigations and helped the police solve crimes.

Herbeck said he will never forget the time he and Mr. Brown in 1982 both police reporters for Buffalos two competing newspapers decided to go out and have lunch together. They were walking toward a small diner when a waitress came running outside, spattered with blood and screaming, Help, he killed Ellie!

Marsh grabbed his gun out of the holster and we went running inside. This poor waitress was on the floor, bleeding to death, Herbeck recalled. A mental patient who had recently been released from a psychiatric center had jumped over the counter, grabbed a knife and began stabbing this poor woman. Then he ran out of the place. Marsh and I ran outside, looking for the guy, but he was long gone. The police came and we told them what happened.

Mr. Browns first newspaper job was at age 17 as a copyboy at the New York Herald Tribune. After earning a journalism degree at New York University, he joined the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal where he worked as a reporter, photographer and darkroom technician.

An avid outdoorsman, he also wrote a column called Bait n Bullets in Lockport.

In 1961 he joined the staff of the Courier-Express and covered a number of sensational cases, including the .22 caliber killer case and many organized crime murders. Mr. Brown won a number of awards from the Associated Press, but was most proud of his James Madison Award from the Second Amendment Foundation.

When the Courier folded in 1982, he went to South Africa for a month where he hunted big game. He also hunted in Mexico, Greece, Denmark and Canada. He held an Open Water Scuba Diver rating and dove in the Caribbean and the Red Sea. He was an ardent sailor and fisherman.,

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Islands row picks at WWII political scab

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Aug 162012

Published: Aug. 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

TOKYO, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Japan has detained 14 Chinese activists who evaded the coast guard to land on a tiny group of contested islands in the East China Sea.

Controversy over the islands has been blamed on potential oil and reserves in the region and on fishing resources, but actually originated with the end of World War II, the International Herald Tribune reported.

The islands are claimed by Japan, China and Taiwan, with each nation calling them by different names. To Japan, they are the Sensaku. To China, they are the Diaoyu.

The activists, who had sailed from Hong Kong, slipped onto the islands Wednesday and planted the Chinese and Taiwanese flags, setting off the latest controversy. However, the issue of who owns the islands dates back to 1945 when Japan surrendered to Allied powers. The treaties it signed set up post-war conditions that Tokyo would have to live by, but left unsettled smaller matters such as who controlled the islands that lie between Japan and China.

Japan is in a similar dispute with South Korea over the Dokdo islands, or Takeshima as they are known in Japan, another thorny leftover from the war.

“The sense of victimization at the hands of the Japanese remains a powerful sense of identity,” said Daniel C. Sneider, associate director for research at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University. “In Korea the feeling is: ‘We were the victims, and that’s it.’ ”

South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak visited the Dokdo islands last week, setting off a three-way diplomatic row. Japan recalled its ambassador from Seoul, while a state-run Chinese newspaper, the People’s Daily, said relations between Japan and China were now at “the freezing point.”

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