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I am heading into my last couple of days at The News, after 32 years at the paper and nearly 13 years as editor.  On Sept. 4, I start as public editor of the New York Times.  In between, there's some packing -- and the beach.

I've been occupied, in part, with writing a retrospective piece for The News' August 26th Spotlight section.   I've also been cleaning out files and reluctantly parting with stacks of newspapers, notebooks, and memorabila of all sorts.

I've even given away my old Royal typewriter on which -- for a year or two after I arrived here in 1980, before we moved to a more modern system -- I tapped out reviews and news stories.

These days, of course, I'm all about being digital.  So on Thursday, I'll host the last of my monthly live web chats with News readers.  So I invite you to participate with questions, comments and last-minute complaints.

It should be an active day for local news with the buzzed-about sentencing of James Corasanti in the morning.  And much to take up on the national news front with Mitt Romney's choice of running mate Paul Ryan.   So I hope we'll have a mix of new and old to discuss.

Please come by the home page of BuffaloNews.com for the chat at 2 p.m.

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