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Divorce and lawyers seem to go together like 1985 Ford Escorts and mechanics.But a new pamphlet could change that for some prospective ex-spouses, making breaking up easier -- and less expensive -- to do.It's a state-issued guide to do-it-yourself divorce, providing all the forms and information couples need to legally dissolve their union from the comfort of their own hom…

LUCKY YOU By Carl Hiaasen Knopf 353 pages, $24Reading "Lucky You," the seventh offering from Miami newspaperman-turned-novelist Carl Hiaasen, we drifted back to a Florida night we spent along the Gulf Coast not long ago. The blood-warm breeze trickling by the porch bore the heady perfume of citrus blossoms mingled with gunpowder from the explosions in the street.This wa…

The Olympic theme song already echoes through your brain. The couch, welcoming as an upholstered medals stand, waits in your living room. Your remote hand, honed by years of dogged workouts, twitches in anticipation of the action.On Friday, the Winter Olympics cranks up in Nagano, Japan. Eighteen hours a day of television coverage might be enough for some people, but not t…

It's still obsession fodder inside the Beltway, but the rest of the world is already busy forgetting the story about the Leader of the Free World and the intern.Monica Lewinsky's own attorney was suggesting she liked making up stories. Polls showed Bill Clinton's approval ratings at all-time highs. The prospect of impeachable scandal burrowing its way to daylight through l…

It might seem as if Andy Rooney has been on "60 Minutes" forever, but television years are like dog years that way.He arrived in 1980, and ever since has devoted himself to exploring pressing questions large and small. He remains the longest-lasting commentator on network TV, and writes a twice-weekly column to boot, which is carried in The Buffalo News. Rooney speaks at t…

Eight ball in the corner. The payoff shot.Bobby Mann chalks his cue by feel, never taking his eyes from the ebony sphere three feet, on the diagonal, from the corner pocket. The cue ball is a long, long seven feet away, across a Sahara of green felt.Mann steadies the stick on his splayed hand, his feet planted just so, and strikes. The eight ball trickles toward the hole, …

The times, they are a-changin'.Bob Dylan, once the icon of rebellious American youth, is trading licks with the pope. ("Don't follow leaders," indeed.) The singer who hit America as a scruffy underground sensation is accepting lifetime achievement awards from the recording industry establishment (formerly known as The Man).It's only natural that his evolution would include…

James Gillan's North Buffalo home contains, among other things, a long staircase and two little boys. Thus it was only a matter of time before Gillan heard the sickening thud, bump, thump, BANG of his smallest son tumbling down the stairs. Five minutes later, Collin was running and playing again with all the abandon of a 2-year-old, heedless of the bump on his head.His f…

There is a parking lot where the house at 51 Wecker St. once stood.Five Burmeister children grew up under its sheltering roof, near the corner of Bailey and Delavan avenues, before they left for Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta and the West Side.Like any childhood home, 51 Wecker St. is central to the early memories of the children raised there, under the watchful eyes of Albe…

The CAT scan or the house? After 17-year-old Faith Gorsky suffered a half-hour spell of blindness earlier this month, her doctor said it was probably caused by stress and dieting.Or, much less likely, a brain tumor, the doctor told Betsy Gorsky, the girl's mother.A CAT scan could tell. But the Gorskys, despite both parents working, had no health insurance for themselves o…

Jim Schotz went out to the barn before dawn, the same walk he had taken every morning for 42It was the day after he sold his herd of milk cows, for the perfectly rational reason that he could no longer care for them. In the silent barn, the sight of their empty stalls made his heart ache with loss.Did we do the right thing? he asked himself. Uselessly, he started thinking,…

Is the struggle to understand the past perfect case making your present tense?Able to leap split infinitives in a single bound, it's the Grammar Lady to the rescue.Mary Newton Bruder, a veteran Pittsburgh educator, has taken her war against bad grammar to cyberspace. Since 1987, Ms. Bruder has answered the Grammar Hotline (800-279-9708) with sage advice on taming the wild …

Personal computer users who have been unwilling -- or unable -- to shell out the $1,500 or so for a Pentium-based system will be feeling awfully left out this Christmas.That trusty 486 might handle e-mail and Web browsing just fine, but many of the sure-fire hit software products available this season need more processor power.That also means that the wise shopper will lea…

Ten million people pay America Online for access to the Internet, but try finding one who's thrilled about the deal.They complain of busy signals and e-mail bottlenecks that have driven some to the no-tech cure -- postage stamps. They speak of a Web browser with the power to transform a million miles of fiber-optic cable into digital snail trails.With frustration overtakin…

The 13-year-old changed everything.Dr. Robert Berke had puzzled over a cluster of Chautauqua County HIV cases reported in spring and early summer, but he could see no common thread.In August, Berke, the county health commissioner, learned of the new case: a 13-year-old girl.Suddenly, it was a father who was sitting behind the big desk. Berke had his own 13-year-old daughte…