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Ben Tsujimoto

I'm Ben. I smiled a little too aggressively for my profile picture. I do digital things for The Buffalo News, live off of Hertel and attended Houghton College.


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One of the most ominous images of Tuesday's wild lake effect snow band was the shot downtown, overlooking the Buffalo River and Lake Erie, that provided a sympathetic view of what South Buffalo and its southern neighbors area south was handling. A gigantic cloud of blowing snow off the water shrouded anything around it, lending a bit of an Armageddon feel. Thanks to Jaso…

Family

"Home Alone" has no shortage of laugh-out-loud scenes, a big reason why it remains a must-watch movie for many households each holiday season. (It's also the only reason why Macaulay Culkin is part of our vernacular, but, whatever). Whether you get a hearty chuckle out of Fuller wetting the bed, the unintentionally hilarious exchanges between crooks Marv and Harry (you ma…

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Paying homage to former musical greats is a dying art, many music fans would argue. Countless modern hip-hop and electronic dance music artists are obsessed over what's new -- or throwing themselves upon the next trend -- not thanking the building blocks for the platform on which they now stand. EDM stalwart DJ Shadow and Jurassic 5 member Cut Chemist continue to buck tha…

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I've been trying all week to work "get your dupa to Zupapalooza" line into an article. ("Dupa" essentially translates to "backside" from Polish to English. Is the joke less funny now that I've explained it?) While you're surely stimulated -- or maybe your eyes hurt from rolling them at my humor -- Zupapalooza actually is a real event, a Polish soup extravaganza that's a w…

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As a goalie, Bridgeport Sound Tigers net-minder David Leggio chose a hysterical -- and effective -- means of defending the Springfield Falcons' 2-on-0 breakaway in the American Hockey League match-up on Sunday. With Falcons forwards Dana Tyrell and Lukas Sedlak bearing down on him -- and no Tigers defender in sight -- Leggio, a Williamsville native, intentionally knocked …

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43North, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise and Paget Films have released a short YouTube video called "Next Things Now: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Buffalo" that promotes our city not just an urban area bursting with modern innovation, but one that has entrepreneurship deeply ingrained in its history. Sparked in part by 43North's business plan contest, which awarded $1 mi…

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Boo. Whether you're a goblin, Taylor Swift, a zombie or a nurse with dubious morals, Halloween is an appropriate time to showcase costumes, whether trendy, creepy or original. Regardless of the holiday's roots, Oct. 31 lends Western New Yorkers an excuse to be (safely) mischievous. Instead of scratching your bulbous green head (wait, do people still dress up as Shrek?) a…

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It's understandable that fans of the 1-7 New York Jets would be a little cranky -- after all, their prized young quarterback was benched after tossing three interceptions and their head coach is on the chopping block -- but that frustration turned to hostility Sunday during the Bills' 43-23 win in MetLife Stadium. TMZ posted a video of a Jets fan flattening a Bills suppor…

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Many have tried to cover Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" hit single, but Kelly Clarkson's rendition took the cake (cake, cake, cake, cake.) On Saturday in Shea's Performing Arts Center during her rescheduled show for the Microsoft Store opening at the Walden Galleria, Clarkson channeled her inner T-Swift with a dramatic, slowed-down intro into the catchy pop tune. [bn_yout…

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Since Halloween is creeping up, it's time to start embracing the weird and spooky attributes of this peculiar fall celebration. This week's 10 events in focus are united by a healthy dose of the bizarre, but differ enough to include big orange fruits, zombie-inspired costumes, pop-star relatives and guitarists in Mexican wrestling masks. Also, we made it this far without…

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You had to know this was coming. As whispers circulated yesterday that KISS 98.5's major announcement would coincide with uber-popular English boy band One Direction unveiling new tour dates, the storm of tweets from Buffalo's loyal 1D fans began. When the One Direction-to-Buffalo news became official at 11 a.m. today, the Twitter decibels ascended to an alarming pitch -…

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For an event like the International Institute of Buffalo's fundraiser, Buffalo Without Borders, how do you appeal to the masses of Western New Yorkers who might be a little hesitant to embrace unfamiliar foods and forms of entertainment? Well, chocolate is a good place to start. From 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Hotel at the Lafayette (391 Washington St.), the fifth annua…

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Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask may have had a rough week between the pipes, but he tried to find his rhythm in an unconventional way Friday night at Nietzsche's. On the eve of the Bruins' eventual 4-0 stomping of the Sabres -- in which Rask sat in favor of backup Niklas Svedberg -- the 2013-14 Vezina Trophy winner and a few other teammates dropped by the Allentown live-…

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The advent of the Buffalo Sabres' season is an exciting time for the bars and restaurants within walking distance of the First Niagara Center. For 41 nights over the next six months, downtown Buffalo will be a bluster of blue and gold -- whether it's fans filing into the game or those looking to prove their "compete" at local watering holes. Since the competition for busi…

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Across the U.S., concessions chefs for major sports teams are faced with a daunting task: outdo peers in terms of creativity while producing a menu that won't frighten fans. While some teams -- like the Washington Nationals with their $59 Strasburger in 2012, or the Pittsburgh Penguins with their garbage plate-esque waffle bowl [see tweet at bottom] -- are aggressively in…