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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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Co-owners Christopher and Valerie Taylor of The Roaming Buffalo have cause to celebrate. After advancing to the final 10 of MobileCuisine.com's Food Truck Burger of the Year competition, the local entrepreneurs held off stiff competition to win the final public voting, the truck's Twitter account indicates. The poll closed at 11:59 p.m. Friday, and shortly thereafter, th…

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It's the dawn of a new era for the Queen City Roller Girls, a chance for the hard-hitting, nimble-skating athletes to welcome a bigger audience in the heart of the city. While the official grand-opening of Buffalo RiverWorks is still three weeks away, Friday provides a sneak peek at the venue's progress as well as a chance to see the three-time QCRG defending champion Nic…

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With their second studio album set to drop in under two weeks, Imagine Dragons have announced a Buffalo show for June 24 in the First Niagara Center. Known for their hit "Radioactive" off 2012's "Night Visions," the four-piece of Dan Reynolds, Ben McKee, Daniel Wayne Sermon and Daniel Platzman (three guys named Dan!) worked closely with English hip-hop producer Alex Da Ki…

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The groundhogs are at odds. With Punxsutawney Phil, Dunkirk Dave and now Buffalo Mack all using their keen eyesight to predict the coming winter weather, it's not shocking that one ball of fur would differ from the others. Phil, the Pennsylvania groundhog with the most gravitas, saw his shadow at 7:25 Monday morning, the Washington Post reported (using the outstanding ph…

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Local grocery chain Wegmans has a sense of humor. Bills fan Dennis Brown (@Deno716) sent a heads up to ESPN Business Reporter Darren Rovell, who tweeted Saturday that Wegmans was selling Tom's Deflate Cakes leading up to the Super Bowl. [bn_tweet url="https://twitter.com/darrenrovell/status/561552521643044866"] The cakes, which seemed to have missed the rising memo, are…

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Mop duty at any basketball game is a thankless job. The task is simple enough: mop sweat off the court so players don't slip on it, a safety measure that's not meant to interfere with the game. This UB Bulls mop man, however, found himself on ESPN SportsCenter's Not Top 10 on Friday night due to a poorly timed mopping. Thinking he was safe to clean below the Bulls' baske…

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Claiming that the Super Bowl "transcends sports" is a popular cliche each year at this time, but as former Buffalo News digital engagement editor S.J. Velasquez puts it, the game still revolves around large men romping around in tight pants and running into each other. For me, at least, that sheds Super Bowl Sunday in a slightly different light. Still, 6:30 p.m. on Sunday…

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Putting Marshawn Lynch, Rob Gronkowski and comedian Conan O'Brien in the same room was a brilliant idea by itself. But Thursday night on TBS' "Conan," the eccentric trio gathered in a Courtyard Marriott in Phoenix to play the yet-to-be-released video game "Mortal Kombat X." The video was part of Conan's regular mini-series Clueless Gamer, which is essentially a video-game…

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How much bigger can a megaticket possibly get? Darien Lake's country concert ticket package expanded from five shows in 2013 to seven in 2014 -- this summer, a whopping nine shows form a "Who's Who" lineup of country musicians. Here are the dates and performers: *June 28: Brad Paisley with Justin Moore and Mickey Guyton *July 11: Toby Keith and friends (ooh, mysterious)…

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With Juno, the Blizzard of 2015, set to unleash its fury on the Northeast -- New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. in particular -- Buffalonians and expats weren't too impressed by Monday's storm forecast. Here are some of the comments via Twitter: [bn_tweet url="https://twitter.com/TheDailySampler/status/559505232284356609"] [bn_tweet url="https://twitter.com/aman…

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It feels kind of dirty starting off the 10 with an event you cannot actually attend. But Dreamland, the DIY arts collective on Franklin Street, is hosting a wildly popular, costume-mandatory Knockturn Alley Fest this Saturday. Maybe the words "Knockturn Alley" made your ears -- or wizarding hat -- perk up, and 125 people have already conjured (read: bought) the $5 tickets…

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When it comes to brewery experiences, Buffalo has raised its standard significantly over the past year. Resurgence's fenced-in outdoor seating, replete with a fire pit, as well as its indoor life-sized Jenga, broadened the brewery's appeal as a hangout spot. Not only is the quality of the craft beer important, but also the environment. After a tour, can you hang out and e…

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Buffalo music legend Lance Diamond is being treated for heart complications at Buffalo General Medical Center, family members said Wednesday. The popular performer, dubbed the “hardest working man in Buffalo show business,” was forced to cancel his New Year’s Eve performance at Milkie’s on Elmwood Avenue. Diamond began suffering issues with his heart shortly after Christ…

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Do you know what's a powerful antidote for holiday stress? Attending an event that you enjoy. It sounds simple, but there are several activities in Western New York this weekend perfect for temporarily forgetting your uneasiness about snow tires, the neighbors' inflated Santa spilling into your lawn or the alarming number of candy-cane Milano cookies you housed in one sit…

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We've entered the time of the year where Buffalo's activities begin to reflect the city's identity. Just because temperatures have sunk below freezing doesn't mean we immediately eschew outdoor events, and we're reminded that late-fall and winter are when our collective toughness shines (and that we should wear layers. And a hat. And a scarf, if you're prone to a chilly ne…