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FICTION You Belong to Me By Colin Harrison Sarah Crichton Books (FSG) 322 pages, $27 Every book-reviewing cliche about a good thriller is not just true about Colin Harrison's latest novel, but literally true. It really is riveting in the sense that you are not likely to move from your location once you start it. It really is a page-turner, and those page…

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NONFICTION Dreaming The Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World By Rob Sheffield Dey Street (William Morrow) 350 pages, $31 On two autumn evenings each year, hundreds of people swarm into Strawberry Fields, the section of New York's Central Park that is shaped like a tear drop and dedicated to the memory of John Lennon. They know to show u…

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Amy Rowland, it seems clear, knows what she’s writing about. Her first novel – which is funny, sad, perceptive and soulful – is set mostly at a storied New York City newspaper, cleverly called The Record, as in “the newspaper of record.”The protagonist, Lena, is a transcriptionist, a sort of dictation clerk who listens to the disembodied and tape-recorded voices …

Foster Spencer may have said it best. As I prepared, years ago, to cross over to the dark side – from reporter to editor – the former News managing editor warned me that my new role wouldn't be a constant party. ?"Marge," he said, knowing full well that this was never my nickname, "it's not a popularity contest."So I should have been prepared, as an editor, for the bla…

Some of you like to hold the printed newspaper in your hands and turn every page. Others wouldn't dream of it -- they want to see news stories on their smartphones or computers or iPads. Some like to do it all.Here at The Buffalo News, we're well aware of the changes taking place in how our readers want to receive information.We're also aware that the economics of …

Ben Bradlee, the legendary editor of the Washington Post, believed in trusting reporters. He set them loose on a story, pushed them hard and – when there was hell to pay – backed them up.Sometimes that worked out spectacularly well; sometimes, it was disastrous.He trusted Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, and in uncovering the Watergate scandal, they brou…

Those who closely follow the fortunes of the newspaper business might have had a little trouble reading the tea leaves Thursday.In New Orleans, the Pulitzer Prize-winning paper, the Times-Picayune, announced that it would no longer publish every day as a printed newspaper. It will continue its daily news website but print the newspaper only three days a week. It wi…

My daughter's offhand remark brought a smile to my face.I can't reconstruct her words exactly, but over dinner one night on her recent college break, she mentioned that she's looking forward to sharing her most treasured childhood books with her own children someday.Then she started to rattle off titles -- many of which were by Roald Dahl, including "James and the …

Every year, the message goes out to the newsroom staff.Reporter Gene Warner is looking for recruits to stand at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and East Ferry Street in the early morning hours to hawk newspapers on Kids Day. His call never goes unanswered.Elsewhere in the newsroom, a different group is putting together the special Kids Day edition for Tuesday. Photographers…

For four decades, Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" comic strip has specialized in edginess and controversy -- often quite brilliantly.In the strips scheduled for this week, Trudeau has gone a step further than usual as he lampoons a new Texas law that requires women to have a "transvaginal" ultrasound procedure before an abortion.His treatment of the touchy topic has c…

On Jan. 8, 1974, under the heading "Adventures in Dining," this newspaper published its first restaurant review.The restaurant was The Cloister, at 472 Delaware Ave., and our restaurant critic dined on French onion soup with melted cheese in a pottery crock, and flaming tournedos of beef en brochette. Her companion sampled the oysters.She pronounced the atmosphere …

Next Sunday, when the New York Giants and the New England Patriots meet in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI, the 26th president of the Professional Football Writers of America will be covering the game for The Buffalo News.That's Mark Gaughan, who last February was elected to the post, a high honor for him and for The News. His election made The News the first pa…

Mary Pasciak has been covering the Buffalo Public Schools for only 20 months -- but oh, what a 20 months it has been.In that time, Superintendent James A. Williams came under increasing fire and eventually resigned under pressure.A strong parents movement has cropped up, leading to a controversial student boycott of the schools one day last spring.The state Education…

She wore an outrageous outfit and she did an outrageous thing.I'm talking about Lady Gaga, on stage in HSBC Arena, March 4, 2011.The outrageous outfit? Let's just say it had a sexy, science-fiction vibe, and could not be described as opaque.The outrageous thing? The pop star stopped her rollicking concert and, with great seriousness of purpose, urged the sellout crowd …

News organizations often look back, in this season, at the major stories of the past year.The News is doing just that -- and over the next week, you'll see the results on our front page, as we remember Western New York's big local, sports, entertainment and business news.But in this column, I want to reflect on something quite different -- the "enterprise scoops" o…