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Tim O'Shei is a features reporter for The Buffalo News. He's been a journalist for more than 20 years, covering pop culture, business, sports, politics and more. He's also the author of more than 60 books for children.

PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — This scene is a year old. But in Kevin Polowy’s world of Hollywood, where projects take (seemingly) forever to develop and then pass (seemingly) in an instant, it may as well have been yesterday. Here it is: Polowy is puttering around a sunlit conference room on the ground floor of an office building on Yahoo’s Southern California campus.…

Lance Diamond had glitz. He had verve. He had a voice that became synonymous with Buffalo music during a career that spanned four decades. He also had a life that few people knew. That changes – somewhat – this week. Diamond, the famous local singer who died in January 2015, is the subject of the documentary “A Diamond in the Buff: The Lance Diamond Story.” T…

For more than half of her life, and all of her career, Mary Owen’s path was shaped by her uncle. Her uncle was Ralph C. Wilson Jr., the Detroit businessman and founder of the Buffalo Bills. Her uncle was the man who, when Owen was a teenager, told her she should go into marketing. Her uncle was the man who invited her into the family business – the Bills, but also …

SAN FRANCISCO — In places such as this one, everyone seems to be in control. That’s why someone like Bill Diggins is here, at the posh Olympic Club, where the wood-paneled walls seem to breathe out soft flute music as its members, with their taut skin and lithe bodies and designer clothing, dine on egg whites and orange juice and coffee that never splashes onto the ta…

This weekend, TLC drops a new album. They don’t have to do this. The pop group could have stopped in 2002, when they last released a record, and they would forever be locked into musical history. Fifteen years ago, TLC was ubiquitous on radio airwaves and MTV’s playlist with hits like “Waterfalls,” “Unpretty,” “No Scrubs” and “Creep.” But 15 years…

This is the curse of the start-up storyteller: It’s tough to tell a story uninterrupted. Late on a sun-dappled Friday afternoon in June, Mac Cappuccino was shuffling around a cluttered band rehearsal space a few stories up inside a nondescript brick building. The sounds of downtown Buffalo wafted into the room through an open window: A siren’s occasional wail. The i…

After his two-plus decades on late-night television, you can see Jay Leno even when he’s only on the phone: big hair (apparently it’s messy today, too), pronounced jaw, clipped voice. He’s calling in from Los Angeles, where he just finished a voiceover session for the Disney animated show “Mickey and the Roadsters.” “I like voiceovers,” said Leno, a noted …

It’s easy to dream of a Grammy: Accepting the award, thanking the all the people. It seems so glamorous. So life-changing. And it's so not that simple. Jack and Luke Patterson get this. They won a Grammy. Their lives did change. But they are not sure it’s the trophy that did it. Rather, it’s the song that got them there – “Rather Be,” the world’s secon…

One is a senator. The other is a coach. She would like to become a governor. He would like to win the Stanley Cup. Talk about goals. When Hall of Fame defenseman and Buffalo Sabres legend Phil Housley was named June 15 as the team’s new coach, his wife, Karin Housley, was present and proud. She shied away from interviews that day, but Karin, who, like her husban…

NIAGARA FALLS – It was minutes after 8 a.m. when Nik Wallenda was on the roof of the Seneca Niagara Casino’s parking garage, tinkering around the helicopter that would soon be dangling his wife over Niagara Falls. Erendira Wallenda walked onto the roof, dressed in stretchy black exercise pants and a matching jacket. She looked like she was heading to a yoga class; s…

NIAGARA FALLS — Nik and Erendira Wallenda have developed a comfortable patter for talking stunts. He is the charismatic, slick-haired charmer, with a roomy grin and new-age circus-chic style: distressed jeans, dark leather shoes, and a black button-down embroidered with “Big Apple Circus,” the company Wallenda is joining. She is softer-spoken, seemingly shy and re…

This is Chris Lane’s true Urban legend: It’s 2006, or thereabouts. Lane is a senior at UNC Charlotte. He’s a darn good college baseball player, a guy with a sterling .303 batting average and aspirations of turning pro. But with every legend comes the macabre. Lane’s plague is injuries. During his college career, he tore his meniscus. He ripped his rotator cuff. He…

Michael Caputo was one of millions who watched Thursday when fired FBI director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee. He took in the spectacle from his version of a man cave, a white-walled, second-floor office above a shoe repair shop in East Aurora. Caputo, dressed in a dark suit and crisp white shirt with a candy cane-striped tie, alternated…

Looking for a (relatively) clean concert to take your tween or young teen? Here are some suggestions: • June 18: Kiss the Summer Hello. Kiss 98.5's annual welcome-to-summer bash has been popular with teens for a couple of generations. Language and content isn't (usually) squeaky clean, but you can reliably count on a PG-13-or-better show. This year's lineup inclu…

Buffalo, the land of hockey and snow and Tim Hortons, is country? Go to a country show in Western New York and there’s a good chance you’ll hear a Nashville-bred singer spill some version of that sentiment into microphone. But if you hear it, know that the musician is saying it with mock surprise. They know Buffalo is a hot city for country music. That’s why…