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Tim O'Shei

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.


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Western New York won't be claiming the next Miss America. Gabrielle Walter, the 24-year-old Clarence resident and University at Buffalo law student who is Miss New York, did not make the semifinalist cut Sunday night during the Miss America competition in Atlantic City, broadcast live on ABC. Walter won the Miss New York crown in May in Staten Island. Since then, she…

Local News

Where was our superhero? Sixteen years ago, we needed one. We needed a powerful force, someone or something that could stop those planes from crashing into those buildings. Nearly 3,000 lives were stolen on Sept. 11, 2001. It’s the day all fantasies ended, the day we accepted a reality that we long suspected: No superhero will ever swoop in. The superheroes need to b…

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When Gabrielle Walter delivers her DreamUp America workshop to children, she faces them, locks her blue eyes with theirs, and asks a question: “What’s your dream?” When she does this, Walter brings the silvery jeweled crown she received in June when she became Miss New York. It’s the same crown she has in Atlantic City, N.J., this week as she competes against 50 other w…

Movies

William Fichtner ambles over. He wants to chat. Or, at least, he feels like he should chat. It’s difficult to truthfully tell whether Fichtner, who plays roles for a living, wants to talk about the movie he is making. Maybe he does. Or maybe he’s just playing the role of good host. “I’m not going to have many moments to talk,” Fichtner said. He’s standing in the d…

Business

ROCHESTER — When Steve Kaplan talks about beer making, it sounds a little like a survival game. Barley does a job for a bit, but then gets tossed aside. Sugar is vital, though some of it will be “left behind.” And yeast? That single-celled, fungi-family organism is an indisputable “rock star” — and one with many lives. [Gallery: Take a tour inside the Genesee Bre…

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Buffalo is important to the Arkells, and not just because of its quick distance from the band’s hometown of Hamilton, Ont. Buffalo is one of the first American cities to give the Canadian rockers a shot. When the Arkells play Artpark in Lewiston on Saturday, Aug. 19, as Part Three of Edgefest, it will be another in a line of Western New York shows the band has had he…

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The rose-colored lenses seem fitting: A circa 1980s band. One with a fluctuating lineup that, until just recently, was devoid of a key member. The one that is emulated by curly-wig-wearing, black-top-hat-donning, sunglassed fans throughout the crowd. The band with vocals that scratch the high end of the heavy-rock range. When you are Guns N' Roses, you get something of …

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If you ever find yourself in a career rut, one of the simplest fixes is changing the way you ride to work. (Check it — creativity experts will affirm it.) That tiny switch, the type that kicks your routine just enough to refresh your day, works fine if you have an office job. But when you’re a major music act – say, Lady Antebellum – taking an alternate route becomes…

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JAMESTOWN — Kelly Carlin’s father, the late comedy icon George Carlin, taught her a lesson. She, in turn, has been teaching it – and exploring it, and pushing it – this week. “My dad taught me that the comedian’s job is to find the line,” Carlin said, “and cross it.” Carlin shared that morsel – one of 10,000 or so that her dad left behind – one afternoon this week in…

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Before every show on his summer tour, Brantley Gilbert plugs a set of tiny monitors into his ears. They feed him the audio from his band, but those in-ears also pump in noise from afar. Gilbert, who is bringing his rock-driven country show July 30 to Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, has microphones throughout the crowd. So while you can hear him, he can hear you. And…

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This was supposed to be over a long time ago. Years. Decades, even. In the late 1990s, the three guys who made up the boy band LFO lodged themselves in pop-culture history with the song “Summer Girls.” The radio and MTV smash was wrapped in sugary raps and bouncy vocals and references so random that you couldn’t help but remember them: Chinese food (it “makes me sick”),…

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MIAMI BEACH – Jerry Lorenzo is about to talk baseball caps. Really expensive, simple, retro-beautiful baseball caps. The type of caps he saw players wearing when he was a kid. The type of caps that, in less pricey form, he would like to see kids wearing today. He’s about to get into all this, but then a muscular arm drapes across his shoulders. He turns. It’s Darryl Str…

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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. This i…

Local News

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.” The 80-mi…

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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 less…