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I never watched "Roseanne" – not after the first episode of every new TV season, that is. It isn't that I didn't "get" the show. Or support Roseanne Barr's existence. I once supported her and her then-husband Tom Arnold during a low moment for them so vigorously that Arnold wrote me a thank you note. I even supported her when she offended most of America by singing the …

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Tom McCrea answered his phone Friday as soon as he recognized the identity of the caller. It was Flora Pasquale, his godmother, a woman who became close friends with Tom's family decades ago, when the McCreas lived across the street from Flora in South Buffalo. "Tom," Flora said, with concern. "Is that our Eric?" She was talking about news reports concerning Buffalo …

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Next time you’re at a party, mention that Chick-fil-A is opening its first local store and watch what happens. I’ll bet you a Ted’s chicken sandwich it will be this: Some guests will high five, rave about their favorite menu item and tell you about that one time they drove to Erie, Pa., just to get their hands on a chicken biscuit. Other guests will shake their heads in…

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WASHINGTON — The hours following the three-day shutdown of the federal government have revealed how much congressional Democrats, particularly in the Senate, have been pulled to the liberal left. The national media, too. Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, the Democratic minority leader, was bent on preventing the public from blaming his party for defunding the governm…

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The reseeding of the Buffalo Niagara economy is just about finished. Now it’s time to see whether the wave of big investments – from the Buffalo Billion to the expansion of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus – yields a bumper crop of new jobs and economic growth for the region. So far, the results from all of the highly touted investments and marquee projects have been …

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In 2018, the eldest millennials will turn 37. Their generation is greater in number than the baby boomers, and their purchasing powers are just beginning to peak. So it’s no surprise the consumer landscape will continue transforming as retailers adapt to keep up with millennial preferences. As the first digital-native generation, millennials’ expectations are vastly dif…

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Is competition actually growing in Buffalo banking? It depends on your measuring stick. One statistic – deposit market share – screams “no.” Just two banks, M&T Bank and KeyBank, controlled a combined 79 percent last year. Compare that to our Thruway neighbor Rochester, where that same percentage was spread among the top six banks. But consider this: In 2017, …

There was a time when Byron Brown was not much interested in talking politics – not with nosy reporters anyway. The mayor of Buffalo had a city to run – streets to plow, garbage to collect, a waterfront to develop. But much has changed since Gov. Andrew Cuomo selected him as state Democratic chairman in 2016. Now Brown presides over not only the state’s second larges…

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Jason Isbell is the dude, plain and simple. The man is a conduit, back to a time when country music was really southern soul music, and rock 'n' roll was its favorite cousin. He's also a portal toward country music's future, a time when, it can again be a non-partisan music stripped of the right-wing ideology thrust upon it by folks fond of insisting that any artist wit…

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Nick Papagelis was a little kid about 30 years ago, when the ketchup ceremony really got started. Papagelis is from Rochester, and he began joining his dad for the drive to Buffalo Bills home games in Orchard Park. They often tailgated with Ken Johnson, another guy from Monroe County. Papagelis said the ceremony kicked off as some mild silliness in a parking lot. Johnso…

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For years, when our daughter was younger, I enjoyed leaving out a large jigsaw puzzle for people to work on. Sometimes I would set it up on the library table in the living room. Other times, I would bring out the card table and place it by the front window. Family members and friends couldn’t resist taking a seat – trying this piece, then that piece – and often five min…

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TV's Content Watchdogs are seldom happy. Take the Parents Television Council, for instance. At the moment, they're peeved with TNT's "The Alienist" which premiered this week on the TNT network, full of mutilation, sex and gore of the sort one usually encounters of premium cable, where the audience expects dicey content. I'm not with them. It seems to me ordinary network…

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Memo to Interim Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood: Your constituents would like to see more of your officers, up close and personal – and more of you, too. Ask community leaders what they want from Buffalo’s new top cop, and one phrase comes up repeatedly: Officers walking the beat. The advice comes as Lockwood takes over from Daniel Derenda, who retired last week, in a…

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We knew it was coming. But still … seeing it in print smacked of  finality. "It's been a little over two years since Rush last toured," co-founder and guitarist Alex Lifeson told the Globe and Mail last week. "We have no plans to tour or record any more. We're basically done. After 41 years, we felt it was enough." Haters – and Rush has always had many - will probabl…

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The U.S. solar industry is in an uproar after the Trump administration slapped a tariff of up to 30 percent on solar cells and panels made outside the United States. Tesla Inc., which is slowly building production with its partner, Panasonic, at a massive solar panel factory in South Buffalo, largely shrugged its shoulders at the new tariff. "Tesla is committed to ex…