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John Cassidy is 51 years old and doesn’t exercise. But during his last physical, his bewildered doctor told him he has the cardio strength of a marathon runner.“My standing heart rate is 42,” Cassidy said. “Someone my age should probably have double that. They thought I was sick or something.”Sick? No. Cassidy just has an admittedly weird talent, one that’s sim…

John Cassidy is 51 years old and doesn’t exercise. But during his last physical, his bewildered doctor told him he has the cardio strength of a marathon runner.“My standing heart rate is 42,” Cassidy said. “Someone my age should probably have double that. They thought I was sick or something.”Sick? No. Cassidy just has an admittedly weird…

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It’s an especially good time to be at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens – and for the not-for-profit that operates the century-old, tri-domed Victorian glass house located on the edge of South Park.Beginning Wednesday, Night Lights at the Gardens – with its trademark multicolored theatrical and interactive lighting, including lasers, enhanced sound and added …

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It’s an especially good time to be at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens – and for the not-for-profit that operates the century-old, tri-domed Victorian glass house located on the edge of South Park.Beginning Wednesday, Night Lights at the Gardens – with its trademark multicolored theatrical and interactive lighting, including lasers, enhanced s…

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When Wednesday has come and gone this week, Christmas 2013 will become a memory.For many, these are memories that will never be forgotten. Like vintage ornaments, they will be retrieved every year.We asked readers to share some of their favorites with each other. Not surprisingly, some will make you laugh, others will have you reaching for the tissues.All are what you migh…

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When Wednesday has come and gone this week, Christmas 2013 will become a memory.For many, these are memories that will never be forgotten. Like vintage ornaments, they will be retrieved every year.We asked readers to share some of their favorites with each other. Not surprisingly, some will make you laugh, others will have you reaching for the tissues.All are what you migh…

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Beginning today, the TD Rink at the Brink, the outdoor ice-skating rink next to Table Rock House overlooking the Horseshoe Falls, will extend its operating hours for the holiday season.The rink will be open from noon to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 5, except on Christmas Eve, when hours are noon to 6 p.m., and Christmas Day, when the rink will be clos…

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Beginning today, the TD Rink at the Brink, the outdoor ice-skating rink next to Table Rock House overlooking the Horseshoe Falls, will extend its operating hours for the holiday season.The rink will be open from noon to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 5, except on Christmas Eve, when hours are noon to 6 p.m., and Christmas Day, when the rink will be clos…

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WASHINGTON – If there’s such a thing as an old-fashioned billboard going viral, it’s happened to a poster ad showing a U.S. soldier and a Muslim woman embracing.After weeks of slowing traffic on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, the billboard is now up in downtown Chicago, where cars honk and passers-by stop to stare.But there will be no similar sensation in New York Ci…

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WASHINGTON – If there’s such a thing as an old-fashioned billboard going viral, it’s happened to a poster ad showing a U.S. soldier and a Muslim woman embracing.After weeks of slowing traffic on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, the billboard is now up in downtown Chicago, where cars honk and passers-by stop to stare.But there will be no similar sensation in New York Ci…

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WASHINGTON – Throughout his time in office, President Obama has opened many outside-the-Beltway speeches with a suggestion that he, too, feels like an outsider in the nation’s baffling, frustrating capital city. He shouts to the audience about how good it is to be wherever he is that day – Cleveland, Miami, San Francisco. Then he takes pokes at the town where great s…

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WASHINGTON – Throughout his time in office, President Obama has opened many outside-the-Beltway speeches with a suggestion that he, too, feels like an outsider in the nation’s baffling, frustrating capital city. He shouts to the audience about how good it is to be wherever he is that day – Cleveland, Miami, San Francisco. Then he takes pokes at the town where great s…

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LOCKPORT – Quilts aren’t just for beds anymore. Stitch artists showing off their work at this year’s Kenan Center quilt show reveal a new focus on quilts as a painterly art – with caricature portraits, stained glass window trompe l’oeil and even some offbeat chicken humor. While the 260 quilts on display range from a 120-inch king size to a foot square, most are …

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LOCKPORT – Quilts aren’t just for beds anymore. Stitch artists showing off their work at this year’s Kenan Center quilt show reveal a new focus on quilts as a painterly art – with caricature portraits, stained glass window trompe l’oeil and even some offbeat chicken humor. While the 260 quilts on display range from a 120-inch king size to a foot square, most are …

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As Halloween shadows descend, it is thrilling to read a tale by Edgar Allan Poe or Washington Irving. But it can be even more thrilling to hear a ghost story told to you in person – with a group of other people who are shivering just as you are.Margee Kerr, who bears the impressive title of staff sociologist at the ScareHouse in Pittsburgh, has studied the science of fea…