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An old friend, Ed Griffin-Nolan, came through Buffalo the other day. Griffin-Nolan is a longtime writer and journalist in Syracuse, and he has taken off on a great adventure: Forty years after he hitchhiked cross-country with a friend, as an exercise in both writing and humanity, he is sticking out his thumb and going on the road again for a few weeks. He carries a sign…

Lifestyles

Extra-point games will be offered at all games next week at Bridge Club Meridian, the Bridge Center of Buffalo and the Airport Bridge Club. The Airport Club has no extra fee. *  *  * Free lessons to introduce middle and high school students to the game of bridge will begin Sunday, May 20, and continue for eight weeks through July 15 at the Bridge Center of Buffalo, 3362 …

It's called "Peak Television." That's to distinguish it from a mere "Golden Age of Television." It's the current stage of television history, i.e. television from a prodigious period where there's more interesting television than anyone could possibly watch in an ongoing life -- maybe even more "good" television if your definition of "good" is a generous one. The bru…

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo proclaimed May 6 to 12 to be Compost Awareness Week. The proclamation (an edited version here) reads: “Whereas, the Empire State supports environmentally-friendly initiatives … such as composting … through more than 190 regulated facilities in New York State that process more than 700,000 tons of organic material; and “Whereas, organic materials mak…

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The bed swing on the sun porch that The News photographed for our recent Home of the Month in the Parkside neighborhood was a real attention-getter. A sun porch is inviting enough, but a bed swing makes it even more so. Theresa Roma, who lives in the home with her husband, Adam, and their three children, said the swing was crafted in South Carolina. It was a Mothe…

TV

Trey Borzillieri was packing up his late mother Cheryl's belongings at her Buffalo waterfront home in 2003 when the obsession that sparked a new Netflix documentary series came alive. "When I finally finished that evening, I saw the news report out of Erie (Pa.) that a bank robber used a live bomb in the process and had died," recalled the 1993 graduate of the Nichols S…

Bills

Tony Kornheiser is always looking for a good line and a good laugh. Some Bills fans weren't laughing about a Kornheiser comment on Wednesday's edition of ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption." The co-host was shocked by the announcement that the Buffalo Bills were going to retire Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas' No. 34 in ceremonies on Oct. 29 when the Bills host…

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There was a time when we had to travel great distances, often at a high cost, to celebrate our geekdom at pop-culture conventions where all the things movies, television, superheroes and comics could be celebrated. Not anymore. Now the stars are coming to us. When “Nickel City Con” opens Friday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, it will kick off our summer sea…

TV

It is 10 o'clock. Do you know where the viewers are? As a rule, Buffalo follows many national trends in television and that includes a big drop-off in live viewership at 10 p.m. During one recent five-day weekday period, the combined local ratings at 10 p.m. on the local affiliates of three broadcast networks hit a low of 6.0 points on a Monday, and a high of 14.2 po…

GRAPHIC Novel Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol, color by Alec Longstreet; First Second, ($12.99) Ages 8 and up. ... Gifted author-illustrator Vera Brosgol, who was born in Moscow and moved to the U.S. at the age of five, has created a funny, poignant, uniquely Russian-flavored graphic novel memoir about her childhood experience at a Russian Orthodox summer camp. Her wonderfu…

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While millions of Marvel fans left “Avengers: Infinity War” in a state of shock, the good news is that the summer season has only begun for fans of superheroes and comics. Here’s a look at what’s on our geek radar for summer 2018: At the movies “Deadpool 2” – The sequel to the surprise 2016 superhero comedy hit arrives in theaters May 18. Ryan Reynolds returns as the …

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It sometimes feels as if it happens overnight: Forsythia, flowering pears, tulips, daffodils and more burst into bloom after a long winter and a cold, rainy spring. Yes, crocuses could be seen sprinkled with snow in April, but it really wasn’t until early May that the big blossom party began. Spring. Finally spring. Buffalo News photographers recently captured so…

TV

CBS' Thursday night schedule next fall could be subtitled "Must-See Buffalo TV Night." The network announced today that the revival of "Murphy Brown" will air at 9:30 p.m. Thursday following "Mom." Of course, the creator of "Murphy Brown" is Buffalo native Diane English. One of the two showrunners of the popular comedy "Mom" is Buffalo native Nick Bakay. It had…

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Most people in Western New York consider the area a much bigger pro hockey town than a pro basketball town. Heck, the folks at WGR 550 SportsRadio barely mention the National Basketball Association during the regular season. But the past two nights of the NHL and NBA playoffs provided a good test of which sport wins the popularity contest in the Buffalo area as the g…

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Don't keep this news in a vault: Geraldo Rivera is coming to Western New York – by boat. The mustachioed Fox News contributor is riding along the full length of the Erie Canal, Rivera said in a tweet Monday. Instead of a mule named Sal, he's bringing his brother, Craig. The Albany Times-Union spotted Rivera at Lock 2 in Waterford earlier Tuesday, waiting for the cana…