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“I am a coward,” the tale begins. “I wanted to be heroic and I pretended I was. … But now I know I am a coward.”The narrator, a young woman held prisoner by the Gestapo in an old hotel in Ormaie, France, in October 1943, is buying time for herself, writing her confession in pencil between torture sessions, on elegant hotel stationery, a Jewish doctor’s prescrip…

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She never just walked into view.Call what she did a half-run. Or a trot. But whatever it was, it was always how Jean Stapleton came into our sight on “All in the Family.” And it was always how she exited our sight, too.Walking was for Archie, Gloria and Meathead. Edith always raced into and out of our attention.Until, that is, Jean Stapleton – who died at 90 over the…

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LONDON (AP) – Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie stepped out together Sunday at the premiere of zombie thriller “World War Z” — Jolie’s first public appearance since announcing last month that she had undergone a double mastectomy.The couple walked a black, rather than red, carpet at the world premiere Sunday of the big-budget film, which stars Pitt as a United Nations…

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We seem to have escaped the last frost – knock on wood – of what once seemed an endless spring. Memorial Day is behind us, the warm sun has become more of a familiar friend and we can now turn our attention, assuredly, to the great outdoors.For some, that means more beer and barbecue on the back porch. More time in the hammock. More days to work on the tan.But for othe…

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It’s one thing to go through the seasonal ritual of setting up your outdoor space. It’s another to create one that you and others simply love being in.Each year provides a new opportunity to plan a flower bed off the patio, add an updated feature such as deck lighting or pick up a new piece or two for the front porch. Preferably, on sale.You don’t need a lot of space…

Time Warner and the owners of WIVB TV have reached a deal that will keep the station and its sister station WNLO TV on the region’s largest cable system.WIVB anchor Jacquie Walker announced the settlement on the 5 p.m. news, shortly after the deadline for a deal had passed.No details were announced about the deal, which affected LIN stations in 14 markets that served 1.5…

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Dale Dersam of Williamsville was 18 years old when he decided to enlist in the Army in 1966.Dersam, who was a Spec 4 or E4 soldier, went to Vietnam seven months into his Army career, after spending four months in Germany.“I spent a year in Vietnam,” Dersam said. “Vietnam was really different. Really, really different. People who live in this country have no clue how …

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With Memorial Day behind us, grilling season is fast approaching, and with it all the unresolved questions of the past.Like, can I cook chicken drumsticks so they’re not charcoal outside and bloody inside? Or, how can I get the most out of this seriously expensive fresh swordfish steak?Or even, after the unkind remarks about my grilling skills the last time I offered gue…

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There are mushrooms growing in Rob Gianadda’s basement, but he’s not calling a plumber. Instead, the Elmwood Village man is calling top Buffalo chefs.Those are gourmet oyster mushrooms he’s got down there, some as big as dinner plates. Gianadda’s Flat # 12 Mushrooms company sprouted into existence six months ago, as he joined a small crew of artisanal producers pro…

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It’s 8:05 on a weekday morning, and the students in a sunny room in Lake Shore High School look a little sleep-fogged.Some sort through backpacks. A few stare into space.This is their first class of the day. And it’s different.“Write down confusing homonyms,” cheers their teacher, Jeffrey Connors, walking energetically around the room. “English is a confusing lan…

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Whether you’re making room amid the beach umbrellas and coolers in the SUV for that giant canvas L.L. Bean bag of library hardcovers or downloading titles into your Kindle or Nook, you still need to start with a list of good books for your vacation reading. Recommendations can come from friends, relatives, any of a number of “Best of” reading lists, from Entertainmen…

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In the end, she is going to talk about faith, hope and healing. That is the theme for Week Nine, the final week of the upcoming summer season at Chautauqua Institution, which opens June 22. For Joan Brown Campbell, it will be a bittersweet time. Campbell is 81 now, and as her granddaughter reminded her a few years ago, she has “more years behind her than ahead of her.”…

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By Scott Scanlon // refresh EditorSpeckled Cranberry, Little Blond Girl and Black Sea Man.Jimmy Nardello, Rosa Bianca and Bull Nose Bell.No, this isn't the answer to the question: “What bands are playing free concerts in Western New York this summer?”They are among the names of heirloom vegetables that have set back the clock in the world of nutrition.Heirlooms have gr…

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By Scott ScanlonRefresh EditorJared Callahan took the long way home, and now that he’s back in Western New York he plans to make his mark in his favorite spot – on the water – as he tries to improve the region’s health and make us more attuned to the environment.Callahan, 28, a Sweet Home High School alum who lives in the city, is the latest entrepreneur at Canalsi…

Earlier this week while neatening up a corner of the garage, I spotted our daughter’s old hula hoops hanging on the wall. This took me back a few years to the hula hoop contests that used to take place in our front yard.Our daughter and another girl would see who could keep the hoops spinning around their bodies the longest. To me, the spinning seemed to last for days. A…