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ROME – Pope Francis used the first Christmas address of his papacy Wednesday to make a broad call for global peace and an end to violence in Syria and parts of Africa, urging atheists and followers of other religions to join together in this common cause.On a windy Christmas Day, Francis spoke from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica as a throng estimated at 70,000…

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Baby fashionistaLittle North West is going to have one stylish Christmas!Kim Kardashian’s baby girl has received a bevy of designer holiday gifts, which the celeb mama has shared with the world via Instagram.French fashion house Hermes gave 6-month-old North a coordinating blanket and pair of pink-and-white booties, while Stella McCartney gifted the baby with three outfits…

Many doctors are skeptical about a condition called reactive or “functional” hypoglycemia (low blood sugar a few hours after eating a high-carb meal). Perhaps that is because there were several popular books on this topic in the 1970s. Some physicians characterized people who thought they had hypoglycemia as neurotic (JAMA, Sept. 22, 1975).Forty years later, research is ca…

While I’m away, readers give the advice.On begging, pleading, nagging a mate to adopt healthier habits:Married people have obligations to each other. It’s the fundamental premise of marriage. If you want absolute personal autonomy, don’t get married. There are limits, of course: Marital obligations don’t eradicate autonomy; they only limit its extent. Tyranny isn’t allowed…

Q: I am recently divorced. While married, I always attended a charity luncheon around Christmastime with my mother-in-law and my daughter. My ex is very angry that I left, even though he cheated, and has forbid me to have a relationship with his mother. Do I have to stop going to this event now that we are divorced? She was my mother-in-law for 15 years and we love going t…

Dear Abby: My sister faced various life-threatening illnesses. She always said, “Never put off telling the people you love how you feel about them because you might not have a tomorrow.” She practiced what she preached, and we all knew that she loved us. When she passed away eight years ago, it was a painful loss, especially for our mother.Last week Mom finally succeeded i…

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Let’s face it: This is the time of year when folks are short on time and even shorter on money.If you’re going to spend precious time in the kitchen making something special, isn’t it great to make something that can serve two purposes and go easy on the wallet?Try baking homemade crackers.They’re easy, can be served up at your next holiday party, and do double duty as an …

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unch is a drink of celebration. Its very presentation brings people close: Guests gather around the sacred pool of the punch bowl, extend their cups and – assuming you’ve mixed it well – plead Dickensianly for more.Punch is for people you want to spend time with. If you’re trying to avoid your family this holiday, don’t make punch! You’ll have no excuse to escape while the…

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Allen wins Nutcracker AwardJust in time for Christmas, Debbie Allen has gotten a nice present – the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award.The ticket discounter has declared the award-winning director and choreographer’s school the winner of the seventh annual contest that crowns the best version of “The Nutcracker” in the land.The Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s show, “The Hot C…

By Alan Pergament Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner has been named the general manager of the year for stations in markets No.51-100 by the trade publication Broadcasting & Cable. B&C noted that WGRZ "has moved from also-ran to market leader" under Toellner. A Western New York native and graduate of the University at Buffalo, Toellner has been the st…

By Alan Pergament Many local fans of Marvin Hamlisch have been waiting for the American Masters tribute to the late  principal pops conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra scheduled nationally for this Friday night. They'll have to wait longer here to see the 90-minute celebration, "Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love." WNED-TV, the local PBS …

Bless me, Father …… for I have shopped! Buzz’s last-minute Christmas struggles have nothing on the struggles of the Rev. Joseph Rogliano of St. Mark’s Church. At Mass recently, his sermon was about how we all shouldn’t be so busy this time of year, and as he expounded on this theme, confessional details emerged. One nephew, he mentioned, loves a video game called “Sky … Sk…

You’d never know, when you walk into their modest apartment in Kent, Ohio, that Cliff Snyder is on disability, that his wife, Lisa Hart, lost her job last year and that Christmas spending for their children has been scaled back to almost nothing.As soon as Cliff opens the door, you experience the fullness of Christmas, the great room lit only with low lamps, Christmas ligh…

Dear Miss Manners: In the course of my business day, I am often called upon to answer questions related to my products and their purpose.Some customers ask several questions in a rapid fashion, and I am unable to respond without interrupting them. Then, still without giving me a chance to answer any of the questions they have asked, they say, “Well, I guess you don’t know …

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Fiennes can’t resist roleRalph Fiennes took on a significant challenge when he decided to act in and direct “The Invisible Woman,” a new film about Charles Dickens’ relationship with his secret mistress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones) that opens Wednesday.The material is tough, requiring a filmmaker with a keen eye for externalizing the deep suffocation of both characters, w…