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Note: The 10-course truffle feast set for Sunday at Mike A’s at the Lafayette, and described in print editions of today’s paper, has been canceled because of problems obtaining the key ingredients.Chef Mike Andrzejewski said he learned Wednesday that he would not be able to get the prized white Italian and black French truffles the night’s menu was to highlight. The dinner…

Q: My friend and I read your column, and we have recently had a disagreement. She feels because you have been divorced, you have no right to give readers advice about maintaining a relationship. I feel because you have been divorced, you may give even better advice than someone who has never been through a breakup. So, for the record, is there any time you would say leavin…

Dear Abby: I have been with my fiance since 2006. We expected to be married in 2008, but my grandmother died a month before my wedding, and then he was arrested because of charges stemming from a sexual relationship he’d had with a 17-year-old girl he had been counseling. Since then, we have had a daughter, but through it all there has been cheating, drugs, jail, no job an…

Ask most health professionals about the most valuable thing you can do for good health, and you’re likely to be told to exercise. Regular physical activity is good for the heart, the brain and the body as a whole. It helps control weight, boosts good HDL cholesterol, improves mood, enhances sexual performance and lowers the likelihood of developing diabetes and some cancer…

Dear Carolyn: As I write, my husband is halfway across the country taking care of his ailing mother. We have had a terrible “text” fight over the past few days, and it revolves mostly around the fact that he thinks I am “compassionless” about his mother’s situation, and I am not being supportive of his decision to stay weeks with her while I fly solo holding down our famil…

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‘Curb Appeal’ co-host killedA co-host of the HGTV show “Curb Appeal” has been killed in a motorcycle accident in San Francisco.The San Francisco medical examiner identified 38-year-old Bill Beckwith as the victim of a crash near the city’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood Monday night. He was riding a motorcycle that was struck by a car.Beckwith was one of the three hosts of “C…

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford apparently is no longer “a sweetheart” to Channel 2 anchor Maryalice Demler.On Sunday and Monday, Demler was involved in what have to be two of the classic moments in local broadcasting history.On Sunday, Demler went on Twitter and tweeted a picture of herself with Ford, the disgraced Toronto mayor, at the Buffalo Bills game against Atlanta in the Ca…

By Alan Pergament Today is the day that Time Warner Cable's new, theme-based digital channel lineup made its debut across many areas of Western New York. The city of Buffalo, Olean and a few other WNY areas get the new lineup on Thursday. I've tried to explain it a few times before in blogs. But judging by my emails and a Channel 7 story Monday night, some people…

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s officially OK to admit that you’re thinking about – and maybe even excited about – Christmas.There is a reason many think of this as the most wonderful time of the year. For many, it’s because of a happy memory that is connected to something about this season and that day. An unexpected reunion. The joy on a child’s face. That …

Time Warner Cable’s new channel lineup went into effect Tuesday for most of Western New York and will reach everyone by Thursday.What may initially seem like channel scramble is the cable provider’s new theme-based digital lineup.The lineup groups channels into themes such as “Entertainment,” “News & Info,” “Sports,” “Music,” “Kids & Teens” and “Premiums.” The cable provid…

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OCILLA, Ga. – It is a meager holiday in the pecan groves of the South, and the pain is stretching to kitchens across the country.A rare collision of ill-timed rain, marauding animals and a growing love affair between the Chinese middle class and the pecan has resulted in the worst pecan supply in recent memory. As a result, grocery store prices are up by about 30 percent, …

By Alan Pergament Toronto Mayor Rob Ford apparently is no longer "a sweetheart" to Channel 2 anchor Maryalice Demler. I missed her on-air commentary on the 5:30 p.m. news Monday. However, a former colleague alerted me to the fact that Demler sort of gave an apology for her Sunday tweet -- later deleted -- that included a picture of the anchor with the disgraced m…

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Champion shifts weather jobs“Good Morning America” weather anchor Sam Champion is leaving ABC News to join The Weather Channel.Champion will anchor the network’s new flagship morning show, which is set to debut in early 2014, Weather Channel President David Clark said Monday.Based at The Weather Channel headquarters in Atlanta, Champion will also assume managing editor res…

Let’s say you’re an avid young student of television’s traditional folkways. You might ask, “What kind of TV series premieres on the Wednesday night after November Sweeps, when the pressure to collect eyeballs has waned?”“Mob City,” the middling, pleasant little noir lite series that TNT will unveil at 9 p.m. Wednesday will show you.It’s based on John Buntin’s enjoyable bo…

Shopping frenzyLast weekend, scenes from a mall were surely nothing next to scenes along Elmwood Avenue. The tiny Scoop Shop, a consignment store that goes back to the 1940s, was a challenge because of the crowd, and Buzz embraced that challenge, scoring a skirt (for ourself, naturally) off a sale rack. At Positively Mobbed – oops, we mean Positively Main Street – you coul…