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This fall, after many years and many miles with my old car, I finally broke down and got a new one. This was not a terribly difficult decision. My old car was the age of our teenager. It was in dreadful need of some major repair work, once again. I said goodbye.Still, more than a month later, I think about how this new vehicle will someday be the one in which our 13-year-o…

Blues fans in town can rest a little easier now that WBFO-FM 88.7 has launched a search to replace Jim Santella, the longtime blues host who will retire Dec. 1.“There is a job listing up, and we talked to some folks already,” said Jim Ranney, WBFO news director. “Ultimately we want to find the right person. Obviously, the blues will still be there on Saturdays, even if it’…

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Baked pasta is classic comfort food and easy to make. But it’s important to follow two basic rules.First, the pasta should not be cooked more than an hour before baking and serving, or it will lose its toothsome bite.Second, it is “importantissimo” to undercook the pasta in the boiling water so that the finished dish still has real texture. If the package instructions indi…

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By Anne NevilleNEWS STAFF REPORTERIt was love at first sight for Suzanne Hoak, of Blasdell, when she saw Zipper the kitten on television.But like most immediate attractions, there were a few hurdles.Zipper, a light gray tabby with a white belly, was just 4 weeks old and had severe problems with both eyes. He wasn’t up for adoption due to the amount of medical care he neede…

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The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival By John VaillantVintage Books 506 pages ($15, paperback)By Jean WestmooreNews StaffOn Dec. 3, 1997, at a remote cabin outside the logging outpost of Sobolonye in the Russian Far East, not far from the Chinese border, 46-year-old Vladimir Markov – beekeeper, Soviet army veteran and poacher – was killed and eaten by a tiger.Y…

If there’s something strange in your credit report, who you gonna call?Sorry, not even Ghostbusters will help, even though consumers often describe being haunted by errors in their credit reports that they can’t get corrected.If you haven’t been successful in getting a credit bureau to address problems with inaccurate information in your credit report, you might have felt …

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This is the time of year when folks in the travel business – cruise lines, hotels, resorts and the like – could use a few more visitors. If you have the flexibility to take a trip on short notice, bargains are out there.The trick is tracking down the deals. Experts have advice for finding and booking a getaway on short notice:• Be flexible about where you go. Consumer Repo…

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Unsurprisingly, Rod Stewart has a few stories to tell.Shockingly, given the man’s reputation as a lothario with a considerable dumb blond streak, the singer tells them in a charming, often humble and self-deprecating, and always eminently entertaining fashion throughout “Rod,” his autobiography.Sure, “Rod” boasts its fair share of sex, drugs and debauchery.None of this is …

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Jill Spisiak Jedlicka knows the future of Buffalo depends on the health of its waterways. As executive director of Buffalo-Niagara Riverkeeper, her mission is to protect the quality and quantity of water, and to ensure public access. Founded in 1989 as Friends of the Buffalo River, Riverkeeper is one of 200 water “keeper” organizations in the world.Jedlicka, 38, is a nativ…

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Music Director JoAnn Falletta is conducting the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra this weekend in an all-Shostakovich program, a concert that will be remembered for a long time. It starts with the Piano Concerto No. 2, with the irrepressible Michael Boriskin as soloist. After intermission comes the massive Symphony No. 13, featuring Russian bass Mikhail Svetlov and the men of…

Someone has a new pastime in our household, the first word of which has nine letters and begins with a “C.” Yes, the 13-year-old is getting hooked on crossword puzzles, like so many relatives before her.“What's a 'twistable treat' with four letters?” she asked the other night, sitting at the kitchen table mulling over the puzzle in that day's newspaper.“Oreo!” she quickly …

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People have different tastes when it comes to selecting serveware. Some like sleek, modern shapes. Others prefer traditional pieces, perhaps inherited. Some are platter people. Others get giddy over olive boats or cupcake stands.Whatever the style, serveware adds style to the tabletop. It keeps food moving at a family meal – pass to the right! – and people moving in the bu…

By this time of the fall, the question on the tip of everyone’s tongue is “Who are you voting for?” Whether you’re liberal or conservative, red or blue (or purple), election season raises some other issues just as lasting as the result of the election. Whenever any of us turn on the TV, it’s almost impossible not to see one candidate or the other being bashed or praised. T…

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In this country, the green bean is often relegated to wallowing in swampy mushroom-soup casseroles or swimming in vinegar as part of three-bean salads.Yet the green bean, one of several bean varieties prized for their immature seed pods, is arguably better the less it is cooked.Blanched in salted water and shocked in ice to retain its vibrant green color, green beans add f…

Even on the screen of a small mobile device, seeing and hearing poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko recite “Babi Yar” as Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 rises in the background brings chills, or maybe tears. Yevtushenko wrote “Babi Yar” before he was 30, but the 1961 poem, about a Nazi massacre targeting thousands of Ukrainian Jews and other “undesirables,” takes on new depth when it …