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By Alan Pergament WGRZ-TV appears to be ready to add a third channel by January and Time Warner is adding Al Jazeera America in a couple of weeks and dropping SOAPnet by the end of the year. Where did I get all of this news? Would you believe from a Time Warner Cable legal announcement carried in Wednesday's edition of The Buffalo News? Well down the length…

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By Anna Kane / NeXt Correspondent

Wed, Nov 20, 2013

Confidence. Enhancing natural beauty. Feeling more put-together. Experimenting. These are all reasons some area teen girls give for wearing makeup. So the statistic from the American Economic Review that women who wear makeup to work earn up to 30 percent more than their bare-faced peers shouldn’t be too much of a shock.A study reported on by the New York Times in 2011 fou…

Buffalo

You can almost chart the story of the West Side from the menus on offer at 490 Rhode Island St., two blocks west of Richmond Avenue. ¶ Romanello’s Roseland (c. 1928-2005) was an Italian red-sauce landmark whose core audience was Italian families from surrounding neighborhoods. Prime 490 (2006-2012) offered a luxe steakhouse menu, but it faded as Buffalo’s banker populati…

Buffalo

You can almost chart the story of the West Side from the menus on offer at 490 Rhode Island St., two blocks west of Richmond Avenue. ¶ Romanello’s Roseland (c. 1928-2005) was an Italian red-sauce landmark whose core audience was Italian families from surrounding neighborhoods. Prime 490 (2006-2012) offered a luxe steakhouse menu, but it faded as Buffalo’s banker populati…

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NEW YORK – Earlier this fall, when the Twitter-powered juggernaut “Scandal” premiered its third season, the show’s fans had no shortage of venues for taking in the next chapter in the lives of Olivia Pope and her team of political fix-it “gladiators.” They could watch in the privacy of their own homes, of course, or they could take their fandom public: Bars across the coun…

The Drumstick Dash is a 5K Thanksgiving morning run/walk in which thousands of slightly deranged people brave the bitter cold and nearly freeze to death, thereby demonstrating solidarity with the Pilgrims. All I really needed to know, I learned in the Drumstick Dash:People are more jovial when their heads are stuffed into plush turkey cavities, with artificial wings flappi…

Dear Abby: I love my husband very much. Until the last few years there have never been any problems in our 20-year marriage. I have depression and epilepsy, and I am on five different medications for them. Sometimes when I have come out of a seizure, I have found that my clothes have been removed and my husband is “touching” me. Also, because the medication puts me into a …

Are video games squashing your child’s creativity?Some teachers think so. One shared a story about asking a student for a “real-life” example: a topic besides his favorite video game.“In real life, I played Minecraft,” the student replied.To write, draw, speak and play, students go back to what they know, says kindergarten teacher Mary Coppola. And what they know, more and…

By Alan Pergament Buffalo Bills fans won't have CBS analyst Dan Dierdorf to kick around anymore after this season. The Pro Football Hall of Famer announced today that he is retiring after this season because "it has been a challenge for me to travel to different NFL cities every week, so it's time to step aside." A NFL analyst for 30 years -- longer tha…

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Levine is ‘sexiest man alive’People has spoken, and it has named Adam Levine the “sexiest man alive” of 2013, the magazine announced Tuesday.The 34-year-old is the lead singer of the group Maroon 5 and a judge on NBC’s “The Voice.”He’s also not romantically available. Levine got engaged to Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo earlier this year.In a 2012 interview with t…

By Alan Pergament Inquiring minds wanted to know: Just who is able to get Time Warner Cable's deal to get Showtime for $3 a month for 12 months under a recent promotion? A spokesman for TWC cleared up some confusion with an email that explained who got a deal that I've called crazier than Claire Danes' character, Carrie Mathison, is on "Homeland&qu…

Like most columnists, I am often accused of being too negative.My response usually is, “No, I’m not.”I started to think about this complaint again after seeing a NBC promo for its Dec. 5 live special of “The Sound of Music” with Carrie Underwood.So in the spirit of the holidays, here are 10 of my favorite things about TV, radio and writing this blog.1. I enjoyed the report…

Dear Abby: My husband and I want to start a family, but until now our circumstances have not made this possible. After a big move and starting a new business, we have decided it’s about time.My problem is my husband uses drugs to relieve stress. I don’t feel he abuses them; it just takes the edge off after a hard day’s work like a glass of wine does for me sometimes. I wou…

Dear Carolyn: I am in my 30s and live on the opposite coast from my family. We speak about once a month and exchange casual emails. Our relationship is generally fraught and I have gone years at a time without more than cursory communication with them.I got divorced this year; it was as amicable as possible. I decided to try being open with my parents about it, and they ra…

Q: My 16-year-old daughter ran away to her father’s house after being reprimanded for getting a tattoo without my permission. He allowed her to move in with him and his live-in girlfriend, her 15-year-old son and the 3-year-old child they had together. After a night of leaving the 16- and 15-year-olds home to baby-sit, I now have a month-old grandchild. At birth, my daught…