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"Blade Runner 2049" is set 30 years after the influential and ground-breaking 1982 "Blade Runner," and aims to continue the original film’s story while further developing the fascinating, but bleak world of the future. "Blade Runner" told the story of Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a police officer charged with hunting down and destroying any "Replicants" – robots that…

Yaa Gyasi writes about a "literal upstairs and downstairs." That’s how the author of "Homegoing," a work of historical fiction, put it during an Oct. 12 lecture at Niagara University. The success of "Homegoing" has already established Gyasi, who is 28, as a powerful and influential author. But as she presented to almost 200 people at Niagara, it was clear she possesses…

Victor Wooten, one of the best electric bass players of all time, will join the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra this weekend and will perform a piece composed just for him. "Victor is a very unique artist," said BPO Resident Director Stefan Sanders. "There is no one who can do what he does on the electric bass. His reputation certainly precedes him. "I cannot wait to meet…

On June 1, President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, sending shock waves throughout the world. The president reiterated his "America First" policy, which protects our economy and the jobs of millions of American citizens. The goal of the Paris Climate Accord is to reduce carbon emissions in each nation in the hopes of decreasing global temp…

Where do you see yourself living 20 years from now? If your first answer is someplace other than Western New York, you are not alone. Many adolescents feel that the career opportunities in the Buffalo Niagara region are very limited and not suitable to them, making this an unlikely place to start and build a fulfilling career. So, many young people believe that after col…

October is here, which means it’s time for scary costumes, haunted houses and Halloween candy being sold everywhere you look. But for students at some area high schools, October brings on a new meaning. October is the month of the Great Pumpkin Farm’s Trebuchet Contest, a competition they’ve been preparing for since last school year. Clarence High School’s Engine…

It is becoming more and more common to hear that technology is taking over and replacing "old-school" ways – in one case, it might be replacing a library full of actual books. The Lancaster High School Media Center has to replace the majority of its book collection with newer, more-updated technology like Nooks and Kindles. Cesar Marchioli, the high school’s principa…

"Can I buy something else?" "Should I buy something else?" "I’m going to buy something else." Last weekend at the "Supernatural" convention in Toronto, those three sentences were what I repeated to myself on a regular basis. I had two days packed full of autographs, photo ops (may of which were last-minute impulse buys), and panels. However, with some stressful and ve…

As someone who is indifferent to sports, I can assure anyone who does not expect to enjoy a two-hour film about tennis that Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ "Battle of the Sexes" is far more than your classic sports movie. Written by Simon Beaufoy and starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, "Battle of the Sexes" tells the empowering true story of tennis player Billie Je…

Starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, "The Mountain Between Us" tells the story of two people who would otherwise never know each other and their surprisingly romantic struggle for survival. The adventure begins with Kate Winslet, as Alex, failing to get a flight to her wedding, which is the next day. Idris Elba, as Ben, is having a similar problem. He is a neurosurgeon …

The dreaded year is here. Sure, you’re an upperclassman now, but with great power comes great responsibility (or so the saying goes). Junior year is almost certainly the most important year of high school, and the one colleges tend to look to most come application time. Whether it’s SATs, APs, or ACTs, junior year might seem like a year chock-full of high-stress tests…

The beginning of the school year can be nerve-wracking for most students, especially those enrolled in challenging courses. As homework begins to pile up and other time-consuming activities and obligations commence, the school year may already be becoming stressful. In order to feel rejuvenated and ready for what the day holds, a good night’s sleep is incredibly import…

"You might have heard my story. That I come from Pakistan, and at age 11, terrorism started in Swat Valley, and I started speaking out for my rights at that time, because girl’s education was banned, and to me that was not just banning school, not just me not going to that one building. It was stopping me from achieving my dreams and going forward in life." Malala Yousa…

On Sept. 22, Williamsville East High School’s revamped athletic fields officially opened. Within this multimillion dollar complex is something noteworthy for the school: a modern concession stand. What’s even more remarkable is that it’s being run by the students themselves. One club at Williamsville East stepped up to the challenge of running the concession stand o…

iI've never liked the term "trendy." Labeling a restaurant "trendy" always seems, to me at least, to imply that the spot is trying to be exclusively for millennials, knowing that its popularity will fade as the trend of whatever it serves does. A trend becomes a fad, so why be a trend? Wholly Crepe is not trying to appeal to the majority by following a meaningless trend; …