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A pause in the refreshment. Numbers in a fog. Buffett on the hustings.

   From The Buffalo News Business Today section:

- Brewery aims for production next week - Samantha Maziarz Christmann/The Buffalo News
   Things are quiet at Flying Bison Brewing Co., but the brewery is expected to be back up and running under new ownership by Monday.
   Shareholders at the homegrown Buffalo brewery voted to accept an offer from F.X. Matt Brewing Co., the Utica-based makers of Saranac beer. But the brewery remains in “paperwork limbo.”

- Realtors group’s figures are in question - Jonathan Epstein/The Buffalo NewsHomeforsalebuffalo
   Buffalo Niagara’s housing market is mired in fog again, as record-keeping problems for real estate agents have led to conflicting statistics about the strength of local home sales.
   The Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors said Monday that pending home sales for the region in January were up 12 percent from the same month a year ago, to 565 from 503. Even more, sales that have been agreed to but not closed rose 34 percent from December.
   But the association can’t say how many homes have actually closed, because of an ongoing discrepancy in their records that’s resulting in abnormally low figures.

- Buffett on philanthropy - AP/The Buffalo News
   Billionaire Warren Buffett, who pledged the bulk of his fortune to philanthropy, said Monday that the need for charitable giving is unending.
   “The demand is unlimited,” said Buffett, the chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., in an interview Monday on Bloomberg Television. “There are so many people who have gotten short straws in life.”
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   Berkshire owns The Buffalo News, and Buffett is the newspaper’s chairman.
   The Chairman is right, of course. And, besides, whenever we mention his name in this blog, our page views go way up.
   Here he is:  

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News

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