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Bruce Andriatch

Bruce Andriatch is assistant managing editor at The Buffalo News.


Columns

In the midst of last week’s long-time-coming lawsuit avalanche filed by people who say they were victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests, a friend raised an interesting point. Through the Child Victims Act, some of the plaintiffs were allowed to file anonymously, meaning they were permitted to keep their names a secret. But the men they accused were identified by na…

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Next week will mark a half-century since hundreds of thousands of people descended on a farm in Bethel for a concert. We now know that the concert, which came to be known as Woodstock, became much more than that. Watch as three News staffers who together have an almost encyclopedic knowledge of music and popular culture discuss why we are still fascinated by Woodstoc…

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One of the many Saturday afternoon joys of my 1970s childhood was the sight of The Buffalo Evening News carrier and the realization that I was moments away from being able to read TV Topics. I would meet the kid before he got to the door, grab the paper from him, and begin searching line by line through the TV listings for a Laurel and Hardy movie. On those magnificent …

Columns

I’m not sure when it happened, exactly. It was sometime between the moment my wife announced that she was finished Christmas shopping and I didn’t recall her asking me to help her unload packages from the car and the night social media forced me to reconsider yet another favorite staple of holiday pop culture. But just when I normally would want to haul out the holly…

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It's déjà vu for Justin Timberlake fans in Buffalo. The pop superstar has again postponed a Buffalo concert, this time on doctor's orders. His show, originally scheduled for Sunday at KeyBank Center, has been moved to Dec. 19. All tickets will be honored for the new date. It is one of three concerts Timberlake has been forced to change: He will now perform in Madison…

Golf

For a golf fan, it’s difficult to sit across a table from Jack Nicklaus and pay attention to what he’s saying because most of your mental energy is being expended on the implausible idea that YOU’RE SITTING IN THE SAME ROOM AS JACK NICKLAUS. It’s all you can do to not interrupt him to ask if he will describe his tee shot on No. 16 during the final round of the ’86 Masters.…

Local News

Rep. Brian Higgins is the latest local official to call on Bishop Richard Malone to resign over his handling of sexual abuse allegations in Buffalo Catholic Diocese. "Overwhelming evidence recently released clearly shows that Bishop Malone has exhibited poor leadership and knew about children and others put in harm's way," the congressman said on Twitter. "He must resig…

Columns

Dear Catholic Church: I’ve been your staunch defender for as long as I’ve been able to speak. Credit 17 years in your schools and a family that forced me to try to live the lessons I learned. When people would ask why I stuck it out with you when so many others had given up on you, I had a ready answer: Show me a religion founded on and dedicated to better principles…

Amherst

Amherst is in the market for a motto, which raised at least two questions: a) Why doesn’t it have one? and b) Why does it care? But its mottoless status is understandable. How do you sum up such an unusual place in a few words? Geographically speaking, it's huge: more than 53 square miles. And parts of it have no seeming relation to other parts. You have the quaint and …

Columns

For a place that brings so much joy to so many people every day, I rarely make it one lap around the meadow at Delaware Park without feeling sadness. To understand why, you have to know that in 2015, a woman and her two children were walking in the part of the park that is adjacent to the Scajaquada Expressway when a driver apparently fell asleep, jumped a median and hi…

Deaths

April 7, 1939 - March 12, 2018 A memorial service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Kaiser Funeral Home, 1050 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island for Howard "Howie" Benns, a Buffalo native who became a world champion hydroplane racer. Mr. Benns died March 12 in his winter home in Fort Myers, Fla., following a long illness. He was 78. A graduate of…

Local News

The news that Bishop Richard J. Malone's car was stolen from his home came out Thursday afternoon, followed quickly by news that it had been recovered in Rochester and a suspect was in custody. And then the jokes started. Around here, that meant coming up with a headline for the story. Here are 10 that didn't make the cut: This suspect might want to bring a law…

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Two rock bands that defined the MTV age will be here in May. Def Leppard and Journey are teaming up for a North American tour composed of both stadium and arena concerts, with a scheduled stop at 7:30 p.m. May 26 in KeyBank Center. The bands will alternate opening the shows. The tour, promoted by Live Nation, kicks off May 21 in Hartford. It will feature complete …

Columns

She couldn’t have been more than 20. Judging by the books in her arms and her slightly exhausted pallor, she probably was a student who had just gotten out of an evening class and was waiting to take the elevator from the third floor in a building on the University at Buffalo campus. I had just finished teaching my class. I had gathered my things from the department off…

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Newspaper columnists rarely take the job because they want to be popular. Which is a good thing for Rod Watson. In the same week that Buffalo Bills fans erupted with unbridled joy at the team's first playoff appearance since 2000, Watson decided it would be a good time to remind them to have a little perspective. "We can’t possibly be so psychologically pathetic t…