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Bruce Andriatch

Bruce Andriatch is the assistant managing editor/features at The Buffalo News.


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…

Gusto

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…

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The question isn't "Why did you go to the game?" The better question is "Where were you?" Because you missed a day that thousands of us will never forget. Sunday's near-blizzard that was occasionally interrupted by a Bills-Colts game was not the most exciting game I've ever seen in person. (That would be Bills-Raiders, 1974, on Monday Night Football, remembered by…

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When just the titles of your books make people laugh, you can officially call yourself a "humorist." So essayist and NPR favorite David Sedaris, he of "Me Talk Pretty One Day," "Dress Your Family in Corduroy" and "Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls" clearly qualifies. Sedaris will bring his brand of comedy to the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Apri…

Books

NONFICTION Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-Ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House By Donna Brazile Hachette Books 288 pages $28 This week, America celebrated and mourned the first anniversary of the 2016 presidential election. Whether you partied or pouted depends on which candidate you liked more -- or maybe hated less -- and wh…

Deaths

May 6, 1963 — Nov. 12, 2017 Thomas Joseph Comer Jr., a University of Notre Dame graduate and longtime business executive who was leading the effort to find a new president for his alma mater, St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, died unexpectedly Sunday at his Amherst home. He was 54. Born in Williamsville, Mr. Comer followed in the footsteps of his father, Thomas Jose…

Local News

Kenmore village officials aren't going to get a little late-autumn flurry hysteria keep them from maintaining their status as leaders in the movement to have flexible winter parking rules. For the second straight year, the village has seen no epic winter storm in the extended forecast and as a result will delay its overnight parking ban until Dec. 1. It made the anno…

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It might be the only thing more likely than politics to cause a family fight at this time of year. Holiday music: Yes or no? The annual argument kicked off in earnest this week when STAR 102.5 dusted off its jingle bells and kicked off its controversial tradition of playing only Christmas music through Dec. 25. So long, Bruno Mars. Hello Burl Ives. For those co…

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It doesn't take long to fall in love with Buffalo. Just ask Ben Mankiewicz. The Turner Classic Movies host, who was in town over the weekend to emcee a weekend of events around the "The Natural" with director Barry Levinson, loved the city before he set foot in it thanks to his wife's love of our architecture and his affection for our football team. But now that h…

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A few years ago, when the topic of "The Natural" came up out of nowhere as it often does in certain circles, a friend told me he was in it. I reacted as many of us do when we hear such information: I said "Get out!" and begged to know everything. Pressed about his star turn, my friend conceded that his name wasn't in the credits, he didn't speak in the film and you coul…