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By Michael Pesarchick NeXt Correspondent


Thanksgiving and football seem to go together like cranberry sauce and turkey, or gravy and mashed potatoes. Each is so essentially American that it seems impossible to have one without the other. In 2015, almost 27.3 million Americans tuned in to watch the Chicago Bears take on the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving night. Did you know, however, that football on Thanksgiv…

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If you were to walk up to a person and ask if he or she played in a fantasy sports league, chances are the answer would be a “yes.” After all, 41 million people in North America do, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, an organization founded in 1996 and dedicated to fantasy sports statistics. For those of you keeping score, that’s one in 12 people involved i…

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Life is tough. There are ups, and there are downs. There are times of happiness and times of pain. No one knows this better than best-selling author Cheryl Strayed, who stopped at the University at Buffalo last week for its Distinguished Speaker Series. Her latest book, “Wild,” has been translated into more than 25 languages and is in production as a movie.Life started thr…