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Tim O'Shei

News reporter Tim O'Shei has been a journalist for more than 20 years, covering pop culture, business, sports, politics and more.


Local News

Karin Housley's bid for one of Minnesota's U.S. Senate seats ended Tuesday evening with a loss to incumbent Tina Smith. The race was decided quickly, with Fox News calling it for Smith, a Democrat, less than 20 minutes after the polls closed. Within a three hours, Smith led Housley by a margin of 54 percent to 42 percent, with 78 of 87 counties reporting. "I hoped to…

Bills

Troy Vincent is quick with answers to almost anything. It’s a skill that served him nicely during his 15 years as an NFL defensive back, and during his tenure as president of the players' union, and still today as an NFL executive. Ask him a question that’s timely here in Buffalo, where the Bills are preparing for a Monday night game against the New England Patriots, an…

Featured

Late on a recent Thursday afternoon, cars whistled north and south on Buffalo’s Main Street as a small group of protesters stood outside Buffalo Womenservices, a nondescript brick building with sturdy, nearly impenetrable block-glass windows. The protesters, who have been referred to as “sidewalk counselors” in the pro-life movement, held signs: “Choose Life.” “Adoption is…

Local News

NASHVILLE — I’m backstage at a hallowed music hall, sitting across from a rock star, and he’s lifting his tattooed arm to grab a tissue. How did I get here? And more vitally, why is John Rzeznik here, laying bare some of his most personal moments? Our journey to this moment began two years earlier, when I was writing a profile on Rzeznik’s Goo Goo Dolls bandmate, Rob…

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WESTFIELD, N.J. – John Rzeznik lives in a spacious, two-story home with manicured landscaping and a wrap-around porch supported by white columns. There’s a minivan in the driveway, and a Tesla, too. When the doorbell clangs, a chocolate lab named Roscoe greets visitors. Rzeznik is inside on a rainy late-summer day, brewing coffee that he’ll drink only after cooling it with…

Latest Sabres

Back in June, days before Rasmus Dahlin was selected first overall in the NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres, Marty Biron offered this caution. “There are going to be growing pains,” said Biron, an NHL goaltender-turned-broadcaster who was a first-round pick (but not first overall) of the Sabres in 1995. “Especially at 18 years old, you’ve got to let them figure it out …

Gusto

Forty-five years into his life as a tongue-wagging, blood-spewing, rock star business mogul, Gene Simmons knows his fit. “I’ve worn these pair of pants every single day for a week,” he said, riding in the back seat of a dark SUV along the I-190, the Niagara River to his left. Simmons’ business partner Paul Janik, co-owner of the Johnnie Ryan soda company in Niagara F…

Business

Richard Ferranti stood center stage in a hotel ballroom, ignoring the podium to his right and opting for a clip-on microphone that left him free to move. He paced and gestured, gestured and paced, as if he were a coach in front of his team. The new president of Buffalo-based frozen-food giant Rich Products Corp. was speaking to a group of 100 or so economic-development …

Gusto

Consider this a gift from Niall Horan to his fans: He got them to put their phones away. About a half hour into his Sept. 7 tour stop at Darien Lake Amphitheater, Horan slowed down the evening, briefly transforming it from festive to reflective. The 24-year-old Irish singer and his five-piece band had already accelerated through a handful of his slightly poppy, slightly…

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Paul Snyder III dropped a thick stack of papers on a conference room table inside the Buffalo Hyatt Regency, where his family’s company, Snyder Corp., is headquartered. These are hard copies of emails he’s received since writing a letter last week calling for the resignation of Buffalo’s Catholic bishop. There were more than 300 emails; he has stopped printing them. …

Gusto

Rinko is pointing to a series of her small canvas paintings, splashed with hues of green and gray, accented by yellow and black. The imagery on each painting is abstract — a tilted, three-dimensional pyramid, a mountain-like structure sitting on a bed of hearts, a series of small triangles loosely formed into the shape of a rocketship. Rinko (don’t bother trying to get …

Latest Sabres

Let’s get this one out of the way first: Yes, the photo is real. Nope, no Photoshop. And it’s not offensive. So why did he take it down? For the exactly the same reason as he posted it in the first place: Because he wanted to. That instinct to post an artsy pic of yourself on a WaveRunner in your Sabres jersey ready to zoom off to Buffalo, then second guess yourself …

Bisons and Baseball

GLASTONBURY, Conn. — Katie Brownell is good. If you remember her name, you knew that already. Or at least you think you knew that, and you’re not the only one. The president of the United States knew it. The Los Angeles Dodgers knew it. Cooperstown knew it, and so did the folks in Williamsport, Pa., who run Little League Baseball. Ellen DeGeneres knew it, the New York T…

Gusto

When you’re doing stand-up comedy, things pop up. Sometimes it’s a snowstorm. Sometimes it’s a noisy audience member. Sometimes it’s Hannibal Buress himself. Buress, the 35-year-old comedian and actor (this summer’s film’s: “Blockers” and “Tag”), is heading to Buffalo shortly for shows Tuesday and Wednesday at Helium Comedy Club. For the first time in years here, his…

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Every morning in New York's 27th Congressional District, brothers John and Steven Ohol wake up before sunrise and tend their Cambria dairy farm. They load hay and grow corn for cattle feed. They milk their 200 cows. The Ohols' grandparents started this farm eight decades ago. They know how to do this, and they've gotten better at it. "There should be no reason why we ca…