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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.


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NEW YORK CITY — Debt never dies. Nor do impressions of a childhood in Buffalo. That first sentence is a line from the new movie “Buffaloed,” which premiered here at the Tribeca Film Festival in late April. The second sentence helps explain why Brian Sacca wrote it, and why he’s fidgety for you – if you’re reading this with any type of Western New York connection – to wa…

Environment

Paul Maurer was walking on a cracked sidewalk along South Park Avenue. He passed a rust-colored brick building housing five Mister Softee ice-cream trucks, a trailer for a party rental business sitting in an empty lot, and a pile of cracked concrete and rocks wrapped in yellow caution tape. But Maurer didn't see any of this. Nor did he seem to be feeling the bite of the…

Local News

The Quinn family calls it “The Intervention.” It was fall 2017, nearly three years after Jack Quinn learned he has Parkinson’s disease. But outside of the three people sitting at the kitchen table in his Hamburg home, barely anybody knew. Quinn, the former six-term congressman, was diagnosed shortly after Christmas in 2014. He had gone to the doctor because of a ting…

Local News

Jennifer Taggart stood in the center of a ring, pointing to a mat painted with grids, diamonds and dots, and instructed her boxer to position his feet parallel to a line. She demonstrated a pair of quick jabs, narrated them with a “Pop! Pop!” and looked her trainee in the eye. He’s a tall, silvery haired man dressed in black UnderArmour shorts, his hands cocooned in lea…

Comedy

I was having coffee with a friend when Colin Mochrie called me. I excused myself, said something about having to do an interview, and stepped out to answer the phone. When I came back, she asked, “Who were you talking to?” “Colin Mochrie,” I said. “He’s from ‘Whose Line Is –” “YOU WERE?” she said, cutting me off before I could get out the full name of the ABC tele…

Bills

DANA POINT, Calif. – The topic of sports and betting was long a taboo for team owners and top executives. Not anymore. Today, with the NFL and other leagues moving into Las Vegas, and with more states legalizing sports gambling, it’s a necessary discussion — and Kim Pegula is participating in it. The co-owner and president of the Buffalo Bills and Sabres was here…

Hamburg

Mike Dubke spent less than four months as President Trump’s communications director, but his quick exit did come with a benefit: He didn’t have to give away his Buffalo Bills tickets. “I think I said to somebody on my way out the door, ‘Well at least I’ll make the Bills’ season next year,’ ” Dubke, who grew up in Hamburg, told The Buffalo News in a recent telephone inte…

Local News

Julie Pace Position: Washington bureau chief, The Associated Press Family: Pace lives in Washington with her husband Michael Ferenczy, a medical researcher and consultant who grew up in Hamburg, and their 10-month-old son Will. Her parents, Jim and Diane Pace, still live in Western New York. Her sister Jill, who is two years younger, is earning her Ph.D. from Columbi…

Local News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Roger Stone had interrupted Julie Pace’s day. Three hours earlier, federal agents arrested Stone in Florida. At about the same time Stone was posing for mugshots, Pace was getting her 9-month-old son, Will, ready for the day. But then the news alert popped on her screen, and her team of reporters and editors from the Associated Press started calling. …

Comedy

TORONTO — I sat on a black plastic chair in a small, gray-carpeted rehearsal room. Two of my classmates sat to my right. Four were in front of me, and one was outside the door. “OK, suggestions?” our teacher prompted the group facing us, who were serving as an audience for the performance that was about to happen. Someone looked at me and said, “Be Madonna!” I nodded…

Latest Sabres

Phil Housley, who is more than halfway through his second season as the Buffalo Sabres’ head coach, is leaning back on the sand-colored couch inside his Lake Erie condominium. He is talking about the tribulations (10 in a row!) and trials (“Fire Housley!”) of leading a National Hockey League team. Next to him sits his wife Karin Housley, a Republican state senator in M…

Business

New Era Cap has taken another step in its plan to shut down the company’s Derby manufacturing facility next month. New Era sources told The Buffalo News the company last week reached a severance-package agreement with the Communication Workers of America, the union that represents most of the company’s 200-plus workers in Derby. Under the terms of the severance, empl…

Bills

During the summer of 1994, Nancy Goff visited her doctor in Buffalo. She doesn’t remember his name, probably because he wasn’t her regular doctor and Buffalo wasn’t her permanent home. She was living in town with her husband, Buffalo Bisons catcher Jerry Goff, and their 2-year-old daughter Lauren. The Goffs were expecting their second child that fall, and Nancy was gett…

Comedy

Pete Correale, a comedian who has lived in Manhattan, the Hollywood Hills, and now the small rural village of Fredonia, was doing a stand-up show last month in Youngstown, Ohio. Before Correale took the stage, a fan approached and asked for advice on podcasting. It’s a medium Correale knows well. He’s the co-host of “The Pete and Sebastian Show,” a podcast that doubles …

Sports

As a group, Hall of Fame athletes who become big-league coaches have had lukewarm results at best. Here's a sampling: HOCKEY Wayne Gretzky Hockey Hall of Fame, center, 1999 NHL head coach: Phoenix Coyotes (2005-2009) Record: 143-161-24 Notes: After his retirement in 1999, Gretzky bought a stake in the Coyotes. In 2005, the part-owner became head coach, though…