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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.


Books

Tom Golisano eased back in a chair, collar open, his sportcoat left with the doorman downstairs so it wouldn’t soak up the smoke from the cigar in his hand. It was 3:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon in the Buffalo Club. And it was a moment of respite during an otherwise busy week for the 78-year-old businessman, who splits time between his home in Florida and his hometown …

Bills

The last time Marv Levy was involved in Super Bowl decisions, it was a quarter century ago and his Buffalo Bills team was playing in the big game. But this year, the Hall of Fame head coach found another way to affect the big game, and it provided one of the most poignant moments captured on camera. Just before kickoff of Super Bowl LIV in Miami, four World War II ve…

Business

His great-grandfather’s New Era Cap Co. is nothing like the one that Chris Koch is running today. That New Era made hats – Gatsby caps for gentlemen, and later headwear for military – in the small Town of Derby. This New Era designs caps (and shirts, and backpacks, and more) for superstar athletes, rappers, pop stars, fashion-minded consumers and sports fans. That…

Bills

History has long been a coaching tool for Marv Levy. He quoted Winston Churchill to his Buffalo Bills teams of the '80s and '90s. He invoked Michelangelo references and recited Scottish poetry. One time, to imprint in his players the importance of winning away games, he told an intense story about the defeat of Adolph Hitler’s evil military machine: The Nazis took…

Local News

Jack Quinn didn’t want sympathy or, even worse, pity. That’s why, when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease five years ago, he kept it quiet. Only his closest family members knew. His younger brother Jeff already had Parkinson’s, and though he was living a healthy, active life, Jeff told Jack that people sometimes treated him differently. Jack Quinn, a former co…

Colleges

Jack Armstrong is famous in Western New York as a former Niagara University basketball coach. But in Canada, he's famous across the country as a broadcaster for the NBA Champion Toronto Raptors. And as a singer, too. Armstrong, who still lives in Lewiston and commutes to Toronto, was making an appearance at a Sobeys grocery store one afternoon in December. Sobeys is …

Local News

Living on the U.S.-Canadian border comes with a twist: There’s plenty of arguing, but usually not with the people on the other side. Take Rep. Brian Higgins, the South Buffalo Democrat whose district includes three of Western New York’s four international passenger bridges. He saw the Trump administration shift dozens of U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel from…

Local News

AKWESASNE — This isn’t an easy tour to give. The geography makes it tricky, because in the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne, you could be in the United States or Canada – or more specifically, New York or Ontario or Quebec – and then without warning, be somewhere else. “It’s called Borderline Road for a reason, and I’m going to tell you why, and it’s going to be weird,” said …

Local News

If you live in Western New York, you probably see Canada on the regular. Maybe even every day. The border is a backdrop to our lives, but there’s a lot we don’t know about it. That’s why we launched our series, “The Other Border,” which began in November and wraps up later this month. Our work on the series took Buffalo News Chief Photographer Derek Gee and me across th…

Local News

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – She was shuddering, crying and thinking about her baby boy as we sat in safety inside an office in a Southern Ontario refugee home. She was thinking about one year ago, when she clutched him tight as she fled from America into the hands of Canadian police officers. They arrested her, but they helped her, too. She told the officers and Canadian imm…

Local News

CHAMPLAIN – The minivan turned onto a short country road, chugging past a farm, a group of horses in a field, a few trailer homes, and a house decorated with an array of windmills and flags. The vehicle was decorated with white-block letters that made it clear where the driver would take the occupants: “BORDERLINE TAXI” on the door, “REFUGEE BORDER” on the window. The d…

Local News

Some things are predictable at border crossings. Traffic, for one, especially in summer, before and after hockey and football games, and on holiday weekends. Questions, for another. Customs officers will inquire about your citizenship, who’s with you, where you’re going and anything else they care to ask. And there will be a decision: Either you can proceed into the cou…

Local News

It’s 4:30 a.m. on the Buffalo side of the Peace Bridge plaza. A burly officer with thick, tattooed arms stands in front of a tall crate of Canada Post mail that just crossed the border from Ontario. He’s going to spend the next three hours of his shift in this commercial warehouse inspection dock sifting through mail, melding his instinct, intuition and “intel,” or officer…

Gusto

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A dozen young women formed a loose line in front of Hannah Kerr’s merchandise stand. Some were flanked by their families. Some lingered alone. The show Kerr performed here at Cornerstone University, a small Christian college, had just ended. It was about 9:45 p.m., and many of these fans were hoping for more than a T-shirt or bracelet. They wanted …

Gusto

William Fichtner is finally in a place where he can relax about this. At least it seems so. The Hollywood actor, who grew up in Cheektowaga, has about a half hour here at Spot Coffee downtown, where he’s pouring two packets of raw sugar into his nonfat latte and reflecting on his movie, “Cold Brook.” It’s finally done — and a few days from now, audiences can actually…