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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

TJ Burch opened his palm to reveal two pebble-shaped objects. One was yellow; the other, blue. Each had an impression in the middle. “Pretty cool, aren’t they?” Burch asked, handing them over. When you put the tip of your finger into the concave of each pebble, you detect a series of faint grooves. These are the thumbprints of Burch’s late son Nolan, who died at 18 four…

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John Hurley spent three evenings in mid-August sitting on his back porch, reading through the Pennsylvania grand jury report on sex abuse in the Catholic church. He read about young victims who told their parents about the abuse. He read about parents who called their children liars, and who sometimes beat them. Hurley, who is the president of Canisius College, a Jesuit in…

Gusto

There was a time nearly 20 years ago when you couldn’t buy an index card in Buffalo. You could try to hit up an office store, grocery, pharmacy or convenience shop, but in the spring of 1999, nearly all of them were wiped clean of 3x5 cards. Thousands of teenagers had bought them out, trying to win a radio station contest to have the boy band 98 Degrees perform in thei…

Business

When New Era Cap announced in mid-November that it intends to close its Derby plant, the reactions ranged from harsh to heartbroken. Politicians got angry. Some workers cried as they walked to their cars. But where many saw a tragedy, manufacturers saw an opportunity, to hire workers and grow their businesses. One of those was Will Bargar, CEO of Sewing Technology Inc.,…

Local News

TJ Burch held a framed photo of his son Nolan, who is wearing a black tie and white tuxedo jacket with a red rose pinned to his lapel. In this photo, which was captured on a friend’s cellphone during Canisius High School’s 2014 graduation, Nolan Burch’s head is turned slightly to the right. He seems to be gazing into the distance. “I love this photo,” Nolan’s father sai…

Local News

Lou Ciminelli wasn’t going to let this go. It was the early 1990s, lunchtime at the stately Buffalo Club. Larry Quinn, a real-estate developer who was overseeing the construction of the downtown sports arena now known as KeyBank Center, was having lunch with Ciminelli’s father, Frank. Louis, who as Frank’s oldest son was the heir apparent to the family’s construction bu…

Local News

News that New Era Cap plans to shut down its Derby manufacturing facility in March shocked the plant's 219 workers, jolted the union that represents them, and angered politicians and residents this week. Most of the caps manufactured in Derby, up to 4 million a year, will now be made by third-party manufacturers overseas. A small number of those caps – the ones worn by …

Local News

If you're going to make baseball caps, it seems appropriate that you would do so in a Lake Erie hamlet called Derby. And since the 1960s, inside a nondescript, white-and-gray building, hundreds of men and women have gone to work at New Era Cap to do just that. But in March, just as another baseball season is about to get underway, New Era's presence in Derby will go awa…

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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…

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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…

Featured

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…