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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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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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LONG ISLAND CITY – Jim Gaffigan was reflecting in the corner of a cavernous Queens soundstage, just across the East River from Manhattan, where he lives with his wife, Jeannie, and their five children. “I don’t know if 10 years ago I could have made the brain-tumor stuff funny,” said Gaffigan, who was talking about his wife’s pear-sized brain tumor – which, as he point…

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JAMESTOWN — All last week, on a pair of large screens built into the brick walls of the new National Comedy Center, videos scrolled of celebrity after celebrity lauding Jamestown. Lauding in the way that comedians do. “Congratulations to the National — what is it?” asked Billy Crystal, seeming to speak to someone off camera. “National Comedy Center in — Where is it? …

Bills

Three days before Terrell Owens staged his own Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony, he released a line of commemorative T-shirts. There is a red one for San Francisco, where Owens spent eight years with the 49ers. Green is for his two years with the Philadelphia Eagles. Owens’ three seasons in Dallas is repped by a blue shirt for Cowboys fans. His single season wi…

Bills

"Sorry, Russ Brandon is not available." If you called New Era Cap's main phone line at 4:39 p.m. Tuesday, you could enter Russ Brandon's name in the phone directory. You could select his extension and get sent to his voicemail, where the computerized voice tells you, "Sorry, Russ Brandon is not available." Apparently, that is literal. Reports surfaced Monday night…

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UPDATE: Russ Brandon is not joining New Era Cap, after discussions "did not fully materialize." A handful of years ago, Russ Brandon offered Chris Koch an enticing (and expensive) opportunity. Brandon, then the CEO of the Buffalo Bills, called Koch, the leader of his family’s company, New Era Cap Co., and asked, “What do you think about putting your name on the stadium?…

Comedy

JAMESTOWN – Journey Gunderson is in the final days of an eight-year quest that has evoked laughter (not always the variety it’s supposed to) and tears (mostly joyful, but sometimes the other kind). This quest has cost tens of millions of dollars and, the way it’s felt lately, even more hours. “I’ve been sleeping three hours a night,” said Gunderson, with nary a trace…