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Tim O'Shei

Tim O'Shei is a features reporter for The Buffalo News. He's been a journalist for more than 20 years, covering pop culture, business, sports, politics and more. He's also the author of more than 60 books for children.


Sabres

DALLAS — If you want to know what it’s like to play against Rasmus Dahlin, just ask him some questions. You’ll get the idea fast. He’ll look in your eyes and listen. He’ll nod. He’ll take in what you’re offering, and he’ll give something – but just a little – in return. And then? Whoosh! He’s off, and onto the next one. Ask Thursday for his thoughts on likel…

Bills

For Jay McKee, the experience was almost tranquil. Twenty-three years ago, the Buffalo Sabres chose him 14th overall in the National Hockey League Entry Draft. That’s big. It meant on the entire planet, only 13 players in his age group were considered better than he was at that time. McKee went on to play 14 seasons in the league, and probably would have lasted a couple of…

Local News

Jessica Lowell Mason was sipping a drink next to her younger brother Will when she captured their life in a single soundbite.  “I have been the rainbow sheep of my family since I came out as a teenager,” Jessica said so casually, so matter-of-factly, that it barely hinted at the storm that followed her coming out as gay. Or, better put, getting caught as gay, because sh…

Local News

ELLICOTTVILLE — In a Holiday Valley lodge, against a backdrop of sun-melted ski hills, Victoria Mordaunt stepped in front of a crowd of a few dozen. She stood tall and poised, smiling subtly. Mordaunt, who is 24, started talking about her older sister, Kali Korzelius, who died in 2012. “She asked me, ‘What makes you the most happy?’ ” recalled Mordaunt, who told her sis…

Local News

WELLSVILLE — A dozen years ago, Lynn Richmond was working a “dead-end job” here in Wellsville, the rural Allegany County village with fewer than 5,000 residents, where the heart of Main Street is six blocks long. Richmond, who is 43, heard that Dresser-Rand Corp. was hiring. Landing a job at Dresser’s Wellsville plant – which manufactures the steam turbines used in Navy…

Local News

Bob Trimble and his family celebrate Christmas in the finished basement of their Pittsburgh-area home. That basement is also where Trimble keeps the collection of jerseys, helmets, press passes and other memorabilia he amassed during a two-decade career as a sports broadcaster, much of it spent in Buffalo with the now-defunct Empire Sports Network. That basement – he calls…

Gusto

Thanks, Kanye. If the stand-up comic Nemr ever needed a reminder why he stepped away from playing in front of thousands in the Middle East, where he has graced the cover of Rolling Stone and is a household name, the rapper provided it this week. “The whole country has been talking about Kanye West and his tweets,” said Nemr, a 34-year-old Lebanese-American performer …

Business

ROCHESTER — This is going to come across like a “Jerry Maguire” moment, minus the part where Tom Cruise’s Jerry stomps out of the office to start his new, better sports agency. Ramon Mendiola wanted to build his current company into a better one. But FIFCO, the Costa Rica-based beverage behemoth he led, was already doing well. The size of the business had doubled in the…

Local News

First, you have to find them: nearly four dozen men, as young as 19, as old as 86, singing four-part harmonies. It shouldn’t be hard to earworm your way to that assemblage – except that tonight the Red Blazer Men’s Chorus is practicing at Sweet Home Middle School in Amherst, prepping for shows here next Friday and Saturday. The hallways of the school are a bit of a laby…

Local News

Jonathan A. Dandes' jammed schedule has provided some good fodder for teasing from his bosses, Bob and Mindy Rich. "They are fond of telling me, 'You do have a day job,'" said Dandes, who is president of Rich Baseball Operations. That puts him in charge of the Riches' three minor-league baseball teams, including the Buffalo Bisons, as well as Be Our Guest Ltd., a Rich Pro…

Local News

When Sister Mary McCarrick was asked to become director of Catholic Charities of Buffalo in 2009, she dutifully promised to give it a try. “This was not on my job plan,” she told Edward Kmiec, who was bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo at the time. “I have no need for this job. I have no particular attraction for this job, but I’ll give it a try.” Then McCarrick gave…

Gusto

UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIF. – James Foley spilled the thought offhandedly. “It’s this funny kind of thing,” he said. “What do you pay attention to? And what do you ignore?” He was sitting in a spartan, windowless editing room on the Universal Studios lot last year. On a set of screens behind him was an image of stubbled, sharp-jawed man in a crisp white shirt and a young, linge…

Local News

For the first time in a while, Brett Tutor had no travel delays when he flew across the country this week. He landed in Buffalo just after 5 p.m. Thursday, and two hours later was sitting at a stool at Local Kitchen & Beer Bar, relaxed and unfatigued. Snowflakes falling outside created a snow-globe effect on night-lit Chippewa Street. “I haven’t seen snow in three y…

Local News

From the spot where he is standing, Jon Longwell can see every person in every chair. He is the lead pastor at Grace Church in the Town of Tonawanda, and the roughly 170 people who fill the seats in front of him every Sunday are his responsibility. His worldview is shaped by the Bible, and so is his view on his job. He believes a pastor is a shepherd, and a shepherd has th…

Comedy

It was 7:50-something p.m. This isn’t a place, or at least an evening, where people are binding themselves to a clock, so nobody noted the exact time. But it was nearly 8 p.m., which meant Nicholas Ranic was late when he ran through the door of Helium Comedy Club. “Sorry, guys!” he mouthed to no one in particular. Ranic was one of eight members of a Comedy 101 class…