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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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Kim Pegula is fond of saying that when you buy a professional sports team (or two), it doesn’t come with an owner’s manual. There are no instructions for when to be hands-on, and when to keep a distance; when to make executive decisions, and when to get out of the way. “People don’t tell you, ‘Hey, you should do this, this and this,' ” she said in an interview this week…

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UNITED NATIONS — Three old Republican friends were standing around the lobby of a secure hotel on the eastern edge of Manhattan one afternoon last week. They sipped coffee as diplomats, foreign officials, politicians and ear-bugged agents milled about. A bomb-sniffing dog, with an officer in tow, meandered by. A news alert popped on Michael Caputo’s phone. “They’re goin…

Gusto

There are three tall chairs in this room, and that’s a problem, because there are five people. That’s four Broadway producers and one interviewer. Who’s getting a seat? Who’s crouching in a corner? Who’s cool? Who’s not? Who’s in? Who’s out?  This is like trying to find the right seat in high school cafeteria. Who can you sit with? Where do you belong? Awkward.…

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BOSTON – The shelves were stocked with food and liquor. Signs hung over each of the grocery aisles. A pair of lobsters crawled in a tank. An adjacent ice case would soon be filled with seafood. The last time Charlie Jacobs walked through this store-under-construction, it wasn’t nearly this close to done. But now this Star Market was almost finished. Jacobs was pleased. …

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He wasn’t looking to sell. He wasn’t eager to get out. Tom Golisano was actually having fun. He enjoyed owning the Buffalo Sabres. A hockey fan, he wasn’t — at least not before buying the team. But Golisano loved business, and he was a passionate competitor at all things that can be measured, from Trivial Pursuit to the challenge of transforming a money-gushing hockey team…

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NEWCOMB — Rachel Bush has built a lucrative career as a social-media influencer by posting the glamorous, sun-drenched and sultry side of her life. But this scene doesn’t fit that. It isn’t made for Instagram. It’s made for real life. Bush is standing outside her childhood home here in Newcomb, a town of fewer than 500 people tucked in the middle of the Adirondacks. …

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Apparently Josh Allen hasn’t visited the Bills Store. If he had, he would have already seen the 2019 edition bobblehead of himself, clasping a football in front of his chest, a toothy white grin, eyes cast forward as if he’s looking for a receiver. Is this the new one?” he asked when I handed the bobblehead to him during a late August interview in the Bills’ administ…

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Marv Levy turned 94 over the weekend, and I suspect I know his birthday wish. I wrote a profile story on the Buffalo Bills’ Super Bowl-era head coach after visiting his home in Chicago last month, and Levy spoke passionately about his desire to see two of his former players honored. He is adamant that linebacker Cornelius Bennett should be named to the Bills’ Wall of Fa…

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CHICAGO — Marv Levy’s daughter is trying to convince him to create a special family memory. But this particular moment would be focused on him, and tied to his celebrity, which is a harder sell. “We need to go together to see your bust,” Kimberly Alexopoulos said to Levy. Alexopoulos, who is technically Levy’s stepdaughter (though neither of them uses that word), is …

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From the time Ira Glass started “This American Life” in 1996, he has been stepping out of the studio and touring the country to promote his program at radio stations and give talks in theaters. The 60-year-old broadcaster, who developed the longform broadcast style that is the foundation of many of today’s most successful podcasts, will be speaking July 20 at the Chauta…

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The movie “Buffaloed,” which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in late April, is the fictional story of a young woman named Peg Dahl who tried to break out of poverty by bulldozing her way into the shady debt-collection business. It is loaded with local references: Bills, wings, Cheektowaga. But one bit of Buffalo flavor permeating the movie bugged my wife when she s…

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The new documentary “A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem” has stoked an issue that began five years ago, but still has more questions than answers: The saga of the Buffalo Jills. The film examines the league’s treatment of cheerleaders through the lens of the Jills and the Oakland Raiderettes, two squads with members who sued for better pay. The results are st…

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NEW YORK – Maria Pinzone stepped onto a red carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival and posed for a smattering of photographers. Frame it a certain way and this seems glamorous, which can also be said of her former job: NFL cheerleader. Pinzone was a Buffalo Jill for one year. She spent the 2012 Buffalo Bills season dancing on the sidelines just yards away from muscled, mul…

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I had a chance to be a writer on “Deadwood.” Sort of. Three years ago, when I visited television writer David Milch in California, he gave me a tour of his office. Milch, who grew up in Buffalo and went on to co-create ABC’s “NYPD Blue” with Steven Bochco and later HBO’s “Deadwood,” worked out of a house on a Santa Monica side street. When we walked into the room where …

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LEWISTON — Jack Armstrong should be the one receiving congratulations and well wishes. He also should be the one who is carefully guarding his time. But as he sits here at a bar table in the Brickyard Pub & BBQ, sipping from a chilled glass of Belgian ale and talking about the week ahead, he can’t help himself. Armstrong recognizes a well-dressed couple and their fa…