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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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A Lady Antebellum summer show goes like this: From the lawn to the front row, a crowd jams into the venue. They will scream. They will dance. And when Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley sing “Need You Now,” the biggest of the group’s many chart-toppers, the crowd will join in. This we can say before the show even happens — which is why the group wants to surprise you. “Ho…

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Vanessa Williams calls this a “visceral experience:” Standing in front a full orchestra, singing her pop hits like “Save the Best for Last,” with strings and brass melding to form the music beneath her voice. But when she does that with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on Thursday at Artpark in Lewiston, the experience will be more than visceral. It’ll be a homecoming…

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Martin Dahlin and his wife, Asa, never really talked about this at home with their son, Rasmus. But for some time, the Dahlin family knew they would be sitting here, in a hockey rink someplace in North America, watching Rasmus play. That someplace became Buffalo late last month, when the Sabres used the first overall pick in the National Hockey League entry draft to sel…

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Mark Maidment shares this story hesitantly, as if he doesn’t want to admit aloud that someone would do this. During a meeting at Buffalo’s New Era Cap Co., where he is a senior executive, someone in the room pointed to a 59Fifty. That, in case you didn’t know (and don’t feel bad, because apparently many consumers didn’t know) is the cap. The 59Fifty is New Era’s signatu…

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DALLAS — The evening his son was drafted, a beaming Martin Dahlin said, “This is his dream, always his dream.” Stop there, and you’ll get the wrong impression. Getting drafted was Rasmus Dahlin’s dream? At first, the notion makes sense, especially for a first overall pick, which the Buffalo Sabres made the Swedish defenseman when the National Hockey League Draft opened …

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DALLAS — Rasmus Dahlin, wearing his blue Buffalo Sabres jersey and cap from the night before, sat with his family in the lower bowl of the American Airlines Center. It was Saturday morning; he was waiting for Day 2 of the NHL Draft to begin. Dahlin was relaxed, leaning over to talk to his older brother and younger sister, and laughing often. It was a stark contrast to t…

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DALLAS — At 4:41 p.m., a family of five filed quietly down the steps of the American Airlines Center until they reached the front of the lower bowl. “These are your seats,” said a woman who worked for the National Hockey League. She pointed to a white-and-green fabric covering slipped snugly over an empty seat. The word emblazoned on it: DAHLIN. Rasmus Dahlin, wearing a…

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DALLAS — The Buffalo Sabres’ table on floor of the National Hockey League Draft is crammed with 19 people. That includes the team owners, front-office executives and the head coach, among others. It also includes someone who is on her feet for nearly the entire draft, taking orders, running papers and more. This is her second time doing this particular gig, so you could…

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In Buffalo, Karin Housley is best known as the wife of the Sabres' head coach. But now the rest of the country knows her as the U.S. Senate candidate who got a shoutout from President Trump one night and a gentle mocking from Jimmy Fallon the next. During his rally in Duluth, Minn. Wednesday, Trump called a group of congressman onstage, and wanted Housley to join him…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…