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We’re beginning the week with a Buffalo seasonal snow total of 56.5 inches, which is 15.3 inches below average. That’s not near a record deficit, in case you’re wondering, but it’s likely the deficit will grow as the week progresses into next weekend. All in all, however, this week will feature another cold blast – not quite comparable to Valentine’s Day – followed by anot…

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Burt Solomon isn’t from Buffalo, but it’s fair to say that our fair city plays an outsize role in his life. His twin grandsons often wear Buffalo Bills and Sabres T-shirts, for the simple reason that Solomon’s son-in-law is a Buffalo native who grew up on Fordham Drive, steps away from the spot where William McKinley was shot at the Pan-American Exhi…

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So Jason Botterill's week ahead is getting mighty interesting. Just when his team is getting on a roll, does the Buffalo Sabres' general manager go all-out selling ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline merely to pick up some extra draft picks? A loss Sunday to the Toronto Maple Leafs would have made it an easy call. The Sabres would have been 11 points out of a wild card …

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CENTURY CITY, Calif. – Carolyn Cassidy drove from her office west of Beverly Hills to Walt Disney headquarters 45 minutes away in Burbank to meet her bosses several months ago. She didn’t know why she was summoned for a meeting, but she was “excited and nervous.” So she took a memento from her late father, former WKBW-TV General Manager Paul Cassidy, with her for suppor…

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It must be tough these days for Stefan Mychajliw. The Erie County comptroller and 27th Congressional District candidate can only watch from the sidelines as Republican Chris Jacobs and Democrat Nate McMurray square off for the April 28 special election. Following the tumult of former Rep. Chris Collins’ resignation and nomination of successor candidates, the spotlight –…

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Dim Lam Lun made the decision the first time she touched the keys. She was a teenager in Burma, forced to seek an education far from home amid sweeping reprisals in 1988 that shut down government schools. She enrolled at a seminary school that had a piano, the first one Dim had ever seen. In a place where she still felt like a stranger, surrounded by children who spoke …

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No decade in Buffalo Sabres history had such wild swings of emotion as the 2000s. When former owner Tom Golisano and a couple of dozen ex-players gathered in town this week, they were largely celebrating the near misses of the Stanley Cup runs in 2006 and 2007. How long ago they seem. The Sabres currently own the longest playoff drought in the NHL, dating to 2011, an…

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Leave it to me to write about this mild winter on the coldest day of the season. There is our mean warming climate involved, but I would be hesitant to assign all the anomalous warmth this winter to global climate warming. I’m not trying to play word games, as the mean warming is certainly there in the background. What admittedly has me puzzled is how the upper air pattern…

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The lessons you learn for Valentine's Day do not always happen overnight, or in a year, or over many decades. They can simmer and emerge when you least expect to find them, sometimes even as you step into your 60s, and maybe the only hope we have for knowledge in this life is to realize you can never know enough about a story. So it is with the corner of Albany Avenue a…

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You sure hope Better Days are coming back. An exciting finish like what we saw Thursday night can bring you back to, oh, 13 or 14 years ago. There were all kinds of warm fuzzies in KeyBank Center. Remember the spring of 2007, when the Goo Goo Dolls' hit became an anthem for a city and a team? We relived it all on 2000s Night, as the Sabres hit their pregame celebrati…

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Let’s all try to remain civil, even though these number-crunching blowhards keep begging for the abuse. Even though their analytics-based criticisms of Josh Allen border on disrespecting your family. Even though these clowns wouldn’t know a real leader if George Washington himself stepped into the huddle. They’d be too busy whining about the way he cut down some cher…

Business

It's beginning to look like a good bet that Tesla Inc. will build the workforce at its South Buffalo solar panel factory fast enough to avoid paying a $41.2 million penalty to the state. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted this week that the company will host its April "company talk" from the Buffalo factory – the first time the RiverBend complex will be highlighted to employee…

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Today’s column brings you the unlikely duo of Doris Kearns Goodwin and Taylor Swift. Goodwin stood alone after speaking to the nation’s television critics in Pasadena, Calif., last month to promote a three-night, six-hour History Channel miniseries, “Washington,” that includes dramatic reenactments and interviews and runs 8 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. As she sto…

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The first time I laid eyes on Buffalo, it was dark, I was nervous because my friend was driving fast and a touch recklessly, and I was wondering what those miniature Statues of Liberty with their little green beacons atop that rather ornate downtown building were all about. It was Nov. 14, 1987, and before I left SUNY Fredonia for my first semester break, I had a date w…