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Since last summer, WKBW-TV (Channel 7) investigative reporter Charlie Specht has been the most visible TV news leader covering the story of sexual abuse allegations in the Buffalo Diocese. Now he is going to be a big part of a national TV program that is taking a deep dive into the church scandal here. Specht’s award-winning work with photojournalist Jeff Wick will b…

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This is what I’m thinking: With the NBA and NHL playoffs over, I had to find some original programming to watch Friday night. My girlfriend and I landed on “Murder Mystery,” the new Netflix movie starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston about a New York policeman taking his wife on a European vacation he promised her 15 years earlier. On the trip, they become th…

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The rain in Western New York has been more than a nuisance. It is slowing crop maturation, likely leading to more problems with plant fungi, making it more difficult to get farm machinery out in the fields and probably cutting back on farm productivity. Mosquito populations in some areas (like my house) are soaring, golf courses are soggy, ballgames are getting rained o…

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Father’s Day offers a good time to remember Bruce Beyer, who had two fathers — the one who raised him and the one who sired him. Beyer, who lived one of the most theatrical lives in Buffalo history, died in April, at the age of 70, of congestive heart failure. As it happens, his great but failing heart led him to a late-in-life astonishment — the discovery that the birt…

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Political points for pop to ponder: • ‘Tis the season for fundraisers, when candidates work the phones, stage events, and fatten their campaign treasuries. That’s exactly what the pols are up to behind the scenes for this year’s contests, next year, and even for 2021. Take declared Republican congressional hopeful Chris Jacobs. Supporters of the state senator and vet…

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Leanne Domotor was not sure how to break the news to her mother and an aunt. She finally invited them over for dinner last month in Brantford, Ont. The three women and their husbands were at the table when Domotor took a deep breath. She had a revelation to share about their beloved dad, her grandfather. Whatever worries she felt soon fell away. The story stunned and…

When last we left Chuck Rhodes Jr., he was fully dressed in his S&M leathers, completely tied up and suspended horizontally from the ceiling. It was the season finale of Showtime's "Billions" and Paul Giamatti, as Rhodes, had decided his manipulative behavior in that episode had been rotten enough to earn much-desired physical punishment by his dominatrix. When Show…

I cannot tell you how much I first wanted to like "Off Beat Cinema" when John DiSciullo first told me it was coming to Channel 7 in 1993. Yes, James Gillan's whole original idea came from an ad agency and not a conclave of hungry movie freaks determined to preserve cinematic eccentricity for eternity. As a result, it didn't seem to have any animating notion at all, whet…

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The GFS-Fv3 model is up and running. It has greater resolution within its grid points and what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is describing as a tremendously improved dynamical core. The GFS-Fv3 model has replaced the GFS, the global U.S. model which goes out as far as 16 days in advance. Few logical meteorologists rely on detailed precipitation for…

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The cousins of Vince Rogers faced a hard decision. The remains of the World War II airman, whose poignant letters to his parents often invoked his love for Buffalo, were finally brought home for burial last week. Vince was killed with six other Americans when their B-24 Liberator bomber crashed in 1944 on Tarawa atoll. More than 75 years later, the eldest cousin, Tom Ro…

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My copy of "The Encyclopedia of Household Hints and Dollar Stretchers" by Michael Gore is yellow and crumbling and has the most fantastic old-book smell. I can't remember who gave it to me early in my Discount Diva career. I think it was my awesome father-in-law, who was always sharing excellent money-saving tips with me. I received a flood of helpful resources from rea…

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BOSTON – It was seven games over 17 days, the first Stanley Cup final to go the distance since 2011. In the end, the St. Louis Blues completed their worst-to-first transformation and won the Cup for the first time in their history with Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins in Game 7 at TD Garden. Here are seven random thoughts in the wake of the final: 1. Hea…

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The seven-episode Ryan O’Reilly Show continued to deliver a huge rating in Buffalo for his final act. St. Louis’ 4-1 win over Boston Wednesday night led by O’Reilly’s opening goal in the deciding Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final had a preliminary 13.9 rating on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) if the low-rated pregame activities are counted. The rating grows to a 14.3 if the first 15…

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BOSTON – Gary Bettman had given Ryan O'Reilly the Conn Smythe Trophy. Then St. Louis teammate David Perron took care of the big moment. As a 3-year-old idolizing his 8-year-old brother, Cal, O'Reilly had practiced this in the family kitchen of their home outside London, Ont. Take the Stanley Cup and hold it over your head. Use whatever you could. A garbage can, milk jug…