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"Taken, taken so easily/To pass into glass reality/Transform, to transfer, to energy/I am a camera" – Yes, from "Into the Lens." I have a love/hate relationship with my phone. Often, I lean toward the “hate” side of the equation. I feel like the thing runs my life. It urges me to work, even when I’m not supposed to be working. It beats me over the head with hor…

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Joe Salamone did not believe he would really need to stop. It was almost midnight Wednesday when he returned in raw October weather from Rochester, where his supervisors at Paychex had needed him to be for the day. Salamone figured he would simply make sure no one was already in line for the new Chef's on the Go at the Williamsville Place shopping center on Sheridan Drive.…

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"Going above and beyond the job description will make you stand out and demonstrate that you are a hard worker." – Oregon State University’s Career Development Center Blog Instead, Luis "Khalil" Nieves says it got him fired two weeks ago from Canisius College. The college agrees, saying he was warned about overstepping boundaries and taking on responsibilities that w…

Bills

HERNDON, Va. – Ron McDole doesn’t dress up for Halloween anymore. He’s 80, after all. But his daughter says he still enjoys the holiday. “Of course he does,” Tammy McDole says. “He eats all the candy.” Some of her father’s fondest memories from the Buffalo Bills glory days of the 1960s are of Halloween costume parties. He devotes a chapter to these monster mashes in …

Business

I'm going to go easy on you, because I know it really ticks people off if you bring up Christmas before we've even had time to celebrate Halloween. But face it, Christmas is coming. There are fewer than 70 sleeps until the big guy comes down the chimney. Hopefully you've set some money aside. The holiday comes every year, after all, so it's not exactly a surprise expens…

Books

Ted Gioia's "Music: A Subversive History" is one of the most important and welcome books I've encountered in the last decade. If ever there were a book the world sorely needed, it's Gioia's (Basic Books, 514 pages, $35). No one is going to pretend it's the kind of book that has "bestseller" written all over it (unlike Ronan Farrow's book "Catch and Kill"), but Gioia's t…

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its list of 2020 nominees Tuesday morning, and it didn’t take long for social media to be flooded with comments on the list, from the famous, the unknown and the infamous alike. My takeaway from all the digital hullabaloo? No one takes the Rock Hall particularly seriously. And yet, everyone seems to have a passionate opinion ab…

Cheektowaga

Tammy and Eric Bell had never met Ron Nagel Sr., until the same seasonal longing brought them together Friday. The Cheektowaga couple, traveling along Olean Road in Holland, made a spontaneous decision to stop once they saw hundreds of pumpkins spread across the yard in front of Nagel's house. They pulled over to do some business with Nagel, who was sitting beneath a te…

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Water levels in the Great Lakes obviously have their ups and downs over the years, as any lakeshore resident can tell you. There has been the appearance of  longer-term trends within these ups and downs, where lower-than-average levels can dominate for several consecutive years, followed by several years in which higher levels dominate. Having perused lake level records c…

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It's six games into the schedule so let's not get crazy. And the scars of last season remain open wounds to fans. But this certainly feels different. We're seeing real live maturity out of the Buffalo Sabres. Confidence. Purpose. A plan. And the learning is almost immediate. Monday's 4-0 whitewash of the Dallas Stars had much deeper meaning when you study the way it …

Weather

Compared to last week, which became marvelous Tuesday through Friday and again on Sunday, this week will be a little bumpier, with more thermal downs than ups. However, no extremes are involved, and the timing for a return to milder conditions is ideal. After a somewhat unsettled and cool Monday with a high struggling to meet the low 50s, the sky brightens up again with s…

WKBW-TV (Channel 7) has a new general manager with Buffalo roots. Marc Jaromin has been named the vice president and general manager for WKBW and will start immediately, Dave Peterson, the vice president of local media operations for the station's owner, E.W. Scripps, announced today. Jaromin replaces Michael Nurse, who was fired two months ago and is now the general…

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FORT ERIE, Ont. — “The Black Stallion” may be the greatest children’s film ever made. Don’t take my word for it. That’s the word-for-word assessment of Pauline Kael, the late New Yorker writer who may have been the greatest film critic ever made. Take my word for this, though: “The Black Stallion” is the greatest children’s movie ever made in our fair region. The …

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For the Republican wannabes looking to succeed Chris Collins in the 27th Congressional District, these are busy days. Announced candidates Chris Jacobs and Rob Ortt along with potential candidate Steve Hawley attended Wednesday night’s meeting in Corfu to hear area vets lambaste continuing delays for the town’s new national veterans cemetery, sources report. That’s a go…