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The Buffalo Winter Sectional Tournament continues in the Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St.., Amherst, with pairs games at 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today, Saturday, Jan. 25, and concludes with Swiss teams at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26. For info, click this link. The Airport Bridge Club, the Bridge Center of Buffalo and Lockport Duplicate Bridge are closed today for the t…

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It is fair to say that the impeachment trial of President Trump has gotten decent viewership over several channels but is hardly must-see television for most Western New Yorkers. However, unless you have cable, satellite service or the internet, it has been can’t-see TV for much of the day and the night. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz highlighted the issue a fe…

YOUNG ADULT Lucky Caller by Emma Mills; Henry Holt, 323 pages ($17.99) Ages 14 and up. ... Emma Mills has a gift for creating appealing characters, believable family situations and funny dialogue, and "Lucky Caller" is a well-crafted gem of a teen romance. Hoping for an easy and fun elective her senior year, 17-year-old Nina signs up for a radio broadcasting cl…

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PASADENA, Calif. — If there is one thing I’ve learned coming to the semi-annual Television Critics Association meetings for 37 years, it's that you can always find a Buffalo angle. That was especially the case in the days Buffalo natives David Milch (“NYPD Blue,” “Deadwood”), Tom Fontana (“St. Elsewhere,” “Homicide”), Diane English (“Murphy Brown") and Anthony Yerkovich…

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Buffalo native Nanette Burstein appeared to be more amused than surprised that a year-old comment by her latest documentary film subject, Hillary Clinton, made national headlines. Clinton’s criticism of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was made to Burstein more than a year ago for the upcoming Hulu documentary “Hillary,” in which the filmmaker spent 35 h…

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I still get emails occasionally about my August and September columns about the anchor change at “CBS Evening News” from Kenmore native Jeff Glor to Norah O’Donnell. The great majority of emails from Western New York and around the country mostly agreed with my assessment that it was a bad call by new CBS News President Susan Zirinsky. She called the switch a “game-c…

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It's winter. Nights are cold, and Western New Yorkers have to dream up the best way to create a comfortable and cozy place to slumber. So many decisions. Flannel sheets or cotton percale? Down comforter or polyester fill? Electric blanket or handmade quilt? Throw in a number of other factors – room temperature, budget, bed linen preferences of sleeping partner – and …

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With the February sweeps set to start in 10 days, the story of the November sweeps can finally be told. I was unable to give the Nielsen ratings for the local newscasts on the three network affiliates earlier because the owner of local CBS affiliate WIVB-TV (Channel 4) dropped the ratings service last year in favor of a different service, Comscore. Nielsen didn’t all…

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WNED-TV should send the documentary that aired Monday, “Making Buffalo Home: A Refugee’s First Year,” directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. The moving, educational and uplifting 26-minute film narrated by West Coast voice actor John Eleby has a timely arrival as it explains the challenges that refugees face and the benefits they provide to a community with a declining pop…

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The Airport Bridge Club will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday with two games – at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. – with a snack between games. Wednesday's game begins at noon following a 10 a.m. lesson by club manager Bill Finkelstein. All games at the club during the coming week will award extra points at no extra charge. • • • The Buffalo Winter Sectional Tourname…

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WIVB-TV’s new general manager, Brien Kennedy, arrived at the Elmwood Avenue station last month with a reputation for being an agent of change in his previous stops in Minneapolis and Philadelphia. He says that reputation will be changing in Buffalo. “I always get the call to go to the station that is not doing well,” Kennedy said. “This is the first time really I’ve …

YOUNG ADULT Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean, Flatiron Books, 336 pages ($18.99) Ages 12 and up. ... British author Geraldine McCaughrean weaves a kind of magic in this haunting, unforgettable tale of survival based on an actual event "at the end of the world" – the St. Kilda archipelago, the remote westernmost islands of the Outer Hebrides off Scotla…

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Name: Michael Poczkalski, 56. Who he is: Principal designer and co-owner of room, a home store at 1400 Hertel Ave., and Michael P. Design, an interior design firm, started in 2005. The Buffalo native has a master’s degree in architecture from the University at Buffalo. He served in the Navy for six years and was a nuclear mechanic on ballistic missile submarines. He is …

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WGRZ-TV has hired a new meteorologist. Elyse Smith will arrive next month from KRCG-TV in Jefferson City, Mo., to fill the weekend Storm 2 position formerly held by Jennifer Stanonis. Stanonis left the NBC affiliate after seven years in late October to “"focus more time on my family, three young kids!" Before joining WGRZ, she was a meteorologist at WKBW-TV. Smith…