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The first match-up that featured Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen and New York Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold led to the Bills’ highest-rated Sunday afternoon game of the season. The Bills’ 27-23 loss to the Jets had a 38.5 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate. The rating peaked at game’s end at a 44.2 rating. Before Sunday, the Bill…

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If the song hadn’t become so controversial lately, I would have bet CBS would have played “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” during the Buffalo Bills’ 27-23 loss to the New York Jets Sunday. After all, announcers Spero Dedes and Adam Archuleta went overboard telling viewers that it was cold at New Era Field. The emphasis on the weather was my one big complaint about the broad…

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The District 5 Sectional Tournament at the Clubs (STaC), which awards silver points for play at ACBL sanctioned clubs, continues today, Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9. The Airport Bridge Club offers two STaC pairs games today, Saturday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., and STaC Dupli-Swiss team games at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Register in advance for t…

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At a Catholic church forum Monday designed to move forward from the sexual abuse crisis in the Buffalo Diocese, WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) anchor Maryalice Demler ended up upsetting some in attendance who interpreted her remarks as an unprofessional critique of a competing TV station. Multiple people came away from the panel at St. Joseph University Church near the University …

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Name: Hayley Carrow-Janecki, 31. Who she is: Fine artist specializing in oil painting and textiles; owner of Ró, a shop at 732 Elmwood Ave. in the Elmwood Village featuring mid-century authentic and inspired home decor. The Western New York native graduated from Alfred University with a bachelor of fine arts degree. She and her husband, contractor Nick Janecki, live in …

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CBS’ excellent storyteller Steve Hartman will be in Buffalo Friday to report a heartwarming On the Road story on a social media sensation that first got media attention last month in a Sean Kirst column. According to a CBS producer, Hartman’s story is “about a little girl who left an anonymous note on a stranger’s car” after her school bus drove away after it hit his ca…

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“The Big Bang Theory” is going out with a local bang in its final season on CBS. “This Is Us” is still NBC’s top-rated series here, but not as many of us are watching and many viewers aren’t loving it as much as they used to love it. “The Good Doctor” doesn’t get much of a live rating but it recovers nicely on delayed viewing to become ABC’s top-rated series here. …

CHILDREN'S Knights vs. Dinosaurs by Matt Phelan; Greenwillow Books, 160 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... The boastful knights of Camelot have a near-death experience with some terrible lizards and emerge somewhat the wiser in this rollicking romp from award-winning graphic novelist Matt Phelan, liberally illustrated with his marvelous black and white cartoons. …

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Like practically every television critic, I instantly fell in love with season one of Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” After the first season won eight Emmy Awards, I couldn’t wait for season No. 2, which starts streaming on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the first three episodes of season No. 2 that Amazon sent to preview were so disappointing that newcomers to the …

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Joel E. Falkowski carves cottonwood bark with hands the size of small footballs. His trademark silver beard, a penchant for red flannel and his candy-cane red Ford-150 have earned this retired autoworker the nickname of Papa Noel. At 6 feet 3 inches tall and 330 pounds, Falkowski turns heads at holiday gift shows where he sits serenely carving wood "spirits," whimsical …

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Just in time for holiday gift-giving: Tickets are available for the 2019 Decorators’ Show House – including a combo gift ticket to see the house before and after its makeover. This year’s site: The Palmer Centennial House, 288 Lincoln Parkway. The arts-and-crafts style home was designed by architect Ulysses G. Orr in 1910. The combo ticket, $25, is for admission to b…

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Many so-called National Hockey League experts have been surprised by the early-season success of the Buffalo Sabres. NBCSN and NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire isn’t one of them. In the preseason, McGuire pretty much predicted the turnaround. Consider this McGuire statement before the Sabres played a preseason game in Clinton: "The one thing that is exciting abou…

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Last fall, we launched an online feature called Home of the Week. This lets readers inside homes throughout Western New York. In the past year, we have featured a lake house, lofts, a cabin, old city houses, rural homes, suburban homes, townhouses and a penthouse apartment. Now, with a new fall/winter season – and the holidays – upon us, The Buffalo News continues to lo…

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There's no love lost between Ross Cellino and Steve Barnes these days as they fight over whether to break up their law firm. But the latest "Saturday Night Live" imagined a happier time for the partners as Weekend Update co-host Colin Jost recapped the latest Russia-Trump news. "Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen, who I believe is the love child of Cellino & Bar…