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This is what I'm thinking: During the summer, there are very few must-see TV events. But I'm all in at 10 tonight for the 90-minute TNT presentation of "The American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to George Clooney," which was filmed two weeks ago. If it is half as entertaining as Clooney's hour with David Letterman's Netflix show, "My Next Guest…

Buffalo

Move over, Morty. Fester, another corpse flower at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, shows signs it could soon bloom after years of being dormant. Fester's awakening comes on the heels of Morty's bloom last week. Fester should flower in two to three weeks, said Kristin Pochopin, the director of horticulture. "He's growing like gangbusters, and wa…

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Former Channel 2 and 4 anchor John Beard and veteran radio announcer Roger Christian of Star 102.5 head the list of six new members in the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame class of 2018. The announcement will be made later today at WNED-TV. Beard worked in Buffalo television for 12 years in two different time periods. He recently ended his 8-year run as co-anchor of…

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Tyra Banks is No. 1 — among current TV personalities, that is. So says the Hollywood Reporter's latest measurement of popularity on social media. This measurement seems to have been made through some algorithmic calculation of tweets, YouTube clicks and more. Follows and engagement are taken into account, along with who knows what all. However the figure is reached, Ban…

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CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer doesn't often reference his family history on the air. But a conversation over the outcry about the Trump administration's decision to separate undocumented immigrant children from their families caused the former Western New Yorker to get deeply personal in an interview Monday with Michael Hayden, the former director of the National Security Age…

Home and Style

Earlier this month we called out for colorful front doors. This week, we're looking for photos of a single, eye-catching place setting for spring/summer – like the one above. It can be for inside or outside, bright or neutral, vintage or contemporary ... anything you dream up. Think you have a real stunner? Email a photo to homeandstyle@buffnews.com. We plan to have rea…

Books

The Larkin Square Author Series on June 25 will feature Margaret Sullivan, media columnist for the Washington Post, and author Lauren Belfer. The free event is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at 745 Seneca St. in Larkin Square. "We are honored that Lauren Belfer and Margaret Sullivan will appear together for a talk in Larkinville," said Leslie Zemsky, Larkin Square'…

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You might have thought there was some progress in combating sexism when the Miss America pageant recently announced it was eliminating the swimsuit competition. Not so fast. Here comes ABC's "The Proposal," to set the progress of American women back to the 1950s. The reality series also sets back television four or five decades. The premise is that a man or a w…

Gardening

Dean and Jody Wienke have worked hard to transform their City of Tonawanda home into the place it is today. Both are do-it-yourselfers who learned along the way and came up with creative ideas for fixing up and decorating the house, inside and out. They raised two children in this house – Brittany and Taylor – both of whom are getting married in the coming months. Jo…

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The Sectional Tournament at the Clubs (STaC), which offers silver master points, concludes today, Saturday, June 16, at local ACBL Sanctioned bridge clubs. The Airport Bridge Club will hold two STaC games today, at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., with no extra fee. *  *  * The Longest Day, which benefits Alzheimer's research, began as a summer solstice bridge marathon. Now it has…

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What does a television critic do on weekends for entertainment? If it is raining or unseasonably cold, I head to the movies. Now more than ever, thanks to MoviePass. It took me a while to sign up for the app because it just seemed too good to be true. The idea you could spend $9.95 a month per person – which is less than you'd spend at lunch most places and equ…

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Name: Nellie Gardner, 60. Who she is: Horticulturist at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House Complex, where she manages the landscape, assists in programming, and educates and coordinates “an amazing group of volunteers.” She is spearheading the landscape restoration at Graycliff, the Wright-designed Martins’ former lakeshore summer home. A gardening consultant, lec…

Business

First the much-anticipated "Risky Builders" was bumped from its February air date in favor of the Winter Olympics, now viewers hoping to tape its June 24 debut are finding the show doesn't exist in their TVs' channel guides. The first episode of the show, which stars Williamsville-based house flippers, features a home on Tonawanda Creek Road in Clarence. It's scheduled …