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Just like the Buffalo Bills' fortunes changed big time in a week, so did the TV rating for the team’s games. Armchair Bills fans were back in front of their TV sets in big numbers Sunday afternoon. A week after the Bills’ embarrassing 41-9 home loss to the Chicago Bears, which was the lowest-rated Bills game this season and one of the lowest rated in several years, t…

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CBS analyst James Lofton often runs his mouth faster than he ran routes as a Hall of Fame receiver for the Buffalo Bills. And that’s saying something. But he said more interesting and astute things in the first few minutes of Buffalo’s shocking 41-10 victory over the New York Jets Sunday afternoon than he said during the entire Bills’ 20-13 loss to Houston he worked …

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Unit championship games, offering extra points, will be held at all ACBL sanctioned clubs in the area Monday, Nov. 12, to next Saturday, Nov. 17. • • • The Airport Bridge Club celebrates Veterans Day with two extra-point games at no extra charge on Monday, at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. A snack will be provided to those who play both games. • • • The Niagara-on-the-Lake Fall…

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Two of the greatest writers from Buffalo’s Hollywood Connection are in the news this week. Tom Fontana, the Buffalo native and SUNY Buffalo State College graduate whose writing and producing credits include NBC’s “St. Elsewhere” and “Homicide: Life on the Street” as well as HBO’s “Oz,” will be here at 2 p.m. Saturday as part of “The Downtown Jesuits Distinguished Speake…

Fashion

Name: Erin Lalley-Bauer, 31. Who she is: Owner of Fern Croft Floral, 291 Bryant St. The Hamburg native graduated from the Art Institute of Boston and has a background in graphic design. She has a 7-year-old daughter, Bayla Bauer. What she’s wearing: Suzie Winkle blouse from August Market, East Aurora; black jeans from Everlane.com; boots from Clarks, Walden Galleria;…

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Jesmyn Ward at age 41, is already the first woman and the first person of color to win two National Book Awards for Fiction. In doing so, she joined the ranks of literary giants Saul Bellow, William Faulkner, Philip Roth, John Updike, Bernard Malamud and John Cheever. Ward won her second in 2017 for "Sing, Unburied, Sing," the same year she was awarded a MacArthur Fo…

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Even good gardeners and horticulture professionals struggle with this question: “How can I keep this plant alive over the winter?” The problem is not about knowing what the plants need – science is clear on temperatures, moisture, care for most plant groups. The problem is: How can we provide the right conditions in our houses, basements, garages or yards? We don’t have…

Books

Too soon? Well, not really. Hannukah, after all, is less than a month away, after sundown Dec. 2. So forgive, if you will, the genuine excitement of someone who loves books as much as I do for listing some books that really got my juices flowing. Many are literary, admittedly, and all but one are currently available online and in bookstores. "Tailspin: The People and…

Colleges

And the local TV winners on election night are … WIVB-TV (Channel 4), Fox News and CBS. The total rating of all the networks and affiliates that carried election coverage Tuesday night was 23.1, which is more than 5 points lower than the lowest-rated Buffalo Bills game this season. Channel 4 earned a narrow victory over WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) in the household ratings at…

YOUNG ADULT A Winter's Promise, The Mirror Visitor Book 1 by Christelle Dabos; translated from the French by Hildegarde Serle; Europa Editions, 491 pages ($19.99) Ages 15 and up. ... Prepared to be dazzled by this thrilling debut novel from French author Christelle Dabos, the first installment in the Mirror Visitor quartet, with its fascinating characters, intrica…

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Western New York viewers had to wait until the 11 p.m. newscasts Tuesday night to see the most captivating local moment of Election Night 2018 – the apparent concession speech made by Democratic congressional nominee Nathan McMurray in his race with incumbent Chris Collins. It was said often during McMurray’s campaign that he did things differently. And that was neve…

Bills

Andrew Catalon will be on play-by-play and former Buffalo Bills star James Lofton will be the analyst at 1 p.m. Sunday when the Buffalo Bills visit the New York Jets in a CBS game carried by WIVB-TV (Channel 4). Bills-Jets games sometimes get one of CBS' top three announce teams because the games enter the New York City market. But with the Bills 2-7 and the Jets 3-6…

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On George Richert’s first day back as a reporter at WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the big local story was the news conference held by Bishop Richard J. Malone and his lawyers about the sexual abuse allegations involving priests in the Buffalo Diocese. Naturally, Richert couldn’t be a part of Channel 4's reporting team covering it because only two months earlier he was the direct…

Bills

The Buffalo Bills’ 41-9 loss to the Chicago Bears was the lowest-rated Bills game this season and one of the lowest rated in several years. Sunday’s rout on a beautiful Sunday afternoon had a 28.1 rating on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate. It is hard to say what contributed more to the low rating – the weather or the Bills' dreary performance. Before Sunday, the low…