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Hard times call for soft colors.Although Pantone recently proclaimed Emerald its gem of 2013, American paint companies chose soothing pastels as their go-to hues for the new year. For Sherwin-Williams, it’s Aloe, a minty green with a 1950s vibe. Benjamin Moore selected Lemon Sorbet, a citrus shade slightly brighter than cream that also has a nostalgic look.“Now we yearn fo…

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OK, so maybe giving a starring role to a monkey in a lame sitcom (“Animal Practice”) wasn’t such a good idea. And, in hindsight, “The Mob Doctor” and “Partners” were disasters just waiting to happen.Yes, the fall featured its fair share of TV blunders. But we’ve now reached the midseason point, and it’s time to hit the restart button. A wave of new shows is headed our way,…

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By Kristina MacroNeXt CorrespondentAs we begin a new year, NeXt takes time to reflect on some of the things that happened in 2012. The year was full of both good and bad, but here’s hoping lessons were learned from the bad and the world can move forward into a better new year.January3 – The Iowa caucus started the 2012 presidential election process.13 – The cruise ship Cos…

Now that we have all survived the “end of the world,” it’s time to celebrate a new year and take a look at what to expect. Here’s a peek at what the new year will bring.The year 2013 will be full of opportunities to head to the movie theaters, but make sure to get your 3-D glasses ready. Many classics including “Top Gun,” “Jurassic Park” and even “The Little Mermaid” are c…

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A ciambella is a simple, ring-shaped bread made of egg, shortening and sugar – basically, an Italian Bundt cake. Ciambelle are often served as an afternoon snack at a bar or café. They can be dressed with glazes, syrups or berry compote.This decadent winter version is inspired by Emilia-Romagna. The fresh chestnuts and chestnut flour bring a smoky flavor and smell that ree…

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The day I became The News’ restaurant critic, I lost my appetite.I found it again, to be sure, but my first months as a professional opinionator were disconcerting. For 25 years as a newspaper reporter, my opinion was the last thing my bosses wanted.As much as possible, my stories were straight, just-the-facts-ma’am journalism. Appearing biased – that is, indicating that y…

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The opening lines of Liz Moore’s book, “Heft,” immediately immerse readers in the world of Arthur Opp, a brilliant and isolated man.The first thing you must know about me is that I am colossally fat. When I knew you I was what one might call plump but I am no longer plump. I eat what I want & furthermore I eat whenever I want. For years I have made very little effort to re…

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Getting older seems to bring out the author in people. And seniors are discovering the booming self-publishing industry is their path to every author’s deepest desire: a book.There are far more pay-to-publish options today, including on-demand printing that lets customers order one book at a time. Local libraries now are more likely to place donated copies on their shelves…

Many motorists don’t know it, but it’s likely that every time they get behind the wheel, there’s a snitch along for the ride.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this month proposed long-delayed regulations requiring auto manufacturers to include event data recorders – better known as “black boxes” – in all new cars and light trucks beginning Sept. 1, 2014. B…

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You probably have seen Danielle Fox of Lancaster working somewhere in the area. Though only 28, she has had many jobs. Her first job was at John and Mary’s pizzeria in Alden. She has worked the McDonald’s drive-thru. She also has delivered pizzas.For the past four years, Fox has worked in the hospitality industry as cloak room clerk, housekeeper, banquet manager and hostes…

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You might call it noteworthy if the top leader at Women & Children’s Hospital was a graduate of the hospital’s own maternity ward.What about that fact – times four?The top four leaders at the Buffalo hospital specializing in infant, childhood and maternity care – Cheryl Klass, Debianne Peterman, Allegra Jaros and Dr. Margaret W. Paroski – were all born at the Bryant Street…

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Every year fashion offers up the good, the bad and the ugly. But what the industry is really built on – and consumers respond to – is buzz.Here are the top moments of 2012 that made our heads turn:• Angelina Jolie at the Oscars. The leg that peeked out of the thigh-high slit of her Versace gown was the most exciting appearance on the red carpet. The gown fit perfectly into…

What a couple of mugs, sporting less-than-perfect physiques in the bargain.But was there anything lovelier than Jack Klugman or Charles Durning doing what they did for an audience?Rumpled Klugman exploding at his prissy flat-mate Tony Randall in the long-running sitcom “The Odd Couple.” Portly Durning hoofing, fleet of foot, and singing how “Ewwwww, I love to do a little s…

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Tom Joyner’s morning radio show on WBLK-FM powers listeners through their day. It helps drive the urban music station to its regular spot near the top of the morning ratings chart. And, according to station reps, it encourages community consciousness, which is critical for a station that calls itself the “The People’s Station.”“Tom Joyner in the Morning” is produced in Dal…

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Rolled oats are the type of oats most often used in the American kitchen, often arriving in a cylindrical cardboard container.The most nutritious of the cereal grasses, they’re often cooked into hot breakfast cereal by simmering with water or milk, or used as the base of a cold cereal, like muesli or granola.When it’s not breakfast time, rolled oats are found in baked good…