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I didn't "get" Fred Rogers. Thank God I didn't. Because everything I didn't "get" about Fred Rogers is what was so good about him. That's how wrong I was. He was right and so were his fans, which is why Morgan Neville's film about him, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" is being met with so much audience and critical love around the country (it is playing currently at Dipso…

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It's Monday, so it's time for romance. No, this isn't another update on how Western New Yorker Jason Tartick is doing as he tries to romance Becca Kufrin on "The Bachelorette" (8 p.m. Monday, Channel 7). This is an update of the story about the romance between former Channel 2 sportscaster Jonah Javad and former Channel 4 anchor Nalina Shapiro that was written before th…

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Karen White-Walker has a very special place to do her writing – in a quaint structure behind her 722-square-foot home on Lake Ontario. White-Walker, a columnist and playwright who has been writing for 45 years, described the place this way for our online Home of the Week feature for the Home & Style section of The Buffalo News: “My home is a humble cottage that i…

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North American Pairs qualifiers, awarding extra points, half of them red points, will be played at all regularly scheduled games next week at the Airport Bridge Club, Bridge Club Meridian and the Bridge Center of Buffalo. There is no additional charge at the Airport Club. *  *  * The Bridge Center of Buffalo hosts the Buffalo Non-Life Master “Silver Point” Sectional Tour…

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Name: Ali Eagen, 33. Who she is: Owner/designer, made by anatomy (all lowercase), which specializes in custom-designed and reconstructed wedding dresses. She shares studio space at Hotel at the Lafayette with photographer Erica Eichelkraut Zilbauer, of City Lights Studio. She and Zilbauer also run Buffalo Indie Weddings, which Eagen described as “a local bridal organiza…

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Unless you’ve been cut off from civilization for the past two months, you’ve heard of comedian Michelle Wolf. The stand-up comedian became nearly a household name after hosting the White House Correspondents Dinner in April, and pretty much annihilating the President and his staff. The controversial set gives a good indication of what viewers can expect on her new weekly N…

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The July sweeps starting Thursday are generally considered the least important to local television stations. However, they are important enough for WIVB-TV (Channel 4) to keep morning co-anchor Jordan Williams around. Williams announced a few weeks ago that his five-year run as co-anchor of "Wake Up!" will end after the sweeps end, as he plans to return to his native…

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Phyllis and Ken Wells have the perfect place to relax, entertain and enjoy their Parkside neighborhood: the wraparound porch on their 1910 American four-square house. “It’s a gathering space,” said Phyllis Wells who, as the oldest of nine siblings, has a special connection to the house. Her family, including her parents Russell L. and Rosalia Russo, lived in the home fr…

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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…

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Spectrum Cable has rolled out a new two-part streaming service that will allow customers to cut the cable cord, getting rid of their set-top cable boxes and giving them more control over their viewing choices. But if you think this is a chance to save significant money on your Spectrum bill, you may want to think again. The availability of the streaming option comes …

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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…