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Norton joins revival’s cast Jim Norton will join James Franco and Chris O’Dowd in the Broadway revival of “Of Mice and Men.”Producers said Monday that Norton, whose recent credits include “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and a Tony Award-winning turn in “The Seafarer,” will play aging ranch handyman Candy.The story by John Steinbeck centers on big-dreaming George, played by Fr…

By Alan Pergament Looking at the rating for San Francisco's last-second, wild-card NFL playoff victory over Green Bay Sunday, you might have thought the Buffalo Bills were playing a regular season game. Frisco's 23-20 win over the Pack in Sunday's late game had a preliminary rating of 32.4 on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate. That was more than 30 percent highe…

By Alan Pergament Channel 2 has dropped the half hour version of "The Healthy Zone," which it produced in a partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Western New York. It is a strange time to drop the program since many people make New Year's Resolutions to take better care of themselves by eating better and exercising. But the healthy lifestyle reports…

Dear Miss Manners: Our two children are in day care and have a lot of friends they play with every day. Often when one of them has a birthday, the parents will throw what I consider to be a lavish party and invite all of the other children, who are 2, 3 and 4 years old.These events seem to be universally overstimulating for the birthday child, and the idea that one child g…

Q. I heard somewhere that turmeric is an anti-inflammatory agent. I cannot find a reference for the dosage. I am wondering which turmeric to try. I am a 52-year-old female runner with a persistently sore glute muscle.A. Turmeric is a spice made from the root of a tropical plant, Curcuma longa. This rhizome somewhat resembles ginger root, but it is bright yellow or orange i…

Dear Jeanne and Leonard: My family’s story could fill a season of “Dr. Phil.” In a nutshell, though, my elderly parents are flat broke, and my brother and I are struggling to supplement their Social Security and keep them going. What happened is, our sister sucked their savings dry, then ran up $21,000 in debts on their credit cards. Since there’s no possible way for our p…

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WASHINGTON – Shortly before leaving the Capitol for the holiday recess, Senate Democrats gathered behind closed doors to lay out an agenda for 2014. When the majority leader, Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, exhorted colleagues to “deal with the issue of income inequality,” the talk took a spiritual turn.“You know,” declared Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who caucuses with Democrat…

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Ke$ha checks into rehabKe$ha has checked into rehab to treat an eating disorder.The “Tik Tok” singer said in a statement provided by her spokesman Friday that she’ll be unavailable for the next 30 days while she seeks treatment for an undisclosed eating disorder.“I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I’ve found it hard to practice,” she said.The 26-yea…

By Alan Pergament If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know I can get annoyed when WNED-TV delays the airing of national programs like the recent ones on NFL concussions and Marvin Hamlisch. But I have a bigger bone to pick with WNED's parent, PBS. I wish PBS would have played season four of "Downton Abbey" at the same time as it was carried across …

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Margo Martindale comes off as this bluff Earth Mother, sassy and droll, a woman who’s heard it all. Cast her as an aged barmaid, a cynical aunt, a grumpy mother or grandmother and let her drop a few bon mots in her dry, Texas drawl.“People think I’m this no-nonsense, blunt sort of woman,” she said. “Maybe it’s some way I’m coming off. Something will happen …

With each trip I take, I make it a point to bring home cultural souvenirs – gold nuggets of experiences I’ll remember all my life. Whether it’s sitting and talking with a Muslim at the Great Mosque of Granada in Spain, waving a flag at an Irish hurling match, or getting naked with Germans at a spa in Baden-Baden, it’s experiences like these that give each trip that extra s…

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Kristina L. Vollmer and Christopher P. Billoni were married at 2 p.m. Dec. 28 in St. Louis Catholic Church. Guests gathered for a reception at Statler City. Monsignor Salvatore Manganello of St. Louis Catholic Church heard the couple’s vows. The bride’s parents are Thomas R. and Mary J. Vollmer of Rochester. The bridegroom’s parents are Paul A. and Cynthia A. Billoni of Ke…

Dear Carolyn: My girlfriend and I recently broke up after two years together. We met in my hometown while she was attending the university. She came from a wealthy background, and myself from an upper-middle-class family. Despite not being as wealthy, I felt that I made up for that in other areas. I always cooked and cleaned, I paid for monthly trips and activities togethe…

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Lindsay A. Goegan and Andrew M. Kuntz were married at 4 p.m. Dec. 13 in Brierwood Country Club, Hamburg, where a reception was held following the ceremony. Pastor David Drake of the Chapel at Crosspoint, Getzville, heard the couple’s vows. The bride’s parents are Gina L. Goegan of Akron and Jerry Caci of North Tonawanda. The bridegroom’s parents are George and Christine Ku…

Dear Miss Manners: I have hosted Christmas dinner for my family for many years. This year, my nephew’s children, while unsupervised, destroyed a decoration.My nephew’s stance was that my home is not “child-proofed.” I informed him that children need to learn not to touch everything that they see. His response, in essence, was that I am too particular.I no longer desire to …