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I doubt anyone is surprised that the Buffalo Bills’ 27-6 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday was their lowest-rated game of the NFL season.It had a 26.6 rating on Channel 4, the local CBS affiliate. The games have been getting ratings in the mid-30s for most of the season.However, even the 26.6 rating for the Bills game is about 50 percent higher than any prime-time network progra…

When a man loves a city, he’s got to make a movie about it. At least that’s the case for Michael Bolton, whose latest passion project is a documentary about Detroit and its potential for resurgence.The Grammy-winning singer has been spreading an excess of good cheer in his hip new holiday commercials for Honda. But that’s nothing compared to his feelings for the Motor City…

The flip-flop is official. Nuts are no longer bad. Thanks to new research from the New England Journal of Medicine (Nov. 21, 2013), we are now urged to eat nuts daily to reduce our risk of heart disease.This is a complete U-turn from advice Americans were given during the low-fat heydays of the 1970s and 1980s. Then, physicians told us that if we indulged in high-fat foods…

Dear Abby: I’m considering marrying a man who is divorced. We get along great, and I love and trust him. Is it ever appropriate to call the ex and discuss her side of the story? Or should I ask my boyfriend what she’d say if I were to contact her?– Covering My Bases in California Dear Covering Your Bases: If you call the ex, you can count on hearing something negative abou…

Starting today, Sabres season ticket holders have a much better chance of enjoying their game.That’s because The Archer opens at 286 Main St., former site of the City Grill, offering antelope, bison and quail on a menu aimed at fans of white tablecloth fine dining and pregame bar eats alike.Joshua and Gladys Archer are the owners. She’s an ex-pat, 1995 Hutch-Tech class pre…

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Chocolate bark is the workhorse of homemade holiday gifts: easy, crowd-pleasing, expected.But you’ve never seen chocolate bark like Tom Faglon’s chocolate bark. Instead of nuts or dried fruit or chopped-up, peppermint candy canes, he scatters fresh pomegranate seeds over the surface, where they glisten like rubies. Chewy bits of candied ginger are hidden inside the bitters…

Question: My ex and I have always shared our now 10-year-old daughter equally and have worked through everything amicably. Our divorce decree doesn’t even have holidays set because we have always agreed how to share our daughter’s time. He married a woman with two children six months ago and now everything has changed. He refuses to work with me and wants a set holiday sch…

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A travel advisory for McKellenActor Ian McKellen says the British government has advised him not to go to Russia because of the country’s anti-gay “propaganda” law.McKellen, known to millions as Gandalf in the “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” films, told Radio Times magazine that the Foreign Office had informed him “they couldn’t protect me from those laws.”The openly gay …

Buffalo Bills’ 27-6 loss to Tampa Bay Sunday was their lowest-rated game of the NFL season. It had a 26.6 rating on Channel 4, the local CBS affiliate. The games have been getting ratings in the mid 30s for most of the season.It also isn’t surprising that TV ratings for the Buffalo Sabres are now back to the low levels before the hiring of Pat LaFontaine and Ted Nolan. The…

  By Alan Pergament This is what I’m thinking: I doubt anyone is surprised that the Buffalo Bills’ 27-6 loss to Tampa Bay Sunday was their lowest-rated game of the NFL season. It had a 26.6 rating on Channel 4, the local CBS affiliate. The games have been getting ratings in the mid 30s for most of the season. However, even the 26.6 rating for the Bills game is about 5…

Dear Abby: I am a single 25-year-old man with a 15-month-old son. I didn’t plan on having any children, but my son is everything to me. His mother and I did not work out well living together. We had different priorities and personalities and could not comfortably coexist. I have no ill will toward “Andrea.” She’s a great person and a phenomenal mom. My dilemma is I constan…

Lots of tools, hardware and other accessories easily hang on a pegboard wall. As for the other things that you want to keep handy, you can create simple “pockets” to hold them. We took a couple of plastic bottles from the recycling bin out in the garage. Then we cut off the tops of the bottles and punched a hole into the side so it would hang on a pegboard hook. Depending …

Dear Miss Manners: I fly frequently on business and, as often as possible, book a seat in the exit row for the additional room needed to work while in flight.On two recent flights, I boarded the aircraft to find another passenger in my seat who asked if I would “mind changing seats” so a couple or family could sit together. Even though the seats proffered in exchange had l…

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The year is 1992. Nelson Mandela, two years beyond his release from 27 years of political imprisonment and two years before he will be elected president of South Africa, stands before a classroom of Soweto children.A rare moment is being captured by camera and crew: Mandela as actor, rather than activist. Cast in the role of teacher, handed words to speak that are not his …

I used to think there was no contest, that Martin Luther King was the greatest history-making figure of my lifetime.But, as the life and recent death of Nelson Mandela have shown me, that may be as much American chauvinism as anything else – the unavoidable reality of the ’50s and ’60s civil rights struggle in America coinciding with my childhood and adolescence. They were…