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LOS ANGELES – “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard concedes that his weight loss on “The Biggest Loser” was less than stellar, leading to this week’s elimination and marking the second time he was eliminated from the show for failing to lose enough weight.But off screen? The balladeer Velvet Teddy Bear – who joined the weight-loss reality show at 462 pounds – said he is d…

The Sectional Tournament at the Clubs (STaC), which offers silver points in games at participating sanctioned clubs, begins Monday, Dec. 9, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 15. The Airport Bridge Club will have separate pairs games at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. every day Monday through next Saturday for STaC Week, with a 20-minute lunch break. The week finishes with a STaC Sw…

NEW YORK – Right now Bob Greenblatt is adding “live TV musicals” to his list of favorite things (right after brown paper packages tied up with string).“Sound of Music Live!”, the first live musical on network television in more than 50 years and a pet project of the NBC Entertainment chairman, proved to be a worthwhile gamble on Thursday night. The three-hour event, based …

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ORLANDO, Fla. – A movie inspired veteran director Jenni Gold to seek a life in Hollywood behind the camera.“Tom McBride played a guy, confined to a wheelchair, in ‘Friday the 13th Part 2,’ ” Gold said. “As a kid, what stood out to me was he was just like me, in a wheelchair. A guy who liked to hang out with his friends. I thought, ‘That’s AWESOME.’ He wasn’t some stereotyp…

I know the name of this column is “Women’s Voices” but the “woman’s voice” that should be heard would never consider her story compelling or worthy of outside notice. So I am writing for a voice that deserves to be heard.My wife, Joan, is a remarkable woman who feels she is completely unremarkable.I first became aware of her character and charm when we started working toge…

I like to talk. A lot.My talkativeness has won me business, forged friendships and been the bedrock of my career.My talkativeness also has made me overbearing, ruined relationships and been my Achilles’ heel in almost every role I’ve played.As with most people, my greatest strengths are also my greatest weaknesses.In her Psychology Today cover story, “When Virtue Becomes V…

Q. I almost blacked out some years ago while driving with my two young daughters. I had a glass of orange juice with a vegetarian Thanksgiving meal. The only way I could find to stay conscious long enough to drive to my nearby baby sitter was by asking my toddler to engage in a “yelling contest” with Mom. Imagine the looks we got from other drivers as Mom and daughter yell…

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Ahhh, the yin and yang of the holidays.More fun. More food and drink. More face time with your favorite friends and family members. Priceless.More work. More weight and hangovers. More face time with your boorish friends and family members. Costly.How can you find more meaning than stress this time of year?It’s all in the approach, according to three local experts who help…

Q: We work in the health services office of a large university with a very diverse student population. For fear of offending others, some administrators want to institute a policy that would forbid us from putting up Christmas decorations, including Santas, garlands, lights and Christmas trees, and in the spring they want no bunnies, chicks or eggs for Easter. We’re not of…

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David Howes’ collection of props from the Jim Carrey Grinch movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” started small and then, like the Grinch’s undersized heart, it grew and grew and grew.The collection started with a single oversized shiny red teardrop ornament for $60 and now includes things from eBay with prices he’d rather not discuss: A pink umbrella “Pumbersella” baske…

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Dylan’s guitar sells for $965,000The Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan plugged in when he famously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival sold Friday for nearly $1 million – the highest price ever paid for a guitar at auction.Christie’s auction house did not immediately identify the absentee buyer who agreed to pay $965,000 for the sunburst-finish guitar.Dylan’s …

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Friday morning’s Coffee Concert at Kleinhans Music Hall felt like an evening concert, there were so many people. Our hosts had decked the hall. Red ribbons were draped from the ceiling. The singers and musicians looked merry and bright.Ron Spigelman, the BPO’s former associate conductor, is in town this weekend to conduct “Classic Christmas.” The Buffalo Philharmonic Choru…

Dear Abby: I’m 12 and weigh 204 pounds. I feel really fat and I want to go on a diet, but my mom won’t let me. I’m getting bad grades in gym class and need your help. – Sad Girl in New HampshireDear Sad Girl: By recognizing that you have a problem that you can’t deal with on your own, you have already taken an important first step in resolving it. The next is to talk to yo…

By Alan Pergament It might have had its share of critics on the social networks, but NBC's live production of "The Sound of Music" with Carrie Underwood Thursday night sure provided a big bang in the ratings for Channel 2. In fact, the three-hour production had a higher rating on Channel 2 than CBS' half-hour comedy "The Big Bang Theory" on Ch…

By Alan Pergament This is what I'm predicting and thinking after talking to industry insiders: After further review, it looks like Channel 2 may be able to carry an University at Buffalo men's basketball or football game on a Saturday night as part of the partnership announced Thursday by the NBC affiliate and Division I program. I originally doubted that Channel…