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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford apparently is no longer “a sweetheart” to Channel 2 anchor Maryalice Demler.On Sunday and Monday, Demler was involved in what have to be two of the classic moments in local broadcasting history.On Sunday, Demler went on Twitter and tweeted a picture of herself with Ford, the disgraced Toronto mayor, at the Buffalo Bills game against Atlanta in the Ca…

By Alan Pergament Today is the day that Time Warner Cable's new, theme-based digital channel lineup made its debut across many areas of Western New York. The city of Buffalo, Olean and a few other WNY areas get the new lineup on Thursday. I've tried to explain it a few times before in blogs. But judging by my emails and a Channel 7 story Monday night, some people…

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s officially OK to admit that you’re thinking about – and maybe even excited about – Christmas.There is a reason many think of this as the most wonderful time of the year. For many, it’s because of a happy memory that is connected to something about this season and that day. An unexpected reunion. The joy on a child’s face. That …

Time Warner Cable’s new channel lineup went into effect Tuesday for most of Western New York and will reach everyone by Thursday.What may initially seem like channel scramble is the cable provider’s new theme-based digital lineup.The lineup groups channels into themes such as “Entertainment,” “News & Info,” “Sports,” “Music,” “Kids & Teens” and “Premiums.” The cable provid…

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OCILLA, Ga. – It is a meager holiday in the pecan groves of the South, and the pain is stretching to kitchens across the country.A rare collision of ill-timed rain, marauding animals and a growing love affair between the Chinese middle class and the pecan has resulted in the worst pecan supply in recent memory. As a result, grocery store prices are up by about 30 percent, …

By Alan Pergament Toronto Mayor Rob Ford apparently is no longer "a sweetheart" to Channel 2 anchor Maryalice Demler. I missed her on-air commentary on the 5:30 p.m. news Monday. However, a former colleague alerted me to the fact that Demler sort of gave an apology for her Sunday tweet -- later deleted -- that included a picture of the anchor with the disgraced m…

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Champion shifts weather jobs“Good Morning America” weather anchor Sam Champion is leaving ABC News to join The Weather Channel.Champion will anchor the network’s new flagship morning show, which is set to debut in early 2014, Weather Channel President David Clark said Monday.Based at The Weather Channel headquarters in Atlanta, Champion will also assume managing editor res…

Let’s say you’re an avid young student of television’s traditional folkways. You might ask, “What kind of TV series premieres on the Wednesday night after November Sweeps, when the pressure to collect eyeballs has waned?”“Mob City,” the middling, pleasant little noir lite series that TNT will unveil at 9 p.m. Wednesday will show you.It’s based on John Buntin’s enjoyable bo…

Shopping frenzyLast weekend, scenes from a mall were surely nothing next to scenes along Elmwood Avenue. The tiny Scoop Shop, a consignment store that goes back to the 1940s, was a challenge because of the crowd, and Buzz embraced that challenge, scoring a skirt (for ourself, naturally) off a sale rack. At Positively Mobbed – oops, we mean Positively Main Street – you coul…

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Nothing could be more perfect than reading about Narnia, right here and now. § Buffalo in the wintertime? § It’s like a little bit of C.S. Lewis in our midst. § We feel the cold that grips the Narnian landscape under the spell of the White Witch. § We want to put on one of those cozy fur coats – the ones the children pick out in the wardrobe, and then wear as they …

Dear Abby: I am a 38-year-old woman who has been dating a 41-year-old man for seven months. He’s wonderful and treats me magnificently. We have similar values and interests and are very much in love.Sadly, although I have always wanted children, he does not. At my age, I have dated enough men to know that I have found someone special. I realize my choice is either to stay …

Q. I am in my early 60s, but I’ve been hobbling around like an old man after a couple of bad bouts with gout. I have been on a prescription to treat it along with various other meds for high cholesterol and blood pressure. I’m sure they all contribute to my aches and pains.Several months ago, I felt my gout flaring up in my big toe. Instead of getting a new drug to treat t…

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By Tom ParsonsDallas Morning NewsThe holidays are a popular time for kids to fly solo.Each airline has its own rules and fees for unaccompanied minors, so it’s a good idea to check the policies before you buy a ticket. One thing the airlines have in common is that children must be at least 5 to fly alone.In most cases, children ages 5 to 7 can only fly on nonstop flights. …

Dear Abby: My little girl was born with a heart defect. She made it through the first heart surgery, but passed away a week later right in front of me while the doctors and nurses tried to save her. As the date of her death gets closer, I am becoming more and more depressed. How can I remember her and share my memories in a good way when all I want to do is stay in bed and…

By Alan Pergament Channel 2 co-anchor Maryalice Demler set off a Twitter storm during the Buffalo Bills game with Atlanta Sunday night by posting a picture of herself alongside controversial, disgraced Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and adding that he was "a sweetheart of a guy." Here's what she wrote about Ford, who has been in the national and international news a…