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Marilyn Hagerty's 15 minutes of fame has been extended, by popular demand.The 85-year-old restaurant critic for the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota became a worldwide sensation last week when her earnestly admiring review of a chain restaurant went viral.  She described the new Olive Garden as "the largest and most beautiful restaurant now operating in Gr…

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There was Mark Zuckerberg's social experiment with Facebook (and we know how that turned out -- we now share what we had for breakfast with hundreds of "friends" we've never met). And now there's a journalistic experiment about to begin, courtesy of Zuckerberg's college roommate. Chris Hughes, fresh-faced and 28 years old, has bought a ma…

In this space Friday, I wrote about Andrew Galarneau's new system for rating restaurants in The News, using numbers from 1 to 10, instead of stars from one to four. And I heard lots of opinions -- mostly positive. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the nation, the same topic was circulating:At the Los Angeles Times, the paper has just done away with any star or point system fo…

When you see Andrew Galarneau's debut restaurant review in Gusto today, you'll notice that something's missing and something's new.  Janice Okun's traditional star system has disappeared, and Galarneau is using a numerical rating.  To be precise, he gives a "7" to Woo Chon Korea House in Williamsville.  He�…

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Today is International Women's Day, on which we are urged to celebrate intrepid women who have changed the world.  Newsweek and the Daily Beast -- under their celebrity editor Tina Brown -- are doing something cool and interesting in New York City called the Women in the World Summit.  Here's a link to it and a nifty interactive graphic.  Amon…

A Buffalo News editorial today calls for an independent investigator of stature to take charge of the "pay for injury" scandal in the National Football League. It says, in part: "Suggestions that the league be allowed to investigate this matter on its own are unacceptable. Someone needs to determine if criminal conduct occurred within the league. The NFL, w…

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The late, great Christopher Hitchens, in his admiring 2009 Vanity Fair piece about Stieg Larsson's trilogy, wrote that a best-selling book is like a tsunami."It's partly a wall and partly a tide: first you see a towering, glistening rampart of books in Costco and the nation's airports, and then you are hit by a series of succeeding waves that deposit in…