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July 11, 2018

It was our first day in the country. The smell of fish'n chips filled the air, and the Wig and Pen was the place to be as England prepared to take on Sweden in the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup on Saturday.  Wearing blue and yellow was a death sentence. The streets were lined with fans ...

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Given the fiscal state of the news industry, the changes underway at The Buffalo News are not unique. To offset revenue losses, newspapers across the nation have bid farewell to longtime reporters, eliminated once-popular sections and removed jobs that involved covering important beats, such as ...

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My grandpa was of the Depression Era. Sustainability wasn’t “a thing” back then — it was just the way you lived. Though he was raised in a time when you were thankful to be able to put a good meal on the table, he likely had a standard of life that we would consider average or middle class today.

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Shoes on the ground. People chanting. Signs held high. Music playing in the background. It is the start of a historic movement. A moment when every race, gender and age came together as one. A movement that involved change and a March for Our Lives. As a student journalist going out to the ...

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ST. BONAVENTURE, NY -- The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball season came to an end earlier than the team had hoped. Coaches looked disappointed, and players covered their faces with towels. St. Bonaventure’s (26-8) loss to Florida (21-12) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament left many thinking ...

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Traffic is a common occurrence, but for fans of the Dayton Flyers, it’s a usual event every gameday. A trip across the Great Miami River leads to the Flyers’ athletic complex. It became the same ritual for Bonnies fans heading to the University of Dayton Arena for the team's first NCAA Tournament ...

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DAYTON, OHIO -- I almost didn’t get to shoot the game. My media credential got all messed up because I neglected to go through one minor process (I’m an idiot lol and didn’t check my email). Luckily, some amazing people and friends helped push my name through, and I was granted media access to ...

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Sunday, March 13, 2016.  A day that doesn't sit well with Bonnies fans. The Atlantic 10 Tournament in Brooklyn had already left a sour taste in the mouths of Bona fans with an overtime loss in the quarterfinals to the Davidson Wildcats 90-86. Many students including myself took the chance to ...

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A timeworn idiom asserts that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks.  As a retired guy, floating around in my mid-sixties, I easily qualify as an “old dog.” But since September I’ve been doing a weekly radio show on St. Bonaventure University’s radio station, WSBU FM, 88.3, the Buzz, and I’m thinking ...

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Real estate agent Mary Stachowicz fears becoming a victim of violence. Why? Because she shows houses to groups of men by herself. Stachowicz voiced those fears after the Jan. 27 “Beyond Self Defense Seminar” she attended at AKT Combatives Academy in Olean. And she said she believed that in ...

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With Groundhog Day landing on Friday this year, thousands will watch in person and even more will tune in from home to see Punxsutawney Phil make his yearly prediction. As legend has it, if Phil sees his shadow at dusk on Feb. 2, six more weeks of winter are on its way. If Phil doesn’t see his ...

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With each new year, the annual ritual of making resolutions brings promises, goals and hope for a brighter future. In 2018, the key to that brighter future may lie in spending less time debating divisive political issues, reading troubling stories about sexual improprieties in the workplace and ...

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In baseball, momentum is the next day's starting pitcher. At least that’s how the Baltimore Orioles’ Hall of Fame Manager Earl Weaver once described the term. Weaver’s words also provide solid advice for how we should view the results of Tuesday’s U.S. Senate race in Alabama. The election was ...

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For many people, Columbus Day is a time for parades and a celebration of Italian heritage. Others contend that it is wrong to honor Christopher Columbus as a hero. For me, Columbus Day is significant for another reason. It was on Columbus Day in 1975 that I spent my first day in a newsroom as a ...

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With the opening of previews for “Springsteen on Broadway” this week, two conflicting reactions are battling in my mind: “Bruce the boss is back” and “Broadway?” Okay, I'm curious. While I have no idea the format of the one-man performance (it looks like a Bruce Springsteen concert from the ...

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For a couple weeks now I have done my best to hold my tongue on issues regarding the NFL players' protest and refused to engage in the conversation in an effort to not pollute my Facebook and Twitter followings with unwanted opinions, because we all know there are plenty of those to go ...

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When I covered rock'n'roll in the early 1980s, Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia were among the many performers I enjoyed interviewing. But my most lasting memory of the Grateful Dead took place 45 years ago this month long before my career in journalism began. In the fall of 1972, my friend Bob Boyle ...

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ST. BONAVENTURE, NY -- The sun beamed down onto a calm blue September day Monday morning as dozens gathered for the 9/11 memorial at St. Bonaventure University. Despite the perfect weather, the crowd was relatively somber and quiet. Rows of Army ROTC students stood completely still at attention as ...

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EDITOR'S NOTE: In 2015, Alicia Maldonado, a New York City resident who was then a senior in the Jandoli School’s Journalist Workshop course, offered to write an account of her 9-11 experiences. This article appeared in The Convergence, the online publication of Journalists’ Workshop that preceded ...

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