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Until they emerged in this year's World Series, many felt the Chicago Cubs had been suffering from a curse. While some dismiss that notion, UB associate professor of anthropology Phillps Stevens, Jr., says, by definition, a curse has been in place.

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When "True West" opens Friday at Road Less Traveled Theater on Friday, it will be the first time the theater company has tackled the work of American playwright Sam Shepard. Based on a recent glimpse of the production, the cast and crew are relishing the chance to bring Shepard's work to Buffalo.

Political advertising paid for by "outside forces" is starting to inundate the race in the 60th Senate district. That's according to Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, who says the two major parties believe winning the district could lead to control of the State Senate.

According to an analysis from Business First, there are 1,032 development projects worth $1 million or more underway throughout the eight counties of Western New York. Jim Fink of Business First offers some highlights on WBFO's Press Pass.

If the Buffalo Bills are going to continue their winning streak this Sunday in Miami, they will likely do so without running LeSean McCoy, who is suffering from a hamstring injury. Analyst Matt Sabuda believes the Bills can overcome the injury with the continued solid play of their offensive line and if quarterback Tyrod Taylor raises his game.


While Wednesday's Presidential debate provided more of the harsh discourse that seems to have drawn millions of viewers to previous debates, the event failed to go deep on some key issues. Robert Mills, special assistant for government relations at Daemen College, believes the candidates failed to properly explain how they would improve the conditions for Erie County's 65,000 veterans.


For one analyst, it appears Donald Trump wants to fire up his loyal supporters in the final days of the Presidential race. UB's Jacob Neiheisel says Trump offered his base more "red meat" during Wednesday's debate. While the goal is to encourage voter turnout, the strategy may have the unintended consequence of bringing out Bernie Sanders supporters to vote for Hillary Clinton.

As Donald Trump rails about a rigged election, he continues to drift from the message that originally boosted his candidacy. That's the view of Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, who believes Trump would be better served to emphasize his status as a political outsider who can be an agent of change in the White House.

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Margaret Sullivan's resume features a journalistic trifecta, of sorts. After working her way to become editor of her hometown Buffalo News, Sullivan went onto to become public editor at the New York Times before moving to the Washington Post where she is the media columnist.  On Wednesday, Sullivan will be the keynote speaker at a dinner to benefit Investigative Post.

The Buffalo Bills blew out the San Francisco 49ers, 45-16, Sunday at New Era Field, extending their winning streak to four, the team's longest since 2008. Analyst Matt Sabuda says there was a lot to like, including the behavior of fans while controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the National Anthem.

After starting the season with two losses, an air of desperation surrounded the Buffalo Bills. That spirit has changed dramatically. Analyst Matt Sabuda says after three straight wins, the Bills should expect to win on Sunday against the struggling San Francisco 49ers.

Presidential candidate Donald Trump may be losing support from some national Republican figures, but he maintains a strong following throughout Upstate New York. That's the view of Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, who notes that Congressman Chris Collins is bucking the trend by remaining firmly in the Trump camp.

Buffalo's penchant for charitable giving combines with its love for food once again today with the annual "Dining Out for Life" event. The proceeds of participating restaurants benefit the multiple services provided by Buffalo's Evergreen Health.

The Buffalo Bills are enjoying a modest two-game winning streak, but analyst Matt Sabuda believes continuing that trend will be difficult. For Sunday's game, the Bills will travel to the West Coast to meet the Los Angeles Rams. As Sabuda points out, the Bills have won just three of their last 14 games on the West Coast.

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In the coming days, KeyBank will finish its takeover of First Niagara. KeyBank's Gary Quenneville took a few moments during the hectic transition period to address some of the issues the bank and its customers are facing.


The Buffalo International Film Festival features dozens of films, but only "2307: Winter's Dream" utilized the frozen surface of Lake Erie as the set for its futuristic tale. The film's director, Southern California native Joey Curtis, discussed the shock of filming in Buffalo during one of the coldest winters in city history. 

Republican Governor Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine provided many lively exchanges during Tuesday night's Vice-Presidential debate. For Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, the candidates displayed a command of the issues while providing the substance that was lacking in the first Presidential debate.

Over the last 15 years, winning has been the norm for the New England Patriots, who have been especially dominant on their home turf. On Sunday, the story changed dramatically as the Bills  beat the Patriots, 16-0, at Gillette Stadium. "I don't want to hear the Patriots were without Tom Brady as an excuse. They were still a three-and-oh team and are likely the team to beat in the AFC,"  analyst Matt Sabuda said. "And yesterday, the Bills beat them."

With the loss of key players due to injury and suspension, the New England Patriots appear to be vulnerable as they get ready to host the Bills on Sunday. It's an an opportunity the Bills must seize, says analyst Matt Sabuda, who believes a loss would  show "players, ownership and fans that this team is still light years behind the Patriots."

Prior to last week's indictments of some of the key players involved in state economic development projects, Charlotte Keith of Investigative Post had been reporting extensively on some of the questionable practices related to those projects. Keith shared her experiences with WBFO's Press Pass. 


Monday's Presidential debate may have been widely watched, but the event is unlikely to provide either candidate with a boost in polls. That's the opinion of UB Political Science professor Jacob Neiheisel. "I don't think the chains got moved a whole lot."

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Author Dava Sobel has earned critical and commercial success with her recent books, Galileo's Daughter and Longitude. With both books touching about on astronomy, Sobel will use her research in presenting a program entitled "The Rebirth of the Heavens" tonight at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

"I have to say that this is the earliest I can remember Bills fans being so distraught over the state and prospects for the team," said analyst Matt Sabuda during WBFO's Beyond the Playbook. He's troubled by the strange timing of the dismissal of offensive coordinator Greg Roman and the team's poor showing on defense.

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Emotions often run high during the annual Light the Night Walk at Delaware Park as thousands gather to acknowledge those who have been touched by leukemia. Those feelings will be shared by David and Brianna Blank, the father and daughter who have both been diagnosed with the disease.

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When her father, James "Pappy" Martin, died in 2015, Dawn Martin Berry-Walker carried on with his lifelong efforts of spreading the joy of jazz throughout Buffalo. That mission has brought about several events, including Thursday night's birthday tribute to the great John Coltrane at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

While adaptive reuse of Buffalo's historic structures has become common practice in recent years, the plans for the former Pierce Arrow administration building provide insight into an emerging trend. "The money for this is coming from outside the 716-area code," said  Jim Fink of Business First during his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass.

Now in its third year, the Buffalo Humanities Festival---an event that is as ambitious as it is eclectic--- will again gather some of the region's top scholars. Professor David Castillo, director of the Humanities Institute, says the three-day event, which begins Thursday, looks to create "meaningful bridges between our academic enterprises and the community at large."

The New York Jets gained nearly 500 yards in offense in dominating the Buffalo Bills defense in a 37-31 win Thursday night. The effort provided a stark contrast from last Sunday when they held the Baltimore Ravens to just 13 points. "It's been one of the strangest, most disconnected first two games of any season," said analyst Matt Sabuda during WBFO's Beyond the Playbook.


His busy life as a star performer didn't allow B.B. King to spend extended time with his daughter, Claudette King. Still, he offered sage advice. "Don't let that dream pass by. Go for it," she recalls of her father's encouragement. For Claudette King, that dream has taken her on a musical journey and a stop this weekend at the Niagara Falls Blues Festival.

A wild atmosphere is expected tonight as the Buffalo Bills host the New York Jets at New Era Field. Analyst Matt Sabuda believes the Bills can send their fans home happy tonight provided quarterback Tyrod Taylor improves upon his performance from Sunday's season-opening loss at Baltimore.