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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.


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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.


Three contests gathered a majority of attention during Tuesday's primaries.  The contests for Erie County District Attorney, the 60th Senate District and the 143rd Assembly seat featured quality candidates and heavy spending. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy offered perspective during WBFO's Morning Edition.


The Buffalo Bills offense managed just 160 total yards in Sunday's 13-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.  For analyst Matt Sabuda, the play calling and ineffective performance by quarterback Tyrod Taylor were surprisingly similar to the poor efforts that have been so common in recent years for the Bills.


With an energetic and engaging style, host Susan Arbetter has lifted The Capitol Pressroom into a vital voice in Albany politics in just seven years. "There are few stops that the politicians will make and my show is one of them and I'm very proud of that," said Arbetter, who will appear with Jim Heaney of the Investigative Post on Tuesday, September 13 at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. 


While the Buffalo Bills are listed as underdogs for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens, analyst Matt Sabuda sees an opportunity. "Fans shouldn't be surprised to see the team start out with an upset win." Injuries to the Ravens defense, Sabuda says, give the Bills a chance for success on Sunday. 


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Beginning in the early Sixties, poet and singer Ed Sanders worked for social justice, hoping for equality and a better life for all. In 2016, he offers a melancholy assessment of the current condition. "The rat race has suffused the whole American culture." Sanders shared his perspective with WBFO prior to his appearances at the Burchfield Penney, tonight and Friday night.


Buffalo Police say an 8-year-old boy suffered possibly life-threatening injuries when he was shot while sitting in a vehicle on South Division Street Thursday night.

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While much of the pre-Election Day hype has been centered around the Presidential race, the campaign for Erie County District Attorney has also featured controversy and harsh words.  The four candidates will face each other at tonight's debate the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

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With New York's population of ash trees under siege against an invasive species, environmental officials are working to stop the invasion of another wood-eating pest.


Depending on perspective, some of the programs funded by Governor Cuomo's Buffalo Billion are either ambitious or fanciful. During WBFO's Press Pass, Charlotte Keith of Investigative Post provided details of one initiative that is falling short on its promise of job creation.


During a recent visit to Buffalo, Governor Cuomo sparred with reporters over his economic development programs and their lackluster performance in creating jobs. On WBFO's Press Pass, Jim Fink of Business First suggested that lofty job goals were not going to happen overnight.

The Response Performance Festival covers four days, uses three venues and allows access to an historic steamship. The event, which starts Thursday, is the latest ambitious effort from Torn Space Theater.


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While political polarization in the United States is nothing new, the current gap between mainstream ideologies seems insurmountable. A UB professor offers an explanation for a divide that could expand into a dangerous chasm if a different approach is not taken.


With its prime location on the convention floor, the New York delegation appeared to enjoy the spotlight during this week's Republican Convention in Cleveland. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says some politicians also used the event to position themselves for runs at key statewide offices. 


Ted Cruz may have been looking to build his future prospects when he avoided endorsing Donald Trump during last night's speech at the Republican Convention. However, as Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy tells WBFO, the Texas Senator likely alienated his biggest supporter in Western New York.


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With expectations building in advance of Donald Trump's address tonight at the Republican National Convention, WBFO Correspondent Karen DeWitt has been mining opinions from the New York delegation. While some hope for more of the of the showmanship that has carried Trump to this stage others want the Republican nominee to appear more Presidential.


As the enthusiasm builds behind Donald Trump during this week's Republican Convention in Cleveland, party faithful from the Empire State may be enjoying the moment more than most. "It's a very special place for the New York delegation," said Buffalo News Political reporter Bob McCarthy, who shared his observations earlier on WBFO's Morning Edition.


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Chris Collins enjoyed his "three minutes in the spotlight," said WBFO Correspondent Karen DeWitt regarding the local congressman's speech Tuesday night at the Republican Convention in Cleveland. Collins used the time to "bring Western New York to national attention."


While accusations of plagiarism in Melania Trump's speech dominated the analysis of day one of the Republican Party Convention in Cleveland, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says it was just one of many noteworthy events.


Since HSBC Bank abandoned One Seneca Tower, prospects have been dim for the city's tallest structure. "By Halloween, you're going to be looking at a 38-story, almost one million-square foot, empty office building in downtown Buffalo," said Jim Fink. The Business First reporter offered his perspective during his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass.


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Melania Trump's speech at the Republican Convention sparked twin responses. As WBFO Correspondent Karen DeWitt sees it, the former model exceeded expectations with her poise and passion. That faded when allegations of plagiarism emerged.


Local businessman Carl Paladino offered his support early for Donald Trump's unconventional Presidential campaign. Now, as Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy sees it, Paladino has an insider's role as Trump earns the nomination at the Republican Convention in Cleveland.


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