The temperatures in the Buffalo area are expected to drop to as low as 2 degrees this week. So here are some tips on how to keep your car running, navigate ice-caked sidewalks, avoid freezing water pipes and even keep your pets safe in the cold. The deep freeze has been killing off car batteries left and right this week. AAA of Western New York and Central New York was bombarded with calls Tuesday and Wednesday from drivers whose cars wouldn’t start. On Tuesday, “we received nearly 2,600 calls, which is more than double we’d receive on an average December day,” said Lindsay Kensy, a spokeswoman for the auto club. By 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, AAA had received 270 calls across its territory, she said. Here are some winter driving tips from AAA: • If you notice your battery is slow to turn when you try to start it up, get it checked. • Park in a garage, if possible, to keep the battery warmer. • Drive your car regularly, even if it’s just for a … [Read more...] about How to avoid common weather woes in bitter cold temperatures
Considering they are in second-to-last place in the entire National Hockey League, the Buffalo Sabres might have been expected to have a huge drop in TV ratings this season. But the ratings decline isn't as big as you might expect. Before the Sabres' 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders Wednesday, they averaged a 5.5 rating on MSG and NBCSN this season, compared to a 6.2 at this point last season. That's a decline of more than 10 percent for what it is annually one of the highest-rated markets in the NHL. But it could have been a lot worse considering they are the lowest-scoring team in the league and many of their games have been pretty dull. You also might think the Sabres' poor season would frighten NBC, which is carrying the 10th annual Winter Classic on New Year's Day between Buffalo and the New York Rangers from Citi Field in New York. NBC's executive producer Sam Flood said in a conference call that the Sabres deserved to play in the 10th anniversary of the game because they took … [Read more...] about As Winter Classic nears, how much have Sabres’ struggles affected TV ratings?
“The biggest reason why this partnership works is because there is complete respect of the other person’s craft,” she says. “I would no more step foot in that kitchen and tell Cherif, ‘You know what? Why don’t you do it this way?’ When someone’s been doing a profession for 40-plus years, they know what they’re doing.” European fusion Dowd — the daughter of a French mother and an Italian-American father — lived with her parents in Memphis during the school year but spent every summer with her maternal grandparents back in Grenoble, picking fruit and vegetables from the backyard orchard and garden and going at least once a day to local farmers’ markets for provisions. “My life was raw and natural,” she says. “It was just pure.” Her mother and grandmother made soufflés for as long as she can remember. “I grew up with soufflé and a salad as the perfect meal.” She … [Read more...] about Let them eat souffle! How a Dallas restaurateur’s vision won over doubters
They met only eight weeks ago, but Amber and Dale Newman know they have a friend for life in Anne Kappa. The Newmans and their two young children left their home in Australia in November so Dale could begin treatment for his brain tumor at the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center in Warrenville. Through an online support group, Kappa, a Glen Ellyn mom, referred Amber to the proton center where she received the same specialized therapy for her brain tumor two years ago. But they have bonded over far more than a health crisis. Kappa welcomed the Newmans into her own home for Thanksgiving and Christmas. She ran errands with the family and helped them find some normalcy. And on Wednesday, when the center hosted a "graduation" ceremony ahead of Dale's last treatment session, Kappa was, of course, there to celebrate. "We'll be friends forever," Amber Newman said. Her husband will finish his treatment Friday and then the family will head to Disneyland before returning home to … [Read more...] about How one Glen Ellyn mom supported an Australian family through tumor treatment
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Cristela Guerra Globe Staff December 26, 2017 No matter how careful a driver might be, icy roads are treacherous to navigate. As temperatures plunge across New England this week after a white Christmas, safety experts recommend avoiding roadways when there’s a risk of ice. If you must drive, it’s important to take it slow and leave plenty of room between your car and the cars in front of you. Icy roads on Saturday led to 30 spinout crashes and four rollovers in the Foxborough-Canton area, according to State Police spokesman David Procopio. There were no major injuries reported. Advertisement Ice can develop on areas of a roadway where the sun’s warmth doesn’t reach, such as off-ramps, according to John Paul, senior manager of traffic safety with AAA Northeast. But even a coating of moisture on ice can be dangerous for … [Read more...] about How to drive safely on icy roads
The Bills are hoping to remove the burden of a 17-year playoff drought on Sunday. Their infamous drought is the longest in North American team sports, and a full three seasons more than the Cleveland Browns, the next-longest streak in the NFL. What has become routine for the Bills – missing the playoffs – is actually an extremely improbable feat. Let’s examine how unlikely this drought is and how much blame lays with the Bills. There are six playoff spots for 16 teams in each conference. If you assume complete randomness, each year, each team has a 37.5 percent chance of making the playoffs. Under the randomness assumption, here are the odds that a team doesn’t make the playoffs a certain number of years in a row: Twist. The. Knife. Of course, we know making the playoffs isn’t random, and there’s year-to-year correlation. Teams carry the same players and coaches for multiple years. Even if rosters were “random” to start the year, each … [Read more...] about The math of ‘The Drought’: Just how unlikely is it for Bills to miss playoffs 17 straight years?
Dear Amy: “Calvin,” a 64-year-old co-worker of my husband’s, was on the verge of being homeless, so we invited him to live in our home.We now realize that Calvin is an alcoholic. We are now hiding our own alcohol in a padlocked refrigerator in our garage.Calvin works only enough hours to leave time to drink at his favorite bar, which is across from the store where he and my husband work. We usually drive him to work, he works for about four hours and then drinks at the bar until my husband picks him up to come home (we live less than two miles away from the store). Read more:Calvin has four grown children who live about an hour away.Yesterday, one of his kids gave Calvin a car. He does not have a driver’s license and today he drove himself to work.As I write this, it’s too early in the day to know if he stopped at the bar before driving himself home. What should I do, if anything? — WorriedDear Worried: It is possible that … [Read more...] about Reader wonders how to stop friend from driving drunk
The History Colorado Center is working with a new strategy lately, building its major museum exhibits around the resources it holds in-house, namely the millions of objects and records the state has collected over the years. Its latest attraction, “Zoom In,” featuring 100 of them, demonstrates why that’s a good way of doing business; the exhibition is a tightly-edited, entertaining and, at times, moving tribute to the place we call home. It’s an old way of doing business, of course. For decades, the museum put its collection front and center for the public, though for the first half of the 2010s, it shifted its major focus to traveling shows on topics like the history of toys and the civil rights movement. They were were fine fare, really, but had little to do with Colorado in particular, and the public stayed away. In response, the museum changed leadership and its game plan. “Zoom In” gives folks a reason to return to History … [Read more...] about “Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects” at History Colorado shows how quickly things change
Pomona’s wild 56-49 victory over Eaglecrest in Saturday’s Class 5A championship closed another Colorado prep football season that exemplified how the free agent nature of the state has turned the sport’s classification into an oligarchy. “With open enrollment, it’s going to stay that way for a long time,” said Pomona coach Jay Madden. “People are out there looking around before their freshman year, and they know what the top football schools are — and they end up going to those schools. It’s really hard to build a program from the ground up anymore.” It’s a trend easy to identify but difficult to rectify. In the past four seasons, the state’s five preeminent heavyweights — Valor Christian, Pomona, Cherry Creek, Columbine and Grandview – have combined to earn 13 of the 16 possible 5A semifinal playoff spots. The current “waterfall” playoff format, installed two years ago to even out … [Read more...] about With waterfall format set to go away, how does parity get restored in top-heavy 5A football?
Colorado was once a reliable Republican win in presidential elections. In the 18 elections that took place between 1920 and 1988, Democrats won the state only four times. In the seven elections since, Democrats have won four times, including the last three. As the cities vote, so goes the state Colorado’s population increased by nearly 90 percent between 1980 and 2015 — from about 2.9 million to 5.4 million — with the majority of that growth happening in urban areas. In 1980, rural voters cast nearly 17 percent of the state’s total votes. Though the number of rural votes cast in 2016 increased by nearly 78 percent to 352,490, the percentage of rural votes among total votes dropped to 13 percent. In that same time period, the number of urban votes cast increased by 146 percent, to 2,427,757. Because urban residents so heavily outnumber rural* residents, urban voting patterns largely mirror state totals, shifting Democratic in recent elections. Rural voters still … [Read more...] about How Colorado has voted in presidential elections (and how its politics have changed) since 1980