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February 13, 2013

Cuomo's new title is 'Hamlet on the Shale'

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Niagara Gazette — By the way, it should be noted that the governor's father, Mario Cuomo, was known as 'Hamlet on the Hudson' when he resided in the Executive Mansion.

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ON THE PRESS: "Scribblin' For A Living: Mark Twain's Pivotal Period in Buffalo," by Thomas J. Reigstad (Promethus Books, 301 pages, paperback, $19) is bound to appeal to anyone with an interest in the famous journalist who once edited the Buffalo Morning Express, a forerunner to the now-defunct Buffalo Courier-Express. The book set for publication in March also offers a fascinating glimpse of Western New York history.

Reigstad, a Twain scholar and Kenmore resident, is emeritus professor of English at the State University College at Buffalo.

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TROUBLE MAKERS: On a recent cable television show Lockport Mayor Michael Tucker was asked about the popular summer concert series in his city. The mayor said the events have been successful with the public, except for the frequent intrusions of kids (13 to 15 years old) who just hang out past the curfew. Tucker said that even if they're taken to the police station it doesn't solve the problem because it's often difficult to find the parents.

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MARK THE CALENDAR: Forget the frigid temperatures and those snow mounds at the end of the driveway. Think green! 

After all, it's only 31 days until St. Patrick's Day. Plans already are in the works for 'The World's Shortest Parade.'

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OUT OF THE PAST: Longtime basketball fans of the Little Three Conference vividly remember Larry O'Connor, who starred on the Canisius College teams in the 1950s. O'Connor dominated the action —especially in 1952 — when he led the Griffins with 18.7 points and 15 rebounds per game. Those conference games (Niagara, Canisius and St. Bonaventure) were usually sold out at the 12,500-seat Memorial Auditorium in downtown Buffalo. O'Connor, 80, a member of the Canisius College Sports Hall of Fame, died Feb. 7 in Tonawanda.

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CALORIE COUNTER: Overheard in a Youngstown restaurant: "I wonder how many vegetables had to die to make this salad" — a customer glancing at the bowl in front of him. 

Contact reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.

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