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February 24, 2017

Lockportian’s “RISE” shines on TV 7 a.m. tomorrow, 1:30 a.m. Sunday with Joe Mesi, Henderson, Burke

It’s been a long, highly eventful journey for Joseph DiPasquale growing up in the Lock City, moving to L.A. after attending Syracuse University, and now back again.

With tomorrow’s premiere of “RISE,” a TV newsmagazine co-hosted by Joe Mesi on WGRZ, he’s bringing another part of his L.A. story to Western New York in the form of acclaimed stage and TV actor Stephen McKinley Henderson, above left, as well as iconic Rolling Stone illustrator Philip Burke.

The pilot episode, airing tomorrow at 7 a.m. on Saturday, and at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, following “Saturday Night Live,” is intended to be the first of a series of programs about the [...]

 
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September 15, 2016

‘Bomb train’ activist says region not ready for deadly threat

Each of the cylindrical tankers has the same explosive force as two million sticks of dynamite, says Wheatfield resident John Cunningham.

“If one of these goes off the rails, you evacuate everybody that isn’t dead, and you let it burn for three to four days. There isn’t enough foam in Western New York to put out one car,” he said during Monday’s Town of Wheatfield board meeting.

With a possible blast radius of one mile, Cunningham said, it’s a deadly threat he’s bringing to the attention of the public and their elected officials.

“I may have seen my first bomb train the other day,” said Wheatfield Town Supervisor [...]

 
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July 4, 2016

To start a conversation, Collignon “prettifies” apocalyptic images

Thermonuclear war. Millions dead. Mutually Assured Destruction. The End of The World As We Know It.

We were astonishingly close during the days of the Cuban Missile Crisis as well as the general era that extended through the cold war of the 60s and 70s and the dissolution of the Soviet Union to a different kind of terror of the 90s and 2000s.

“Dance With the Devil” features images from video and film of the Trinity and Bikini Atoll nuclear tests.

These images were then were heavily processed to “prettify” what the apocalypse might look like at the beginning: a force of nature — a genie [...]

 
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July 4, 2016

Sister Karen’s “Peace Prints” heading to Attica for musical tribute promoting nonviolence

More than ever, the world needs Sister Karen Klimczak’s message of nonviolence and acceptance.

Before she was murdered almost 10 years ago, Sister Karen, who was raised in Lackawanna, worked tirelessly to promote nonviolence.

To that end, she left “Peace Prints” all over the communities that benefitted from her presence, and she encouraged others to do so as well.

Klimczak was particularly noted for walking through violence-plagued neighborhoods after a murder brought darkness there, holding a candle to signify hope.

But to those who knew her, and audiences who experience “PeacePrints: A Musical-Poetic Tribute,” it really was Sister Karen’s love and [...]

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