Date to remember

Want to remember your wedding anniversary in a way that's almost as easy as one, two, three?
Jason Carr found what seems a foolproof way to remember his special date, so says his mom, Barbara Carr, executive director of the SPCA Serving Erie County.
Her son tied the knot on Thursday.
So the date of his wedding is 10/11/12. Almost as easy as one, two, three.
“Molly [Short], his bride to be, had called and left me a message asking what I think about people getting married on a Thursday. I thought it was a little odd, but it's whatever they want,” said Carr, who has taken a vow of her own – never be a meddling mother-in-law.
In fact, Carr says, “The women both my sons have picked are perfect.”

Winning answer

It's a big question.
Will the confiscation of a major stash of drugs and $64,000 in suspected drug money quiet down the University Heights neighborhood?
Northeast District officers recently spotted the drugs inside a home on West Northrup Place through an open door and arrested seven young men.
When police brass answered media questions about smashing the drug ring, they expressed hopes it would dent the criminal element in the neighborhood.
Detectives Chief Dennis J. Richards, detecting a chance to deploy a pun, said: “That is the $64,000 question.”

All fired up

Some of us are still recovering from Wide Right.
For others, Brett Hull's No-Goal still stings.
You remember the Music City Miracle, right?
In other words, Buffalo sports fans have plenty of heartaches to relive, often courtesy of ESPN.
Now, we're reminded of another painful episode in our sports history thanks to NPR's “Only A Game.”
Sterling Smalley, a Buffalo sports fan, describes how he felt after a controversial umpire's call cost the Buffalo Bisons a chance to record a spectacular comeback.
Heading into the ninth inning of Game 4 in the 1991 American Association championship series, the Denver Zephyrs had a seemingly insurmountable 9-0 lead. And their pitcher was throwing a no-hitter. Then our favorite minor league baseball team came roaring back. A bases-loaded line drive down the left-field line sent the base runners toward home plate, with the runner at first waved all the way home for the game-tying run.
Any experienced Buffalo sports fan knows what happened next.
While the Bisons believe the runner slid in safely, the umpire called him out. Game over: Zephyrs, 9, Bisons, 8.
“The lasting memory for me will always be of the even-handed Pete Weber turning into a flaming ball of outrage,” Smalley says of the then-Bisons radio announcer.
Hey, pick your sport. We've all been on fire at some point.

What's in a name?

Will we be pounded by Draco? Blanketed by Plato? Or will we dodge Virgil?
Whatever the answers, we better bundle up, because Draco and Plato could mean snow is on the way. But if we miss Virgil, that means our friends to the east or the south are probably getting hammered.
The Weather Channel will name noteworthy winter storms during the upcoming 2012-13 winter season.
The channel has picked the names of quite a few Greek and Roman gods, philosophers, rulers and poets. Draco was the first legislator of Athens, Plato a Greek philosopher, and Virgil a Roman poet.
The channel also picked the names of a conqueror, a Shakespearean character and a mountain in the Rockies, among others, for good measure.
We're not sure if we'll react differently to a blizzard named after Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, or named after Khan, the Mongolian conqueror.
We might come up with our own names for the storms – ones that can't be repeated on The Weather Channel.

By Patrick Lakamp with contributions from Lou Michel.