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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v13n5 (01/30/2014) » Section: The News, Briefly

Soul Connection: Rocca Meets the Love Doctor

If you ask local legend and soul singer Lance Diamond what makes a person cool, he’ll tell you that it’s not necessarily their fashion sense (although he says he has enough custom suits in his dressing room to dress the whole Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra) or who they hang out with (although he’s a long time friend of Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls). What it really is, for the guy who has been doing his weekly Saturday night soul show at Milkies (formerly the Elmwood Lounge) for almost 30 years, is perseverance and just the will to keep on keeping on. Oh yeah, and the ability to be a smooth talker, not unlike one of his idols, Rick James.

Grant vs. Kennedy Starts Early in the Pages of the Buffalo News

In 2012, Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant lost her Democratic primary challenge to State Senator Tim Kennedy by just 156 votes, despite Kennedy’s overwhelming advantages of incumbency and ample campaign cash. Barring some sort of rapprochement between the political factions from which each comes (unlikely) or a scandal enveloping and destroying one or both candidates (also unlikely), Grant will again challenge Kennedy in a Democratic primary this year. And, because she came so close to unseating Kennedy last time on a shoestring, she’ll have material support from Kennedy’s political enemies this time. Those enemies include the Erie County Democratic Committee, whose candidates Kennedy actively tried to undermine last fall, and, according to a piece in the Sunday Buffalo News by political reporter Bob McCarthy, State Senator Jeff Klein.

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