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Mayor Supports Memorial Walk

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Mayor Brown announced his support of Randy Sargent (pictured right), a Buffalo native who will walk 600 miles to Washington, D.C. as part of the Voices of Homicide Memorial Walk, which is a nationally recognized cause that raises awareness and support for victims and families affected by homicide.

 Sargent will leave Buffalo on Saturday, August 28 at 2:00 p.m, and hopes to reach Washington DC by September 25, 2010 for the national day of remembrance of homicide victims.

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Transformation at the Albright Knox Art Gallery

BUFFALO, NY-- A new work of art is being installed at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery that will transform the stair case connecting the Gallery's 1905 Albright and the 1962 Knox buildings. Once built, it will be the largest Scribble Drawing by renowned artist, Sol LeWitt, to be installed anywhere.

The work is scheduled to be completed in October, and once completed, it will remain on view indefinitely. The massive undertaking will encompass several thousand square feet of drawing, comprising 15 artists working seven hours a day, six days a week to achieve this undertaking.

The idea for the Albright-Know's work is based on a complex of matrix graphite scribbles built up to suggest tubular shapes that modulate in horizontal and vertical directions, vacillating between black and white.

Electric Tower joins effort to honor Blessed Mother Teresa

Iskalo Development’s Electric Tower in downtown Buffalo has joined the Peace Bridge in honoring Blessed Mother Teresa on the evening of August 26 to mark the 100th anniversary of her birth. The downtown landmark will be illuminated in blue and white, the colors of Blessed Mother Teresa’s order of women religious, the Missionaries of Charity.

“Iskalo Development is pleased to illuminate the Electric Tower in blue and white in honor of the 100th birthday of Blessed Mother Teresa, as requested by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo,” said Paul B. Iskalo, president and CEO, Iskalo Development Corp.

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Restorations in Store for Forest Lawn's Red Jacket Statue

Buffalo, N.Y. - As Western New York gets ready to mark the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812, a statue honoring one of the war's heroes is finally scheduled to get a makeover.

The statue of Seneca Indian Chief, Red Jacket, has greeted visitors of Forest Lawn Cemetery for more than 100 years. It hasn't been restored since it was build back in 1891, and is in need of some repairs.

Assemblyman Sam Hoyt secured $25,000 in state funding for the restoration project. He says, despite the hard economic times, it's important to spend money on projects that he says will give back to the community.

"Yes, there's a budget crisis. But you can't ignore the great assets that are economic development money generators. Tourism is a very important part of our local economy."

Hoyt says, once renovated, the statue of Red Jacket will make a beautiful new entrance to the cemetery and a great compliment to the War of 1812 celebrations taking place in 2012.

Family and Friends Pay Final Respects to Willie McCaa

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Many mourners lined up outside the Pentacostal Temple Church of God in Christ, to pay their respects to Willie McCaa III.

The 26-year-old father of two, was gunned down outside of City Grill. Family members say he was attending a birthday party.

Over 200 people filled the church for a celebration of McCaa's life. Grief counselors were also on hand to help friends and family deal with the tragedy.

Police are still searching for the gunman who took four lives and injured four others on August 14th. Before McCaa's funeral, another public plea for information was given.

Mayor Byron Brown said, "In order to make sure this individual or individuals get the punishment they deserve, people need to search their hearts and have the courage to come forward and say what they know."

The final funeral marks the beginning of new efforts to get out in the community and stop the violence before it starts.

Three Young Boys Hit By Car

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Three young boys are recovering after they were hit by a car downtown Buffalo.

Buffalo Police say a vehicle was traveling east on Clinton Street around 1:30pm Saturday morning when the boys appeared on foot from between two other cars.

All three boys were taken to Women and Children's Hospital. There is no word on their conditions.

The driver of the car was not hurt. No charges have been filed.