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Huge Half-Off Sale: Welcome Back 2 School!

In my continued search to find the best websites to save you time and money, today a celebration of Back 2 School Savings.

Consider this the last weekend to practically steal everything you'll need for your dorm room, apartment and wardrobe.

Let's start with clothes. Today there are a few retailers to keep a close eye on.

Aeropostale offers half off on almost everything with hoodies at $14.75 for girls and guys and many other discoutns. Dont' forget to stop by the sale section. CLICK HERE.

Urban Outfitters has a big selection of clothes $9.99 and under. CLICK HERE.

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Unique Eats: Liquid Energy Opens Shop in Downtown Buffalo

Buffalo, N.Y. - Looking for an afternoon pick-me-up? Forgot to eat breakfast? No worries, Liquid Energy has you covered. From meal replacement shakes to wheatgrass shots - there's something for everyone on this menu.

Liquid Energy, located at 298 Main Street inside of the Cathedral Building in downtown Buffalo, officially opened about 3 weeks ago. The owner, Meghan Bromley, says she wanted to bring a taste of the West Coast health food scene to Buffalo.

"Five years ago I was diagnosed with a gluten, nut, corn syrup and milk allergies," said Bromley. "Being in Buffalo, there's not a lot to be offered as far as food varieties for allergy-friendly foods and I'd always go to juice bars outside of Buffalo and thought it would be such a great idea to have that in Buffalo." 

Liquid Energy offers a wide variety of fruit and vegetable-based juices and shakes. The highlight of the menu though, is wheatgrass, an ingredient not commonly found in Western New York.

Buffalo Police Officers Injured

BUFFALO, NY-- Two members of the Buffalo Police Department suffered minor injuries while involved in a foot chase with an escaped prisoner.

Lackawanna Police were transporting the prisoner, 28 year old Lawrence Fisher,  to the downtown Holding Center when the he bolted from their patrol car and ran in the direction of St. Joseph's Cathedral on Franklin Street. The BPD members noticed the commotion and gave chase, but an investigator from the District Attorney's office was able to apprehend him without incident.

The officers were taken to ECMC to be checked out. We're told one suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in the leg and another injured his hand.

Funeral To Be Held Friday For Wilhite and McNeil

BUFFALO (WGRZ)-The funerals to remember the four victims of Saturday's shooting rampage at the City Grill have begun, and Reverend Pridgen pleads with community for a confession.

At the service, Reverend Pridgen said, "if by tomorrow this coward does not come forward...or we don't find him, or her, or whoever it is, I'm going to put my money where my mouth is. We'll put a reward out."

A service was held for Danyell Mackin Thursday at the Durham Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was among those in attendance.

Governor David Paterson also sent a letter that was read at Thursday mornings' service. In the letter, Paterson referred to Mackin as a devoted husband and father.

Read the full letter from Governor Paterson

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New York State Liquor Authority Investigating City Grill in Buffalo Following Mass Shooting

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The New York State Liquor Authority is now looking into the events leading up to Saturday's quadruple homicide in downtown Buffalo.

SLA officials are looking into what security was on staff at the parties that were booked at City Grill Friday night and how the restaurant responded to an altercation that led up to them turning on the lights and clearing the bar.

State Liquor Authority Spokesman William Crowley said their investigation is secondary to the police investigation and that they are cooperation with Buffalo Police.

This all comes as downtown-goers search for a sense of normalcy and rally around the City Grill and downtown businesses.

A "Support the City Grill" group has even appeared on the social networking website Facebook.

Buffalo Stars Junior Hockey Collecting Gift Cards for Local Military Families

The Buffalo Stars Junior Hockey organization, a college-prep level program based at Holiday Twin Rinks, is challenging Western New York’s youth hockey associations to collect gift cards to benefit the New York Air National Guard 107th Airlift Wing's Family Readiness Group.

This gift card drive is part of the Stars' upcoming “Salute to American Troops” ceremony, which takes place during the hockey club’s season opener on Saturday, September 11 at Holiday Twin Rinks.  (Further details about the schedule and team are available at www.buffalostars.com

First Niagara Grows Again: Now In New England

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Regional bank First Niagara Financial Group Inc. is buying NewAlliance Bancshares Inc. of Connecticut for $14.09 per share, or $1.15 billion.

The banks say the deal represents a 24% premium over the NewAlliance's closing price of $11.36 Wednesday.

The transaction will create a top-25 U.S. bank by assets, which will total $29 billion. That includes more than $14 billion in loans and $18 billion in deposits.

The deal will be a cash-and-stock transaction with each NewAlliance shareholder receiving either 1.10 shares of First Niagara stock, cash, or a combination for each NewAlliance share.