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Peace Bridge to Honor Blessed Mother Teresa

A well-known international landmark will be aglow on the evening of August 26 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Mother Teresa.

The Peace Bridge, which spans the Niagara River between Buffalo and Fort Erie, will be illuminated in blue and white, the colors of Blessed Mother Teresa’s order of women religious, the Missionaries of Charity.

Blessed Mother Teresa traveled the world, helping the poorest of the poor. During her lifetime, she brought her message of love and compassion for the destitute to Ontario and Western New York. The sisters of her order continue to minister where there is the most need. They are in Canada, the United States, and around the world, working in homes for the dying, in orphanages, and in hospitals.

The Vatican is currently considering Blessed Mother Teresa for sainthood.

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, bishop of Buffalo, and Msgr. Wayne Kirkpatrick, administrator of the Diocese of St.

Tracks To The Past Appear Downtown

BUFFALO, N.Y. - It's been more than a half century since streetcars ran along the streets of downtown Buffalo, but downtown construction has revealed a bit of the past. At least for the time being.

On Eagle Street between Washington and Ellicott, crews are milling the street surface in the process of repaving. Well, a piece of Buffalo's transportation history has been revealed.

In the middle of the street you can now see the old streetcar rails and cobblestones of the past.

The rails were part of the Clinton Street route that started at Main and Clinton and ran along Clinton, Main, Eagle and Emslie. That line ended service in 1948. Now, in 2010, the tracks are experiencing a short-lived return, before the construction crew covers them up. That is, until the next paving project.

 

IKEA Not Coming to Buffalo; ECHDC Forming New Waterfront Plan

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Big box furniture store IKEA has informed Two On Your Side it is not considering Buffalo as a future location.

The news comes just hours after the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation announced IKEA would be one of ten companies they approached about placing a store at the Canalside project on the Buffalo waterfront.

IKEA said that, before it builds a store, it requires the metro region to have a population of at least two million people. Buffalo does not.

"The attention is flattering and humbling, but we have a very specific criteria as to whether a metropolitan area can support IKEA, and Buffalo cannot," IKEA Spokesperson Joseph Roth said.

Even before IKEA made its intentions knows, the Chairman of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation suggested it was premature to discuss landing the company.

Police Searching for Suspect Involved in Robbery, Stabbing

BUFFALO, NY - At approximately 8:30 am Tuesday on Highgate Ave., police were called to a street robbery involving 20 year old Ly Dang who was stabbed multiple times.

Dang was taken to ECMC where she was later released.

Police believe she was walking on Highgate Ave. when the suspect came up to her and made off with her backpack containing numerous items.

The victim chased after the suspect and at some point a struggle began.

The suspect fled. He's described as a black male, approximately 6 ft. tall, chubby face, wearing black knee length shorts and a white tee shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Confidential TIPCALL Line at 847-2255 or "Text a Tip" at 716-847-2255

Seneca Niagara Casino Revenues Up; Buffalo Project Update

BUFFALO, NY - The Seneca Niagara Casino Corporation reported a revenue of 2.8 percent over the last year, which has some wondering when work will resume on the Buffalo Creek Casino project.

Monday evening a casino spokesperson told Channel 2's Maryalice Demler that revenue is just one factor that effects the interest rate they would have to pay on the $200 million they need to borrow to finish the project.

In 2007 the rate was 7 3/4 percent, then last year it shot up 20 percent.

The corporation is regularly evaluating finances and they will re-start the project when credit markets improve.

Buffalo Convention Center Gets Facelift

BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo Niagara Convention Center has undergone renovations throughout the summer that management hope will make it more competative in the conference and events market.

The 32-year-old building is getting a 7 million dollar facelift in the form of a new acoustics, new lighting and a new floor on the upper level of the facility.

Paul Murphy, facilities director for the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center says the facility was overdue for changes and the improvements will make Buffalo a destination spot for new conferences.

The new marquee will be up at the Convention Center by the end of the week.  The first event is scheduled for September 13th with events scheduled throughout the Fall.  The National Conference for Environmental Education is scheduled for the end of September.

Click on the video link above to see Marissa Bailey's report.

Tank Problem Causes Water Damage to City Hall

BUFFALO, NY - A giant holding tank that sits inside on top of City Hall caused a big mop up job on the 25th floor, which started leaking over the weekend.

The gusher sent water dripping down several flights of stairs and did some minor damage.

City Hall's observation deck will be closed through the end of the week so workers can plug the leak and get rid of the water.