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HEALTHeLINK Unveils $16.1 Million Beacon Community Initiative to Fight Diabetes

BUFFALO, N.Y. – In June 2010, HEALTHeLINK received the largest Beacon Community Award in the United States from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Beacon Project was created to help communities use health information technology to forge cooperation and use resources effectively toward local priority health goals.

HEALTHeLINK was joined today by Dr. David Blumenthal, the point person for the national health information technology initiative, as well as other dignitaries, including Congressman Brian Higgins and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard F.

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The Buffalo Zoo's Snow Leopard Cubs Are Now on Exhibit!

Visitors can now view the Buffalo Zoo’s two male snow leopard cubs in their outdoor exhibit!

Named Ketu and Makalu after mountains in the Himalayas, the cubs were born on June 2, 2010 to mother, Annapurna, and father, Dwaine. The breeding was recommended as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is designed to help a species maintain a healthy and stable population.

First-time mom, Annapurna, was the last snow leopard to be born at the Buffalo Zoo. She continues to take good care of her little ones, who have remained with her in the nest box off exhibit since their birth. Keepers set up a Live Cam in the nest box so visitors could observe the cubs’ progress on the monitor inside Ecostation. Visitors can now view Annapurna and her cubs in their outdoor exhibit in Vanishing Animals (North) from approximately 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. daily.

Local Musician Performs Again Thanks to Kenmore Mercy’s Medical Rehabilitation Unit

Violist Leslie Bahler of Amherst has spent a lifetime in music as a performer and educator.

Buffalo Housing Market Ranked One of Most Affordable in Country

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Home prices in Western New York are some of the most affordable in the country, according to cnnmoney.com.

The website released a new list ranking the most and least affordable housing markets in the country. Buffalo was ranked as the fifth most affordable.

Syracuse, N.Y. was ranked the most affordable.

CNN Money praised the Western New York area for having affordable homes in suburban communities like Amherst.

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Arrests Made with Help of K-9 in Riverside Standoff

RIVERSIDE, NY-- Buffalo police have arrested two individuals in connection with a standoff Sunday night in the city's Riverside section from the help of a Police K-9.

Officers responded to a call of a man with a gun around 7 p.m. Sunday evening in the first block of Riverside Avenue. Police believe one of two suspects fired off shots in the street area of Riverside Avenue.

According to Police, numerous residents, including children, were outside when the incident happened. The individual then ran into his home at 66 Riverside Avenue.

When officers arrived on scene, they surrounded the home and a short time later SWAT and the Hostage Management Team were called to the scene.

After a brief negotiating period, the two suspects surrendered without incident.

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.