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Urgent: Family Seeks Missing Person

UPDATE: Thu Aug 19 7:16 p.m. Kathy Miller has been found.


The public's assistance is being requested to locate Kathy Miller, missing after leaving a mental health treatment facility Thursday morning around 10 a.m., according to facility staff. She was last seen wearing a beige shirt and shorts and square, wire-rimmed glasses in the vicinity of Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital in the Delaware Avenue area of Buffalo.

She is likely confused and roaming in the Buffalo area.  She is not dangerous or violent. Her family is very concerned and requests the community's help.


Kathy Miller


Approx. 190 lbs

Age 57

Eyes:  Hazel

Hair:  Sandy Blond

If Kathy is found, please call:

Diane: 716-480-1320

Paula: 716-867-1271 or 716-823-5798

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Get a $50 Gap Gift Card for $25 Today / Freebies & Coupons

In my continued search to find the best deals and websites to save you time and money, today something we can all use, free e-cash.

Today only, if you buy a $25 gift card for the GAP, it doubles in value. That means you'll have a $50 gift card that you can use until November 19, 2010, in store. CLICK HERE and while this is listed under Groupon's deals for New York City, read the fine print. The offer is available to anyone at any Gap Retail store in the U.S. or Canada. UPDATE: Since this article was written at 5am, so many people in WNY have purchased the deal, that Groupon has now made it available on the Buffalo Groupon page too. Well done!

Catholic School Teachers Go Back to School

With the start of the new school year less than two weeks away, Catholic elementary school teachers are not only busy preparing their classrooms, they are engaged in professional development as well.

During the week of August 17, the diocesan Department of Catholic Schools hosted a number of workshops, ranging from brain-based learning to using learning centers in the classroom.

The sessions included:  Brain Based Learning: Procedures and strategies to address all learners; Using Learning Centers in the Primary Classroom; a Practical Guide to Design and Manage Learning Centers.

State Senator Antoine Thompson Birthday Greeting Angers Constituents

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. - Call it a birthday greeting gone bad.

Several Grand Island residents are complaining to 2 On Your Side about something that recently came in the mail from State Senator Antoine Thompson (D-Buffalo).

"I was very upset," said Grand Island Resident Michael Pontikos. "And I still am."

The greeting is a generic birthday card mailer from Senator Thompson. The mailer is complete with his photo and a birthday wish. And all of it is printed, paid for, and mailed with state taxpayer dollars.

Ed Shelp, also of Grand Island, showed us the same card sent to his wife Rosemarie.

"I think it's wrong," Shelp said. "Why should we all be paying for something where he's campaigning, or whatever he's doing, and we have got pay for it. Let it come out of his own pocket."

Senator Thompson refused an interview with us Wednesday, but 2 On Your Side Photojournalist Norm Fisher caught up with Thompson recently.

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Buffalo School District Among Worst In U.S. In Graduating Black Males

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WGRZ) -- A new report that examines black males in public education ranks Buffalo the 5th worst large school district in the country when it comes to graduation rates among African American men.

"Yes We Can: The 2010 Schott 50 State Report on Black Males in Public Education" analyzes data from 2007-2008 and shows only 25 percent of black males in the Buffalo City School District graduated on time.

"That means that three quarters of the black male students in Buffalo do not graduate with the kids they entered ninth grade with," Michael Holzman, research consultant with the Schott Foundation, said. "That's very bad. That's very bad for them. It's very bad for the country."

Weekend Hoops Clinic to Help Owen's Toybox

Young Owen Pieber passed away at age 4, after a brave battle against medulloblastoma, an aggressive cancer of the brain and spine. His compassion for others during his ordeal inspired Owen's Toybox. Besides games for pediatric cancer patients, the "toybox", which is transportable, contains important items for families of young oncology patients at Women's and Childrens Hospital.

This weekend, a basketball clinic for kids and teens of both genders is being held at the Gloria Parks Community Center on Main Street in Buffalo. For a $35 donation to Owen's Toybox, your child can receive three hours of instruction from collegiate coaches and all-star players.

Registration is between 9 and 9:30 this Saturday morning.


Buffalo CarShare Motoring to New Neighborhoods

BUFFALO, NY-The non-profit group that offers people an alternative to owning a car is adding more vehicles to its fleet and expanding to new neighborhoods.

Buffalo CarShare is adding a 6-passenger Mazda 5, as well as a hybrid Toyota Prius to their offerings. Their fleet now totals ten cars and a truck.

The three new hubs being launched this week are:

-at Elmwood and Lafayette at the Lafayette Presbyterian Church

-at the Quaker Bonnet Bakery on Chenango (near Rhode Island behind the Firehouse)

-at the Canisius Parking Garage on Jefferson near the Delavan NFTA station

Buffalo CarShare members reserve cars as needed and pay by the hour. Insurance and gas are included in the price.