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NFTA shooting scene: Video, map and links

An NFTA officer shot a suspected car thief in the buttocks following a violent struggle this afternoon on Linwood Avenue, an official with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority said. Read more

Footage from the scene:

Map of 200 block of Linwood Ave:

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Review Herbeck chat about gender divide story

Men are more violent, more likely to abandon their children, less likely to finish school and less likely to vote. Does that make women the superior gender?

The News' Dan Herbeck tackled this topic for a recent Spotlight story.

Now, he wants your feedback. Join him for a live chat at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Map: 95 Stoughton Lane, Orchard Park

An Orchard Park house owned by two former Buffalo Bills was struck by lightning this morning, sparking a large mutual-aid fire that brought firefighters from at least five local volunteer companies, authorities said.

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Below is the Google maps Street View image of 95 Stoughton Lane prior to the lightning strike:


Below is the after shot at 95 Stoughton Lane, captured by The News' Bill Wippert:

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Friends, family gathered in Falls for same-sex marriage

NIAGARA FALLS -- With New York State poised to make same-sex marriage legal at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, the celebration near the cataracts has been in full swing since early this evening. (Click here for the very latest.)

Longtime couple Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd were wed by Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster at 12:01 a.m. next to the roaring natural wonder. The couple had been celebrating with about 200 friends and family in a picnic area on Goat Island. They made their wedding a public event to celebrate the Marriage Equality Act that Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a month ago and will go into effect Sunday.

"Why so public? Because this will be good for Western New York and I'm marrying the most remarkable woman ever," Lambert told The Buffalo News this evening.

There was food for the assembled guests, with an entire table devoted to cupcakes and traditional wedding cake. When Lambert cut the cake, she said "let them eat cake and have civil rights."

There was also some entertainment on hand, including musicians, dancers and a standup comedian.

Also on hand was former Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, a longtime supporter of same-sex marriage.

"Voting in support of marriage equality and seeing the bill become law was the most significant act I made in my 19 years in office," Hoyt told The News.

Shortly after 10 p.m., the party moved down to Terrapin Point, where Lambert and Rudd took part in a religious ceremony. That began around 11 p.m.:


It included a Celtic "hand fasting" ceremony:


Hoyt addressed the religious ceremony, praising Lambert's efforts on behalf of those seeking same-sex marriage rights.

After dancing to Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory," the religious ceremony concluded.

The civil ceremony took place at Luna Island, near the Bridal Falls. Dyster presented the couple with this gift:


Here, Lambert addresses those gathered to witness their ceremony:


Check back on for updates, photos and video from the ceremony.

--Joseph Popiolkowski

Review fracking chat with Citizens Campaign for the Environment's Brian Smith

Review Tuesday's companion chat with IOGA of NY's Brad Gill.

Review chat on fracking with IOGA of NY's Brad Gill

Join us at 11 a.m. Wednesday when Brian Smith of Citizens Campaign for the Environment joins The News' David Robinson for a companion chat on fracking.

Governor in OP to sign bill against texting while driving

Photo by Derek Gee / Buffalo News

New York State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo addressed a gathering today during a ceremonial bill-signing of a new law cracking down on texting by motorists.

The event, at the South Campus of Erie Community College, came two days after the law became effective. It makes the state’s 2009 texting ban now a primary offense, meaning police no longer need another reason first — such as speeding — to ticket a motorist for texting. It carries a fine up to $150.

Mourners gather to remember Sgt. James T. Hackemer

GOWANDA -- American flags line the sidewalks that lead to the Gowanda Assembly of God church, where mourners are filing in to funeral services for Sgt. James T. Hackemer.

Hackemer, a double amputee from his service in the Iraq War, fell to his death Friday from a roller coaster at Darien Lake amusement park.


11:11 a.m.: The Rev. Randy Pratt is addressing the gathering at the Assembly of God church. "They who die in the Lord are blessed," Pratt said. "We celebrate because James is blessed because he died in the Lord. He knew the Lord. The Lord knew him and the Lord was in his heart. And we celebrate; let us celebrate."

11:13 a.m.: "There are no more struggles. There's no more pain," Pratt said. "No more trials. No more tribulations. Perfect rest."

11:15 a.m.: "This life was short but I'll tell you it was more meaningful than perhaps many of our lives," Pratt said.

11:25 a.m.: A pair of Vietnam veterans are among the group gathered outside the church during the service:


A number of mourners are gathered in parking lots adjacent to the church in both the church lot and the lot for Gowanda Elementary School.

11:27 a.m.: The pastor counted to three and the crowd shouted and appluaded as a symbol of praise to God for Hackemer's life.

11:38 a.m.: Hackemer's older sister Jody said he was such a big baby. "He wouldn't even take Tylenol in poll form. He was the baby of our family. I am going to miss him just so much."

11:42 a.m.: A poem is being read. It's called "I'm Free." 

12:17 p.m.: The casket has been wheeled out of the church and the honor guard has fired its rifles.

12:25 p.m.: Hackemer's father was presented with an American flag.

12:27 p.m.: The church bells are ringing as people are making their way back to their vehicles.

--Lauren Mariacher

Live Video: NASA’s final shuttle mission

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Atlantis and four astronauts rocketed into orbit Friday on NASA's last space shuttle voyage, dodging bad weather and delighting hundreds of thousands of spectators on hand to witness the end of an era.

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