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Video: UB professor discusses worldwide tobacco use study on PBS

Gary Giovino, the chair of the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior at the University at Buffalo, was a guest on the PBS NewsHour to discuss a recent study he helped lead on worldwide tobacco use.

Here is the video clip:

Watch Not 'Smoke-Free': Tobacco Use Booms in Developing World on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

Audio: Talking karma and the future of Buffalo with Shredd & Ragan


Ted Shredd and Tom Ragan at their studio at 103.3 FM. (Robert Kirkham/ Buffalo News file photo)

There's nothing like getting rid of your old baggage, and "The Shredd & Ragan Show" on 103.3 FM (The Edge) did just that last week when they crushed a van filled with old Bills and Sabres memorabilia.

I touched on the Karma Van on Monday in a column on how the region finally seems willing to let go of our loser mentality and talked to Shredd and Ragan this morning about why we tend to overlook all that Buffalo has to offer.

Listen to the segment here. Read the column here.

-- Denise Jewell Gee

Live Blog -- Cheektowaga Town Board -- 6:45 p.m.

The Cheektowaga Town Board tonight is expected to make a recommendation to the four school districts located wholly within its boundaries to consider consolidating in some fashion to reduce the tax burden on town residents.

T.J. Pignataro, the News' Cheektowaga reporter, is live tonight at Cheektowaga Town Hall with coverage.

Live blog -- Lancaster Town Board - 8 p.m.

Join me tonight for a live blog that will follow the discussion and actions of tonight's Lancaster Town Board meeting. Highlights of tonight's meeting agenda include a request from restaurateur Russell Salvatore to add a fifth floor, and 19 hotel rooms, to his Salvatore's Grand Hotel on Transit Road. The link to the agenda is here.

-- Stephen T. Watson

Toronto Star: Animal neglect at Marineland

A harbor seal that went blind due to repeated exposure to unclean water.

Dolphins whose skin would fall off in chunks because of chemicals in the water.

A baby beluga who died when no one was around to stop an attack by older belugas.

These are among the conditions that have existed at Marineland, according to a series of reports that began today in The Toronto Star.

Here's today's story: Marineland animals suffering, former staffers say

Tell us what your favorite summer spots are

Home is where the heart is, but in the summertime the spirit wants to wander. The Buffalo News would like to hear about your favorite summer places, those special spots that come alive during long days, under warm sun and with the liberation of vacation.

Is it a favorite beach on a lake or river? Do you love being at the top of a roller coaster, or turning somersaults in the pool? Does Thursday at the Harbor call to you, or are you happiest with an early morning tee time?

Whether it’s camping, barbecuing or lying on a beach towel, we would like you to tell us what Western New York spot makes your summer shine. Send a brief description of your favorite place and why you like it to, with “Summer Places” in the subject line, and please include your name and phone number in case we want to learn more.

Our Summer Places story, with photos, will appear in The Buffalo News’ Sunday Spotlight section on Labor Day weekend, as a last hurrah to what has been a hot but glorious season.

Live Blog - Mass of the Installation of Bishop Richard Malone - 2:30 p.m.

Join The Buffalo News at this afternoon's Mass celebrating the installation of Richard Malone as the 14th Catholic Bishop of Buffalo.

The service begins at 2:30 p.m. in St. Joseph Cathedral on Franklin Street downtown.

The News' Charity Vogel will bring you scenes and commentary from inside the cathedral during the ceremony.

Guide to Erie County Fair

The 173rd annual Erie County Fair is in full swing, catering to the every whim of those who see it as the ultimate summer ritual - which, in many ways, it is. Check out Jason Silverstein's guide to the fair and watch Lou Ann Delaney describe the newest additions to the fair:

Live Blog - Cheektowaga Town Board - 6:45 p.m.

Bids are expected to be awarded tonight at Cheektowaga Town Hall for the 65 gallon and 95 gallon garbage totes expected to be implemented in town later this year. Also on tonight's Cheektowaga Town Board agenda is another award of a bid to construct new fencing around the historic War of 1812 Cemetery on Aero Drive.

Buffalo News' Cheektowaga reporter T.J. Pignataro is at Cheektowaga Town Hall and will report live on tonight's meeting.

Video: Street fashion on Elmwood Avenue

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