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Video: City Mission on Thanksgiving

Michael Smith, associate executive director of Buffalo's City Mission, explains the center's work delivering meals to the needy on Thanksgiving:

Photo: Buffalo Police unveil 'Skywatch'

Buffalo Police today unveiled Skywatch, which they called a new crime-fighting, surveillance tool complete with high-powered cameras. The $200,000 piece of equipment was paid for with funding from the Department of Homeland Security. (Photo by Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Skywatch

Morning meeting: Stories we are working on

Here are some of the stories we've got coming up, as discussed in our morning news meeting:

*Bob DiCesare will have more on UB's decision to extend the contract with football coach Jeff Quinn.

*Plans for the proposed Walmart Supercenter at the site of the former Super Flea in Cheektowaga are going before the Cheektowaga Zoning Board of Appeals tonight.

*Former lawmaker, banker and community leader David Rutecki has died.

*In tomorrow's NeXT section, a look at some local teens who are giving back to their community this Thanksgiving. Also, some things you might not know about turkeys.

*Bills beat reporter Tim Graham is working on a story looking at the season rookie offensive tackle Cordy Glenn is having.

*The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is starting its Christmas season today with a performance at St. Mary's School for the Deaf, with some of the students taking part in the show.

--Aaron Besecker

In Focus: Urban activist Mark Goldman

He helped to spur waterfront planners to launch a "lighter, quicker, cheaper" development plan. Mark Goldman also played a role in Chippewa Street's revival. Now he's involved in a Black Rock neighborhood. Goldman talks with The News' Brian Meyer.

Morning meeting: Stories we are working on

Here are some of the stories we've got in the pipeline:

*Tops Markets profits are down, mainly due to the availability of some generic drugs.

*Buffalo Police have announced that a baby's death has been ruled a homicide.

*Our next "Cook of the Month," who will be profiled in tomorrow's editions, likes to serve up Southern-style family favorites.

*Local jobless figures are coming out this afternoon.

*Arts Editor Jeff Simon will review the new film "Silver Lining Playbook," while Evonne Austin checks out the kids movie "Rise of the Guardians."

*UB and Canisius face off tonight in men's college hoops.

--Aaron Besecker

Photo: Demolition of former Deaconess begins

DEACONESS DEMOLITION
An excavator knocks over the boiler house as demolition crews today have begun the process of tearing down the former Deaconess Hospital on Humboldt Parkway. The demolition makes room for the new Community Action Organization headquarters and community center. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Live blog: Amherst Town Board meeting at 7 p.m.

Morning meeting: Stories we are working on

It's the start of another week. Here are some of the things our reporters and writers and working on:

*The public will have a chance to be heard on the proposed Erie County budget at a hearing at 5 p.m. today.

*In our weekly Pet Tales feature, Anne Neville is writing a story about a dog who was neglected in Ohio and wound up being adopted by a Western New Yorker.

*Medical Reporter Henry Davis is looking at what's in store for New York State under Obamacare.

*The Buffalo-Niagara Partnership today is unveiling its annual legislative agenda.

*News Arts Editor Jeff Simon is reviewing "Life of Pi," which opens in theaters on Wednesday.

*Mary Kunz Goldman is previewing Wednesday's nights show by Tom Russell at the Sportsmens Tavern.

--Aaron Besecker

Video: Say Yes to Education's impact at one Syracuse school

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