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Photos: Firefighters rally in front of City Hall

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Hundreds of Buffalo firefighters and their supporters gathered for a rally on the steps of City Hall on Thursday morning and welcomed International Association of Firefighters General President Harold Schaitberger. Schaitberger acknowledged that firefighters in Buffalo have been without a current contract in 11 years and called for an end to the dispute between the union and the city, but said he wanted to focus on the service professional firefighters provide during natural disasters and times of crisis. (Photos by Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

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Morning meeting: Stories we are working on

Here's a glimpse at some of the stories in the pipeline, based on our 11 a.m. news meeting:

*A local developer has kicked off a project building dorms for the University at Buffalo in downtown Buffalo.

*Tomorrow's Gusto cover story is a review of five art shows by Arts Critic Colin Dabkowski.

*How do the President and Congress plan on dealing with the "fiscal cliff" before January 1? Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski is on the story.

*Jeff Simon is reviewing the new James Bond film "Skyfall."

*Keith McShea will be previewing this weekend's football regionals for public high schools.

*As the holiday shopping season approaches, there are a lot of buffalo (the animal, not the city)-inspired gifts to be had. Susan Martin will provide a rundown.

--Aaron Besecker

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Perhaps at no time in history has there been more public dialogue about health reforms and the costs linked to medical insurance. Cheryl A. Howe is HealthNow's executive vice president, operations. She talks with The News' Brian Meyer.

David Whipple - hero workout of the day

Amherst man leads grueling workout routine named for his son Army Spc. Blake D. Whipple on second anniversary of his death while on patrol in Afghanistan.

Live blog at 7 p.m.: Amherst Town Board meeting, including discussion of legal dispute with developer

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