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Today is Cyber Monday, the day analysts believe will be the busiest online shopping day of the year.  Over $1 billion in online sales are expected as workers return to their computers from the long holiday weekend.

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For most, the 117th annual Turkey Trot was not a race. While some challenged at the front of the pack along the eight kilometer course, the majority moved down Delaware Avenue at a much slower pace.

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Add Jim Fink of Business First to the growing list of those calling for removal of the Skyway from the Buffalo waterfront.

A veteran of many panels at area political debates, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy believes Tuesday night's debate between Kathy Hochul and Chris Collins was one of the best he has witnessed.

McCarthy was among the panelists at the studios of WNED-TV who posed questions to the candidates in the race for the 27th Congressional district.

As McCarthy sees it, both candidates were very clear in their positions and avoided many of the platitudes that bring little value to political discussions.

In his weekly Morning Edition conversation with WBFO News, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy said nearly $2 million in outside money has flooded into the district and onto the airwaves in the form of political ads.

"Some of these groups are not obliged to report their contributors," McCarthy said. "It opens up a whole new world for money in politics."

While many outside observers are crying foul over the emerging practice, insiders feel otherwise.

"As far as those people (political campaigns) are concerned, it's good."

In an attempt to draw potential patrons, 25 years ago a group of artists and crafters known as the Allegany Artisans opened their studios for a weekend of public tours. This Saturday and Sunday, 48 artisans and 39 studios will be ready to welcome Buffalo-area inspiration seekers and shoppers.

HM Bateman and her husband Jim Horn, who crafts pins and other creations, have been involved in theAllegany Artisans tour almost from the beginning.

"Many of our artisans draw from their natural surroundings," Bateman told WBFO News.

With over 70 million albums sold and a history that extends over four decades, Kool and the Gang is familiar to most. Perhaps not as widely known is Lackawanna native Shawn McQuiller who joins tonight's class of inductees into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, 21 years after joining Kool and the Gang.

McQuiller was on tour with a local band called Traffic Jam when his big break occurred.

A nation "curious about Mitt Romney," says Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, could draw an estimated 50 million viewers for tonight's Presidential debate.

As polls show President Barack Obama inching his way to a solid lead, McCarthy believes voters still want to see Romney's debate performances before they make their final decision on Election Day.

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The Sabres organization and the City of Buffalo will begin preparing for Webster Block development.

That is one of the topics of conversation in this week's Press Pass conversation with WBFO & AM-970's Jay Moran and Business First reporter Jim Fink.

Jay and Jim also discuss new concerns that surrounded the Buffalo Creek Casino.

Cheektowaga's Super Flea, the popular weekend destination of bargain hunters, will soon make way for a Walmart Supercenter.

In written release, Walmart announced that it intends to build on the Walden Avenue site and relinquish its current location near Harlem Road. 

Academic fellows at UB's Humanities Institute share their expertise in a series of talks scheduled for scattered Fridays at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center.

The Scholars at Hallwalls talks are "targeted toward a general audience," said Professor Carrie Bramen, Executive Director UB Humanities Institute.  

"The lectures are about 40-to-45 minutes and are not targeted toward professionals in that field. You don’t need to be an academic or have a PhD to understand what’s happening," Bramen told WBFO and AM970 News.

Though the summer season has ended for another year at Chautauqua, the renowned grounds remain active this week.

The 15th Annual Jazz at Chautauqua features jazz artists including Dan Barrett, Scott Robinson, Howard Alden and vocalist Rebecca Kilgore.

"Well, it's exciting. It's very different when we're there because the place is deserted. It's not like in the high season when it's just crammed with people and events,” Kilgore said in an interview with WBFO and AM970.

Remembering 9/11

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Western New York is taking time to remember the events of September 11, 2001 with several events to honor those who lost their lives eleven years ago.

Several events are scheduled Tuesday throughout the area to recall the horrific terrorist attacks.

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For Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, the Democratic National Convention offers more than discussions in party politics.

The convention presents a chance to meet face-to-face with "state officials about what the state can contribute to the reconstruction of Ralph Wilson Stadium," Poloncarz said in a live interview on WBFO and AM970.

It's believed the Buffalo Bills are seeking over $200 million in improvements for their home stadium, a price tag the cash-strapped county is unlikely to afford on its own.

"We're still talking."

He is, perhaps, India's greatest writer, Rabindranath Tagore, whose words, music and philosophies extended well beyond his homeland.

Best and simply known as Tagore, this poet, essayist, novelist, musician commanded international acclaim. In 1913, he was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Transcending the communications and transportation limitations of an evolving world, Tagore's spiritual messages moved the most influential minds of his time,so says producer, Kushal Bose.

The largest look at global tobacco use has its origins at the University at Buffalo. The study, which surveyed 3 billion tobacco users in 16 different countries, was conducted by an international team led  by Gary Giovino, chair of the University at Buffalo's  Department of Community Health and Health Behavior.

Among the study's most daunting conclusions: one billion could die prematurely in this century if tobacco use trends aren't curtailed.

Two nations with fast-growing economies, China and India, combine for over a half-billion tobacco users.

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For a smoker, the Herculean task of quitting takes many paths.

Pills. Jogging. Stress management. Chewing gum. Name it, a smoker has tried, failed, and continued lighting up.

Subbing veggies for smokes, is not new, but according to UB researcher Gary Giovino, new information indicates it may be a highly effective way out for the nicotine addict.

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Though 13,000 people trekked to Jamestown for last year's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, organizers are hoping for more this year and, with the big names set to appear, it may be able to achieve that goal.

Paula Poundstone takes the stage Thursday at the Reg Lenna Civic Center. Named one of Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Comics of All Time, Poundstone, not surprisingly, admires the legendary work of Lucille Ball. It's a passion she shares with her kids, though they were never allowed to watch Lucy on television.

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While Buffalo Bills fans may be miffed over the team not easing its television blackout policy, Jim Fink of Business First believes the faithful may be encouraged by the progress of lease negotiations that could keep the club here for many years.

In WBFO and AM970's Press Pass conversation, Fink also discusses development prospects in downtown Buffalo.

He hears that Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, which has had great success in Syracuse and Rochester, may be opening in Buffalo.

While most of the area workforce slipped into the sunshine of summer's first day, some First Niagara employees were listening carefully to a best-selling author celebrate their company's worker-friendly culture.

The object of their attention is best-selling author Chester Elton, who seems to have constant eye contact with every person in the room as he rushed through a series of topics, anecdotes and jokes, a smile fixed perpetually on his face.

Restaurateurs and volunteers are preparing to greet the many thousands of people expected to visit the Taste of Buffalo this weekend.

WBFO and AM 970's Jay Moran spoke with Chris Hitchcock, the person charged with overseeing the event billed as the largest two-day food festival in the United States.

The Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor, in an effort to preserve the Canal's special history, has issued a grant to two local cultural institutions, the Buffalo Zoo and the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society.

The grant has produced the program "Erie Canal Connections," which is aimed at school children, grades three through five.

The program follows New York State education standards, according to Tara Lyons, Historical Society museum educator.

Local educators moved quickly to fill the spots available to attend the program.

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Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says Chris Collins showed "great confidence" as he swept aside David Bellavia in the Republican primary in the 27th Congressional District.

That confidence, McCarthy says, comes from the Collins' campaign understanding of the newly-formed 27th district. Tuesday's vote showed Collins winning easily in the towns of Erie County where Republican enrollment is high.

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As the first day of summer arrives in Western New York, very warm temperatures will be felt across the region.

Temperatures are expected to climb into the upper 80's .  The hot weather will continue into Wednesday evening, with warm, muggy conditions and lows in the lower 70's.  Much of the same is expected Thursday, with very warm and humid weather and the highs reaching into the upper 80's. 

The Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an "air quality alert" from until 11 p.m. Wednesday for most of Western New York.  

The body of Dr. Timothy Jorden, the person of interest in Wednesday's fatal ECMC shooting, has been recovered from a wooded area near the doctor's Lake View home.

Jorden, who was still clothed in his hospital scrubs, was discovered along a path near 18 Mile Creek not far from his Lake View home on West Arnold Drive. Authorities say he died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. An autopsy is being conducted.

At a recent press conference, the Cuomo Administration proposed the formation of the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs to investigate and prosecute the nearly 10,000 annual cases of abuse of people under the care of New York State.

Nearly one million New Yorkers who fall under the umbrella term of "having special needs" are being served by either state-run facilities or state-funded private agencies.

Authoring much of the proposal was lawyer/advocate Clarence Sundram.

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Jim Fink discusses his  recent  Business First story focusing on the economics of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

While the cultural organization generates millions in economic activity, Nik Wallenda may be having trouble gathering the sponsor support needed to make his June 15th walk across the Falls.

A troubling development for Buffalo is the closing of the Canadian Consulate in downtown Buffalo. According to Jim Fink,  the impact of the move goes beyond losing 75 local jobs.

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It may have taken 200 years, but dozens of war veterans who died in Buffalo will receive a more appropriate memorial on Monday.

A commemorative stone will be unveiled at the Gate Eight of the Buffalo Zoo directing attention to the virtually unmarked grave in the heart of the Delaware Park golf course where 300 people are buried.

America honors its heroes, but little respect has been given to these War of 1812 veterans, whose story has been largely untold.

Patrick Kavanagh, Forest Lawn historian, was eager to tell it on a recent sit down inside the cemetery chapel.

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With May serving Children's Mental Health Month, it's worth noting that all is not carefree for young folks who have yet to pay a mortgage, buy a car or haggle with a health insurer over phantom expenses.

Marlene Schillinger, President and CEO of Jewish Family Service of Buffalo, says her agency sees plenty of cases of children struggling with serious mental health issues, like peer pressure, depression, even suicidal thoughts.

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For Andrea Siwiec of Buffalo,  "Routes to Art" has become a ritual.

This weekend will mark her third time touring the studios of the 45 artists scattered about Cattaraugus County and the Seneca Nation of Indians.

This year, Andrea, her husband and four friends will pile into the same vehicle, hitting the rural roads, meeting artists and reviewing their works.

"Their studios are in these beautiful settings. It must be where they get their inspiration."

Siwiec offers another key observation.

"Don't forget your GPS."

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