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"Cause for Celebration," billed as Western New York's largest AIDS fund-raiser, will take place from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. today in the Buffalo Convention Center.

Mayor Anthony M. Masiello and his wife, Kate, are honorary chairmen for the event.

About 1,000 people are expected to attend 50 parties across Western New York as their hosts collect donations to fight AIDS in our communities. Last year's event raised more than $100,000.

Some of the highlights include "decadent" desserts, dancing to the music of Eclipse and Junction West, a Las Vegas-style casino, and a silent art auction.

Funds raised at Cause for Celebration benefit AIDS Community Services, which offers supportive services, medical care, support and prevention, education. It has offices in Buffalo and Jamestown.

Manslaughter charges lodged in crash

BATAVIA -- A 22-year-old man faces manslaughter charges in a car crash that claimed two lives.

Donald W. Schultz of Attica pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of second-degree manslaughter, two counts of second-degree vehicular manslaughter, second-degree assault, second-degree vehicular assault and two counts of driving while intoxicated.

He was released after posting $10,000 bail.

Genesee County sheriff's deputies said Schultz was driving south on Route 63 at about 6:30 a.m. Jan. 27 when his car crossed the center of the road and struck a car driven by Bonnie S. Macleod, 40, of Avon.

A passenger in Macleod's vehicle, Patricia A. Arend, 52, of Leicester, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A passenger in Schultz's car, Ben Davis, 21, of East Bethany, died two days later in the hospital.

Schultz and Macleod were treated for cuts.

Man stabbed during robbery attempt

A 20-year-old man was stabbed in the chest during an attempted robbery Friday night on Genesee Street, Buffalo police said.

Anthony Green of Girard Place was walking west from Fillmore Avenue at about 7 p.m. after leaving a store, according to Major Case Squad officers. Three men attacked Green; one held him from behind in a choke hold.

During a struggle, Green was stabbed once in the chest, police said. As he staggered along Genesee Street, near Rich Street, an acquaintance who was making a food delivery pulled up in a car. He drove Green to Buffalo General Hospital, where he was in serious condition late Friday.

It's believed the would-be robbers fled empty-handed, police said.

Schools to provide more budget data

Public budget votes in suburban and small-city school districts will have a new twist this year -- residents will receive advance notice of the consequences of defeating a budget proposal.

State legislation requires districts to send voters information about school expenditures, both for proposed budgets and for contingency budgets that would take effect if proposed spending plans are turned down.

Contingency budgets eliminate most equipment purchases, some field trips and raises for nonunion employees, said Peter Roswell, superintendent of Hamburg Central Schools. Adopting contingency budgets generally means spending cuts of "anywhere from almost zero to more than 5 percent," Roswell said.

Beginning last year, districts were required to notify residents of proposed expenditures and how they compare to spending the previous year. They said they will include the newly required information on the same postcards or letters, even though more detailed information is available in newsletters prepared by most districts.

"It's not a problem," said Clarence Superintendent Thomas Coseo. "It's something we'll do. But I don't know why we're being required to do it."

Mother jailed after violating probation

BATAVIA -- A woman who received probation after she admitted leaving her newborn baby in a toilet was sentenced to 60 days in jail for failing to follow the terms of her original sentence.

Victoria R. Mayne, 33, also was placed on probation for five years by Judge Robert C. Noonan.

Mayne had been placed on a one-year, presentence diversion program after she pleaded guilty Jan. 6, 2000, to first-degree reckless endangerment, a felony. If she had successfully completed the terms of probation, she would have been allowed to withdraw her plea and instead plead guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor.

District Attorney Lawrence Friedman on Thursday said Mayne missed 10 appointments with a probation officer. Her lawyer opposed the sentence, saying Mayne "substantially" complied with the terms of probation.

Mayne gave birth to the child Dec. 19, 1997. Paramedics retrieved the child from the toilet. The child is healthy and with an adoptive family.

'Bye, Bye Birdie' at Williamsville South

The Williamsville South High School drama department is presenting the musical "Bye, Bye Birdie" at 7:30 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday in the high school, 5950 Main St., Amherst.

The play is directed by Roger Paolini, a Williamsville South teacher doing double-duty while also directing "The Middle of Nowhere" at the Alleyway Theatre.

Tickets for the Williamsville South production are $7 at the door.

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