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Saints-Bears game to air as negotiations continue

Today's NFC playoff between the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears will air at 3 p.m on Fox 29, WUTV, even though a final transmission agreement is still being negotiated between WUTV's parent company, Sinclair Broadcasting, and Time Warner Cable.

The two sides say they are ironing out final details in the dispute, and Time Warner said it expects an agreement by week's end.

"Time Warner Cable fully expects WUTV and WNYO [Channel 49] to remain on the cable lineup, and there will be no interruption in programming," the cable giant announced on its Web site.

The issue involves whether Sinclair, which owns television stations in 34 markets -- including a dozen or so served by Time Warner -- should be compensated for Fox and MyNetworkTV programming it provides to Time Warner.


Caruso takes oath to serve as justice

Longtime Town of Tonawanda Justice Frank Caruso was sworn in Saturday as a State Supreme Court justice in the Eighth Judicial District.

Court of Appeals Judge Eugene F. Pigott Jr. performed the swearing-in ceremony in Erie County Hall. Caruso, who was appointed to the post by then-Gov. George E. Pataki. served three terms as a Town of Tonawanda justice and also served as an acting Buffalo City Court judge.


Meeting on block clubs set for First Ward residents

Residents of Lackawanna's First Ward and others interested in block clubs are invited to an organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Lackawanna Public Library, 560 Ridge Road.

Issues such as Neighborhood Watch and disaster preparedness will be discussed. For more information, call Councilwoman Andrea Haxton at 824-8461.


Food Bank of WNY starts drive for funds

The Food Bank of Western New York today kicks off its 15th annual fundraising campaign, which continues through Feb. 24.

"Check Out Hunger" brings together 11 area retailers in the cause of fighting hunger. The promotion gives shoppers the option of adding $2, $3 or $5 donations to their purchases at the checkout counter.

According to organizers, $2 provides 11 meals to those individuals who depend on the Food Bank of Western New York; $3 provides 16 1/2 meals; and $5 provides 27 1/2 meals. All of the customers' contributions go directly to the Food Bank.

Customers may donate at Dash's Markets, Jubilee Foods, Latina Foodland Fresh, Martin's Super Food Stores, Premier Gourmet, Premier Wines, Quality Markets, Tops, Wegmans, Wilson Farms and Sugar Creek stores.

The Food Bank of Western New York provides services to at least 100,000 residents every month, distributing more than 1 million pounds of food through its 457 member agencies in Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.

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