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Injured firefighter has successful surgery

Injured firefighter Mark Reed has undergone successful head and facial surgery and appears to be making progress in his recovery from his injuries, Buffalo fire officials said in a statement Tuesday.

"He is presently undergoing rehabilitation at ECMC," Fire Commissioner Michael Lombardo stated. "His tracheotomy has been removed; he is sitting up, talking and is able to feed himself."

Lombardo, in a statement, said Reed, who was severely injured fighting an arson June 10, continues to send thanks to the public for its prayers, cards and monetary contributions.


Three airports in area get more than $1.2 million

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded more than $1.2 million in grants for improvements to airports in Erie County.

More than $1 million will be used to buy land for development and to construct a parallel taxiway at Buffalo-Lancaster Airport. The airport, which serves single- and twin-engine propeller planes, plans to upgrade and expand its facilities during the next two years so that it eventually will be able to land and house corporate jets.

The Lancaster Town Board in May approved part of a major improvement plan that would include new hangars, taxiways, security fencing, aircraft parking, extended utilities, additional storage and private development at the Walden Avenue airport.

Meanwhile, the Buffalo Airfield in West Seneca will receive $123,744 for a new runway and taxi rehabilitation, and the owners of the Akron Airport will receive $47,159 to build a new apron.


Brown will discuss the future of cities

CHAUTAUQUA -- Buffalo's mayor will join a former Cleveland mayor in a panel discussion Friday over the future of cities.

Mayor Byron W. Brown and former Mayor Jane L. Campbell will appear together at 2 p.m. in the Hall of Philosophy at Chautauqua Institution to talk about what causes "some cities to thrive while others experience decay" in the 21st century.

Brown, the first African-American mayor of Buffalo, and Campbell, the first female mayor of Cleveland, are part of a weeklong series of lectures on how cities rise and fall over time and why some are rebuilt while others fail.

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