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THE PICTURE PAGE

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Long load: Jake Monti, of Buffalo, decided that a decorative artificial tree would look great in his living room. The only problem -- how to fit it into his car so he could take it home Sunday afternoon from the Pier One store on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga.

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True to their school: Celia Quintero, right, and her husband, Bernard, help their daughter, Clarissa, send emails Sunday to public officials about the possible closing of the Pinnacle Charter School in Buffalo.

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Hometown heroine: Singer and songwriter Ani DiFranco offers a song from her latest album, "Which Side Are You On?," to a crowd of hometown fans Sunday evening in Asbury Hall at Babeville.

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Winning effort: Jim Waldron, of Buffalo, has a big lead as he approaches the finish line Sunday in the ninth annual Putting Hunger on the Run race on Porter Avenue in Buffalo.

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Home stretch: Runners trot past spectators on Porter Avenue in Buffalo during the final leg of the ninth annual Putting Hunger on the Run race. The race benefited Friends of Night People, which provides food, clothing, medical care and other support to the poor and homeless.