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Peace and joy: Buffalo Common Council Member Darius Pridgen, left center in tan vest, dances with others attending the Peace in the Park celebration he organized Wednesday afternoon in Martin Luther King Park. Council Majority Leader Demone A. Smith and Pridgen, through his church, True Bethel Baptist Church, arranged for food, beverages and music in the same shelter where a fatal shooting shocked the community last weekend. Story and another photo on Page C1.


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Take me home: A lost dog waits for its owner to come claim it Wednesday during an open house in the newly expanded Clarence Animal Shelter behind Highway Department facilities on Goodrich Road. Story and another photo on Page C3.


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Coming into port: The freighter McKee Sons, from Cleveland, passes the Old Bones sculpture Wednesday afternoon as it sails down the Buffalo River with a load of sand.


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Big night: Seniors Kara Manhardt, left, a social science-liberal arts major from Corfu, and Janelle Bartz, a physical education major from Corfu, take a final glance in the mirror Wednesday evening prior to Erie Community College's 64th annual commencement exercises in the Buffalo State College Sports Arena. Keynote speaker was U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. About 2,350 students graduated, including those who received associate's degrees last September and January. Story and another photo on Page C1.