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SOMETHING TO READ“Three-Ring Rascals: The Show Must Go On!” by Kate Klise; illustrated by M. Sarah Klise; Algonquin Young Readers, $15.95, 160 pages.Circus owner Sir Sidney is very good to his circus animals: He serves the freshest peanuts to Elsa the elephant. He allows two mice to hang around the circus and even eat leftover popcorn. But then he decides he’s too ol…

WHAT’S HAPPENINGMOVIES: Opening Friday, “Battle of the Year” (PG-13); coming Sept. 27, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” (PG).CONCERTS: Dafnis Prieto, 8 tonight, Pausa Art House, 19 Wadsworth St.BPO Rocks: The Music of Queen, 8 p.m. Saturday, Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle.Elephant Revival, 8 p.m. Monday, Ninth Ward at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.Mic…

Most students approach the Common Application Prompt No. 2, also known as “The Edison Prompt,” with fear and trepidation. It says: “Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn? “Failure? Why would I want to tell them about a time I failed?”Here’s why they ask the question:Failure, which can als…

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Over the summer, a couple dozen high school rising seniors, including myself, from the Western New York area and from all around the country came to Roswell Park Cancer Institute for seven weeks as part of the Summer Research Internship Program. Hundreds of students apply each year, and therefore the selection process is very rigorous; students are selected after Roswell P…

Songs1. “Roar,” Katy Perry >>2. “Royals,” Lorde3. “Wake Me Up,” Avicii4. “Berzerk,” Eminem5. “Blurred Lines” (featuring T.I. & Pharrell), Robin ThickeAlbums1. “Yours Truly,” Ariana Grande2. “Love and War,” Tamar Braxton3. “Hesitation Marks,” Nine Inch Nails4. “Night Visions,” Imagine Dragons5. “Love in the Future,” John Legend– Associated Press

Avenged Sevenfold, a metal/metalcore band from Huntington Beach, Calif., released its new album, “Hail to the King” on Aug. 27. It is the band’s seventh studio album, and it’s second since the death of drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan in 2009 (replaced on this album by Arin Hejay).This album seems to have taken the band back to the roots of heavy metal, as the …

Forty-four area high school students have been added to the team of NeXt writers. They are:Sydney Berbano, senior, Hutchinson Central Technical High School.Aaron Bobeck (photographer), sophomore, Grand Island High School.Nina Bracci, junior, Iroquois High School.Natalie Brophy, senior, Mount St. Mary Academy.Amy Bucklaew, sophomore, Lancaster High School.Mary Catalfamo, ju…

As sad as it sounds, summer has come and gone. Our beach fun and summer nights are coming to a close while the school doors are just opening.The word “school” becomes a rather sour note for our ears during the summer, but September rolls in trying to bring back the sweetness. It is time to renew study habits, work ethics and after-school activities.One thing that might…

WHAT’S HAPPENINGMOVIES: Opening Friday, “Insidious: Chapter 2” (PG-13); coming Sept. 20, “Battle of the Year (PG-13); coming Sept. 27, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” (PG).CONCERTS: Walk the Moon with Magic Man, 7 p.m. Friday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.Chelsea Light Moving, 8 p.m. Friday, Tralf, 622 Main St.Davey O., 8 p.m. Saturday, Alden Christian Thea…

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Tests. Homework. Reading assignments. Morning classes. In the summer?To many students at any age, this sounds morally wrong, and maybe a little nightmarish. Summer is the one and only time to finally relax, to hit the beach with books you actually want to read, to put your mind to the things that really matter, like video games and music festivals. The rest of the year is …

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Brianna Brenon, 16, left, and Jenna Dashnaw, 17, students at Starpoint High School, took Next along on a July trip to Hersheypark, in Hershey, Pa., to see One Direction in concert. The girls also had a chance to meet the boys in the band.

SOMETHING TO READ“Rose” by Holly Webb; Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $6.99.Holly Webb is a best-selling author in the United Kingdom with books “Lost in the Snow” and “Lost in the Storm” and she has written a marvelous mystery, the first of a series, that may appeal to fans of Lemony Snicket and Harry Potter.All 10-year-old Rose knows of her past is that she was lef…

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For any teenage fan of Adam Levine who finds joy in singing along with his music on the car radio and making Mom insane, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center was the place to be last Wednesday. The Maroon 5 Honda Civic Tour attracted a massive crowd, with dedicated fans forced to stand shoulder to shoulder on the packed lawn. The concert was an opportunity to close the summe…

The Common Application went live Aug. 1, and some very eager students have already submitted their applications.Not so fast. Early may not be better. There is applying before the deadline and then there is the crazed family, most typically a parent, who is intent on submitting all the college applications in August.While students can make changes once applications are subm…

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Positive influences. Integrity. These are two of 40 assets developed by an organization called the Search Institute. They are building blocks that can help children develop in positive ways.When the Search Institute started conducting research more than 25 years ago, it might not have foreseen how popular its 40 Assets would become.The Search Institute was founded in 1958 …