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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS - Final

Grand Island land claim by Senecas runs aground

A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a case involving the Seneca Nation of Indians' claim to the ownership of Grand Island, court officials said Tuesday.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in New York City, had been asked to conduct another review of a June 2002 decision by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara that turned down the Seneca land claim.

The Seneca Nation's last chance would be filing an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senecas contend that New York State illegally purchased Grand Island from the tribe in an 1815 land deal. The 2nd Circuit had already upheld Arcara's decision once, in September 2004, but the Senecas then asked for a further review.

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Roswell Park successful in drive to fund new center

Roswell Park Cancer Institute on Tuesday marked the end of its three-year capital campaign.

Financial donors gathered at Roswell Park to celebrate its successful "Horizons of Hope" campaign, which raised $21 million for the new Center for Genetics & Pharmacology. The money, combined with $41 million in previously committed money from New York State, will allow the center to open in January.

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Marine Corps Reserve unit expected back from Iraq soon

A Marine Corps Reserve unit stationed in Buffalo will be returning home from Iraq soon, according to one of its members, but no exact date is yet available.

"We've been trying to find out ourselves," 1st Sgt. Benito Caraballo of India Company of the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines, said in Buffalo on Tuesday.

About 170 local Marines are members of the company, which trains at the Porter Avenue Reserve Center. It is one of five companies in the battalion, which is based in Ohio.

The unit was mobilized Jan. 4 and deployed to Iraq in March, after training in California.

India Company participated in numerous combat operations in Iraq's Al Anbar province and suffered a number of casualties, including one fatality: Navy Petty Office 3rd Class Jeffrey L. Wiener, a corpsman from Long Island who was killed in combat May 6.

Seven members of the unit were wounded in late August, six of them in one firefight. The most seriously wounded was Lance Cpl. Mark Beyers, 26, of Elma, whose right arm and leg were amputated.

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Grant will help link research databases

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Education Department has awarded $500,000 for the expansion of the University at Buffalo's links with other institutions' databases on rehabilitation research.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said the grant will advance UB's international reputation and "help all those who live with disabilities overcome the challenges they face on the road to rehabilitation."

The money will go to UB's Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange.

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