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Time Warner continues talks with Sinclair

"Smallville" and "House" are safe. For now.

Time Warner issued a news release late Sunday saying the cable provider will extend the existing contract with Sinclair Broadcast Group until Jan. 12.

The two sides will continue to negotiate during that period to try to work out a deal that will keep the WUTV Fox-29 and WNYO My TV-49 in Buffalo on the cable system.

Time Warner had said the two stations could have been pulled from the cable lineup as early as today because of a disagreement over rebroadcast rights.



3 communications sites to get emergency power

Twenty-two public safety communication facilities throughout the state will receive backup emergency power using fuel cells under a New York Power Authority plan.

Three facilities in Western New York are part of the plan, which will be coordinated through the State Police.

A Department of Transportation site in Albion and state Department of Environmental Conservation locations in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties will be included in the $434,000 program. It is funded through court settlements with oil companies accused of violating federal price controls in the 1970s and 1980s.

The fuel cells each generate 5 kilowatts of electrical power by combining hydrogen and oxygen.



Patient simulator donated by UB alumna

A computerized patient simulator has been donated to the University at Buffalo's School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

The full-body mannequin, valued at $30,000, was donated by Dr. Margaret W. Paroski, a UB professor of neurology, and her husband, Peter Martin Sr.

The mannequin is driven by a computer with 12 learning scenarios, including congestive heart failure with pulmonary edema, pneumonia with septic shock, a ruptured spleen and a stab wound to the chest. Its skin is lifelike to touch, its eyes blink and its chest rises and falls with each breath.



WNED gallery taking bids on photographic prints

Visitors to the current exhibition of photographic prints of Buffalo scenes in WNED's Horizons Gallery, 140 Lower Terrace, across from the Adam's Mark, will have a chance to take some home.

Bids are being taken on the prints in a silent auction, ending Jan. 19. Opening bids range from $75 to $1,500. The images are valued at $250 to $5,000. Proceeds will benefit the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Featured are five prints of Kleinhans Music Hall from glass negatives by Eliel and Eero Saarinen, the father-son architect team who designed the building.

Other works on exhibit include "Four" by local photographer Joseph Galvin and "Juneteenth" by Los Angeles-based photographer Lamont Roberts, a Buffalo native.

The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays; call 845-7000.

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