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'Today' here to do report on Buffalo Prep team

Crews from NBC's "Today" show are scheduled to be in Buffalo today to film a report on five girls from Buffalo Prep who are the first all-female team to earn a spot in the final round of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Science Bowl.

The report, scheduled to be filmed at Buffalo Prep's offices at the University at Buffalo's South Campus on Main Street, will be aired next month, said Buffalo Prep officials.

The local squad, which won a regional competition in Rochester in February, will compete against 63 other teams Thursday through Monday in Washington D.C.

Members are Andrea Finley of Sweet Home High School, Olivia Cox of City Honors School and Kerris Sease, Bianca Coleman and Sylvie Bizimungu of Nardin Academy.

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Fair-housing group to hear federal official

The second-highest-ranking fair-housing official in the federal government will address hundreds of civil rights supporters Thursday at the 44th annual meeting of Housing Opportunities Made Equal.

Deputy Assistant Secretary Bryan Greene of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity will speak to almost 300 supporters expected to attend the event in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

Greene oversees the investigation of more than 2,000 discrimination cases each year and administers programs that aid state and local governments in enforcing fair-housing laws.

His own work in fair housing dates back to his days at Harvard University, when he worked part time as an investigator with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

The public is invited to attend.

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