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Global Gore

Al Gore has swanned down the red carpet at Hollywood to collect his Oscar, and sat down in the House of Representatives to warn Congress about global warming.

Today, the Al Gore show comes to the University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena for two sold-out shows. The former vice president's focus on fighting global warming and supporting environmental concerns has drawn audiences nationwide, and his documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" won an Academy Award.

Critics, meanwhile, suggest that Gore seems to be grooming himself as a presidential candidate for 2008.

When the university first announced its Distinguished Speaker Series, Gore was scheduled for today at 8 p.m. But the university added a second date in response to the demand, in conjunction with its semesterlong focus on environmental matters, titled "A Greener Shade of Blue."

The university distributed most tickets for the second appearance -- at 12:30 p.m. today -- free to 80 local high schools. The rest of the audience will be UB students who didn't get a ticket the first time around, said Bill Regan, Office of Special Events director.

-- Andrew Z. Galarneau

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