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Sunday, June 27 - Morning Update

Good morning.

Joe Bradey, of Williamsville, breaks around Howard Bope, of Buffalo, at the Gus Macker basketball tournament Saturday in downtown Buffalo. Photo by John Hickey / Buffalo News.

- The annual Gus Macker three-on-three tournament continues today downtown. Saturday's games featured 4,000 players representing 966 teams, which included Chicago Blackhawks forward and South Buffalo native Patrick Kane. Check out video from Saturday's court action.

- Zach Anner, 25, who grew up in Kenmore eating beef on 'weck from Andersons and now lives in Austin, Texas, is poised to make the final round of an online contest sponsored by Oprah Winfrey to find the next big TV star. He also has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.

He also found that using humor made people feel more comfortable about his disability.

"I've always felt it's the best way to explore issues that people don't normally want to talk about," he told The Buffalo News. "I just like being funny. I thought if I could get into comedy, then I could dispel some misconceptions about people with disabilities and that I could find my own voice through that."

- More than 7,000 cyclists riding Saturday for Roswell Park Cancer Institute broke the annual ride's previous $2.3 million fundraising record by raising $2.6 million, according to organizers.

Happening around town today:

- The Parkside Garden Walk starts at 10 a.m. at the corner of Jewett and Summit, near the Darwin Martin House.

- Buster Bison is among the featured attractions for the opening of a new exhibit at the Castellani Art Museum, which is in the center of Niagara University, off Lewiston Road. "A Celebration of America's Pastime," held in conjunction of "Field of Dreams: North American Baseball Stadiums," by photographer Jim Dow, will run from 2 to 5 p.m. and include a hot dog cookout, door prizes, baseball cards, a baseball-themed raffle and curator's talk.

- The Making a Difference Awards Luncheon will be held from noon to 2 p.m. today at The Larkin at Exchange building, 726 Exchange St. The luncheon features Buffalo foods and music by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra musicians, a Buffalo trivia quiz and prizes. The cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets are available at

- Julian McCann's battle with leukemia is going well physically, but it needs some financial reinforcement.
Diagnosed last October with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the 14-year-old Town of Tonawanda resident is rallying after receiving a bone marrow transplant in March from his younger brother. But medical costs have exceeded what his parents' health care coverage will pay.
A benefit will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Marcy Casino on Hoyt Lake to help offset those costs. Admission is $20 at the door, and the event includes refreshments, auctions and entertainment.

--Joseph Popiolkowski

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