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Citybration this week to focus on waterfront

The Sixth Annual Citybration, a celebration of Buffalo's best features, focuses on the waterfront for a series of activities Thursday through Sunday.

It kicks off with a Buffalo Spree Best of Western New York Party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Shea's Performing Arts Center.

It continues Friday with hot air balloon rides from 6 to 9 p.m. on the waterfront, a free sunset reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on the 28th-floor observation deck of City Hall and a Night at the Ball Park in Coca-Cola Field.

Saturday activities include a variety of tours, a scavenger hunt along the waterfront from 1 to 5 p.m., starting from the Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, and a floating cocktail party from 4 to 8 p.m., leaving from Templeton Landing.

Sunday will see a free Cheerios breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon at Central Wharf, a waterfront walk, re-enactors, cycle rides along the waterfront and more tours. For information, visit www.citybration.com.

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Professors to explore breast cancer test

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two professors at Niagara University are working under a $150,000 grant from the Avon Foundation for Women to explore the development of a new, noninvasive test for breast cancer that may replace the annual mammogram.

Professors Mary McCourt and Larry Mielnicki recruited women over age 18 to volunteer for the study that aims to detect biomarkers for breast cancer in the urine of women.

Faculty members from NU's department of nursing gathered information and urine samples from volunteers earlier this month at the Community Health Center of Niagara, an affiliate of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

The research will analyze urine samples from women who have experienced invasive breast cancer as well as women who have never been diagnosed, to look for biomarkers that may be a sign of cancerous breast tissue.

McCourt, chairman and associate professor of chemistry at Niagara University, received the grant in 2009. Mielnicki, an expert in breast tumor screening and an adjunct professor of chemistry at NU, is collaborating with McCourt on the research.

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Civil War Roundtable to host guest speaker

Folks interested in the Civil War might want to mark their calendars for an upcoming event.

The Buffalo Civil War Roundtable will mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a guest speaker at its Thursday meeting.

Steve Malovich will discuss the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single day in the war, with more than 23,000 casualties on Sept. 17, 1862.

The North's victory allowed President Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. Malovich, of Alden, is a certified battlefield guide specializing in the Antietam campaign.

The talk is set to start at 7 p.m. at the Lancaster Historical Society, 40 Clark St. Admission is free.

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