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Derek Gee/Buffalo News

Full circle: Thrill seekers are taken through a somersault as they ride the Mind Eraser roller coaster Monday afternoon at Darien Lake Theme Park Resort. Although the park's fabled Ride of Steel is closed for the season, all of its other roller coasters are operating.

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Bill Wippert/Buffalo News

First day of class: School began Monday for youngsters at Buffalo's Charter School for Applied Technologies. At top, kindergarteners and first-graders make their way through hallways with their backpacks. Below, third-grader Tyler Smith is ready with an answer to one of his teacher's questions.

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Monumental tribute: Visitors view the new Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial after it was unveiled in ceremonies Monday in Washington, D.C.

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Derek Gee/Buffalo News

New look on Niagara Square: The sky and nearby buildings are reflected off the glass facade of the new federal courthouse in downtown Buffalo. Work on the $137 million building is almost completed.