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Associated Press

Unleashed and uprooted: Hurricane Irene, which pounded the Bahamas as a Category 3 storm, passed to the east of Nassau on Thursday. In photo above, a man walks along the waterfront on New Providence Island in the Bahamas. With a mandatory visitor evacuation in place on North Carolina's coast, cars drive north in Highway 12 on Pea Island in the Outer Banks on Thursday. Irene was expected to come ashore Saturday in North Carolina with 115 mph winds and a storm surge of 5 to 10 feet. Story on Page One.

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Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News

It's stuck: Isaac Westfall, 2, snags his hook while fishing with his family along the Erie Canal in Lockport on Thursday.

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Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News

They agree: Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo was ranked among the Best Children's Hospitals in an upcoming special edition of U.S. News & World Report, which hits newsstands Tuesday. Emma Golden, center, who is receiving cancer treatment there, came to the hospital Thursday for a ceremony to celebrate the news. From left are Emma's brothers Everette and Adam, and her mother, Lea. Story on Page D1.

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Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News

Less-than-perfect conditions: Stagehands hold down wind walls as the stage is raised Thursday at the Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf. Performances this weeked include Alice Cooper tonight and Great Big Sea on Saturday as part of the Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor concert series.

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