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Soldier shot in the head in Afghan War remains stable

The condition of the Army Green Beret soldier from Angola who was shot in the head in Afghanistan on Aug. 8 remains stable, a family member said Friday.

Matthew Kreiger, 25, is receiving treatment in the traumatic brain injury unit at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., according to his older brother Chris Kreiger, a disabled Iraq War veteran.

Doctors have decided not to remove the bullet, believed to have been fired from an AK-47 assault rifle, because surgery would cause additional harm, said Chris Kreiger, who has been at his brother's side since he was transported to the United States a couple days after the shooting.

Matthew Kreiger is able to talk and get around under his own power, though he is receiving physical therapy, the brother said.

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Science museum extending da Vinci exhibit 2 months

The Buffalo Museum of Science is extending its "Leonardo daVinci: Machines in Motion" exhibit by two months. The new closing date is Oct. 23, rather than Sunday.

The exhibit will be temporarily unavailable, from Monday through Wednesday, while it is being relocated within the museum, and will reopen to the public on Thursday.

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If concert runs late, so will Metro Rail service

If tonight's Buffalo Rocks the Harbor event at the Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf runs a little late, so will Metro Rail.

The last scheduled outbound train from Erie Canal Station normally leaves at midnight, but the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is going to extend service, if necessary, for one hour after tonight's concert.

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Highway Department to host open house, car show

The Amherst Highway Department will host an open house and car show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. The event will include garage walking tours, equipment demonstrations, music and refreshments. Car owners can register their vehicles at 9 a.m. for "people's choice" car awards at 3 p.m.

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Common Council candidates to appear at open forum

A forum featuring Buffalo Common Council candidates on the ballot in the Fillmore, Masten and University districts will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Burchfield Penney Art Center auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

This forum is sponsored by the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists, the Burchfield Penney Art Center and the Buffalo State College Communications Department.

The forum will be moderated by WIVB-TV reporter Al Vaughters. The public can submit questions by calling 849-5598 or emailing them to:RodLWat@gmail.com.