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Preholiday treat: Occupy Buffalo protesters in Niagara Square line up Thursday evening for free menu items from Lloyd, the taco truck, courtesy of the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church.


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Coming clean: At left, physical education teacher Chris Wright, left, and science teacher Mike Jensen have their heads shaved Thursday to promote charitable giving and to assist a "Kenmore Kindness" clothing drive. Working the clippers during the session in Benjamin Franklin Middle School are students Alex Russell, 11, left, and Alexis Deluca, 11. Above, Wright casts a wary look at Alex as the clippers approach his ear. In all, five heads were shaved.


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Solid support: Members of the St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute hockey team jump up from the bench and cheer as their teammates score their first goal against Williamsville North High School in the Northtown Center in Amherst Thursday evening.


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The genuine item: Norma Stokes expresses surprise when she tugs on Santa's beard Thursday in the Broadway Market and discovers that it's real. Looking on is Brian Jackson, 3. Ken Inwood, who appears as a natural Santa at the market, has many at the market proclaiming he's the real St. Nick.