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Five mothers at Target show support for breast-feeding

Five mothers breast-fed their babies Wednesday in the cafe of the Target store at Quaker Crossing in Orchard Park to show support for a breast-feeding mother in Houston who said she was harassed when she attempted to breastfeed at a Target store there.

One of the group, Maryalice Garlipp, a member of La Leche League, which supports breast-feeding mothers, said she doesn't think public breast-feeding should be controversial. She said she has breast-fed her youngsters at other Target stores without incident.

"I don't even see why it's an issue," she said Wednesday. "It's a natural and normal process. The primary function of our breasts is to feed our young."

The action was one of more than 100 held Wednesday in Target stores in 35 other states.

Target issued a statement Wednesday saying that it "has a long-standing corporate policy that supports breastfeeding in our stores" and that shoppers "who choose to breast-feed in public areas of the store are welcome to do so without being made to feel uncomfortable."

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One World Tribe to head Three Kings Day event

Music lovers in Western New York may want to celebrate Three Kings Day this year with a little world beat sound and dance -- and they will have the opportunity at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave.

The music and dance group One World Tribe will present a free concert at the Elmwood Avenue gallery from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 6. The concert is a collaboration between the art gallery and Young Audiences of Western New York, a nonprofit arts organization that promotes the arts and culturals in school-age populations in the region.

The Albright-Knox presents the event as part of its "M&T First Fridays at the Gallery" series. M&T Bank pays admission to the gallery and covers the cost of activities and experiences for the general public on the first Friday of every month.

One World Tribe is a music and dancing show that includes funk, Latin and world beat sounds. It was started in 1994 in Pennsylvania, and includes performers from Africa, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.

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Indiana can't confirm cash offer to Unifrax

NIAGARA FALLS -- Assemblyman John D. Ceretto said Wednesday that a Freedom of Information request he sent to Indiana didn't confirm New York State officials' story that they had to give a Niagara Falls company money to keep it from moving to the Hoosier State.

Ceretto, R-Lewiston, is unhappy that Empire State Development Corp. gave Unifrax $700,000 in October to move its headquarters, and 96 jobs, from Niagara Falls to the Town of Tonawanda.

He said the Indiana Economic Development Corp. responded to his request for information by saying it has "no records containing the terms of a final offer of public financial resources to Unifrax."

"This is not a small issue to me, or to Niagara Falls, and at the end of the day we need to get to the bottom of this issue," Ceretto wrote in a letter to Empire State Development President and CEO Kenneth Adams.