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The years was full of goodbyes mournful, welcome and absurd

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Saluting a trooper: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, left, and Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy stand with state troopers during a flag ceremony at the end of the funeral April 11 for Trooper Kevin P. Dobson, who was killed after being struck by a vehicle while making a roadside stop on the Youngmann Highway.

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The long goodbye: Superintendent James A. Williams leaves the Buffalo School Board meeting in August where he tendered his resignation.

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Vigil for Jamie: Family and friends remember Jamey Rodemeyer at a vigil outside Williamsville North High School on Sunday, Sept. 25. The freshman committed suicide after being bullied both in school and online.

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Wait is over: Dozens of couples seal their vows with a kiss during a same-sex wedding ceremony on the brink of Niagara Falls on Goat Island in Niagara Falls State Park on Monday morning, July 25, a day after New York State passed a same-sex marriage act.

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Welcome home hugs: Spc. Charles Palumbo, of Lockport, is greeted Dec. 3 by his wife Lisa and daughter Madison as he arrives home after a seven-month deployment in Iraq with the New York Army National Guard 105th Military Police Company.

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At wit's end: A sign at the Hardee Brothers Dry Cleaners in Lancaster on Feb. 10 pokes fun at former Rep. Chris Lee, who resigned after sending a shirtless photograph of himself to a woman on Craigslist.

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Engulfed: The cab of a truck is fully engulfed in flames on the skyway on June 16 after the rig, which was carrying a load of fire bricks, lost one of its front wheels. The driver escaped without harm.