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Twilight shadows: Jameek Smith, left, goes up for a shot against Jeffrey Townsel as they play basketball late Tuesday afternoon in Buffalo's Riverside Park.

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Wide open waters: A goose floats peacefully in ice-free South Park Lake in South Buffalo on Tuesday afternoon.

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Going for the big one: Darnell Carson of Buffalo's School of Applied Technologies shoots for a three-pointer in front of Cleveland Hill High School's Miles Barker in the final quarter of the Section VI B2 semifinals Tuesday in the Buffalo State College Sports Arena.

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Packing it in: Crews begin work Tuesday on Lake Erie near the head of the Niagara River to remove the 1.7-mile ice boom that keeps ice floes from damaging property along the riverfront. The lake never froze this year, permitting the boom to be lifted at its earliest date ever. The previous earliest date was March 5, 1998.