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Dance of joy: Erika Aminata-Mitchell leads a demonstration of historical African dance with youngsters from the King Urban Life Charter School and East High School during a Black History Month program Wednesday in Michigan Street Baptist Church.

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Practicing what she teaches: Art teacher Ruth Thomas works on her painting of a 1920s-style flapper Wednesday after finishing a class on oil painting for adults that she teaches in the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center in Niagara Falls. Thomas, who has been teaching painting for 35 years, holds classes Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and Thursday evenings.

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A froggy day at the zoo: Keaton Hartung, 8, of Fillmore, left, watches warily as keeper Penny Felski holds a Puerto Rican crested toad during "Leaping Ahead of Extinction," a Leap Day event Wednesday at the Buffalo Zoo. Above, another featured Leap Day amphibian, a Panamanian golden frog, clings to the glass wall of its enclosure at the zoo. The toads, considered a "threatened" species, and the frogs, which are virtually extinct, are bred at the zoo as part of a species survival program and sent back to the tropics.

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Rallying cry reactivated: About a dozen Occupy Buffalo protesters march down Main Street toward the Bank of America office building in Fountain Plaza on Wednesday to protest the bank's foreclosure practices. The "Shut Down the Corporations" protest was held in conjunction with other Occupy actions nationally, calling for an end to corporate influence in politics. Later, the group gave the Mayor's Office a check for $1,500, honoring an agreement to pay for grass seed and electricity used during the occupation of Niagara Square from Oct. 8 to Feb. 2.

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Hoping for an opening: Kallie Banker, in white, a guard on the Grand Island High School girls basketball team, looks for a chance to drive against an Iroquois Central High School player during the Division A-1 semifinals Wednesday at Clarence High School. Story on Page D3.