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Peace demonstration planned at MLK Park shooting scene

A peace demonstration will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. today at Shelter No. 4 in Martin Luther King Park, the scene of Saturday night's shooting.

"Peace in the Park" is being sponsored by True Bethel Baptist Church and Common Council Member Demone Smith to "show peace and unity" in light of the recent acts of violence in the city.

Food and drinks will be provided.

Five people were wounded at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday when a gunman opened fire on a party held in the park at Shelter No. 4.

Early Sunday, Samantha Cothran was fatally shot outside a house party on Minnesota Avenue.



Pegula offers landscaping for part of Canalside

Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula has offered to spruce up a section of the city's waterfront on his own dime.

Team officials on Tuesday announced a donation of landscaping work for unfinished lots around the Central Wharf section of Canalside, a donation worth up to $120,000.

The donation -- worth up to an estimated $120,000 -- would cover about 90,000 square feet of sod and other landscaping amenities and improvements to city-owned lots, as well as the cost of labor.

The Common Council voted, 8-0, on Tuesday to accept the donation.



Porter urges Senate panel to give tribes tax immunity

WASHINGTON -- Seneca Nation President Robert Odawi Porter told the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday that federal tax breaks aimed at Indian tribes aren't working and that they should be replaced by something simpler and easier for tribes to use.

Testifying at a hearing on the impact of possible tax reform on Indian tribes, Porter said employment tax credits, "renewal communities" and other short-term tax breaks have failed to stimulate the economies of Indian nations.

"With all due respect, these complicated schemes have not worked in Indian Country," he said. "Their complexity and minimalism have stifled all practical benefit."

Porter suggested abandoning those complex and often short-term tax breaks and instead not charging any taxes at all on a several dozen parcels of land on reservations that need the most economic help.

"Instead of dialing back potential tax incentive benefits to useless levels, I urge you to declare unlimited tax immunity within a limited number of footprints in Indian Country for a limited number of Indian nations," Porter said.



Offenders can have DNA collected at ECC City Campus

Erie Community College's City Campus will be an adjunct facility for the state criminal-justice system through Friday, as an anticipated 1,400 or so offenders from across Erie County will be given the opportunity to have their mandatory DNA samples collected there.

"Offenders, who owe the state their DNA, have been receiving information in the mail to report to ECC," District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said.