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It takes an exceptional person to walk into a burning building. Someone who recognizes the precarious glow of danger and takes a step forward instead of a step back. Someone who is dictated not by the overwhelming tempo of their instincts but by the rare and more extraordinary desire to lend a hand. Being a first responder is not for everyone.But for 17-year-old Jason Bial…

By Joseph Kraus / NeXt Correspondent

Thu, Oct 3, 2013

For the first time since 1997, Lindy Ruff was not behind the bench when the Sabres opened their season Wednesday night. He is now the coach of the Dallas Stars, the team he lost the Stanley Cup to in 1999. New coach Ron Rolston enters his first full season with the Sabres after taking over when Ruff was fired in February.Rolston has coached many of the players on this year…

Bliss is boring! That’s my favorite cautionary line I’ve heard about Common Application Prompt No. 4: “Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?”It’s true. Just how much can you say about the majestic mountains or the peaceful ocean waves? This is a tougher prompt than you might thi…

SOMETHING TO READ“Byrd & Igloo: A Polar Adventure” by Samantha Seiple; Scholastic Press, $18.99 (Ages 8 to 12). A puppy abandoned on the streets of Washington, D.C., became famous as the only dog to explore both the North and South Poles in this fascinating story of explorer and aviator Richard Byrd and his dog Igloo. The author researched letters, diaries, interviews, new…

Bar magnetsA bar magnet is just what it sounds like – a magnetized bar. One end has a south pole, and the other end has a north pole. For example, a hand compass is made with a bar magnet.A spinning electron behaves like a tiny bar magnet. An electron orbiting a nucleus also behaves like a tiny bar magnet.We can think of matter in this way: It can act as if it has many tin…

The top 10 songs and albums on iTunes for the week ending Sept. 30:Songs1. “Royals,” Lorde2. “Roar,” Katy Perry3. “Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus4. “Wake Me Up,” Avicii5. “Berzerk,” Eminem6. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” (featuring Majid Jordan),” Drake7. “Applause,” Lady Gaga8. “Holy Grail” (featuring Justin Timberlake), Jay-Z9. “Dark Horse” (featuring Juicy J), Katy Perry10. …

Kudos to Joss Whedon. His “The Avengers” made upward of $1 billion at the box office last summer and his next movie, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” is slated to hit theaters in May 2015. Until then, however, Whedon and Marvel have teamed up to create “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” a new television series that follows the missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforceme…

Putting a spin on thingsMagnetism comes from moving electrical charges. If electrical charges stay still, there is no magnetism.An electron moving around the nucleus, or center, of its atom produces magnetism. In a similar way, a moving electrical current in a loop of wire produces magnetism.There is another type of movement. Many charged particles such as electrons and pr…

The little ornaments holding pictures to your refrigerator and the giant cranes picking up cars in a junkyard are all using magnets. Magnets attract objects made of certain metals. They can also push away, or repel, other magnets.The Mini Page talked with an expert from the National Science Foundation to learn more about this force of attraction.MatterMatter is the stuff a…

Lifestyles

Instead of getting a paid job at age 16, many teens have turned to volunteering as a way to find inspiration and give back to the community. Working with children is an accessible way for teens to help out. One possibility is to volunteer as a camp counselor. St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy is a charity mission in Buffalo. Along with its other yearly services, St. Luke’s runs …

Songs1. “Royals,” Lorde2. “Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus3. “Roar,” Katy Perry4. “Dark Horse” (featuring Juicy J), Katy Perry5. “Wake Me Up,” AviciiAlbums1. “Nothing Was the Same,” Drake2. “From Here to Now to You,” Jack Johnson3. “Off the Beaten Path,” Justin Moore4. “True,” Avicii5. “Self Made, Vol. 3,” MMG – Associated Press

WHAT’S HAPPENINGMOVIES: Opening Friday, “Baggage Claim” (PG-13), “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” (PG), “Gravity” (PG-13).CONCERTS: moe., 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.Stars, 8 p.m. Saturday, Tralf, 622 Main St.Joe Satriani with Steve Morse Band, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, North Campus, Amherst.Baths, 8 p.m. …

Back to school. Those three words bring dreaded thoughts to mind. Hot, sticky classrooms. A tired haze hanging over each day. Growling stomachs. Lecturing teachers. No one wants to go back, but we all do, slipping back into the routine that’s all too familiar to us. Soon enough, you find your rhythm, getting back into the swing of things. You can afford to doze in class, a…

SOMETHING TO READ“Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace” by Nan Marino; Roaring Book Press, $16.99.Cecilia Wreel lives in Wares Grove, N.J., a tiny place in the Pinelands of New Jersey where everyone knows everyone else. Cecilia can’t carry a tune or keep a secret, but she’s been searching all her life for a special song that played in the pines the night she was born. Then kid…

ASTRONOMY NIGHTPenn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg will be holding an astronomy night at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Telescopes will be available. Cost is $3 for nonmembers and children 2 and under. Visit www.penndixie.org for directions and information, or call 627-4560.LIBRARY EVENTSLego Club for children ages 5 to 12 will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. …