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Buffalo Pastor Uses Cancer to Inspire Others

BUFFALO, NY -- On the outside, you may not know the pain and suffering that Pastor Robert Baines is dealing with every single day. He is not shy about his health issues. He has two different forms of cancer and now he uses the pulpit to encourage others to get tested for prostate cancer, colon cancer and breast cancer.

"Persevere, don't quit," was his message at a recent Sunday service at Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Buffalo. The 63-year old pastor has undergone chemotherapy and has no hair, but it's not his look, it's his message that has inspired so many in his congregation to go to the doctor.

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Vandals Spray-Paint "Get Out" on Community Center

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y.- Police are trying to determine who vandalized a community center near the Buffalo/Cheektowaga Sunday night.

Organizers of the Stop The Violence Foundation were shocked Monday morning when they found someone had spray-painted "Get Out" on the front of the center, which opened exactly a year ago.

They've since washed it off, but the message was sprayed across the front of the building in large, orange letters.

Perry Davis, founder of Stop the Violence, says the community center offers a place for at-risk kids to play, learn, and stay out of trouble.

He says the program sees about 35 kids a day walk through its doors.

"We're trying to take this type of thing off the streets, vandalism, we're trying to get rid of that type of thing," said Davis. "For it to hit home like this, you know we just thought it was pretty ridiculous."

Stuck Truck on Walden Avenue

BUFFALO, N.Y. - It happened again: an out-of-state trucker tried to make it under the train bridge at Walden Avenue between Wasmuth Street and Roetzer Street … and didn’t.

The truck with Indiana plates hit the bridge at around 7:30 a.m. today. No injuries were reported and the train bridge was open to traffic. A city engineer was on the scene at 8:30 a.m.

If you know of other bridges in the area that trucks have trouble clearing, add a comment to this story. What can be done to solve the problem? Who should be responsible?

Jim Herr

Buffalo Nun Lends a Hand in Haiti

Sister Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz (second from left), executive director of the Response to Love Center on Buffalo’s East Side, has been in Port au Prince, Haiti, since Friday, July 16, assisting in ongoing relief efforts in the earthquake-damaged Caribbean nation. She is part of a mission provided by the Felician Sisters which has been working with orphaned children and staffing medical dispensaries.

Johnice is scheduled to remain in Haiti through early August, but would like to return if more volunteers are needed. An estimated 230,000 people died as a result of the Jan. 12 magnitude 7.0 earthquake and some 1 million were left homeless.

She is keeping a journal of her experiences on the Response to Love Center website.

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