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Be Mindful of Motorcycles

Be Mindful of Motorcycles

Once again this summer, Western New York has seen its share of motorcycle accidents. In fact, an average of three lives a day could be saved nationally, experts estimate, if motorists and motorcyclists were just more careful at intersections. Crash data reveals that motorcycle crashes happen more often at intersections than anywhere else, relative to the amount of time riders spend traveling through them.

In an effort to combat the problem, one major insurance company is even putting up caution signs on roads all over the country. The yellow, diamond-shaped signs feature a motorcycle silhouette and are inscribed with the word “LOOK” to encourage motorists to look for motorcycles before crossing an intersection. It’s part of a program designed to remind drivers and riders that looking once at intersections is never enough.

In the time it takes to blink an eye, a life could be saved. Fortunately, there are things drivers, riders and others can do.

Couples Wed at Buffalo City Clerk's Office

BUFFALO, NY - The clerk's offices for the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls were open on Sunday so that marriage licenses could be issued for same-sex couples.

In the City of Buffalo, the clerk's office was open from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. City Clerk Gerald Chwalinski says there were 20 couples who applied for licenses and eight couples were actually married by Chwalinski in civil ceremonies. 

Buffalo residents Daniel Rodgers and his longtime partner Scott Klaurens took the opportunity to tie the knot again. This time legally in New York State.

"We didn't know we'd be able to marry today honestly," said Klaurens. "We thought we're just getting our license. We were told we'd have to wait until Tuesday so we had the first appointment on Tuesday, and then when they found out we were married in Toronto 6 years ago they said that we could get the waiver and go ahead and have the ceremony today."

Mother Shows Support for Son Joining Army

SLOAN, NY - Laura Bethin will be doing something on Tuesday most mother's do not look forward to doing.

She will be saying "goodbye" to her 19-year-old son Mitchel as he leaves for basic training in the U.S. Army.

Laura and her family held a "sending-off" party on Sunday for Mitchel. The Buffalo-based band "Stealin'" even came out to play a special show just for them.

Mitchel and his classmate Dan both graduated from JFK High School this year and both leave for Georgia on Tuesday.

Laura told 2 On Your Side she thinks it is so important to honor those who bravely defend our country before they leave, before it's too late.

10K Raised at Bike Auction for Buffalo Police

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo Police Department held their annual bicycle auction Saturday morning.

Police say over 160 bikes were sold between 9 am and noon. The prices of the bikes ranged from $5 to $250.

Over $10,000 was raised to benefit the general fund of the Buffalo Police Department.  

Travel Back in Time with Buffalo's Biggest '80s Bash

Travel Back in Time with Buffalo's Biggest '80s Bash

Frizz out that hair and dig out your leg warmers – it’s time to revisit the 1980s.

The fourth annual Buffalo’s Biggest '80s Bash will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, July 23, at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo.

The evening will feature guest appearances by '80s celebrities, including Alfonso Ribeiro.  Costume contests, a “Footloose” dance contest, music, arcade games and more will round out the entertainment.

“Also, we have the '80s movie cars the Bluesmobile, the Cobra Mustang from Charlie's Angels, Herbie the Lovebug and the Madd Max Car,” Bash organizer Keith Wilson said.

Tickets are $25 for general admission and $100 for VIP, which includes a dinner buffet, meet-and-greet sessions with celebrities, a private party area and three-hour open bar. After the Bash, attendees will receive their cover charge free at Club W, 199 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, with their ticket stub.

FiOS FIght: Buffalo Group Accuses Verizon of Ignoring Urban Poor

BUFFALO, N.Y. - They can't get it, but boy do they want it!

A group of Buffalonians is lashing out against Verizon for not expanding its highly-popular FiOS-TV service to the City of Buffalo.

The group, called "Don't Bypass Buffalo," said the fiber-optic system would be a good fit for the Queen City. FiOS-TV is currently available in 10 local municipalities, including Amherst, Blasdell, the Town of Hamburg, the Village of Hamburg, Kenmore, Lackawanna, the Town of Orchard Park, the Village of Orchard Park, Tonawanda, and West Seneca.

Verizon inked franchise agreements with each of the municipalities, but has no plans to expand to Buffalo right now. According to"Don't Bypass Buffalo" Director Janique Curry, Verizon is ignoring the urban poor, whose population is largely comprised of minorities.

CURRY: There is a big disparity in the number of folks who are receiving FiOS, so...

REPORTER: A racial disparity?

Genius on Display: DaVinci Exhibit in WNY

The Buffalo Museum of Science has an ongoing exhibit honoring the pure genius of Leonardo DaVinci. The world's true "Renaissance Man" conceptualized inventions such as helicopters, tanks, parachutes, and more.

In this exhibit, his drawings and early prototpes have been faithfully turned into working life-size models.

It's an amazing journey inside the mind of perhaps the world's most advanced thinker. Of course, DaVinci also sculpted, composed music, and painted. He created masterpieces like Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.

www.sciencebuff.org has more info.