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Peace Bridge to Honor Blessed Mother Teresa

A well-known international landmark will be aglow on the evening of August 26 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Mother Teresa.

The Peace Bridge, which spans the Niagara River between Buffalo and Fort Erie, will be illuminated in blue and white, the colors of Blessed Mother Teresa’s order of women religious, the Missionaries of Charity.

Blessed Mother Teresa traveled the world, helping the poorest of the poor. During her lifetime, she brought her message of love and compassion for the destitute to Ontario and Western New York. The sisters of her order continue to minister where there is the most need. They are in Canada, the United States, and around the world, working in homes for the dying, in orphanages, and in hospitals.

The Vatican is currently considering Blessed Mother Teresa for sainthood.

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, bishop of Buffalo, and Msgr. Wayne Kirkpatrick, administrator of the Diocese of St.

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Former Professor Claims Discrimination

BUFFALO, NY -- Dr. Csaba Marosan is accusing Trocaire College of discriminating against him because of his sexual orientation.

The College says the professor's contract was not renewed because his Medical Degree from Europe does not meet the guidelines of the college's accrediting association.

The former Trocaire educator once worked as a cancer researcher at Roswell Park. He is not seeking monetary damages, but he would like his job back.

Dr. Marosan contacted The State Division of Human Rights to look into his claims.

They found probable cause of sex, age and gender bias. "Evidence suggests some preferential treatment of homosexual males," according to state documents.

Seneca Niagara Casino Revenues Up; Buffalo Project Update

BUFFALO, NY - The Seneca Niagara Casino Corporation reported a revenue of 2.8 percent over the last year, which has some wondering when work will resume on the Buffalo Creek Casino project.

Monday evening a casino spokesperson told Channel 2's Maryalice Demler that revenue is just one factor that effects the interest rate they would have to pay on the $200 million they need to borrow to finish the project.

In 2007 the rate was 7 3/4 percent, then last year it shot up 20 percent.

The corporation is regularly evaluating finances and they will re-start the project when credit markets improve.

Tank Problem Causes Water Damage to City Hall

BUFFALO, NY - A giant holding tank that sits inside on top of City Hall caused a big mop up job on the 25th floor, which started leaking over the weekend.

The gusher sent water dripping down several flights of stairs and did some minor damage.

City Hall's observation deck will be closed through the end of the week so workers can plug the leak and get rid of the water.

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Property Tax Cap Stuck In New York State Assembly

BUFFALO, N.Y. - It may be wildly popular, but a statewide cap on local property taxes may never become law in New York.

The measure, proposed by Governor David Paterson, would forbid local governments from raising property taxes by more than four percent annually. The Senate already has passed the measure, but it has languished in the Assembly.

The Albany Times-Union cited a poll indicating 76 percent of new Yorkers favor the cap.

"The Democrats who are in the Majority in the Assembly are in denial," said South Buffalo Assemblyman Mark Schroeder (D), a strong supporter of the cap.

Schroeder believes the bill is not moving forward because the Assembly is dominated by members from New York City, where most residents rent instead of own.

The public unions, including the New York State United Teachers union, are vehemently against the cap, saying local districts should ultimately decide their fate, not Albany.

Mayor's Son To Attend Stop Shoplifting Class

BUFFALO, NY--  The teenage son of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown appeared in Buffalo City Court Monday morning on a petit larceny charge.

Byron Brown, III, 19, was ordered by Judge David Manz to stay out of trouble for the next six months, not go into A.J. Wright stores and attend a Stop Shoplifting Education Program. It is a four hour course where students learn about the societal and person effects of shoplifting.

Buffalo Police arrested young Brown last weekend for attempting to steal nearly $60 worth of clothing and electronics from the A.J. Wright store on Delaware Avenue.

An aquaintance of young Brown, Xavier Jemison, 20, was working the cash register and apparently did not ring up all of the items. Jemison was charged as well.  He was also in court on Monday and received the same punishment.

Children from Ireland Bid Farewell to Buffalo

BUFFALO, (WGRZ) -- More than 30 children who spent the summer in Western New York, will be returning home to Northern Ireland on August 9th.

The children and their chaperones were in Buffalo through the Belfast Summer Relief Program. The BSRP brings children from Northern Ireland to Buffalo to show them you can live together in peace despite their religious and/or political differences.

The BSRP was founded by Tom and Martha Harkin in 1975, and is celebrating its 35th year. "It is very exciting to have this group here as we celebrate the program's anniversary," says Program Director Jack Fecio.

Fecio also says many of the children form strong bonds with their host families since their arrival on July 6th. "Although the children are looking forward to going home to their families, they will miss their American families, too" says Fecio.