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Huge Half-Off Sale: Welcome Back 2 School!

In my continued search to find the best websites to save you time and money, today a celebration of Back 2 School Savings.

Consider this the last weekend to practically steal everything you'll need for your dorm room, apartment and wardrobe.

Let's start with clothes. Today there are a few retailers to keep a close eye on.

Aeropostale offers half off on almost everything with hoodies at $14.75 for girls and guys and many other discoutns. Dont' forget to stop by the sale section. CLICK HERE.

Urban Outfitters has a big selection of clothes $9.99 and under. CLICK HERE.

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Get a $50 Gap Gift Card for $25 Today / Freebies & Coupons

In my continued search to find the best deals and websites to save you time and money, today something we can all use, free e-cash.

Today only, if you buy a $25 gift card for the GAP, it doubles in value. That means you'll have a $50 gift card that you can use until November 19, 2010, in store. CLICK HERE and while this is listed under Groupon's deals for New York City, read the fine print. The offer is available to anyone at any Gap Retail store in the U.S. or Canada. UPDATE: Since this article was written at 5am, so many people in WNY have purchased the deal, that Groupon has now made it available on the Buffalo Groupon page too. Well done!

NU Live Music Series Line-Up Announced

Niagara University opens its 2010-2011 Live Music Series with four great shows.  All shows are held from 8 to 11 p.m. in the “Under the Taps” club in the Lower Level Gallagher Center. Admission is $5 at the door, and includes free pizza. Refreshments are also available. The community is welcome.

First up is Son of the Sun, with special guest Robots Are Thieves, on September 17. Band mates and friends Joseph Stocker (guitar, keyboards) and Zak Ward (lead vocals, guitar) released their first full-length album, The Happy Loss, in June.

Catholic School Teachers Go Back to School

With the start of the new school year less than two weeks away, Catholic elementary school teachers are not only busy preparing their classrooms, they are engaged in professional development as well.

During the week of August 17, the diocesan Department of Catholic Schools hosted a number of workshops, ranging from brain-based learning to using learning centers in the classroom.

The sessions included:  Brain Based Learning: Procedures and strategies to address all learners; Using Learning Centers in the Primary Classroom; a Practical Guide to Design and Manage Learning Centers.

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Extremely Rare Lobster Skips Dinner Table, Goes to Aquarium

NIAGARA FALLS, NY-A rare yellow lobster now resides at the Aquarium of Niagara after being discovered last month in a shipment of crustaceans headed for area dinner tables.

He's lucky, and so is the aquarium, said Nancy A. Chapin, Aquarium Executive Director. "This coloration is very rare," added Chapin.

The special lobster is yellowish orange, a genetic mutation that happens in one out of every 30 million lobsters. He was donated to the local Aquarium by Palmer Food Services of Rochester.

Caught off the coast of Nova Scotia, this colorful fella was found in a shipment that arrived for the July 4th weekend. All were destined for the dinner table, but when the off-color lobster was found, an intrigued staff member immediately went on line and discovered how rare the creature was.

 

State Senator Antoine Thompson Birthday Greeting Angers Constituents

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. - Call it a birthday greeting gone bad.

Several Grand Island residents are complaining to 2 On Your Side about something that recently came in the mail from State Senator Antoine Thompson (D-Buffalo).

"I was very upset," said Grand Island Resident Michael Pontikos. "And I still am."

The greeting is a generic birthday card mailer from Senator Thompson. The mailer is complete with his photo and a birthday wish. And all of it is printed, paid for, and mailed with state taxpayer dollars.

Ed Shelp, also of Grand Island, showed us the same card sent to his wife Rosemarie.

"I think it's wrong," Shelp said. "Why should we all be paying for something where he's campaigning, or whatever he's doing, and we have got pay for it. Let it come out of his own pocket."

Senator Thompson refused an interview with us Wednesday, but 2 On Your Side Photojournalist Norm Fisher caught up with Thompson recently.

Modern Disposal Worker Hit by Vehicle

LOCKPORT, NY - A worker for Modern Disposal suffered serious injuries Wednesday when he was hit by a vehicle while exiting his truck.

The truck was traveling southbound on Baer Rd. in the Town of Lockport when the worker, 44-year-old Michael Merrell of Niagara Falls stepped out into on coming traffic. Merrell was transported to ECMC by Mercy Flight.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Department says so far, the driver, of the car that hit Merrell, 16 year old Brianne Hebler of Sanborn, has not been charged.

Merrell suffered serious injuries to his head, leg and arm.