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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!

Buffalo School District Among Worst In U.S. In Graduating Black Males

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WGRZ) -- A new report that examines black males in public education ranks Buffalo the 5th worst large school district in the country when it comes to graduation rates among African American men.

"Yes We Can: The 2010 Schott 50 State Report on Black Males in Public Education" analyzes data from 2007-2008 and shows only 25 percent of black males in the Buffalo City School District graduated on time.

"That means that three quarters of the black male students in Buffalo do not graduate with the kids they entered ninth grade with," Michael Holzman, research consultant with the Schott Foundation, said. "That's very bad. That's very bad for them. It's very bad for the country."

Fear of "Snitching" Keeping Shooting Witnesses Quiet

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Some community leaders admit there's a code of sorts on the streets to not "snitch" about any crime you might have witnessed.

A police tip-line billboard on Buffalo's west side is a perfect example of that. Someone spray painted on it "stop snitchin'".

Darnell Jackson is a former gang leader who now heads up a group where kids clean-up the east side. He says everyone he has talked to about this case claims they wouldn't say a word if they saw something or had information that would help authorities.

Why? First he says people are scared of retaliation. Second, he says when it comes to the greater black community they have a trust issue with police on things like this.

"They say the police is the same way,"said Jackson. "They don't snitch on each other, they wear a blue suit. They're a gang and they protect each other."

Buffalo CarShare Motoring to New Neighborhoods

BUFFALO, NY-The non-profit group that offers people an alternative to owning a car is adding more vehicles to its fleet and expanding to new neighborhoods.

Buffalo CarShare is adding a 6-passenger Mazda 5, as well as a hybrid Toyota Prius to their offerings. Their fleet now totals ten cars and a truck.

The three new hubs being launched this week are:

-at Elmwood and Lafayette at the Lafayette Presbyterian Church

-at the Quaker Bonnet Bakery on Chenango (near Rhode Island behind the Firehouse)

-at the Canisius Parking Garage on Jefferson near the Delavan NFTA station

Buffalo CarShare members reserve cars as needed and pay by the hour. Insurance and gas are included in the price.

 

Ways 2 Save: Erie County Fair

HAMBURG, N.Y. - The Erie County Fair opens Wednesday afternoon and it is Channel 2 Day. That means, $2 for parking, $2 for tickets and $2 for midway rides.

In some cases you can save up to three bucks beforehand, by buying pre-sale tickets at Tops.

Getting to the fair can actually be pretty inexpensive. On certain days there's a free shuttle.

"On Saturdays and Sundays you can park at Erie Community College South on Southwestern Boulevard and they'll drive you, drop you off right at gate one," said Holly Smyczynski, Marketing Coordinator at the Erie County Fair.

And with that we started our journey to savings.

We first found some ride deals.

"Every weekday, Wednesday through Friday and next Monday through Friday we have one price ride days," said Smyczynski.

A ride pass for those days is only $20 with a Tops register receipt, a $5 savings.

Master Plan For Richardson Olmsted Complex Taking Shape

BUFFALO, NY - The master plan to advance the Richardson Olmsted complex is underway. The public got a chance to hear what's in store for the campus, and things are changing.

Within the next 12 months landscaping, asbestos abatement, and a developer will be chosen, but most importantly the Richardson Center Corp needs to finalize the purchase of the site from the state.

Eva Hassett with the Richardson Corporation says once the sale is complete the real work can begin. Plans for a hotel, architecture center, visitor's center, and conference center are all part of the master plan.

Liberty Cab Driver Returns $4,000 Left in Backseat

BUFFALO, NY-- If it's true what they say about what goes around, comes around, then Liberty Cab driver Jim Hari has something good coming his way.

On Wednesday afternoon, Hari picked up Kevin Schojan from the Adam's Mark hotel. Schojan was on the way to the bank to make a deposit.

But before stopping at the bank, Schojan had the Hari drop him off in the Elmwood Villiage. It wasn't long after being dropped off that he noticed he was missing something.

Schojan realized he left his bank envelope filled with $4,000 cash in the backseat of Hari's vehicle. At that moment of panic, he determined he didn't even know the name of the cab company.

Trying to remember any detail about his cab ride, he soon remembered the collection of tiny taxi figurines that were on display on the dashboard in the cab. Schojan frantically started making phone calls.