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Krull Park in Running for Coca-Cola's "Favorite Park"

Krull Park in Running for Coca-Cola's "Favorite Park"

Once again, Olcott Beach, N.Y. is trying to show America that it is a great destination vacationer. Krull Park is in the running for Coca-Cola's "America's Favorite Park." The contest is part of the third annual "America Is Your Park" campaign by the beverage maker.

Between now and July 15, 2012, online voting can help Krull Park win a $100,000 grant from Coca-Cola. By logging on to https://apps.facebook.com/coca-colaparks/, you can vote online or on Foursquare. For online voting, you can use the map to search for Krull Park. By clicking the "vote" button, one vote is earned for your park. You can vote as many times as you like.

If you have a Foursquare account, you can earn 100 votes when you "check in" from Krull Park. 

A Year Later, A Reflection On New York's Same-Sex Marriage Law

By JOSEPH SPECTOR
Albany Bureau Chief

ALBANY -- A year ago, a packed crowd inside the state Senate chamber roared when senators passed, 33-29, a bill to make same-sex marriage legal in New York - making it the largest state in the nation to do so.

Cheers could be heard from the hallways of the Capitol, and an impromptu chant of "U.S.A." broke out.

Now a year later, the effects of the same-sex marriage law are being felt across the state.

While the economic impact of the law has yet to be fully determined and a legal challenge is working through the courts, gay couples said they are experiencing something many never thought would come: equality.

"To be able to feel equal to your next door neighbors who are married and other family members, all of that has been kind of amazing," said Brian O'Neill, 42, an artist from Rochester. He and his partner Jim Hansen were the city's first couple to get married when the law took effect July 24.

2 Your Pet: Sapphire Needs a Home

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Suzanne Laba from the Buffalo Animal Shelter stopped by the Daybreak Saturday set again to share Sapphire, a beautiful two year old dog.

According to Laba, Sapphire is a blue pittie that came to the shelter shy and scared and would not even walk down the street. However she made great strides while in foster care and is now much more confident.

It is possible that Sapphire was used primarily as a breeding dog, but now she is spayed.

Laba says that she can be a bit shy when first meeting someone. But she becomes quite bonded when she gets comfortable. She loves her toys, car rides, giving kisses, and knows basic commands.

She has also been crate-trained and house-broken. She currently goes to daycare and loves sleeping on the couch.

WWII PT 728 Naval Torpedo Boat to Pass Through Orleans County on Friday

WWII PT 728 Naval Torpedo Boat to Pass Through Orleans County on Friday

by Virginia Kropf Batavia Daily News

MEDINA, NY - A World War II-era PT boat traveling the Erie Canal on its way to a museum in Ohio is expected to pass through the Orleans County portion of the Canal sometime Friday.

Medina Firefighters Rescue Ducklings from Storm Sewer

MEDINA, NY - Four ducklings are safe today thanks to some Medina firemen.

WEB EXTRA:   Photo Gallery of Ducklings being rescued

Firefighters got a call Tuesday night that four ducklings were trapped in a storm sewer in front of 902 South Main Street.

When they arrived, they removed the storm sewer grate and lowered a firefighter into the sewer to rescue the ducklings. 

All four ducklings were brought up safely.

Firefighters did not see the mother duck in the area and brought the babies back to the fire department.  An animal rehabilitator was called to help the ducklings.

Olcott Beach Named 'Ultimate Fishing Town'

OLCOTT BEACH, NY - Residents of Olcott Beach know what a gem their town is, but now they are hoping to share their secret with the fishing world and beyond.

The World Fishing Network was in town Wednesday to officially declare Olcott Beach the "Ultimate Fishing Town."  With the title comes a $25,000 prize to be used for a fishing-related project.

"This contest has brought together local folks, charter fishermen from all across the nation, residents that have long since left the area, and a regional effort by our local schools, civic organizations, USA Niagara Tourism and many others, all for a common cause - pride in our community and region," said Town of Newfane Supervisor Tim Horanburg.

Residents never imagined they'd win the online voting contest, but with the help of a voting committee and social media, they spread the word and racked up more than 329,000 votes and the number one spot.

Cardenas Pleads Guilty to Killing Teenage Sister-In-Law

ALBION, NY - An Orleans County man has pled guilty to killing his teenage sister-in-law.

Carlos Cardenas pled guilty to second degree murder in court Wednesday.

He was accused of killing his wife's 15-year-old sister, Katherine Sanchez, in February 2011. 

Police found Sanchez's body was found in a shallow grave at an Orleans County apple orchard.

Shortly after her body was found, Albion Police Chief Dean London said that, after killing her, Cardenas hid Katherine's body in the basement of the family's home. London says Cardenas finally confessed to the killing as he was being questioned by state police.

He admitted to moving her body to an apple orchard in Ridgeway where he worked a few days after the murder.