MOVIES: Opening Friday, "Finding Nemo 3-D" (G); coming Sept. 21, "House at the End of the Street" (PG-13).
POETRY: Reading with Tricia Low and Josef Kaplan, 8 p.m. Saturday, Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St.
CONCERTS: Dropkick Murphys with Snapcase, 6 p.m. Friday, Buffalo Outer Harbor.
Steve Holy with Lo Cash Cowboys, 6 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday, Braun's Concert Cove.
Hal Jordan CD release with the Home Crowd, Sunset Wakeup, Faith and Fiction and Ready for Action, 6 p.m. Friday, Mohawk Place.
Thompson Square, 6 p.m. Saturday, Braun's Concert Cove.
Kiss and Motley Crue, 7 p.m. Saturday, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.
Amy Grant 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Riviera Theatre.
Transmission Back to School Dance Party 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Mohawk Place.
Farewell to Summer Family Concert with the Pete Ciraolo All Star Big Band 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Woodlawn Beach Park.
Nick Lowe 8 p.m. Wednesday, Asbury Hall at Babeville.
BATTLING THE BULLIES
There's a new weapon in the battle against school bullies - students can press the send/submit buttons on their smartphones or computers to deliver anonymous reports to school administrators.
In Firebaugh, Calif., for instance, an elementary student reported an incident on a school bus involving a high schooler taunting someone, Firebaugh High Principal Terry Anderson said.
The report went to a website to which the school district links on its homepage.
The site automatically sent the bullying report to the school and an alert to administrators who took action.
"Anyone can make a report, including parents," Anderson said.
Anonymous reporting makes it safe for students to take action without fear of retaliation, said former middle school teacher Joe Bruzzese of Santa Barbara, Calif., creator and chief executive officer of Sprigeo.com, the website used by three schools in Firebaugh and the high schools in Tulare.
The website launched in 2010 and is being used by about 500 schools in 21 states, Bruzzese said. The annual cost is $275 per school, he said.
Anonymity is guaranteed because the sender is not required to include a name and the software forwards encrypted messages, Bruzzese said. The company doesn't get a copy of the message, he said.
Sprigeo is a combination of "sprig" for a growing tree branch and "geo" for earth, Bruzzese said.
Playing fetch is a fun way to bond with your dog. But what if you don't have the arm for it?
The Hyper Dog Ball Launcher is exactly what it sounds like: a catapult that can shoot a tennis ball 220 feet in any direction. It'll save your arm's energy and give your dog a good workout at the same time. This is great for anyone with a dog who's been eating a few too many treats lately and needs to burn off some pounds. It's even better for that lazy guy who can throw a ball pretty far but would rather let technology do that for him. Getting dog drool on your hands gets old after the umpteenth round of fetch. The launcher solves that problem by acting as a scooper, so you never have to worry about getting slobber on your hands every time you pick up the ball.
The Hyper Dog Ball Launcher is available at Bless This Stuff (http://www.blessthisstuff.com/stuff/living/misc-living/hyperdog-ball-launcher/) for $22.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I always send my publicist videos and she goes, 'Where do you find these?' Obviously I'm not busy enough."
- Actress Ashley Greene, on her obsession with cat videos on YouTube, to People magazine.
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