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OLAF FUB SEZ: It was American broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow (1908-April 27,1965) who observed: "Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices -- just recognize them." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1805, during the First Barbary War, American Marines captured the city of Derna, on the shores of Tripoli. . . . . . . In 1937, the nation's first Social Security checks were distributed. . . .

FROM THE HEART -- Gloria Clark of Buffalo, a bookkeeper and payroll administrator at Rich Products until stricken by lupus in 1999, has written a book, "When Half of Your Heart Dies," about a murder in her family.

The 59-year-old Bennett High School graduate wrote about the pain and anguish associated with the murder of a loved one, in this case her son, and the aftermath. Her son, Darian, was shot in the head outside a private social club on July 1, 2000. His killer was apprehended about a year later following a brief listing on "America's Most Wanted." He was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to the murder.

Publish America of Frederick, Md., is the publisher of Clark's 54-page book. Details about the book and author will soon appear at www.publishamerica.com. When released, the book, which sells for $12.95, will be available through area bookstores as a trade paperback and on the Internet. . . .

FLEA MARKET -- The Elma Ladies Auxiliary will hold its spring flea market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14 in the Elma Fire Company Social Hall, 2945 Bowen Road, Elma. Ann Pettit, publicity chairwoman, reported that vendor tables are $10 each. For details, call 652-2319. . . .

REUNION NOTE -- For details about a reunion of members of the Lancaster High School Class of 1955 to be held Sept. 16 and 17, call 633-7697. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Madelyn Webb, Patrick M. Smith, Jean Hoier, Joe Ed Morrow, Diana P. Peete, Robert R. Simon, Jason Milks, Delores Stabell, Timothy Bondanza, Ann Catherine Allman, Esther Aikins, Nicole Maciejewski, Jerry Metzger, Peg Trautmann, Gwen Fowler, May Ruskin, Jeno O'Neill, Danny Mackey, John Croad, Rene Roy, Christine Lewmister, David Mann, Dave Schmitt, Taylor Schmitt, Anthony Edward Russo.

AND THURSDAY -- Stephanie Ciccarelli, Dave Sasiadek, Timothy C. Smith, Josh Zack, Marla Armbruster, Maureen Geoghan, May Ruhl, Taps Prendergast, Diane Klass, Andrea Maguder, Terry Gaglione, Dominic Aguglia, Gail Kaney, Erin Allman, Jack Quinlivan, Erin Higgins.

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