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>State Legion elects Lockport commander

NIAGARA FALLS -- Members of the State American Legion on Saturday elected a Lockport veteran as their new commander.

William H. Burnett was elected and sworn in to the statewide leadership post at the end of a four-day state convention in Conference Center Niagara Falls.

Burnett succeeds James W. Casey of New York City. Burnett is treasurer of B. Leo Dolan Post 410 in Lockport.


>Hoyt letter cautions Google on sensitive sites

Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, D-Buffalo, has released a letter he sent to the Internet search site Google last month asking its technicians to blur certain areas on their Google Earth images and Google Maps.

Hoyt said that the information in the images is potentially harmful, citing evidence that terrorists involved in a plot to bomb JFK Airport in New York City used Google Earth in their plan. Google has blurred other areas both around the world, from air bases in India and sites in Iraq, and in the United States.

He said he considers local military bases, U.S.-Canadian border crossings, the nuclear waste facility in West Valley and the Niagara Falls power plant as sensitive sites. He said he has not heard back from Google.


>4 Buffalo teens attending Florida leadership camp

Four Buffalo teenagers are attending a week-long camp aimed at helping them to hone their leadership skills and help identify and attempt to solve problems in their communities.

The young people, who will be representing the Buffalo Weed and Seed organization, arrived at the 2007 Center for Neighborhood Enterprise Weed and Seed Youth Leadership Camp Sunday on the Stetson University campus in DeLand, Fla.

They are among 90 youths from impoverished neighborhoods across the country attending the camp, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, Community Capacity Development, Office of Weed and Seed.

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