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>Several blood drives scheduled this weekend

The American Red Cross will hold several blood drives this weekend to help offset a severe shortage of blood donations this summer.

Donations may be made Saturday at the following times and locations:

7 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Blood Donor Center, Suite 1, 576 Dick Road, Cheektowaga; 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Blood Donor Center, 5161 Camp Road, Hamburg; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Buffalo Rehab Group, 350 Greenhaven Terrace, Town of Tonawanda; 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Blood Donor Center in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, 445 Tremont St., North Tonawanda; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Summit, 6929 Williams Road, Wheatfield.

Emergency blood drives are planned Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Red Cross Blood Donor Center, 5161 Camp Road, Hamburg, and from 8 a.m. to noon in St. Stephen Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island.

Sunday donors will receive a free Regal Cinemas movie pass and doughnuts. Donors also can enter a random drawing for $1,000 to be applied toward a flat screen plasma TV of their choice. To register, visit


>Control board chairman collapses at meeting

Erie County Control Board chairman Anthony J. Baynes was improving in a hospital late Thursday after collapsing at a board meeting earlier in the day.

Baynes, 49, started the meeting by saying he felt ill and asked another member to act as chairman.

About 10 minutes later, he collapsed on the floor. When he came around, he was holding his head and coughing heavily. Medics gave him oxygen and hurried him to Millard Fillmore Hospital, where tests were conducted.

Baynes, a control board member since September 2005 and its chairman since April 2006, has said in the past that he intends to leave the board because of time constraints and health concerns.


>Hispanic female judge a first for City Court

Buffalo City Judge Betty Calvo-Torres was sworn in Thursday, becoming the first Hispanic woman to serve on the city bench.

Calvo-Torres succeeds Judge Thomas P. Franczyk, whom Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer appointed earlier this month to fill a vacancy in Erie County Court.

Calvo-Torres, 36, graduated from the University at Binghamton University and the University at Buffalo Law School. She was an assistant Erie County district attorney before starting a general private practice.

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