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Thurman Thomas to speak on dangers of alcohol

Former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 in the William E. Swan Auditorium at Hilbert College, 5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg.

Thomas will be the featured speaker during National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week Oct. 20-24 at Hilbert and will talk about the dangers of alcohol.

The speech by Thomas, as well as all the activities during the week, are free and open to the public.

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Marshals Service gives key post to area native

John D. Palillo Jr., who was born in Niagara Falls and grew up in Brocton in Chautauqua County, has been promoted to chief inspector of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Palillo, chief deputy of the Marshals Service in Buffalo for eight years, is moving to the agency's headquarters in Arlington, Va., where he will oversee disciplinary matters involving more than 6,000 employees.

Palillo is a 21-year veteran of the Marshals Service.

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Bicyclists ride to Albany to promote clean energy

Buffalo State College students will kick off a bicycle tour today from Delaware Park across New York State in an effort to raise awareness about global warming.

The New York Public Interest Research Group and other groups are sponsoring the nine-day Clean Energy Bicycle Tour, which is set to start at 10 a.m. behind the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Participating cyclists will conclude their journey in Albany, where a news conference will be held to urge federal and state lawmakers to embrace legislation that would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050.

The legislation being sought calls for pursuing more clean energy sources, such as wind and solar power and increased efforts to boost energy efficiency and conservation to improve air quality and reduce energy costs for state residents.

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