1. A memorial service to commemorate those who lost their live in the USS Iowa turret explosion 23 years ago today will be held at 11 a.m. in the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park. The ceremony aboard the USS Little Rock will honor 47 crewmen who were killed in the explosion in Turret 2 on April 19, 1989. Several Navy veterans are expected to participate in the ceremony, which will include the reading of the 47 crewmen's names.
2. Award-winning ethicist and Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig will lecture on institutional corruption and its intersection with the financial crisis of 2008 at 7 p.m. in Room 106 of John Lord O'Brien Hall on the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst. The event, co-sponsored by the Law School and Jacobs School of Management, is part of the Gerald S. Lippes Speaker Series, one of the university's highest-profile lecture series. It is free and open to the public.
3. Whether you choose to get around by car, bicycle, transit or trekking on foot, you might want to have a say in how Buffalo city streets are designed in the future. To that end, a two-day symposium called the Complete Streets Summit will kick off at 5:30 p.m. in Asbury Hall, 341 Delaware Ave., to discuss how streets can be designed to promote sustainability, economic development and improve health. The summit also will look at how national best practices can shape the Buffalo streetscape. It's free and open to the public.
4. Special Olympics New York will hold its 2012 Summer Games June 15-17 at the University at Buffalo. Details of the event will be revealed this morning, and organizers will make an appeal for members of the public to pitch in and volunteer to make it a success. The Summer Games will bring more than 1,500 athletes from across the state to compete in basketball, aquatics, volleyball, power lifting, bowling, track and field, gymnastics and tennis. The Summer Games were last held in here in 2002.
5. Medaille College will announce a major initiative aimed at boosting entrepreneurship at Riverside High School and revitalizing the surrounding Black Rock and Riverside neighborhoods. The announcement is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Riverside High School, 51 Ontario St.
6. Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson will make a special appearance in Lockport to sign autographs as part of a benefit for the Niagara County Deputy Sheriffs Association, Niagara Hospice and Kids Escaping Drugs. The autograph-signing will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the association office in the Bewley Building, 20 Market St. A $10 admission ticket will serve as a certificate of authenticity for one autograph from the Bills star, who also will sign limited-edition numbered lithographs painted by Buffalo artist Ron Bailey.
7. The unusually warm spring has resulted in all kinds of things getting an early start -- from trees to flowers to outdoor sporting events. The latest to get under way is the popular Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, which ply the waters of the lower Niagara River. The attraction, which started in 1992, launches today almost two weeks ahead of its usual start. You can catch it at the Lewiston docks.