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Senators plan bill to name courthouse for Jackson

WASHINGTON -- New York's two senators have announced plans to introduce legislation naming Buffalo's new federal courthouse after the late Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson.

The bill -- proposed by Democrats Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand -- is identical to one that's primed for passage in the House, meaning the still-unnamed courthouse will likely soon bear the name of the legendary jurist from Frewsburg, in Chautauqua County.

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Italian group to honor nun, officer, Scintas at luncheon

A nun, a retired military officer and a family of entertainers will be honored as the Federation of Italian American Societies of Western New York holds its God, Family and Country Award Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

Sister Beatrice Manzella will be recognized for her lifelong devotion to education and the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Messina will be honored for his years of military service and as current chief of police at the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The Scinta Family, a Las Vegas show band, will be cited for their continued success as Buffalo ambassadors and exemplars of Italian family values.

For reservations, call Barbara Barbarossa at 688-2421 or Judy Parlato at 834-8497.

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29 Metro bus, rail operators to be recognized for safety

Twenty-nine Metro bus and train operators will be recognized Sunday for safely operating their vehicles for as many as 20 years during the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's 27th annual awards luncheon.

The luncheon will be held at 1 p.m. at the Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road.

The luncheon will include special recognition for Metro Rail operator Jose Ramirez, who quickly stopped his train as it approached two men in the track bed April 5 at the Utica Street Station.

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Local woman's play to be put on at Bennett High

"Darlene's Story," a play written and produced by Patricia Doctor, a local playwright who deals in Christian-themed plays, will be performed at 7 p.m. today in Bennett High School.

The play is a story of redemption and chronicles the life of a young woman who suffered sexual abuse and incest at an early age, which then leads her to drug and alcohol addiction and, ultimately HIV/AIDS infection.

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Fundraiser will benefit girl with brittle bone disease

A benefit for Anna Gruenthaner, a fifth-grader at Maryvale Intermediate School who suffers from brittle bone disease, is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.

The benefit will feature food, beverages, raffles and auctions. Tickets are $25 at the door.