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$11.5 million will fund tobacco control study

Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been awarded an $11.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute for a five-year study to examine the effectiveness of tobacco control policies in countries with varying income levels.

The research will compare tobacco control in 20 countries. Tobacco use is increasing in many parts of the world, especially in low-income countries, according to the cancer center.

The research builds on the work started by the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Consortium that Roswell Park helped establish in 2002 to evaluate the impact of tobacco control policies created by the World Health Organization's first treaty on public health.

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Central Library to host 'A Gatsby Rendezvous'

The Central Library will be transformed into a 1920s mansion for an evening as the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library kicks off a six-week series of events Saturday with "A Gatsby Rendezvous."

The retro fundraiser will celebrate the selection of F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, "The Great Gatsby," for the 2009 communitywide "Big Read" sponsored by the library system. Guests are encouraged to dress in 1920s period clothing. The party will begin at 7:30 p.m., will include cocktails, a grand buffet and tours of the library, including the usually off-limits stacks. A 16-piece ensemble from the Colored Musicians Club will play Twenties-era jazz.

Tickets are $50 or $75. The higher price includes a champaign tasting at 6:30. Call 858-8050 to reserve.

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Electronics recycling event planned at ECC South

A recycling drop-off day for computers, electronics, textiles and bicycles will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Erie Community College South Campus in Orchard Park.

The event is free and open to all Erie County residents. Participants must certify that their items are household-generated. No commercial- or industrial-generated electronics will be accepted.

Items accepted include computer systems (CPUs, monitors, mice, keyboards, printers and scanners), audio speakers, cell phones, fax machines, wires, copiers, video game systems, VCRs, DVD players, televisions, fluorescent bulbs and ballasts, and rechargeable batteries. Clothing and textiles will be reused at Goodwill retail locations or recycled.

For more information, call the Erie County Recycling Hotline at 858-6996.

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