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Seven By Seven / Seven things you need to know by 7 a.m.

1. Everything you want to know about getting into college will be on display today and Wednesday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Upward of 250 colleges from the U.S. and Canada will be there for sixth annual National College Fair, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon both days. High schools from around the region will bus students in for it. An evening program will run from 6 to 8:30 tonight so families can speak with admissions representatives and attend workshops on topics ranging from financial aid to writing an application essay. Admission is free.

2. Watch for Julia Roberts -- not the "Pretty Woman" star, but a 29-year-old attorney from Buffalo -- on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" today and Wednesday at 1 p.m. on WNLO, Channel 23. She's a 1998 graduate of Nardin Academy and got her law degree from the University at Buffalo in 2006. Associated with Brown & Kelly LLP, she specializes in personal injury and workers' compensation cases.

3. The speaker envisioning Buffalo in the 21st century today in the Central Library on Lafayette Square is a man who has devoted considerable time and energy to the city's future prospects already. He's University at Buffalo President John B. Simpson, whose UB 2020 plan proposes to transform not only the university, but the entire metro area. His talk from 12:15 to 1 p.m., sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature, is free and open to the public.

4. Now you can enjoy Sandra Bullock's Oscar-winning performance in the comfort of your own home theater. "The Blind Side" comes out on DVD today. Over in the music section, today's big new release belongs to teen star Justin Bieber, who drops "My World Part 2." Also new on CD are "30 Rock" star Jane Krakowski's "Live at Feinstein's at the Regency" and She & Him's "Volume Two" -- She being film star Zooey Deschanel and Him, alternative singer-songwriter M. Ward.

5. Last week, "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest announced that the theme for this week would be songs popularized by teen idols. But by Sunday the theme had changed -- the remaining 11 contestants will sing Billboard No. 1 hits, aided by Billboard chart guru Fred Bronson. Miley Cyrus will mentor the contestants. Join Buffalo News Feature Writer Anne Neville during her live chat tonight, when the remaining 11 singers take the stage from 8 to 10 p.m. (WUTV, Ch. 29), followed by voting. She also will live chat as one finalist is sent home during Wednesday's results show from 9 to 10 p.m.

6. The big sewer project that's going to tear up part of the northeastern section of the Town of Tonawanda this summer gets a step closer today. The Town Board is due to open the bids for it tonight. Work will begin at the Parker Pump Station and follow a route south -- mostly along Parker Boulevard -- to just beyond Sheridan Drive. A community meeting will be held with the contractor before work begins.

7. The annual Catholic Charities drive seeks to raise $10.5 million this year and students at St. Amelia School in the Town of Tonawanda are doing their part, one quarter at a time. See story on Page B1.


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