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Elba teen is named New York's Junior Miss

A senior at Notre Dame High School in Batavia is the 2010 New York State Junior Miss.

Alex Sandra Morgan, 17, of Elba, won the right to represent the state in the United States Junior Miss competition June 24 to 26 in Mobile, Ala. She was chosen from a field of 10 contestants from across the state in competition Saturday night in Rockwell Hall Auditorium at Buffalo State College.

A ballerina who danced to Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," she plans to attend Princeton University to study architectural engineering.

First runner-up was Lindsey Lauren Visser of Williamsville, a senior at Mount St. Mary Academy, who delivered a comedy monologue from "Funny Girl." Winner of the Spirit Award was Bria Thompson, a senior at South Park High School.

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Human rights activist discusses anti-racism efforts

Robert T. Coulter, human rights activist and a Potawatomi lawyer, speaks about working with indigenous peoples throughout the Americas to combat racism and oppression at 7 p.m. today in Room 509 O'Brian Hall, University at Buffalo Law School, North Campus.

Coulter, founder and executive director of the Indian Law Resource Center, wrote the first draft of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 1976. The declaration was finally adopted in 2007. Find more information on Coulter at www.indianlaw.org.

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Legislator Grant to hold community meeting

A wide range of issues, including day care subsidies and reduced funding for inner-city cultural groups, will be on the agenda when County Legislator Betty Jean Grant holds her State of the County community meeting Tuesday. The meeting at 5:30 p.m. in Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave., is open to the public.

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