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

1. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has been having a hard time deciding who should be its next executive director. Apparently, the problem is that there are two strong in-house candidates -- Kimberley A. Minkel, director of health, safety and environmental quality for the NFTA, and William R. Vanecek, the NFTA's director of aviation. The board is expected to make up its mind today.

2. After a relatively quiet day Monday, the World Juniors hockey tournament will be going full blast today. And HSBC Arena should be rocking as both Canada and the U.S. will be playing -- though not against each other. Here is the lineup: Finland plays Switzerland at 12:30 p.m. in HSBC Arena; Czechoslovakia takes on Canada and its rabid fans at 4 in the arena; Russia goes against Sweden at 7 in Dwyer Arena on the Niagara University campus; and it's Slovakia against the U.S. at 8 in the downtown arena.

3. If you are looking for something to do with young children during the holiday break -- and what parents aren't -- Explore & More Children's Museum in East Aurora may have an answer. The interactive children's museum is opening a new exhibit this week called "Make It Go!" As you might guess, it includes magnets, tracks, pulleys, balls and a variety of experiments. The museum is located at 300 Gleed Ave.

4. The Buffalo Sabres play the second game of their Alberta doubleheader at 9 p.m., when they face off against the Oilers in Edmonton. It's an unusually quick trip for a western swing -- Monday in Calgary, tonight in Edmonton. Then they are off until a home game Saturday against the Boston Bruins. Tonight's game will be televised on MSG.

5. Dr. Maulana Karenga, the creator of Kwanzaa, will speak at tonight's installment of the weeklong celebration of African culture and values. Ujima, or collective work and responsibility, is the theme for the 7 p.m. program in Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave.

6. Rocco Termini, president of Signature Development Corp., who knows something about preserving Buffalo architecture, will deliver a talk on the topic "Why Are Buffalo Niagara's Art, Architecture, History and/or Nature Important?" at 12:15 p.m. in the Central Library on Lafayette Square. Termini, who is converting and preserving the AM&A's warehouse buildings and the Hotel Lafayette, will be at the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor near Fables Cafe.

7. James Ostrowski, one of the most prominent local members of the "tea party" movement, will discuss the status of the "pork lawsuit" at the Tea Party Coalition at 6 p.m. in Club W, 199 Delaware Ave. Ostrowski is the lawyer for the plaintiffs in a suit that seeks to end billions of dollars of corporate subsidies in New York State. The taxpayer was given new life in June when an appellate court held that the plaintiffs had a valid cause of action.


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