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

1. Erie Community College President Jack Quinn is featured guest in tonight's installment of the Bistro Bookers series at 5:30 in Chef's restaurant, 291 Seneca St. His topic? "Decision Points," President George W. Bush's book about his years in the White House. Quinn was part of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives during Bush's first term from 2001 to 2005. Refreshments will be served. For information, visit

2. The state Department of Environmental Conservation says Gudrun Scott of Alfred was trapping beavers out of season. Scott, an animal activist, says they were in danger of getting run over by cars on State Route 21 and she was just trying to move them out of harm's way. After she was stopped, four beavers were killed on the highway. "I am not guilty of trapping out of season. I was rescuing an animal, and that has no particular season," she says. A judge will decide today in Alfred Town Court. Scott faces a $250 fine and/or 15 days in jail.

3. If the Depew Village Board appoints a new police chief at its meeting tonight, there could be a revolution at the ballot box in March. The news that Mayor Barbara A. Alberti and village trustees have passed over Depew officers in favor of Buffalo Capt. Albert J. Liberatore has fueled an election-season push for change by a new political party backed by some former and current village employees. Twenty members of the Depew Police Benevolent Association walked out en masse from a meeting with the mayor Friday. "They've wanted leadership," Alberti says of the department. "People sometimes don't like when you hire the most qualified."

4. Three new state senators from Western New York -- Mark Grisanti, Tim Kennedy and Patrick Gallivan -- take their seats today as the new Legislature session begins in Albany, and they'll get plenty of attention for how well they represent the region's interests. Grisanti says he's ready to shake things up. "Western New York has been ignored for far too long," he says. Grisanti and Gallivan will be interviewed during the Capitol Pressroom program at 1 p.m. on WBFO 88.7 FM.

5. When it comes to postseason college football bowl games, they've definitely saved the best for last (ESPN, 8:30 p.m.). The BCS national championship game in Glendale, Ariz., sends two undefeated teams onto the field -- No. 1 ranked Auburn, led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton, and No. 2 Oregon, whose lineup includes a Heisman finalist, running back LaMichael James.

6. It was one of the area's most-talked-about crimes. And now, as jury selection starts today, it's sure to turn into one of the most-talked-about trials. The defendant? Muzzammil "Mo" Hassan, who is charged in the beheading death of his estranged wife, Aasiya Zubair Hassan, on Feb. 12, 2009, in their television studio offices in Orchard Park. Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk already has warned attorneys for both the defense and the prosecution that any further out-of-court "grandstanding" will lead to stiff sanctions.

7. One of Western New York's legendary photojournalists -- cameraman Izzy Bleckman, who worked for CBS network news from 1966 to 2002 -- is featured speaker in a Niagara County Community College Professional Development session for faculty members from 1 to 2 p.m. It's also open to the public. Bleckman traveled as cameraman for "On the Road" reporter Charles Kuralt for many years. His talk is in Building E, Room 142.


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