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

1. Tributes to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. begin today in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. In Buffalo's Central Library at Lafayette Square, the program opens at 11:45 a.m. with music from the Colored Musicians Club, followed by poetry, storytelling and a keynote speech by Arlee Daniels, chairman of the Stop the Violence Coalition. In Niagara Falls, U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott gives the keynote address at a public ceremony honoring "the memory and legacy" of King at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center of Niagara Falls High School, 4455 Porter Road.

2. The search is over, and the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens in South Park has a permanent chief executive officer. Mary Ann Kresse, chairwoman of the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, will announce the appointment and introduce the new CEO under the main dome of the garden complex at 10:30 a.m.

3. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo comes to Western New York today, but he's not stopping in Buffalo. He's going to Jamestown for the first of his stops in communities that "feel the most disconnected" from Albany. He will talk with constituents in the Robert H. Jackson Center. State legislators from the area are being invited. It's the beginning of his campaign to build support for his plans to reform state government and close the $10 billion budget deficit.

4. Dozens of local health and human service agencies find out today what kind of support they will be getting from the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County for the next two years. United Way President Michael Weiner will announce the funding for the programs for 2011 to 2013 at a news conference in the Child Advocacy Center, 556 Franklin St.

5. Author Micah Nathan, who grew up in the Buffalo area, returns to his hometown today with his second novel, "Losing Graceland," a highly praised picaresque tale about a young man who answers an ad for a driver and discovers that the guy who needs the ride is an aging and very much alive Elvis Presley. He'll read from it and sign copies at 7 p.m. in Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.

6. Three of the best chefs in the nation visit the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES Carrier Education Center in Angola this morning to work alongside students in preparing three dishes. The lineup includes James Heywood from the Culinary Institute of America, whose chili is among the best in the world; Paul Jean Prosperi, the renowned baker and pastry chef; and Arnym Solomon, an executive with leading restaurant chains Olive Garden, Red Lobster and TGI Friday's.

7. The Sabres stumbled Tuesday night and gave up an early lead over the Philadelphia Flyers when they returned to HSBC Arena after their road trip out West. They'll try to regain equilibrium -- and their .500 won-loss record -- when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes tonight (7, MSG, 550 AM). The Hurricanes are seven points ahead of the Sabres in the race for a berth in the playoffs.


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