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

1. Brace yourself. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is unveiling his 2011 budget plan today, and it's supposed to make up for what's expected to be billions and billions of dollars of shortfall. The proposal to lay off 10,000 state workers could be only the beginning of cutbacks and financial readjustments.

2. Feeling a hard budget pinch locally is the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library system, where services and hours are likely to be thinner starting today. Layoffs are going into effect for 47 librarians, clerical staff, maintenance staff and part-time library assistants, amounting to the elimination of 36 1/2 full-time positions.

3. The Buffalo Urban Development Corp., the City of Buffalo and a consultant team led by Sasaki Associates host a public information meeting to discuss the RiverBend Development Plan from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Emerald Ballroom at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road. The RiverBend site includes a 300-acre stretch of mostly industrial land between South Park Avenue and Tifft Street just west of Hopkins Street that runs up to a bend in the Buffalo River.

4. The Buffalo office of the International Action Center, a social-justice organization founded by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark in 1992, plans to sponsor a demonstration at 4:30 p.m. in Niagara Square to show solidarity with the Egyptian people. Signs and banners are welcome.

5. Starting today, first-time applicants for passports and children under 16 getting passports will no longer have to fill in names under the headings "mother" and "father." Instead, it will be "parent one" and "parent two." The State Department says the new designation recognizes the increasing number of nontraditional family arrangements.

6. A serious but almost invisible problem -- the plight of homeless veterans -- will be addressed at a meeting of community agencies at 1 p.m. in Room 301 of Buffalo Veterans Administration Medical Center, 3495 Bailey Ave. Representatives will get a status report on the VA's five-year plan to end homelessness among veterans.

7. A bumper crop of recent movies shows up on DVD today -- "The Tillman Story," the documentary about NFL player Pat Tillman, who was the victim of friendly fire in Afghanistan; "Red," the thriller starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren as aging CIA agents who become assassination targets; Woody Allen's latest, "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger," with Anthony Hopkins, Josh Brolin and Naomi Watts in a story about two generations of marriages in trouble; "Conviction," in which Hilary Swank becomes a lawyer so she can free her brother from prison; and "Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo," the documentary about convict cowgirls on their journey to the 2007 Oklahoma State Penitentiary Rodeo.


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News Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski provides an audio report on the Politics Now blog about what is happening in Washington this week and its impact on Western New York.

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