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

1. Local members of, undaunted by arrests at their April 7 rally outside M&T Bank, are staging a "Make Them Pay" Tax Day rally in Lafayette Square to underline their claim that Bank of America, M&T Bank and National Fuel don't pay their fair share of taxes. Similar rallies are taking place across the nation today, targeting what MoveOn calls "The Deadbeat Dozen" tax evaders -- GE, Bank of America, Google, BP, Amazon, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Boeing, ExxonMobil, FedEx, Goldman Sachs and Chase.

2. Animal rights activists and supporters of animal experimentation both plan to demonstrate outside Medaille College on Agassiz Circle at 8 a.m. Activists are particularly upset over the Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science course that Medaille's veterinary technology students are required to take. Among the things they learn, activists say, is how to force substances down an animal's throat and into its stomach using a metal tube. The protesters say they have no problem with veterinary training, just prepping students for careers in research using animals.

3. Nobody appreciates our snow and what we do with it more than the 350 airport professionals from around the world who are gathering here this week for the 45th annual Snow Symposium, hosted by the folks from Buffalo Niagara International Airport. NFTA Executive Director Kimberley A. Minkel will point them in the right direction when she addresses an 8:30 a.m. breakfast meeting in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo ballroom about the economic and safety issues that make successful snowfighting so important. The symposium continues through Wednesday in the Hyatt and the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

4. That rush of dirty water today along the streets in Amherst, Boston, Eden, the City of Tonawanda and the Town of Lancaster (but not the village) is not due to the weather. It's the Erie County Water Authority starting up its annual main-flushing program. They're flushing dead-end mains by opening hydrants until sediment washes out. Customers in areas where lines have been flushed might experience low pressure and discolored water, the authority says, but it's only temporary. All you need to do is turn on the cold-water tap at the lowest point of your home or business for a few minutes until the water runs clear.

5. The adventurous Ramsi P. Tick Memorial Concert Series continues its spring series tonight by bringing in the San Francisco-based choral supergroup Chanticleer. The 12-man ensemble is best known for its Renaissance songs but also performs a wide repertoire of jazz, gospel and new music. The concert takes place at 7:30 in the Flickinger Performing Arts Center at Nichols School, 1250 Amherst St. Tickets are $50, if any are left. For info, call 759-4778.

6. The Bisons started out their road trip with a victory lap, but they been hitting potholes ever since. The Herd returns home to Coca-Cola Field today hoping to put an end to a four-game losing streak. Their opponents are the Thruway Series rivals Rochester Red Wings (6:05 p.m., Time Warner SportsNet, 1520 AM).

7. Royal Wedding fever is stepping up a notch. On television, there are two specials tonight -- "A Special Edition of 2 0/2 0: William & Catherine: A Modern Fairy Tale" (10, Ch. 7) and "William & Kate: The Movie" (9, Lifetime), followed immediately by the first episode of a documentary series titled "Royal Wedding of a Lifetime." Meanwhile, Royal Wedding apps for iPhones and Android are available for download starting today.


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