1. School districts where the 2011-2012 budgets were rejected by the voters back in May have another chance to get approval today. One of those districts is Lackawanna, where the original $45.1 million spending plan was defeated by only 47 votes. The new plan calls for the elimination of nine full-time teachers and two part-time teaching positions, a 25 percent cut in sports programs, extracurricular activities, and materials and supplies, and the elimination of several vacant positions, among other cuts amounting to $1.77 million. If the second vote fails, the district will have to turn to a contingency budget that would result in significant layoffs, Superintendent Nicholas D. Korach says.
2. On one hand, Creedence Clearwater Revisited is just a cover band, paying tribute to one of the great rock groups of the late '60s and early '70s. On the other hand, it's an exceptional cover band, led by original drummer Doug Clifford and original bassist Stu Cook, who provided all the swamp rhythm to those great songs. They come to Artpark in Lewiston tonight to play a free concert in the Tuesday in the Park series. Opening is Buffalo Music Award-winning guitarist Bruce Wojick. Showtime is 6:30.
3. It's hard to say which is more amazing -- how quickly country singer and songwriter Taylor Swift became a star (she's only 21) or how big a star she's become (her sales figures rival Lady Gaga's). When her "Speak Now" tour comes to a sold-out HSBC Arena tonight, she'll have three albums worth of hits to choose from. Last week, she started out with "Sparks Fly" and "Mine," the first two tracks from her latest release. Showtime is 7. The South Carolina pop-rock band Needtobreathe is the opener.
4. Today is the first day of summer, with the solstice officially arriving at 1:36 p.m. It's the longest day of the year -- from 5:37 a.m. to 8:58 p.m. -- 15 hours and 21 minutes of daylight. We won't notice it for a while, but we start losing a fraction of a minute of daylight Wednesday.
5. The first day of summer always makes people wonder how soon the Bills will be putting on the pads to start getting ready for the new season. There have been some hints that progress is being made. Could the owners and players really be so obstinate that they would continue their standoff and jeopardize the season? We may get some indication today when the owners will be updated on recent negotiations with the players at a meeting in Chicago. They've been told to prepare to stay an extra day because of the complexity of the proposals both sides have discussed in sessions in recent weeks.
6. Some top local talent will be featured at "Rock the House," a music benefit for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western New York, from 8 to 11 p.m. at Rohall's Corner, 540 Amherst St. Featured will be Dee Adams, an award-winning singer-songwriter voted "Best Acoustic Act" in Artvoice's 2011 Best of Buffalo, and Grace Stumberg, a talented 22-year-old singer-songwriter who took top honors in Robbie Takac's Music in Action career training program. Rounding out the bill are local singer-songwriters Robert Joseph, Andrew Delmonte, Dave Adams and Tom Delmonte. Those attending are asked to make a $5 donation.
7. Recent feature films scheduled for release on DVD today include the science fiction thriller "The Adjustment Bureau," with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, and the thriller "Unknown," in which Liam Neeson plays a scientist who regains consciousness after an accident and finds someone else has taken his identity. Over in the music racks, there are new CDs from Bon Iver ("Bon Iver"), Dave Alvin ("Eleven Eleven"), Jill Scott ("The Light of the Sun"), Liam Finn ("FOMO"), Michael Bolton ("Gems: The Duets Collection") and Weird Al Yankovic ("Apocalypse").
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