1. Bargain hunters will have a field day at the massive used book sale in the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo. Thousands of used books, CDs, VHS tapes, audio books, cassettes and periodicals will be up for grabs for as little as 25 cents. The items on sale are no longer being circulated, library officials say, may be damaged or may have been donated. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
2. A new deep-discount department store is opening today in four locations that previously were occupied by another deep discounter that recently closed. Cw Price, which offers name-brand fashions and home goods for up to 70 percent off list price, will set up where the former A.J. Wright used to be -- University Plaza, 3500 Main St., Amherst; Delaware Consumer Square, 2638 Delaware Ave.; Southgate Plaza, 950 Union Road, West Seneca; and Thruway Plaza, 2195 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga.
3. Today marks another milestone on the way to the NFL football season. From 2:20 to 4:30 p.m., the Buffalo Bills hold their final practice session at training camp on the campus of St. John Fisher College in the Rochester suburb of Pittsford. No tickets are needed. Then they break camp and come back to home base in Orchard Park to begin practicing in the Ralph Wilson Field House.
4. Jews and Christians will join Muslims in breaking the daily fast for the holy month of Ramadan this evening with a traditional dinner in the sixth annual Tent of Abraham program at 7 p.m. in the Muslim Community Center, 745 Heim Road, Amherst. Preceding it will be the annual Walk of Abraham, a solidarity walk of one, four and five miles that will start from North Presbyterian Church on North Forest Road at 4:45 p.m. and pick up additional walkers at Temple Beth Am and Heim Middle School. Ramadan continues through Aug. 29.
5. The last time the State Legislature drew up a map of congressional districts, they gave one to Rep. Louise Slaughter that stretches from the other side of Rochester along the Lake Ontario shore into the northern precincts of the Buffalo metro area. Armed with new census figures, they're ready to start again, much to the chagrin of reformers who want an independent group to do the work impartially. The first of a dozen hearings on the subject across the state is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. in the Council Chambers in Buffalo City Hall.
6. The first step to preventing osteoporosis, which weakens bones in older people, is to get a bone density test. Today local representatives from Rite Aid pharmacies will make it easier for people in need to get one. In ceremonies at 2 p.m., they'll present a grant of $9,760 to the Western New York Osteoporosis Resource Center at Sisters Hospital, which will use the money to provide bone density screenings for 500 people who otherwise would not have access to them.
7. Dr. Leslie Kohman, medical director of Upstate Cancer Center in Syracuse, will be the keynote speaker at 10 a.m. today for a daylong program in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo titled "Cancer Mission 2020 The End of Cancer by the End of the Decade." The initiative was launched by Gary Mervis, chairman and founder of Camp Good Days and Special Times. The day's program -- covering the 28th Congressional District and supported by Rep. Louise Slaughter -- is one of four that will be held across the state.
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