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

1. Bouncing back from Hurricane Irene is U.S. Open Tennis. The official website noted Sunday that the tennis center in Forest Hills has minimal damage and matches are expected to begin more or less on time today. The first round at 1 p.m. sees U.S. men's hope Mardy Fish and third-seeded woman Maria Sharapova in action. Venus Williams and Roger Federer will play their first games at 7 p.m. All are televised on ESPN2.

2. The Buffalo School Board continues its momentous month with a special meeting at 4 p.m. in Room 801 of City Hall, postponed from Friday. Up for consideration is the rehiring of at least some of the more than 100 teachers and 150 teacher aides that were laid off under the original budget plan this year.

3. Artifacts from the ground zero terrorist attack and expressions of grief that followed go on display today in 30 cities across the state, including four in Western New York, as part of New York's 10th anniversary remembrances of 9/1 1. In addition to an exhibit at State Museum and Empire State Plaza in Albany, there will be displays at the Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College, Conference Center Niagara Falls, Batavia City Hall and the Jamestown Municipal Building. The exhibit continues until the end of September. All sites will be open Sept. 11.

4. Vieux Farke Toure, son of Ali Farke Toure, the legendary guitarist and singer from Mali, not only is following in his father's footsteps, he's extending the trail in more directions. He's gone boldly into jazz, blues and rock with all of his father's virtuosity. He makes his first Buffalo appearance at 8 p.m. in the Ninth Ward at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave. Tickets are $13.

5. Sabres season tickets got snapped up like hotcakes, so you expect the same thing to happen today when seats for their preseason games go on sale at 9 a.m. There's only two of them in the newly renamed First Niagara Center -- against the Carolina Hurricanes at 7 p.m. on Sept. 19 and against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7 p.m. on Sept. 23. The regular season begins Oct. 7.

6. The baseball season has dwindled down to just three more home games for the Buffalo Bisons. Tonight finds them taking on their Thruway Series rivals, the Rochester Red Wings, in a game that features a Bobble Head Giveaway. The first 4,000 fans through the Swan Street gate will receiver a Buster T. Bison/Mr. Met Double Bobble Head. It's also a Bargain Monday, which means $7 tickets and $1 popcorn and $1 ice cream at the ballpark's concession stands. Gates open at 6. First pitch is at 7:05.

7. Demonstrating their confidence in retail banking in Western New York is KeyBank, which opens a new branch today on the site of a former gas station at Hopkins and West Klein roads in Amherst. The 804 Hopkins Road location is one of 40 new KeyBank offices slated to open nationwide this year, including four new branches and six ATM kiosks in Western New York. Manager is Anthony M. Lanza, a former HSBC Bank branch manager.


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