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Compensation sought for more exposed workers

WASHINGTON -- Local members of Congress have asked the federal government to help a larger group of former Bethlehem Steel workers who may have been exposed to radiation while working at the now-defunct Lackawanna plant.

The lawmakers wrote a letter to John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, asking that workers from the years 1952 to 1976 be allowed to apply for federal compensation because of damage to their health caused by nuclear exposure.

Currently, only workers who were at the plant up until 1952 are eligible for the compensation.

Bethlehem is one of several local facilities that did work for the Manhattan Project effort to build nuclear weapons. Workers have been fighting for years to expand their eligibility for federal compensation under a law passed in 2000.

Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, along with Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand, both New York Democrats, sent the letter to Howard.

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Family history seminar offered by church Saturday

A family history seminar by the Buffalo stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Saturday in the stake office at 1424 Maple Road, Amherst.

The seminar includes guided access to online genealogy resources and classes on military records, land records and cemetery resources. Visit www.buffalo-

familyhistoryseminar.blogspot.com.

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Anti-gambling conference set Saturday at Unity Church

A statewide conference of the Coalition Against Gambling in New York will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Ave. The coalition last met here in 2006.

Hosted by Citizens Against Casino Gambling in Erie County, the conference will include 12 speakers, annual business meetings, a musical interlude, a continental breakfast and lunch.

Registration is $30. So that organizers can plan the meals, please R.S.V.P. to Anna Kay France at 812-8292.

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Oates' reading at Canisius rescheduled for Nov. 28

A reading by prolific -- and locally rooted -- author Joyce Carol Oates has been rescheduled to take place at Canisius College at 8 p.m. on Nov. 28.

Oates will read from her works in the Montante Cultural Center at the college, 2001 Main St. The Lockport native originally was scheduled to read Monday.

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Traffic cut to one lane on North Island spans

Northbound traffic on the Niagara Thruway at the North Grand Island bridges will be reduced to one lane Saturday morning because of bridge maintenance work, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The lane restriction from Long Road on Grand Island to Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls will be in effect from 4 to 11 a.m. Saturday, the department said.