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

1. The ribbon will be cut on another revitalization project in Buffalo at 2 p.m. It's St. Martin Village, a 60-unit affordable housing project created under the auspices of the Community Action Organization of Erie County in long-vacant brick buildings of the Diocesan Education Campus, a former orphanage and seminary at 564 Dodge St. on the city's East Side. The project, which features energy-efficient technology, was funded through numerous sources, including $2.4 million in federal housing money earmarked by the city, state funds and other grants.

2. The woman who came to the University at Buffalo this summer to make the Graduate School of Education's anti-bullying center a national leader is the keynote speaker today at a daylong "Dignity for All" conference for school administrators, support staff and educators in Michael's Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. Amanda Nickerson, often heard as a commentator following the suicide of bullying victim Jamie Rodemeyer, will speak on the scope of the bullying problem and highlight current efforts on the state and national level.

3. The life and career of Buffalo's "Wild Bill" Donovan, the father of America's intelligence services, will be revisited with a special exhibit and a discussion by a panel of experts at 6 p.m. in the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum at 220 North St. Sponsored by the Association for a Buffalo Presidential Center, it's part of the group's effort to increase awareness of the area's many contributions to national and world affairs. Tickets are $25 and reservations are necessary. Call Maryann Freedman at 881-3010 or Bren Price at 440-6865.

4. The two most prominent personalities in the 1970s progressive rock band Yes -- singer and songwriter Jon Anderson and keyboardist-songwriter Rick Wakeman -- come to Kleinhans Music Hall for an 8 p.m. performance that promises to be considerably more intimate than their old arena act. It will be just the two of them, trading quips and playing unadorned versions of their classics along with newer material. Fans will be happy to know that, even at age 66, Anderson's trademark high tenor is still intact.

5. They call Jerome Rothenberg "the ultimate 'hyphenated' poet," in that he's not only a highly regarded writer, but also a equally renowned critic, anthropologist, editor, anthologist, performer, teacher and translator. Best known for his poetic explorations of primitive cultures, he's produced more than 70 books in the past 40 years. He gives a reading at 4 p.m. as part of the University at Buffalo Poetics Program in the Poetry Collection, 420 Capen Hall on the North Campus in Amherst.

6. Is the dance over for the Cinderella team of the baseball World Series? The St. Louis Cardinals, the National League champions, who won a wild card berth with a remarkable stretch drive in September, are once again in a do-or-die situation as they return to their home field for the sixth game against the Texas Rangers (8:05 p.m., Ch. 29). If they win tonight, they get a chance at a fairy-tale ending in Game Seven Thursday night. One additional complication: the weather is problematic -- there is a danger the game will be postponed by rain.

7. The second annual Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival opens with a locally produced fright classic in the Screening Room Cinema Cafe in Northtown Plaza, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. It's the 30th anniversary screening of "The Burning," a 1981 slasher film written and produced by the pre-Miramax Harvey and Bob Weinstein and shot in Tonawanda. The film debut of Holly Hunter, it screens at 9:45 p.m. with a short entitled "Inbred and Undead." The festival will screen 48 films and present more than 30 awards during the next five days. A pass to all the films is $45. For a full schedule, visit

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