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

1. Niagara County officials and transit riders are likely to give the NFTA an earful when it holds the next in its series public hearings on rate hikes and potential bus route cutbacks at 6 p.m. in Niagara Falls City. The potential reductions have Lockport residents particularly upset. The NFTA has talked about eliminating Bus 64, a weekday express route linking Lockport to downtown Buffalo, and altering the route of Bus 44, which now goes to Lockport daily, so it wouldn't go any farther north than CrossPoint Business Park in Amherst. The NFTA holds two hearings Wednesday, at noon and 6 p.m., in the Central Library in downtown Buffalo.

2. If the polls can be believed, the ones showing Mitt Romney with a double-digit lead over challenger Newt Gingrich in today's Republican presidential primaries in Florida, then the pundits may be right when they say that the hard-fought GOP race for the nomination will be drawing closer to a conclusion when the votes are tallied tonight. But maybe not. Florida is not always predictable, and Gingrich doesn't give up easily.

3. A movie that has been a cultural touchstone for almost 80 years is featured in tonight's edition of the Buffalo Film Seminars in the Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre, 639 Main St. It's the 1933 monster epic "King Kong," with its unforgettable climactic scene atop the Empire State Building. It starts at 7 with an introduction by University at Buffalo professors Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian. A discussion follows.

4. The Sabres managed to snap their record losing streak on the road with a victory before the weeklong NHL All-Star Game break began last week. Now that they're rested, they look to continue their rebound when they meet the Montreal Canadiens tonight in the Bell Centre (7:30, MSG, 550 AM).

5. Marriage and parenthood have their crazy ups and downs, but few are crazier and funnier than Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn. They condensed their 13-year marriage into a 75-minute two-person play titled "You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up," in which, according to Ben Stiller, "They make you want to embrace your spouse for the same reason you want to strangle them." It opens for previews tonight at 7:30 in Shea's Smith Theatre. Tickets are $35 for previews, $40 afterward. It officially opens Thursday and runs through Feb. 12.

6. In the Korean War, MASH stood for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. Today in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, it stands for Medical Academy of Science and Health. Students from Buffalo's Health Sciences Charter School will go to the hospital this morning for a "MASH Camp," where they will work with health professionals, do some hands-on procedures and tour the hospital to see what a future career in health care would be like.

7. Recent movies due to arrive on home video today include "Drive," with Ryan Gosling as a Hollywood stunt driver; "The Big Year," with Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson as ultra-competitive bird-watchers; and "In Time," a sci-fi flick about a time-pressed future starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. Over in the music racks, there are new CDs from Leonard Cohen ("Old Ideas"), Ringo Starr ("Ringo 2012"), Lana Del Ray ("Born to Die") and Ruthie Foster ("Let It Burn").


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