1. Mayor Byron W. Brown will officially unveil his proposed 2012-13 city budget today. The Common Council will receive the spending plan when it meets at 2 p.m. in Council Chambers. Brown administration officials and department heads will be appearing at Council budget hearings starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Chambers. Hearings will continue through Friday.
2. Two British kayakers begin their journey along the length of the Erie Canal today. World-renowned kayaker Richard Harpman and adventure photographer Glenn Charles, accompanied by two British journalists, will paddle off from Erie Canal Harbor at 10:45 a.m. and are expected to reach the City of Tonawanda two hours later. After a lunch break, they will leave for Lockport at 1:15 p.m. and are expected to go through the locks at about 4, reaching the Widewaters Marina by 5:30. A reception for Niagara County politicians and tourism leaders is to be held at Lockport Locks and Erie Canal Cruises, followed by a tour of Lockport. They plan to wake up early Wednesday and leave for Medina at 7 a.m.
3. Recent revelations that New York City police put Muslims under watch in the Buffalo area have raised serious questions that will be aired in a discussion hosted this evening by Muslim Public Affairs Council Western New York. Panelists for "NYPD Surveillance of Muslims in WNY: A Conversation With Law Enforcement About Civil Rights" include U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr.; Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard; University at Buffalo Police Chief Gerald Schoenle; John Curr III, Western Regional Office director for the NYCLU; and Ehsan Zaffar from the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It starts at 6 in the Student Union Theater on UB's North Campus in Amherst.
4. Occupy Western New York has a silent protest planned today, International Workers Day. Supporters will stage a die-in outside the military recruiting station in Lafayette Square at 10 a.m. Organizers proclaim: "We will die-in for a living wage in N.Y. State. We will die-in to raise awareness of environmental destruction. We will die-in to create peace and end unnecessary wars. We will die-in to eliminate our national debt. We will die-in to create financial, religious, racial and gender equality."
5. You won't need a pocketful of quarters to ride Metro Rail and Metro Buses, starting today. The one-way fare officially is rising to $2 from $1.75, which will help the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority reduce its budget deficit and preserve most of its bus routes. The fare for senior citizens, the disabled, Medicare recipients and children will rise to $1 from 75 cents. All-day passes for most adults will go to $5 instead of $4, and passes for seniors, disabled, Medicare recipients and children will go to $2.50 instead of $2. There also will be increases in Paratransit fares and in weekly and monthly passes, along with new surcharges for express trips.
6. The Buffalo jazz community pays tribute tonight to Dick Judelsohn, the prominent pediatrician who served as longtime host of the jazz radio show "Be-bop and Beyond" on WBFO-FM. Judelsohn, who died earlier this year, certainly would approve of the local talent that organizer Bruce Eaton has lined up for the show from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in Iris Restaurant in the Maple Entertainment Complex, 4224 Maple Road, Amherst. Scheduled to appear are vocalists Laurie Bordanaro, Janice Mitchell and Colleen Williams; trombonist Phil Sims; pianists Jim Beishline, Ronnie Corsaro, Bobby Jones and Michael T. Jones; guitarists Warren Stirtzinger and Stu Weissman; bassist Buddy Fadale; and drummer Pat Hulsman.
7. It's a good week for recent feature films showing up on home video formats. Due today are director Stephen Soderburgh's action thriller "Haywire," with Gina Carano, Michael Douglas and Antonio Banderas; "Joyful Noise," with Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah as rival church choir leaders; and "W.E.," Madonna's take on the romance between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII. Over in the music racks, there are new CDs due from Norah Jones ("Little Broken Hearts"), Marilyn Manson ("Born Villain"), Carrie Underwood ("Blown Away"), Rufus Wainwright ("Out of the Game") and Santigold ("Master of My Make Believe").
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