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U.S. Senate endorses effort
 to name facility for Jackson

The campaign to name Buffalo's new federal courthouse for former Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson got a boost this week when the U.S. Senate endorsed the effort.

The Senate legislation, which passed the House in July, will now go to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law and make the naming of the courthouse official.

Jackson began his legal career in Jamestown but later moved his practice to Buffalo before he went on to become solicitor general, attorney general, Supreme Court justice and later chief U.S. prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials.

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Library system, agencies
 launch community initiative

More than a dozen local human services agencies joined forces with the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library on Thursday to launch a communitywide anti-bullying initiative.

The campaign, "The Bullying Stops Here," asks library patrons to make a pledge not to bully by signing banners that will be hung at all 37 Buffalo & Erie County Public Library branches. The campaign also includes a calendar of upcoming events for October

Partnering organizations include the Buffalo Public Schools, the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and Gay and Lesbian Youth Services, among many others.

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Erie County sites posted
 to dispose of old prescriptions

People will be able to dispose of prescription drugs during several drop-off events throughout Erie County from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The National Prescription Drug Drop-Off events, in which the Erie County Department of Health is participating, will be held at: Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Lot C; Sisters Hospital – St. Joseph's Campus, 2605 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga; Twin District Volunteer Fire Company Hall, 4999 William St., Lancaster; Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, 224 E. Main St., Springville; Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.

Also, Cattaraugus Reservation Health Center, 36 Thomas Indian School Drive, Irving; Grand Island Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road; Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda; Mercy Ambulatory Care Center, 3669 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park; Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, 1540 Maple Road, Amherst; North Collins Police Department, 10543 Main St.; West Herr Collision Center, 5140 Camp Road, Hamburg; West Seneca Senior Center, 4620 Seneca St.

For more information, contact the Health Department at 858-7690.

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Keys to new van presented
at Medical Center ceremony

Officers and members of David McKeever Post 64, American Legion, in South Buffalo presented the keys to a new van to the VA Western New York Healthcare System in a ceremony this week at the Buffalo VA Medical Center. The van will be used by the Disabled American Veterans Volunteer Transportation Network, which drives veterans to and from VA medical facilities.