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President Obama is promoting his support of gay rights but comes up short of outright declaring support for the legalization of same-sex marriage.  At a time when the New York Legislature is at the doorstep of legalizing same gender marriages, Obama spoke at a campaign fundraiser in New York City hosted by members of the gay and lesbian community.  He told the crowd "I believe that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every other couple in this country." The President emphasized however that the issue of same-sex marriage should be decided by each state and not the federal government.

Batavia City Council meets in Conference Session on Monday night.
Council will review plans for the city’s National Night Out observance and also discuss changes in the rules for drinking alcohol in city owned picnic areas.
Council meets at 7 Monday night at City Hall.
The public is welcome to speak at the outset of the meeting by first signing in with the city clerk.

This morning’s police blotter:
30-year-old Crystal Marscelli of Ellicott St. and 29-year-old Lisa Weese of Albion:
The two were arrested, in separate incidents, for allegedly boosting merchandise from K-mart.
Crystal and Lisa are both charged with Petit Larceny.

An eye-catching schooner will be arriving in Buffalo next week.  The Pride of Baltimore Two, a reproduction of a 19th century topsail schooner, is scheduled to arrive at the Central Wharf on the Inner Harbor next Wednesday.  The 157-foot schooner will remain in the harbor through the Fourth of July.

The Buffalo Sabres now know who they'll be facing in their first home game next season.  The team and the NHL has announced that the Sabres will open the home portion of their 2011-2012 season on October 14th when they host the Carolina Hurricanes.  The Sabres start their regular season in Europe, where they will take on the Anaheim Ducks in Helsinki, Finland on October 7th, and skate against the Los Angeles Kings in Berlin, Germany on October 8th.
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