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'Political war' on women is topic of Hochul address

Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul will talk about "The Political War on American Women" from 5 to 7 p.m. today at a fundraiser for the Women's TAP Fund.

The event will be held in the recently reopened Hotel @ the Lafayette on Washington Street downtown.

Since 1993, the Women's TAP Fund has raised more than $500,000 to support qualified pro-choice female candidates running for local and state office. The $60 donation can be made at the door. For more information, call 881-3241.

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Paladino endorses Long in GOP Senate primary

Carl Paladino announced Sunday that he is endorsing Wendy Long in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.

The winner of Tuesday's primary will challenge Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., in November.

"Wendy is the only candidate that can take Gillibrand on without all the distractions of the so-called phony war on women, and I encourage all New York Republicans to vote for her in the primary this Tuesday," Paladino said in front of the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens.

Long is the candidate who will help shrink the size of government and promote job creation, he said.

Long lives in Manhattan and runs the Judicial Crisis Network. She serves on Mitt Romney's Justice Advisory Committee and previously worked for Sens. Gordon Humphrey and Bill Armstrong, both R-N.H.

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Plaque honors Buffalo native, 8 others killed in train crash

Buffalo native Jeanice McMillan and eight other people killed in a Washington, D.C., Metrorail crash in June 2009 have been honored with a plaque near the crash site.

McMillan was at the controls of the train, which failed to stop even though she pulled the emergency brake.

The unveiling of the plaque Friday marked the three-year anniversary of the crash, which was the deadliest in the transit system's history; 80 other people were injured.

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray joined relatives of crash victims, first responders and the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board at the site.

A malfunctioning electronic circuit was blamed for the crash.

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Events planned at Statler for Social Media Day Buffalo

Buffalo is one of more than 2,000 cities that will host a gathering for this year's world Social Media Day on Saturday.

Social Media Day Buffalo runs from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lobby Bar at Statler City, 107 Delaware Ave.

The meet-up for users of Facebook, Twitter and other social-media applications features entertainment, opportunities for networking, specials on food and drinks and a Social Challenge contest.

Tickets are $5 presale and $8 at the door, with proceeds going to Computers for Children. For more information, visit socialmediaclub.org/chapter/buffalo.