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Auto bureau satellite to reopen Monday

Erie County's auto bureau satellite in West Seneca will reopen at 9 a.m. Monday, said County Clerk Kathleen Hochul.

The satellite has been closed since Wednesday, when a fire broke out in the building that houses the satellite.

Since then, crews have been cleaning the bureau, she said. The satellite bureau is one of the county's busiest, Hochul said, with as many as 400 transactions a day.

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Web site launched to aid kidney donations

The Western New York Kidney Connection has announced the launch of its Web site to help people who need kidney transplants find others willing to donate an organ.

There are more than 400 people in the region on waiting lists to obtain a kidney transplant.

The average wait nationwide is four years for a kidney from a deceased donor, and many patients die or must rely on dialysis during that time.

It's hoped www.wnykidneyconnection.org will help increase the number of kidney transplants in the community by increasing the number of live donors.

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Symposium to address political polarization

America's political identity will be discussed in "America Divided: The Polarization of American Politics," a symposium to be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 250 of Baird Hall on the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst.

The symposium is free and open to the public.

The symposium will address questions such as whether the American public is as deeply polarized as Congress and the major American political parties have become.

"Liberals and conservatives in the American electorate seem to be more neatly sorted into the Democratic and Republican parties than they used to be," said symposium organizer James E. Campbell, professor and chairman of UB's Department of Political Science. "The symposium will attempt to answer how and why we have become more divided as a nation."

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Gandhi grandson to speak at conference April 23-24

The grandson of Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi will pay a return visit to Western New York on April 23 and 24 to be a keynote speaker at a conference on domestic violence, sponsored by Catholic Charities. Arun Gandhi previously spoke at Buffalo State College in 2005.

"Domestic Violence: Working for Change" will be presented in Samuel's Grande Manor, 8750 Main St., Clarence.

Other keynote speakers include Sarah Buel, professor at the University of Texas Law School, and Ben Atherton-Zeman, spokesman for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism.

The conference is a one-day professional development and training program, and participants may attend either day.

Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m., with workshops following from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 856-4494.

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