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>Slain Lockport soldier honored on House floor

Rep. Chris Lee, R-Clarence, paid tribute Thursday to Army Pfc. Albert R. Jex with remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Jex, a Lockport native, was killed Monday by a suicide car bomb in Mosul, Iraq. No funeral arrangements have been announced.

"Named after a great-uncle who died fighting the Nazis in World War II, Pvt. Jex devoted his life to public service," Lee said. "The close-knit neighborhood where Pvt. Jex grew up has been lined with yellow ribbons since the first U.S. soldier was sent to Iraq in 2003. These symbols now serve as quiet tributes to this bravest of patriots.

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>Ceremony to honor Donovan on 50th anniversary of death

Maj. Gen. William J. "Wild Bill" Donovan will be honored Sunday at a Buffalo ceremony observing the 50-year anniversary of the death of the war hero.

The ceremony, free to the public, will begin at noon at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park Museum at Erie Basin Marina.

A native of Buffalo's Old First Ward, Donovan died Feb. 8, 1959. He was a highly decorated veteran of both world wars and the founder of the U.S. Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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>Former WIVB-TV reporter joins Collins' staff

Ellen Maxwell, a former television reporter at WIVB-TV, has been hired for Erie County Executive Chris Collins' top-floor staff.

Maxwell went onto the payroll this week as a "junior administrative consultant" earning $32,000 a year. She has full-time status, not "regular part-time" -- a classification that Collins prefers for new hires because those employees collect half the paid leave of a full-timer.

Maxwell, who is on the payroll as Ellen M. Notarius, her married name, spent more than eight years at WIVB-TV before being let go in December as the station reduced its ranks.

Maxwell will be assisting Collins spokesman Grant Loomis with communications-related duties.

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>Buffalo General relocating some outpatient programs

Buffalo General Hospital announced Thursday that its behavioral health outpatient programs will relocate from the Community Mental Health Center at 80 Goodrich St. to 1010 Main St. on Monday.

Included in the move are the continuing day treatment program, the outpatient clinic, the MICA/trauma services program, the chemical dependency program and the partial hospital program.

The move will free up space for the construction of a center for heart and vascular care proposed for a site next to Buffalo General.

The current center closed Thursday. Sanjay Chadha, vice president of business operations, said the newly renovated facility, which is less than one block from the current location, offers such features as state-of-the-art safety measures. It will operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday starting Monday.

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