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>Flags on state buildings to honor Afghan victim

Flags on all state government buildings across New York will be flown at half-staff Wednesday in honor of Army Sgt. 1st Class Raymond J. Munden, 35.

Munden -- who was originally from Mesquite, Texas, but married a local girl and lived in Cheektowaga for a while -- was killed last Monday in Afghanistan when his unit came under rocket attack.

Gov. David A. Paterson has directed the flags on all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff in honor of New York's service members killed in action.

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>'Zero K Marathon' to raise funds for Heart Association

It's a marathon for lazy people.

JACK FM 92.9 is hosting a "Zero K Marathon" on Tuesday in Jack Astor's Bar & Grill in Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga.

The "marathon" is being held appropriately on Mardi Gras, otherwise known as Fat Tuesday and is a benefit for the American Heart Association.

The race will take place inside the restaurant and will take "no more than 40 seconds," organizers said.

Admission to the event is $10. Registration begins at 7 p.m. The race is at 8.

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>Foe of military school to speak at Daemen

The Rev. Roy Bourgeois, founder of School of Americas Watch, will speak at 7:45 p.m. March 14 in the Wicks Center at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Snyder. The topic will be "Close the School of Americas," the military academy at Fort Benning, Ga., that, in 2001, became the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. Numerous Latin American dictators and death squad members have attended over the years.

The talk, sponsored by the Western New York Peace Center, will be preceded by a wine and cheese social at 6:30. Tickets are $15, $20 patron, with proceeds benefiting the Latin American Solidarity Committee's humanitarian aid efforts.

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>Open house will discuss brownfield redevelopment

Efforts to redevelop former industrial properties in South Buffalo will be discussed at an open house Wednesday.

Residents are encouraged to attend a presentation and public discussion in the Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road. City officials will present the South Buffalo Brownfield Opportunity Area Draft Master Plan.

Wednesday's meeting will begin with an informal open house at 5:30 p.m.

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