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Democrats endorse Fisher for seat vacated by Kearns

Matthew Fisher, a housing activist and former legislative aide to former Common Council Member Michael P. Kearns, was endorsed Saturday to temporarily succeed his old boss by South District Democratic Committee members.

The committee met in Monsignor Nash Knights of Columbus headquarters on Legion Drive. Several candidates for the seat -- made vacant when Kearns won a special election for the 145th Assembly District seat -- will be interviewed by the Council Monday.

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Leftover Lee campaign funds may feed Food Bank coffers

Chris Lee's congressional career may have ended but he is trying to do some good with the last of his campaign money, according to a published report.

Lee, who resigned his congressional seat in February 2011 on the same day the Gawker published a photo of him shirtless, is shutting down his campaign committee and donating the $14,041 left in its account to the Food Bank of Western New York, according to Politico, the political news website.

Food Bank officials said no one from the Lee camp has contacted them about the donation. Lee and his family are longtime supporters of the charity, according to Marylou Borowiak, Food Bank's president and CEO.

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High-wire artist may train at Seneca Niagara Casino

Nik Wallenda is negotiating with the Seneca Gaming Corp. to train for his tightrope walk across the Niagara Falls outside the Seneca Niagara Casino, officials at the gaming corporation confirmed to The Buffalo News.

"We don't have an agreement yet," said Jim Wise, senior vice president of marketing for the Seneca Gaming Corp.

Wallenda is seeking a location to string a wire between two cranes to simulate the falls walk, planned this summer.

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Buffalo News online content gets noticed by broadcasters

The Buffalo News won the 2012 Digital Media of the Year Award during the first Buffalo Excellence in Media Awards Friday in Salvatore's Italian Gardens.

The event, sponsored by the Buffalo Broadcasters Association, recognizes the contributions of professionals in an industry undergoing dramatic technological changes.

The Buffalo News was honored for its online content. Other award recipients included Rich Newberg, Jacquie Walker and Anthony Congi, WIVB-TV; Linda Pellegrino and Ed Reilly, WKBW-TV; and Paul Smith, WGRZ-TV. The association named WGRZ its TV station of the year. WBEN was named radio station of the year. Sandy Beach of WBEN and Jeremy White of WGR Radio also were honored.

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Northbound traffic on I-190 directed to Peace Bridge exit

The I-190 northbound is closed at Porter Avenue for construction work until 6 a.m. Monday. Northbound traffic will exit the Niagara Thruway at the Peace Bridge exit, onto Niagara, then up Niagara Street and back on northbound at Ontario Street.