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Inspectors found deficiencies in 13 Niagara Frontier nursing homes in results of the most recent surprise inspections released by the government Thursday.Some WNY nursing homes had only one infraction. One in Niagara County had as many as 11.The inspections, contained in a 75-volume guide for consumers by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, criticized so…

An international commission studing the effects of high Great Lakes levels in 1985-86 urged governments Wednesday to ban construction of vulnerable buildings along the lakes' shorelines.The International Joint Commission also studied proposals for Niagara River projects to see whether they would increase flows out of the upper lakes.The commission said no Niagara Rive…

One of the ways you can tell if a congressman is watching the store is the way he thinks ahead and heads off problems.Rep. Henry J. Nowak of Buffalo came to mind almost as soon as we cracked a massive federal report on how the "greenhouse effect" will change the temperature and precipitation patterns over the U.S.First, a word about the greenhouse effect. It's a biolo…

Rep. John J. LaFalce, D-Town of Tonawanda, is making a long-shot bid for the chairmanship of the House Committee on Banking and Urban Affairs.LaFalce reportedly made the decision to try for the leadership of the committee, one of the most powerful in Congress, about noon Wednesday after learning of the defeat of the panel's beleaguered chairman, Rep. Fernand J. St Ger…

Rep. Jack F. Kemp, R-Hamburg, Tuesday said he feels "pretty good" about the way that George Bush campaigned for the presidency but voiced firm doubts he will play a role in the Bush administration.Kemp said Bush helped his campaign by linking it to conservative values, but said he wished Bush hadn't "coasted" for the final 10 days of the campaign. "My biggest disappoi…

Rallies organized by black leaders in two cities this week to help Michael S. Dukakis showed how important the Rev. Jesse Jackson is in building black support for the Democratic presidential nominee.They also illustrated the difficulty Dukakis is having in winning over his black audiences with any kind of convincing message.In Philadelphia Wednesday night, Mr. Jackson…

Republican presidential candidate George Bush says he will "stand by" Republican campaign ads highlighting a controversial Massachusetts prisoner furlough program that has since been modified. He labels as "ridiculous" Democratic charges that the television spots are "racist."Michael S. Dukakis, the Democratic presidential candidate and governor of Massachusetts, and …

Buffalo's Mayor Griffin Monday made a surprise appearance here as a member of a new group called "Democrats for Bush."The organization, headed by former U.S. Sen. Richard Stone of Florida, includes a number of blacks and Hispanics, film actor Lee Majors and retired Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, chief of naval operations during the Vietnam War.Griffin did not speak during the ral…

Rep. Henry J. Nowak, D-Buffalo, announced today the federal government has released $21 million so that replacement of the aging Father Baker Bridge linking Buffalo and Lackawanna can start next year.Nowak said demolition of the mile-long span and construction of the four-bridge replacement complex would begin next March.The project will completed late in 1991, Nowak …

The House gave final passage Wednesday to a bill drafted by Rep. John J. LaFalce, D-Town of Tonawanda, to reform the awarding of $3.5 billion a year in contracts to minority businesses."We have, for the first time, mandated competition within . . . the program," LaFalce said.The House Small Business Committee, of which LaFalce is chairman, produced the bill after a se…

Rep. Henry J. Nowak, D-Buffalo, announced today the federal government has released $21 million so that replacement of the aging Father Baker Bridge linking Buffalo and Lackawanna can start next year.Nowak said demolition of the mile-long span and construction of the four-bridge replacement complex would begin next March and the project will be completed late in 1991.…

The head of the U.S. Customs Service on Tuesday endorsed building a truck inspection facility near the Peace Bridge to relieve congestion.Customs Commissioner William von Raab said in a letter that he wants a panel of federal agencies located in Buffalo to decide where to put the facility.But Carlton L. Brainard, the Buffalo district director of the U.S. Customs Servi…

George Bush is considering a trip to Buffalo before Nov. 8.The Republican presidential campaign is "giving a hard look at a second trip into New York State before Election Day," said a source who is working closely with the GOP campaign in New York City. "Two places are being bandied about, right now. One is a return to New York City, and the other is Buffalo."Bush wi…

Gov. Michael Dukakis wasted a lot of time in last Thursday night's debate preaching about the "tough choices" that the next president is will make after inauguration day. But he wants no part of the toughest decision roaring down the tracks at the next administration -- the one about taxes.Dukakis was relaxed enough to remove his coat, hat and rubbers before the debat…

A spokesman for George Bush's presidential campaign said Thursday the poll commissioned by The Buffalo News that shows Gov. Michael Dukakis leading Bush by 9 percentage points is another indication "that the race for the crown jewel in the Dukakis base, New York State, is much closer than anyone ever thought it would be at this point.""Dukakis is barely ahead at a tim…