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A former bouncer told a special state Division of Human Rights panel today that the management at Crawdaddy's Restaurant instructed him to give extra scrutiny to the identification of blacks and Hispanics."They wanted me to check more black and Puerto Rican IDs because the blacks took the white girls and the Puerto Ricans took people's purses," said the bouncer, Kevin…

The long nightmare of Carlos Fajardo and his family -- stranded in Canada "without a country" since Christmas -- may be about to end.Immigration and Naturalization Service sources said Monday that District Director Benedict J. Ferro would approve Fajardo's bid for political asylum within the next few weeks, ending his exile in Fort Erie, Ont., and allowing him to retu…

After a strong endorsement of the South Towns Connector concept this week by state Transportation Commissioner Franklin E. White, Rep. Henry J. Nowak says he is optimistic that the 1991 federal highway bill could provide funds to help support the project."We won't know until we get very close to the end," the Buffalo Democrat said, "but I'm on the committee, and it mi…

For the second time in two days, the fate of a proposed Western New York highway project was linked Thursday to the 1991 federal highway bill -- this time the extension of Route 219.At a meeting to kick off a joint U.S.-Canadian effort to complete the road as a link between Toronto and the Washington-Baltimore area, U.S. 219 President Arthur Benson said the road's adv…

State Transportation Commissioner Franklin E. White's promise Wednesday to place the "absolute, highest priority" on a study of the proposed South Towns connector is receiving an enthusiastic reception among waterfront proponents.White's statement to the Horizons Waterfront Commission pledging his commitment to "the best report we can get" seems to have allayed fears …

A minor figure in the federal government's Hatch Act violation case against the NFTA will be allowed to keep his job, despite pleading guilty to political coercion charges.Thomas J. Marsteller, assistant comptroller of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, was recognized by Chief Administrative Law Judge Edward L. Reidy of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Bo…

A state administrative law judge has recommended that Crawdaddy's restaurant pay $10,000 each to five black women who contend they were discriminated against by being required to display identification to enter, state officials said Wednesday.White patrons, the women said, faced no such requirement.According to the state Division of Human Rights, Judge Amos Carnegie r…

A state administrative law judge has recommended that Crawdaddy's Restaurant pay $10,000 each to five black women who charged they were discriminated against by being forced to display identification to enter, officials said today.White patrons, the women said, faced no such requirement.According to the State Division of Human Rights, Judge Amos Carnegie ruled that Cr…

One month after fear of gridlock spread among Kensington Expressway motorists, life without Buffalo's main commuter artery seems to have settled into a not-so-bad-after-all routine.State Department of Transportation officials and other observers agree that, aside from lengthening the average morning trip by a few minutes, alternative routes are absorbing the traffic d…

Employees of Crawdaddy's restaurant told a State Liquor Authority hearing Wednesday they merely were enforcing company policy when they demanded that a black state trooper display identification other than his State Police badge before he could be admitted.The employees rebutted charges filed by Trooper Elton L. Mitchell, 27, that Crawdaddy's bouncers and management r…

A Buffalo man testified today that at least half a dozen bartenders and bouncers beat him almost two years ago at the Locker Room tavern on Delaware Avenue.Ralph Davies Jr., 27, said the tavern's staff attacked him and a friend June 14, 1987, after his friend offered to buy a drink for a girlfriend of one of the bartenders."I didn't even expect it," Davies testified a…

The Army Corps of Engineers is expected to approve an unusual breakwater design that would pave the way for summer development of a 750-slip marina at Seaway Piers, which will be anchored by the new Shooters restaurant.The floating design planned for the complex could allow its private developers to begin accepting marina tenants by June, while Shooters officials say …

The NFTA board of commissioners took the first step today toward satisfying a major County Legislature concern about transit agency operations by voting to investigate the possibility of a management and performance audit.The board voted unanimously to ask the Legislature for an outline of what it wants addressed in any study of the way the Niagara Frontier Transporta…

The Ontario Racing Commission is saying "whoa" to Peace Bridge plans for major reconstruction this spring, claiming the resulting traffic jams will cause "irreparable harm" to Fort Erie Race Track.But it appears the Peace Bridge Authority will nonetheless proceed with its plan to close the south lane beginning April 15. And the resulting traffic problems are sure to s…

Grand Island's semi-annual traffic backups began again this morning, and state police and Thruway officials reported the usual delays accompanying the closing of a Grand Island bridge.Leonard J. DePrima, Thruway Authority division engineer, said the lines approaching the South Grand Island Bridge complex began forming about 7:15 this morning and extended until about 8…