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I'm not sure if you want to spend your Easter at Applebee's, but if you do, the restaurant chain is offering free entrees to children ages 10 and under on Easter Sunday, April 4. As long as they are accompanied by a parent paying for an entree, kids can choose from a menu of six meals, including macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers and fried shrimp. A drink …

Richard Dauch's name was frequently in the news in early 2008, when the CEO of Detroit-based American Axle & Manufacturing was at odds with the United Auto Workers. The union conducted an 11-week strike against the auto parts supplier in Western New York and Michigan, and Dauch personified the company for many of the pickets during the labor strife. Dauc…

   From the Business Today section of The Buffalo News: - Big banks targeted in protest as labor calls for action on jobs - George Pyle/The Buffalo News   With the clink of poker chips sounding in the background, two dozen labor activists gathered in the shadow of downtown Buffalo’s Bank of America branch to demand that the country’s big banks…

   Also from Business Today: - Developer seeks to create incubator - Brian Meyer/The Buffalo News   Two vacant buildings in the downtown Buffalo business district would be turned into an incubator for small businesses and artisans under a proposal being reviewed by city planners.   Developer J. Roger Trettel hopes to transform a structure…

Insure.com has put together a list of the most and lease expensive cars to insure. The figures estimate national average annual insurance premiums for a 40-year-old male with a good driving record. The least expensive 2010 models to insure: 1. Mazda Tribute I, two-wheel drive four-door utility, four cylinders: $1,070.25. 2. Honda Odyssey LX, five door, two-wheel drive…

   News from the economic front: - Senate OKs jobs bill for Obama's signature - AP/The Buffalo News   Companies that hire unemployed workers will get a temporary payroll tax holiday under a bill that easily won congressional approval Wednesday in what Democrats hope is just the first of several election-year measures aimed at boosting hiring.…

   The cover of the Business Today section has much to say, and little to conclude, about the future of Downtown Buffalo: - Reopening Main Street to traffic stalls - Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News   Chalk up another victim of the state's budget problems: the effort to restore cars to Main Street in downtown Buffalo.   The…

   A couple of dots to connect on from Wednesday's Business Today section: - Council seeks guarantees on benefits of Canal Side - Brian Meyer/The Buffalo News   The Common Council wants guarantees that the $294.8 million Canal Side project will produce specific community benefits before the city transfers more land for the development. &…

   Feel that?   The Bookings Institution is examining us again. - Region rates well in handling recession - David Robinson/The Buffalo News   The Buffalo Niagara region ranks among the 20 major U.S. metropolitan areas that are weathering the recession the best, according to a study being released today by the Brookings Institution. &…

   You know that rising economic tide that supposed to lift all our boats?   Of course, it's no surprise that some boats rise higher, and faster, than others.    A brief on today's Business Today cover noted:- Four billionaires linked to Western New York    Four people with ties to Western New York remain on the F…

I admit, giving my dog a bath is not my favorite thing to do. And I'd rather crawl through thornbushes than bathe a cat. But I can honestly say I don't think I would ever pay money to put my pet in one of these, no matter how much easier it made my life. In the United States, these pet washing machines are made by a company named PetSpa USA. In France, t…

   In Business Today, it's all about the tax credits:    Where they work:- Pending home sales, sale prices see gains Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News   The revised federal home buyer tax credits are having their desired effect, as pending home sales in February soared along with prices, even as the number of transactions complete…

   In 1999, when the Delphi auto parts company was spun off from General Motors, the bean counters proclaimed the pension fund then set up for salaried workers to be hale and hearty, and the separate pension fund for hourly, union-represented workers to be rather more creaky.   So, when Delphi moved out, GM promised that if the hourly workers…

   So, if all your friends were jumping off a cliff, would you jump, too?   Maybe only a little: - ‘Unforced errors’ cost M&T dearly over 3 years - Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News    M&T Bank Corp. saw its purchase of a $300 million stake in a small-dollar commercial real estate lender as a good move at the time, bu…

   On the cover of the Business Today section of The Buffalo News, some big time businessmen say it is time for business, government and the government regulation of business to have some good rules to play by, and have them enforced. - Wilmers faults Congress on financial reform - Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News   M&T Bank Corp. Chairman …