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   Connecting a couple of dots from today's Buffalo News leads one to conclude that the Seneca Nation is spreading its risk -- casinos and the stock market. Which bet is more likely to pay off?   Does this mean the recession is over? - Work adding slots to Buffalo Creek Casino set to start soon - Buffalo News, Page C5    An…

As a push to cultivate new audience members, theaters in Western New York and across the country are offering free tickets for shows held during the month of October. And even though some performances are sold out, it's not too late to reserve your free performance tickets through Theatre Alliance of Buffalo's partnership with the nationwide Free Night …

The group that submitted the high bid at the Statler Towers auction is trying to bring in a Cleveland-based developer, the Ferchill Group, to lead the redevelopment. [Story here.] Ferchill won acclaim for the $200 million renovation of a hotel in Detroit, a project strikingly similar to the Statler's situation. It's not assured that Ferchill will get involved her…

   The economic decline of many newspapers won't shut off the flow of information.    But a lot more of that information will come more directly from the people, businesses and institutions the information is about, spun the way they like it, not from, or through, independent news media. And a lot of displaced journalists are crossing the stre…

Digital cable consumers served by Time Warner Cable will get a free preview of the CBS College Sports Network Monday Oct. 5 through Sunday Oct. 11 in honor of its Armed Forces Appreciation Week coverage. Saturday's programming will feature the Vanderbilt at Army, Navy at Rice and Texas Christian University at Air Force football games.  Time Warner Cab…

Would you like some Internet access with that coffee and magazine? In the upcoming weeks, Borders will make free WiFi service available at "virtually all" of its stores throughout the country. It signed a deal with Verizon Communications earlier this week to provide the service, which is expected to be available by mid-October. Click here to find you…

The acting boss of the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau had to think fast this morning when his choice of colors offended his patron. It's not a sports rivalry, or that County Executive Chris Collins cares about the hue of anyone's tie or socks. Collins just mockingly objected when Drew Cerza, his hand-picked choice to run the bureau, …

Last year, deep discounter Walmart responded to consumer spending cutbacks by offering a line of more affordable toys in time for the holiday season. It put 10 different toys on its shelves, for which it charged $10 apiece. Following the success of that strategy, the chain announced it will do it again this year. Only this time around, it's bumping…

   The story on Page One -- As Democrats convene here, Paterson's fate is uncertain -- says that New York Democrats are through with Gov. David Paterson and want to elevate the more-popular Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to the top of the ticket. [Update.]        The story on the Business Today cover -- 12 debt collec…

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   Big on today's Buffalo News Business Today cover -- and on the Front Page of The New York Times -- are stories about how a spate of big-time corporate deals may be a signal that the economy is perking up. [The Washington Post is on the story, too.]  - Stocks rise on deals by Abbott and Xerox - The Associated Press/The Buffalo News &#…

   You loyal readers of The Buffalo News might find these gleanings interesting: - Detroit's fight against vacant land gets tougher - The Detroit Free Press     Detroit already suffers more vacancy than any city in the nation, except perhaps post-Katrina New Orleans, urban planners and academic researchers said. An estimated 40 square m…

   Mentholatum, old and basic, might seem like something that's still made by elves in a hollow tree in Bavaria.   Wrong.     [OK. Everyone here but me already knew that. I also didn't know that the product started in Wichita, Kansas, where I once lived. Work with me here.]   A lot of it, and a lot of other stuff,…

Ever been disappointed with a hotel room that didn't measure up with its photo and description online? In this economy, when every penny has its place and precious luxuries like vacation travel are enjoyed only rarely, that sort of thing can become more than a mere annoyance. When you finally get a chance to kick back and relax, you want everything to be just rig…

   From Sunday's Buffalo News Business Today:- Auto dealers cash in on clunkers - Matt Glynn/The Buffalo News     Cash for Clunkers was a bureaucratic burden for many local auto dealers, but it provided a dearly needed summer sales boost and helped stop a year-long sales slide.   Area dealers' sales rose 10 percent in Aug…