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FREE PARKING TO BE OFFERED ON LOT NEAR MIDLAND ARENA

Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps Inc. is offering downtown workers and visitors something the Queen City hasn't seen in a long time: free parking.

During October, Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps is dropping the $19 monthly charge on its Scott Street surface lot near Marine Midland Arena.

The lot includes a free Blue Bird Bus Lines shuttle service via a full-size coach to and from the Metro rail stop at Memorial Auditorium. The shuttle runs every eight minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Devised to offer an alternative to higher parking rates in the Central Business District, the Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps park-and-ride setup was initiated in July and thus far has attracted 150 customers. There is room for 1,000 vehicles.

For more information on the free parking offer, contact Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps at 849-5812.

GM retirees to get extra money

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Roughly 96,000 General Motors Corp. retirees or their survivors will get an extra pension payment of between $120 and $700 in December.

GM notified the salaried retirees of the payment in a letter this week, GM spokesman Chuck Licari said Friday.

"Because of GM's cash position, we're able to make this payment," he said. He said it would cost in excess of $50 million.

On Dec. 2, people who retired prior to Oct. 1, 1996, will get $20 for every year of service with GM up to 35 years, for a maximum of $700. The minimum payment will be $200. A surviving spouse will get 60 percent of the lump sum that would have gone to the salaried retiree. Payments to spouses will range from $120 to $420.

Roughly 11,000 employees and survivors of employees who retired after Oct. 1, 1996, will not get the increase, Licari said, because their benefits have already been increased.

UPS sees no pilots' strike this year

ATLANTA (Reuters) -- United Parcel Service, recovering from August's 16-day strike by Teamsters union members, said Friday it expects no other disruptions in service this year even if the company's 2,000 union pilots reject a pending contract offer.

Results of a vote by members of the Independent Pilots Association are expected next week. However, the National Mediation Board last month barred the union from engaging in a work stoppage during 1997.

"There's been some confusion about exactly what would happen if pilots reject our offer," UPS spokesman Ken Shapero said in a conference call with reporters from the company's main air hub in Louisville, Ky.

Shapero said it was "very possible" that pilots would decide not to accept the offer.

"If the pilots do not ratify this offer, UPS will continue to operate under the current contract with its pilots and the pilots will continue to work and UPS will continue to pick up and deliver with no interruption in service whatsoever," he said.

Daily News, Post lowering price

NEW YORK (AP) -- The competing Daily News and New York Post are lowering the prices of their Sunday editions -- the News going from $1.50 to $1 this Sunday and the Post from 50 cents to 25 cents on Oct. 5.

The News lost some 155,000 in Sunday circulation in the year after the Post began putting out a Sunday edition in April 1996, according to the most recent figures of the Audit Bureau of Circulation. The bureau listed the Sunday News at 854,815 as of the end of March.

The Post's last Sunday figure was 290,532, but publisher Martin Singerman said it has risen since March to 355,000.

Buffalo area stocks decline in week

Buffalo stocks fell this week, led by General Motors Corp., Bethlehem Steel Corp. and Ford Motor Co.

The Buffalo Bloomberg Stock Index, an employee-weighted list of 58 companies with operations in the region, declined 0.77, or 0.42 percent, to 184.65 this week. The index is up 38 percent so far this year.

For the week, Detroit-based General Motors fell 1 5/8 to 65-1 5/1 6. Bethlehem Steel shares declined 1-1 5/1 6 to 10 1/4 this week. Ford Motor shares fell 1 1/4 to 43-1 5/1 6 this week.

Among gaining issues, Moog Class A shares rose 1- 7/1 6 this week to a 52-week high of 40. Moog Class A shares have risen 71.1 percent this year.

The Buffalo Bloomberg stock index, which posted a smaller loss than the Standard & Poor's 500 Index this week, was outperformed by the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq Composite Index for the period.

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