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Sea Lion Cove closed to fix cracks in pool

Cracks in the surface layer of the Sea Lion Cove pool led the Buffalo Zoo to close the new exhibit for repairs Monday. The work is expected to take about two months.

"The pool is still under warranty, and we want to take care of the problem before cold weather hits," said Heidi Henzler, zoo marketing manager.

Dallas and Pocus, the male California sea lions who have entertained visitors since the $5 million attraction opened in early August, will live in a holding area until the pool is resurfaced and refilled -- hopefully by Nov. 15, Henzler said.

Cold weather will not keep the animals from swimming and gliding through the 160,000-gallon saltwater tank, which is set against a rocky faux-Northern California coastline. They are hardy and stay active year-round.

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Underground cable burnout cuts power up to 2 hours

A burnout in an underground cable blacked out about 1,350 Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. customers in Kenmore and North Buffalo for up to two hours late Monday afternoon, including the Kenmore Police Department.

The cable supplied a substation on Kenmore Avenue near Elmwood Avenue, Niagara Mohawk spokesman Stephen F. Brady said. Power was fully restored at about 7:15 p.m.

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Board adopts resolution backing Skyway removal

The Town of Hamburg has joined the chorus of those calling for a study of alternatives to the Skyway.

The Town Board on Monday adopted a resolution in support of Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, who wants the bridge torn down.

Buffalo's outer harbor conveys the image that the area is "old, declining and industrial," and the Skyway is a barrier to full development of the waterfront, according to the resolution.

The bridge is dangerous, frequently closed, and continuing maintenance might cost as much as it would to replace it, it said.

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Engineering work starts for Lewis Road repairs

Erie County is beginning the engineering to repair a section of Lewis Road in Aurora that was destroyed by a June storm.

County Executive Joel A. Giambra on Monday signed an emergency order to spend about $25,000 on the engineering work needed to make the section passable again. The engineering work is expected to take about a month.

Officials hope the Federal Emergency Management Agency will cover the bulk of the repairs, estimated at about $750,000.

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Frampton concerts canceled at casino

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Veteran rocker Peter Frampton's concerts Friday and Saturday in Niagara Fallsview Casino have been canceled, casino spokesman Kevin Harding said.

The concerts were called off because of a death in Frampton's family, according to the Ticketmaster Web site. They are expected to be rescheduled.

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