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>Hospitality and Tourism gets scholarship money

LEWISTON -- Students studying hospitality and tourism management at Niagara University have received $220,000 in scholarships this school year from the Statler Foundation.

The Buffalo-based philanthropic group has provided $180,000 to more than 120 students in Niagara's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management for the fall 2005 and spring 2006 semesters.

Previously, two students, Elena Oxford and Lisa Perry, earned Scholarships of Excellence, each worth $20,000.

The Statler Foundation has actively supported the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, providing $220,000 in scholarships for the 2004-05 school year as well. Also, the foundation provided a $75,000 grant in December 2004 to upgrade the college's computer lab, and provided a six-year, $1.5 million grant in 1999.

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>Local head of NAACP urges defeat of Alito nomination

The head of the Buffalo Chapter of the NAACP has urged New York's two senators to oppose the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Frank B. Mesiah, in a letter to Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton, said he has strong concerns that Alito would shift the balance of the court "away from the middle and much more to the conservative end of the spectrum."

"During his career, Judge Alito has spoken or written against such core values as voting rights, affirmative action, anti-discrimination laws and police brutality laws," Mesiah wrote. "I am sure . . . you will fulfill your constitutional duty to thoroughly assess the ability of Judge Samuel Alito to ensure the continued protection under law of the civil rights and civil liberties of all Americans, especially those of color."

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>Illuminating Society to cast logo on County Hall Annex

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America will cast its logo on the County Hall Annex for 10 days in January, celebrating 2006 as the society's 100th year.

The image will be projected from Buffalo Police Headquarters from dusk until midnight each evening. The Erie County Legislature last week allowed the display from Jan. 1 to 10.

The society is composed of professionals involved in the science and art of lighting.

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