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Clarence travel plaza to suspend fuel services

Fuel services at the Thruway's Clarence travel plaza, located westbound just before Exit 49 for Depew, will be temporarily suspended beginning Monday for canopy renovations, according to the Thruway Authority.

Fuel services will be suspended through Thursday.

The restaurant and restroom services will remain available at the plaza. The fuel renovation project at the Clarence plaza is part of a three-year project at all Thruway travel plazas operated by Sunoco.

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Human chain Sept. 20 to span Rainbow Bridge

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two groups hope to create a human chain of more than 250 people across the Rainbow Bridge on Sept. 20, the eve of World Alzheimer's Day.

The public is invited to join the Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region for the celebration.

Officials said the human chain will signify that Alzheimer's disease and related dementias have no barriers. The event will kick off with a reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hard Rock Cafe, 333 Prospect St., Niagara Falls. The group will make its way to the bridge at 8:30 p.m. for a vigil and then to span the bridge.

The Horseshoe Falls will be highlighted with blue and yellow lights for the official colors of the Alzheimer Society of Canada. The American Falls will be illuminated in purple.

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Lecture to discuss how cars 'conquered our cities'

NORTH TONAWANDA -- A free lecture titled "How Cars Conquered Our Cities" will be given Sept. 26 in the North Tonawanda History Museum, 54-60 Webster St.

Brian Ladd, an adjunct research associate at the State University at Albany, is presenting the program at 2 p.m. Ladd has authored "Autophobia: Love and Hate in the Automotive Age." The lecture, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities. A mini-display of classic cars will be held outside the museum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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House passes Lee bill on reporting financial data

WASHINGTON -- The House on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill introduced by Rep. Chris Lee, R-Clarence, that aims to protect investors and the general public from flawed reporting of financial data while making it easier for companies to comply with reporting standards.

The bipartisan bill would require the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board to update Congress annually on efforts to make financial data more accessible to investors and to reduce the complexity of the financial reporting process.

"We won't be able to fully restore investor and consumer confidence unless we have a system that allows for the clearest and most accurate financial reporting," said Lee, R-Clarence.