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Second lawsuit lodged in bid to stop condominiums

FORT ERIE, Ont. -- A second lawsuit by Fort Erie taxpayers to prevent a controversial, 12-story Bay Beach condominium project in Fort Erie, Ont., was filed Wednesday in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto.

The lawsuit claims the Town of Fort Erie exceeded its statutory authority when it agreed to give land to the Molinaro Group, the private developer, in return for services; provided prime waterfront land for below-fair market value; and formed a public-private partnership with the Molinaro Group without profiting monetarily.

The Fort Erie Town Council voted 4 to 3 March 23 to proceed with the project, reversing a Feb. 14 decision.

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South Isle span to see lane closings overnight

Motorists traveling northbound over the South Grand Island Bridge will find one of the lanes closed to traffic during overnight hours next week, the state Thruway Authority announced.

During that time, contractors plan to test and seal newly installed bridge joints. Contractors also will seal the reconstructed sidewalk and parapet joints on the bridge. This work follows the completion of a $48 million rehabilitation project that started a year ago.

Weather permitting, lane closings are scheduled for: 10 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday; 9 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday; 9 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday; 9 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday; and 11 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday.

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WNY Applebee's offering free Easter dining for kids

Kids will eat free Easter Sunday at Western New York-area Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants.

Children 10 and younger, who are accompanied by adults making an entree purchase, can choose one free meal from the following options: chicken fingers, mini cheeseburger, grilled cheese sandwich, Kraft macaroni & cheese, fried shrimp or hot dog. Kids also will receive a choice of a side dish and soft drink or juice with their meal.

Participating WNY Applebee's locations include Amherst, Batavia, Buffalo, Blasdell, Cheektowaga, Lancaster, Dunkirk, Jamestown, Lockport, Niagara Falls, Olean, West Seneca and Williamsville.

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Students set to debate variety of legal issues

An estimated 100 high school students will debate whether taxpayers should fund the defense of heinous criminals, questionably seized evidence and whether suspects should be forced to prove their own innocence during a downtown Law Day session before judges and lawyers Tuesday.

State Supreme Court Justice Patrick H. NeMoyer, acclaimed Buffalo lawyer Terrence M. Connors and U.S. Attorney Williams J. Hochul Jr. will judge the debate in the ceremonial courtroom at Old Erie County Hall, 92 Franklin St., from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

The program is part of nationwide Law Day celebrations honoring John Adams, the second U.S. president and a lawyer.