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Mechanical failure strands Ride of Steel passengers

DARIEN -- Darien Lake Theme Park and Resort's Ride of Steel has been closed again after a mechanical failure that stranded 32 passengers Thursday.

Park officials said a chain on the ride broke while a train was traveling up the roller coaster's hill lift. The train stopped automatically about halfway up the track.

All 32 riders were evacuated from the ride and safely walked down the side of the tracks. Passengers reached the ground within 30 minutes of the breakdown, according to park officials. The ride will be closed until further notice, park officials said.

The roller coaster was reopened July 22 after being shut down for two weeks in response to James T. Hackemer's July 8 death, in which he was ejected from the ride. Hackemer, an Iraq War veteran and double amputee, was allowed on the ride despite having no legs.



Parking lot of city mosque to be transformed into bazaar

Dozens of vendors will offer clothing, crafts and household items Monday through Saturday in the parking lot of Muhammad's Mosque 23 at 5 Walden Ave., Minister Daveed Muhammad, local representative of the Nation of Islam, announced. It will open Aug. 20 and continue through Oct. 29. Hours will be noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.

"This is a unique opportunity for as many as 50 of our city's underemployed persons to work as self-employed vendors at Your Community Market & International Bazaar on a full-time basis," Muhammad says.

The mosque hopes to add an outdoor community food market later this year. For vendor information, call 884-3312.



Ceremony set to say farewell to longtime Zoar Valley camp

Former campers and employees of Zoar Valley Girl Scout Camp in Cattaraugus County will gather at 1 p.m. Saturday to say goodbye to the property.

The Girl Scouts of Western New York will hold a commemoration and ceremony from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Valley Lo area of the former Zoar Valley Camp, 10198 North Otto Road. The event will include a flag ceremony, a wish boat and presentations to mark the years from 1939 to 2008 that the 175 acres served as a camp for Girl Scouts.



July Niagara Lubricants fire is subject of Monday meeting

A broad coalition of environmental and labor groups will hold a meeting aimed at allowing residents and workers in Buffalo's Black Rock neighborhood to question emergency response and public health agency officials about the health effects of a July 13 industrial fire at Niagara Lubricants.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, in the American Legion Hall at 533 Amherst St. Sponsoring the event are the Buffalo Environmental Management Commission; the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York; the Western New York Council on Occupational Health and Safety; and the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians, Communication Workers of America Local 31.