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'Linsanity' strikes at New Era Cap Co.

New Era Cap Co. has gone "Linsane."

The Buffalo-based cap and apparel manufacturer has begun selling a cap to honor Jeremy Lin, who is enjoying international fame after rising from basketball obscurity to a starring role with the New York Knicks.

Lin, a rare Harvard grad and Asian-American in the National Basketball Association, has become an instant star for the Knicks after going undrafted and being cut by his two previous pro teams.

His unexpected strong play has captured the fancy of even casual sports fans, and his pun-friendly last name hasn't hurt his appeal.

New Era employees began talking about designing a Lin-themed cap one or two weeks ago, said Dana Marciniak, a company spokeswoman. The NBA already is one of the company's licensing partners, and league officials reacted enthusiastically to the idea.

The 39THIRTY stretch-fit hats are made at New Era's Derby facility and were available for pre-orders starting Tuesday, Marciniak said. They come in royal blue or black and feature the phrase "Linsanity," with the Knicks logo and Lin's No. 17.

They go on sale at the Buffalo flagship store Tuesday.


Union sues to block law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Union members went to federal court Wednesday to ask a judge to block Indiana's new right-to-work law from being enforced, the first lawsuit and latest conflict over the divisive legislation.

Local 150, International Union of Operating Engineers, said it was filing the lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Hammond. The suit names Gov. Mitch Daniels, State Attorney General Greg Zoeller and Labor Commissioner Lori Torres.

Daniels signed the right-to-work legislation into law last month, making Indiana the 23rd state -- and the first in the generally union-friendly Rust Belt -- to ban unions from collecting mandatory fees for representation.


Comics get $3.5 million

DALLAS (AP) -- The bulk of a man's childhood comic book collection that included many of the most-prized issues ever published has sold for about $3.5 million.

Lon Allen, managing director of comics for Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, says Billy Wright's 1939 copy of Detective Comics No. 27 that features the debut of Batman got the top bid at the New York City auction Wednesday. It sold for about $523,000, including a buyer's premium.

Action Comics No. 1, a 1938 issue featuring the first appearance of Superman, sold for about $299,000. And Batman No. 1 from 1940 sold for about $275,000.


Judge backs 'fracking' ban

ALBANY (AP) -- A New York court decision has bolstered a movement among towns determined to prevent hydraulic fracturing for natural gas within their borders.

A State Supreme Court justice Tuesday upheld the Town of Dryden's 2011 ban on gas drilling. Denver-based Anschutz Exploration Corp. had argued that state law trumped the ban. An appeal of the trial-level court ruling is expected.

More than 50 New York communities have enacted gas-drilling bans. Attorney Helen Slottje, who helps draft such laws, says the ruling should embolden towns considering bans.

New York has had a moratorium on drilling permits since 2008 while it drafts new regulations.


Evans raises dividend

Evans Bancorp said Wednesday that its board of directors had increased its semiannual cash dividend by 10 percent.

The Hamburg-based parent of Evans Bank will pay a dividend of 22 cents per share, up from 20 cents per share previously paid on Oct. 4. The new dividend is payable on April 10, to shareholders of record on March 20.

Evans has 4.1 million shares outstanding.