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Uniland Development Co. and Delaware North Cos. took only mild heat Tuesday at a pair of public hearings on their proposed $80 million office and hotel tower project, as a lone dissenter criticized the concept of giving tax breaks to two wealthy companies.But outside of the hearing, questions are being raised.Uniland is seeking to build a 12-story mixed-use complex at 250 …

The Consumer Credit Counseling Service will celebrate the opening of a new office in Niagara Falls today.The Niagara County Financial Literacy Coalition is an economic empowerment initiative of Consumer Credit Counseling Service, a non-profit that provides financial counseling and credit repayment services. The coalition will provide financial education with offices in Loc…

United Memorial Medical Center, which operates a 131-bed hospital in Batavia, announced a management restructuring that will create a position of president to oversee day-to-day opertions.Mark C. Schoell will remain CEO and lead hospital strategy amid changes in the healthcare industry.Daniel P. Ireland will be named president in late November. He is now chief operating of…

DETROIT – Japan’s lock on Consumer Reports’ vehicle reliability rankings is starting to ease.Three Japanese brands – Lexus, Toyota and Acura – took the top spots in this year’s survey, and seven of the top 10 brands are Japanese.But three non-Japanese brands – Audi, Volvo and GMC – cracked the top 10. And the magazine announced Monday it’s not recommending that consumers b…

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple’s latest quarterly earnings fell 9 percent as more people bought the company’s lower-priced iPhones and iPads.The company’s fourth-quarter results announced Monday included early sales of the latest iPhones released late last month.The models, called the 5S and 5C, helped Apple Inc. increase its iPhone sales from the same time last year. But the avera…

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WASHINGTON – The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy existing homes fell in September to the lowest level in nine months. The decline reflects higher mortgage rates and home prices that have made purchases more costly.The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index dropped 5.6 percent last month from August…

WASHINGTON – U.S. factories barely boosted their output in September, adding to other signs that the economy was slowing even before the government shutdown began Oct. 1.Manufacturing production rose only 0.1 percent, the Federal Reserve said Monday. That’s down from a 0.5 percent gain in August, which was slightly lower than previously reported.Automakers boosted their ou…

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DETROIT – Japan’s lock on Consumer Reports’ vehicle reliability rankings is starting to ease.Three Japanese brands – Lexus, Toyota and Acura – took the top spots in this year’s survey, and seven of the top 10 brands are Japanese.But three non-Japanese brands – Audi, Volvo and GMC – cracked the top 10. And the magazine announced Monday it’s not recommending that consumers b…

Lake Shore Bancorp, the parent company of Lake Shore Savings Bank, reported a 14 percent increase in its third-quarter net income from a year ago, to $986,000.The Dunkirk-based bank’s net interest income from making loans and taking deposits was $3.7 million, up about 2 percent from a year earlier. Its non-interest income from sources such as fees rose 7 percent from the t…

Nine youth programs in Erie and Niagara counties will receive a total of $175,000 in grant money for mentoring from the First Niagara Foundation.The groups are among 33 nonprofit organizations in the Northeast that will share $1 million in grants from the bank’s Mentoring Matters grant program to help close achievement gaps, improve school attendance and performance, and p…

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Delaware North Companies says it will negotiate a 20-year lease in a proposed new headquarters building at Delaware Avenue and Chippewa Street – but only if the project gets tax breaks, special bridge financing and possibly a grant from the county and state to help close a $10 million gap.Delaware North and Uniland Development Co. say the incentives from the Erie County In…

Teamsters Local 264, which represents Erie County deputies working at jails, has elected new leadership.Brian Dickman won election this month as president/principal executive officer for the Cheektowaga-based local over incumbent Mary Holl. The vote was 1,122 to 731.Dickman and other new officers will begin their terms Jan. 1. Teamsters Local 264 represents workers at a nu…

A State Supreme Court justice has shot down – at least for the time being – National Fuel Gas Co.’s legal efforts to prevent state regulators from potentially refunding “excess” earnings by the company in the last few years to its customers.National Fuel had sued the New York State Public Service Commission, arguing that its continuing effort to potentially seek refunds fr…

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By Gregory Karp / Chicago Tribune

Mon, Oct 28, 2013

Retailers spend a lot of time, money and effort to entice you to buy merchandise in their stores. And salespeople are skilled at persuading undecided shoppers to open their wallets, even when they hadn’t intended to.That’s part of a capitalist system and should be expected by any savvy shopper. But it doesn’t mean consumers are powerless once they cross the retail store th…

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Sometimes caffeine or sugar might seem like the only fix for that 3 p.m. slump, notes Consumer Reports. But in some cases, fatigue has more to do with the mind than with the body, according to Dr. Roy Sugarman, a neuropsychologist in Sydney. Use the right techniques and you can feel more energized – even without that afternoon latte. Consumer Reports suggests these seven w…