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12,000 Buffalo construction workers on sites


BUFFALO, NY - On this Labor Day weekend an estimated 12,000 construction workers are employed at building sites around Buffalo.

As you have probably noticed, construction cranes have popped up all over the skyline. That means all those people in hard hats and work boots are putting in the time to build new structures -- from the medical campus, to Harborcenter, to the new Delaware North building, among other projects.

Labor officials say many of those workers make between $40 and $50 an hour. While some are from out of town, many of the workers are local and spend their money here.

Joey Chestnut sets World Record in Wing-Eating Competition


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BUFFALO, NY- Number one ranked competitive eater Joey Chestnut won the U.S. Chicken Wing Eating Championship Sunday by eating a world record 192 wings in 12 minutes.

"I started out a little bit slow, the wings were hotter than the usual. It took me a while to get a rhythm," Chestnut said. "But I had a couple burps, I had my rhythm, the crowd was pushing me."

Chestnut's performance breaks the previous world record he set in 2012, when he ate 7.61 pounds of chicken wings in 12 minutes.

Lucky Player from Eden, N.Y. Wins $844,437 on Penny Machine at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino

Lucky Player from Eden, N.Y. Wins $844,437 on Penny Machine at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino

Winner Played IGT Penny Machine in Homage to Actor Richard Attenborough

Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino Hosts Eight-Week 'Comedy Series in the Bear’s Den' This Fall

Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino Hosts Eight-Week 'Comedy Series in the Bear’s Den' This Fall

Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino is excited to announce it will feature some of the best names in comedy for eight straight weeks this fall in the Bear’s Den Showroom. Every Thursday night at 8 p.m., beginning October 2, the “Comedy Series in the Bear’s Den,” sponsored by 97 Rock, will give comedy-lovers the opportunity to see their favorite stand-up comedians up close and personal in a 440-seat, theater-style venue. 97 Rock talk show host Rob Lederman, part of the long-running “Norton in the Morning” show, will host the comedy series.

Comics who have appeared on “The Daily Show,” “Saturday Night Live” and in major comedy clubs across the country will perform every Thursday between October 2 and November 20. Ralphie May, best known from Comedy Central’s “The Burn with Jeff Ross” and ”Comedy Underground with Dave Attell,” will kick off the series.

Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appoints Two Directors

Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appoints Two Directors

Catholic Charities of Buffalo has appointed two new members to its leadership team. Meichle Latham has been named Director of School Based Services and Maria Picone has been named Director of the Family and Community Services Department, formerly known as the Metropolitan District Service Department.

Dennis Walczyk, Catholic Charities Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased to promote Maria and Meichle to these leadership positions, and look forward to the expertise, passion, and energy they will bring to their new and increased responsibilities.”

As Director of School Based Services, Latham is responsible for overseeing the organization’s services currently delivered to Catholic, public and charter schools in Erie and Niagara counties. She also will establish and maintain connections with educational partners and work to expand services to schools not being served.

ZZ Top Cancels Friday Performance at Seneca Allegany; JEFF BECK WILL STILL PERFORM

ZZ Top Cancels Friday Performance at Seneca Allegany; JEFF BECK WILL STILL PERFORM

Yesterday, ZZ Top announced the cancellation of performances for the next few weeks due to longtime co-vocalist and guitarist Dusty Hill’s injury. Hill slipped and fell on his hip Tuesday night on his tour bus, sustaining an injury that has required “immediate attention.”

Among the cancelled performances is the outdoor concert at Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino, this Friday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m.

The show will continue on with Jeff Beck, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who was ranked No. 5 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of all-time greatest guitarists. Opening act, Tyler Bryant, will also perform.  Bryant, still at the young age of 23, has dazzled many of the music industry’s greats since his early teenage years, touring with or opening for acts such as Aerosmith, Heart, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others. The show will start at 7 p.m. as originally planned.

Shark Girl Sculpture Unveiled at Canalside


BUFFALO, N.Y.- Canalside visitors have a new attraction to check out with the unveiling of a sculpture called 'Shark Girl'.

The sculpture is part of a collaboration between Erie County and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery to showcase works of art in public places throughout the county.

"The unveiling of 'Shark Girl' represents the next step in a burgeoning Public Art Initiative that will bring exciting, interesting, and thought-provoking public art to all corners of Erie County," Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Tuesday.

Photos: Shark Girl Comes to Canalside