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    Lesson from Falls: Casinos are a gamble

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Cha-ching! That was the jubilant sound from across the state last week as politicians began counting up casino cash they hope will soon roll in. The Catskills rejoiced at hitting the jackpot. The Southern Tier was shocked to lose out, and struggling Atlantic City breathed a sigh of relief that New York’s three newest casinos won’t be nearer.

    But here’s a hard-luck tale that might make newly anointed casino towns think twice before counting their winnings. It begins with the same hopes for new jobs, boatloads of cash and an opportunity to rewrite the future. It ends, at least for now, with a city still struggling to pay its bills and more reliant on gambling dollars than ever.

    It was December 2002, and the doors of the Seneca Niagara Casino were just about to open. The City of Niagara Falls was a tattered tourist destination with a world-class waterfall, a place with as many vacant storefronts as memories of the way things once were. The casino, residents were told, would bring the jobs, construction and city revenue they had been chasing in failed development deals for years.

    But there were already signs the fine print wasn’t as good a deal as it could have been for the Falls.

    Oh Baby! Ripley’s in Niagara Falls to Host Fertility Statues Exhibit

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    I received the following via email, but also found it on the web:


    Oh Baby!
    Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium
    in Niagara Falls to Host Fertility Statue Exhibit
    World-famous statues are linked
    to more than 2,000 pregnancies – so proceed with caution!

    Niagara Falls, ON. – (August 4, 2010)Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Niagara Falls will host the return of the world-famous Ripley’s Fertility Statues for public viewing from September 4 to September 26.

    Please Don’t Touch – Unless You Want a Baby!

    More than 2,000 women have reported that they became pregnant shortly after touching the wooden statues. Many of them had been told by doctors they would never be able to conceive. Some are very serious about touching the statues, believing in their powers to help them conceive. Others want to avoid touching the statues – for the very same reason! The five-foot tall wooden statues were acquired from the Ivory Coast of West Africa in 1993 and were placed in the lobby of Ripley Entertainment’s corporate headquarters in Orlando. Within months, 13 women, including staffers and office visitors, were pregnant.

    The Real American Idols

    Following a December 1995 story in the Wall Street Journal chronicling the phenomenon, the demand to touch them became international news. In the ensuing years, the edifices made three trips around the world.
    They were retired to the Ripley warehouse in 2001, but due to great demand, they were put on display at the Ripley headquarters in Orlando, where women routinely made special visits just to see and touch the statues.
    “For years, we were inundated with requests to make these statues available once again, so we’ve brought them out of retirement and they are proving to be very popular during this world tour,” said Edward Meyer, VP of Archives & Exhibits for Ripley Entertainment.
    The statues are back in the U.S. after wrapping up the European leg of their three-year world tour. They have been seen by thousands of people during crowd-pleasing stops at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museums in New York’s Times Square, Grand Prairie, Texas, Williamsburg, Virginia, Orlando, Florida, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, San Francisco, California, London, Blackpool, England, St. Augustine, Florida, Newport, Oregon, San Antonio, Texas, Branson, Missouri, Atlantic City, New Jersey, Ocean City, Maryland and Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

    How to Reach Out and Touch the Statues in Niagara Falls

    The statues will be on display in the lobby of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Niagara Falls from September 4 through September 26. Would-be parents are invited to come in and touch them for FREE during regular business hours. Museum hours and location:
    Daily 9 a.m. – midnight
    4960 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, Ontario
    L2G 3N4 Canada
    (905) 356-2238
    After Niagara Falls, the statues’ final stop will be in Panama City, Florida from October 4 – October 25.
    To set up an interview with a mother who touched the statues and became pregnant, contact Tim O’Brien at obrien@ripleys.com.
    For more information, including high resolution images and video, please visit www.ripleysnewsroom.com.

    About Ripley Entertainment Inc.

    Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com), keepers of the venerable Ripley’s Believe It or Not! brand, is a global leader in location-based entertainment, entertaining more than 13 million annually at its 80 attractions in 11 countries. In addition to its 31 Believe It or Not!Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

    Contacts:

    Tim Parker
    General Manager
    Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls
    Office – 905-356-2238
    parker@ripleys.com

    Tim O’Brien
    VP Communications
    Ripley Entertainment Inc.
    Office – 615-646-7465
    Cell – 615-496-5949
    obrien@ripleys.com

    No free parking in a Niagara Falls Monopoly game

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The heck with Hasbro, makers of the Monopoly game, and the way it’s forcing Niagara Falls to win an online contest to earn a place on its new Canadian edition of the world-famous board game.

    Niagara Falls isn’t second prize in somebody’s beauty contest.

    The company is holding a vote to determine which Canadian cities should be used to replace the Atlantic City street names that make up the squares in the classic edition.

    Because of its population, Niagara Falls didn’t get the same automatic entry into the balloting lesser-known cities like Peterborough, Brandon and Kamloops got.

    Go to www.monopolyvote.ca to do your civic duty and ensure a Canadian icon doesn’t get shoved aside by Saskatoon.

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