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    Free WIFI could be coming to Niagara Falls

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    The Niagara Global Tourism Institute (NGTI) has asked the city of Niagara Falls for $50,000 to create three blocks of public WIFI between the Seneca Niagara Casino and Niagara Falls State Park on Old Falls Street.

    The purpose of the WIFI is to help tourists avoid the “roaming” charges that sometimes happen with phones that are close to Canada, and to also encourage tourists to expand their trip outside of the State Park.

    Historic Niagara Falls “Hotel Niagara” to see major transformation

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

    “It fell into disrepair and it sat, and now it’s coming back to life,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.

    Governor Cuomo toured the inside of the Hotel Niagara that is soon set to see a major transformation. The historic hotel that has been vacant for many years is where Marilyn Monroe stayed back in the 1950’s.

    “It’s coming back to life in a modern version but with all the beauty of that history,” said Cuomo.

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    Niagara Falls couple may have captured Daredevil Kirk Jones final moments on camera

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo (includes video):

    There’s new information about the death of Niagara Falls Daredevil Kirk Jones. A couple living in Niagara Falls may have witnessed his final moments.

    Peggie and Ron Bastian were simply having coffee at home over looking the river, when they saw not one, but two men put an 8-foot inflatable ball into the rapids.

    They say, the men and the ball disappeared out of view for just a few moments behind a tree. They then saw just the ball floating downstream. That’s when Peggie captured a picture of the ball and posted it on Facebook.

    ‘Shadow Selfies’ bring life to vacant Niagara Falls storefronts

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

    Niagara University students spent Wednesday morning decorating windows of vacant buildings in Niagara Falls.

    “So we’ve been working with about 4 or 5 people all morning just taping them up, trying to better the community make it more attractive,” said Jake Martineau, Niagara University student.

    Several life-size silhouettes or ‘shadow selfies’ can now be seen on vacant storefronts at the corner of Main and Third street.

    “I know overtime that a number of these have been shoe stores, restaurants, closed and shuttered since then. But the idea is hopefully it will spur people to say I’m going to take a chance, I’m going to invest in Niagara Falls,” said Michael Beam, Niagara University Castellani Art Museum Special Projects.

    Hotels nearly booked as Niagara Falls prepares for Wallenda stunt

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

    It’s expected to be one of the biggest events happening at Niagara Falls this year – Erendira Wallenda will be flying, suspended from a helicopter by her teeth, over the falls.

    “For whatever reason, every time there’s this sense of wonder,” said Andrea Czopp, the Communications Director for Destination Niagara USA. “People do all kinds of crazy things for crazy reasons and I think there’s something about the power of this water that ignites an intrigue.”

    The stunt is taking place at 8:30am Thursday, June 15.

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    Niagara Falls approves $35,000 for Erendira Wallenda stunt

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

    The Niagara Falls Common Council approved $35,000 for a June 15 stunt over Niagara Falls that will feature the wife of famed Niagara Falls tightrope-walker Nik Wallenda.

    Erendira Wallenda, an acrobat, plans to dangle by her teeth from a helicopter over the falls on June 15, the five-year anniversary of Nik’s stunt.

    Niagara Falls announces summer events

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    Niagara Falls announced events and activities for this summer.

    Destination NiagaraUSA, Old Falls Street, USA, Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino and Niagara Falls State Park held a joint press conference Thursday to announce the plans.

    “I am so pleased that all of our downtown partners have come together to share all of the exciting events and activities that will be taking place this summer,” said John Percy, President & CEO of Destination Niagara USA in a statement. “As we look forward to another extremely successful tourist season, we are thrilled that our visitors and residents will have access to such a diverse and entertaining list of things to do.”

    NIAGARA DISCOVERIES: ‘A. Lincoln and Family’ visited Niagara Falls

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    From the Lockport Journal:

    Today is the 152nd anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln. We know that our 16th president visited the Niagara Frontier at least twice, and possibly three times, before he took his first oath of office in March, 1861. Read More…

    Looming casino revenue loss could hit Niagara Falls hard

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

    “If we spend it now and it’s not there and this thing lasts for quite some time it can cause a lot of problems,” said Andrew Touma, Niagara Falls City Councilman.

    Touma is calling for a 90-day moratorium on casino revenue spending following the Seneca Nation’s announcement to discontinue payments to the state.

    “We collect about $16 million a year and of that money around $11 or $12 million per year is used in the general budget. Just to cover expenses in the general budget and then we use other monies for capital projects,” said Touma.

    The complete guide to a successful night out in Niagara Falls, Canada’s Clifton Hill

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    From the Buffalo State Record:

    In Buffalo, there are two rite of passage drinking ages: 19 and 21.

    For 19 and 20-year olds, it’s one of the best perks of living a short drive from the Canadian border: Having the ability to enjoy a night out drinking legally with friends two years before you can in the states. Read More…

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