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    Wayne Newton gets the keys to the Cataract City

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    This was from Friday. I would have liked to have been there but wasn’t able to make it.

    From ArtVoice.com:

    Mr. Las Vegas, Mr. Entertainment, whatever you call him, Wayne Newton was born to be a star. After tens of thousands of Vegas shows in a career that has spanned more than 50 years, Newton will receive a unique honor this Friday at the annual “Niagara Holiday Lights” on Old Falls Street, when he’s given the key to the city of Niagara Falls at 5pm. The 70-year-old entertainer will be in town to perform a string of seven holiday shows in five nights at the Seneca Niagara Casino.

    Wallenda debt splits two Falls mayors

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Nik Wallenda’s wire-walk made history and brought Niagara Falls worldwide publicity, but it also cost the two cities tens of thousands in public safety expenses.

    Wallenda has paid roughly half the tab on each side of the border, but the cities are taking two different approaches on collecting the remainder of the bill.

    Niagara Falls, Ont., is willing to forget about $10,000 in outstanding costs, citing the positive worldwide publicity the wire-walk brought.

    But officials on the cash-strapped American side say Wallenda still owes them $25,000, and they want the money.

    “It’s just disgusting and sad,” Wallenda told The Buffalo News on Thursday. “This was a great thing for the area, all the money that it brought into the area. [They] gave me a key to the city, and now they want to ask for more money?”

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    • Associated Press (via Yahoo! News) – Niagara Falls, NY, wants daredevil Wallenda to pay

    Did Dan Aykroyd just diss us?

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Dan Aykroyd, you’ve got some explaining to do.

    Local fans might be wondering who they’re gonna call after the ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Saturday Night Live’ star called Niagara Falls, New York “a little prettier” than its Canadian counterpart during an appearance across the river Saturday.

    Aykroyd was promoting his Crystal Head Vodka at Supermarket Liquors on Niagara Falls Blvd. when he praised the American city as “one of the unpolished gems of American architecture.” As he received the key to the City from Mayor Paul Dyster, Aykroyd raved about the city’s infrastructure, original office buildings and power dams.

    “In Canada, we say we have the longer Falls and maybe the prettier ones,” he said. “But I think the city of Niagara Falls, New York is a little prettier than Niagara Falls, Canada.”

    It’s a comment which made Niagara Falls Tourism chairman Wayne Thomson chuckle.

    “Well, he is a comedian,” he cracked.

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