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Daniel Robison

  • Waterfront revitalization projects in this upstate New York area are breathing new life into the once-thriving port city. Green space development and cleanup efforts to remove the toxic remnants of the city's glory days are bringing people and wildlife back to the harbor.
  • During the long winter months on the eastern shore of Lake Erie, sponge candy is a mainstay. But the temperamental treat isn't available in hot weather, so to get their fix in the summer, fans have to plan in advance.
  • Niagara Falls has long been a magnet for daredevils, but strict laws have kept them away for more than a century. That changes this Friday, when circus performer Nik Wallenda will walk a two-inch-thick wire across the giant waterfall. It's an exception officials hope will rescue tourism — and the city's economy.
  • In a "flash mob," hundreds of people invade a public space to do something in unison. But a "cash mob" adds a mission to that idea. All over the country, crowds of people are being organized on social media sites to invade mom-and-pop stores at a specific day and time to spend money locally.
  • Only 7 percent of plastic waste in the United States is recycled each year, according to the EPA. A startup company in Niagara Falls says it can increase that amount and reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil at the same time.