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October 1, 2008

Still no deal in talks with Ch. 4, Time Warner

Sit tight.

As of late Tuesday night, there was no deal between Time Warner Cable and LIN TV, the owners of CBS affiliate Channel 4 and CW affiliate Channel 23, to keep the stations on Western New York’s largest cable system as the Thursday deadline nears.

Deals like this one, which would include LIN stations throughout the country, tend to be done at the last minute. And both sides stand to lose substantially if no deal is reached. Locally, Channel 4 could lose a substantial amount of viewers for its No. 1-rated newscasts, CBS’ popular prime-time schedule and the Bills game Sunday in Arizona. Time Warner could lose subscribers to satellite TV and other competitors that carry the two LIN channels.

If no deal is reached, cable viewers desperate for the Bills game or CBS and CW programming could get the local channels with an indoor or outdoor antenna.

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City asking landlords to verify owner occupancy

Letters are going out today to 17,500 Buffalo landlords asking them to give the city verification that they are owner occupants at their properties.

“The goal of this effort is to ensure that properties are properly identified as owner-occupied, thereby preventing an absentee landlord situation,” Mayor Byron W. Brown said Tuesday.

The verifications are part of the city’s Rental Registration Program, created in 2004 to compile a database of information so that landlords or property agents can be contacted in the event of an emergency or a code compliance situation.

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Impact of climate change on Great Lakes is topic

Research scientist and meteorologist Terry Yonker of Youngstown will talk about the impact of global climate change on the Great Lakes Basin at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Amherst Town Hall Council Chambers, 5583 Main St., Williamsville.

Yonker, who has studied climate in the region for 40 years, will discuss how global warming will affect the supply of fresh water in the lakes and how that will affect the weather, the ecology and the quality of life in the area around the lakes. The program is free and open to the public.

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