Plane crashes into Clarence Center home

An aircraft identified by Erie County Executive Chris Collins as a Continental Airlines flight crashed into a house in Clarence Center shortly after 10 o’clock tonight, starting a fire that poured thick smoke throughout the hamlet.

Collins said that there were 50 people aboard the plane and crew members had reported mechanical problems as they approached Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Several injured people were taken from the scene to Erie County Medical Center for treatment.

Television reports said the crash site was 6050 Long St., not far from the Clarence Center Fire Hall on Clarence Center Road. Police said that one man was in the residence at the time of the crash.

http://www.buffalonews.com/home/story/577959.html

Forbes.com list of ‘fastest-dying’ cities includes four in Ohio

*Living in Columbus made me feel EVERYTHING was dead*

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/business/stories/2008/08/05/forbes.html?sid=101

Four of America’s 10 fastest-dying cities are in the Buckeye State, according to a list produced by Forbes magazine.

Canton, Cleveland, Dayton and Youngstown get the dubious distinction, based on their anemic population growth and their sluggish gains in overall economic activity.

“Despite a decade of national prosperity, the former manufacturing backbone of the U.S. is in rougher shape than ever, still searching for some way to replace its long-stilled smokestacks,” said the Forbes article, published online today.

Ohio’s four cities are the most of any state on the list, followed by Michigan with two, Detroit and Flint.

The 10 cities are as follows in alphabetical order, with comments from the article about the Ohio cities.

– Buffalo, N.Y.

– Canton: “Like many cities on our list, the Canton-Massillon area has been victim to the decline of the so-called Rust Belt.”

– Charleston, W.Va.

– Cleveland: “Only Pittsburgh and New Orleans have seen sharper population declines this decade, and New Orleans was because of a natural disaster.”

– Dayton: “Dayton has suffered as manufacturing in the region has gradually tapered off. It has been particularly hard hit by the decline in automotive manufacturing.”

– Detroit

– Flint, Mich.

– Scranton, Pa.

– Springfield, Mass.

– Youngstown: “It’s been many years since the Republic Steel Company dominated the economy of Youngstown, Ohio, and nearby Warren and Boardman, Ohio.”