Archive for Sunday, March 25, 2001

National briefs

March 25, 2001


New York

Coast Guard crew killed after boat capsizes

A Coast Guard boat capsized on the Niagara River along the U.S.-Canada border and two of the four crewmen died Saturday after floating for hours in the icy water.

The 21-foot boat was found floating bow up along the shore of Lake Ontario about a mile east of the mouth of the river, and the crewmen were rescued soon after midnight a couple of miles away, said Chief Petty Officer Adam Wine at the Coast Guard's Buffalo station. "A 4-foot wave hit the bow of the boat, swamping it and flipping it over," Wine said.

The crew had set out Friday evening from Youngstown, 20 miles northwest of Buffalo on the lower Niagara River, on an assignment that included watching for illegal immigrants.


Smokers protest restaurant puff ban

Waving a 10-foot-long cigarette above their heads, smokers marched to city hall Saturday to protest a proposed law that would ban smoking in the city's 21,000 restaurants.

"We smoke!" the crowd yelled. "Butt out!"

The smokers were joined by restaurant owners, waiters and bartenders in protesting the bill which is expected to be sent to the City Council in May or June.

The law also would ban smoking in city vehicles, including police cars, but would continue to allow smoking in bars and nightclubs.

Organizers tried to round up 10,000 smokers by canvassing the city's restaurants and bars, but only about 50 protesters showed up Saturday.

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