Eerie Blackout Timing Just when Erie officials were about to make a major announcement in August about the construction of a new 125,000-square-foot convention center on Lake Erie, the lights went out. Kevin Molloy, general manager of the soon-to-be-built Bayfront Convention Center, was standing at the podium alongside Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell at around 4 p.m. when the largest blackout in U.S. history hit. Since the press conference was held outside, the blackout didn't really ...

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