News Update for Sat., Aug. 29, 2015

(**Update)Chautauqua board votes to demolish, rebuilding historic Amphitheater...

The Chautauqua Institution board of trustees has voted to demolish and rebuild its amphitheater rather than preserve the 122-year-old space that has played host to speeches and performances from such luminaries as Susan B. Anthony and Duke Ellington.  The western New York retreat's board also released a statement Saturday night after the vote.  The institution's plans to rebuild the open-air venue led to an outcry from preservationists and a summer-long series of discussions about possible alternatives.  Administrators cite a need for structural repairs and better wheelchair access, as well as an orchestra pit for the staging of larger productions.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation weighed in on the side of keeping and preserving the existing structure, conferring a ``National Treasure'' designation.  More on this story Monday.