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Erie is a major industrial city on the shore of Lake Erie in the northwestern corner of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Named for the lake and the Native American tribe that resided along its southern shore, Erie is the state's fourth-largest city with a population of 104,000. Erie's metropolitan area consists of 281,000 residents. The city is the seat of government for Erie County.

Erie played a major part in the War of 1812 when President James Madison ordered the construction of a naval fleet at Erie. Noted shipbuilders Daniel Dobbins of Erie and Noah Brown of New York led construction of four schooner-rigged gunboats and two brigs. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry arrived from Rhode Island and led the squadron to success in the historic Battle of Lake Erie. Because of the presence of Perry's flagship, the US Brig Niagara, Erie is known as the Flagship City.

Erie is in proximity to Cleveland, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Once teeming with heavy industry, Erie's heavy manufacturing sector now consists mainly of plastics and locomotive building. Known for its lake effect snow, Erie is in the heart of the rust belt and has begun to focus on tourism as a driving force in its economy. More than four million people each year visit Presque Isle State Park, for water recreation, and a new casino named for the state park is growing in popularity.

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The Bayfront Convention Center (left) and adjoining Sheraton Hotel (right) under construction in June 2007.

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The Erie SeaWolves are a minor league baseball team based in Erie, Pennsylvania. The team, which plays in the Eastern League, is the Double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball club.

The SeaWolves play in Jerry Uht Park, located in downtown Erie. The team began play at the AA level in 1999 as an affiliate of the Anaheim Angels before switching to the Detroit Tigers in 2001.

The SeaWolves name refers to Erie's location along Lake Erie, as well as the relationship between the original SeaWolves A team and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Historically speaking, the term "sea wolves" was synonymous with "pirate": individuals who commit or practice piracy. The team colors are black and orange.

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George J. "Mike" Kelly, Jr. (born May 10, 1948) is the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party. Kelly was born on May 10, 1948 in Pittsburgh. He was raised in Butler County. In High School, he played varsity football as a fullback, while his team reached two WPIAL Championship games. He graduated from Butler High School in 1966. He received a scholarship to play football at University of Notre Dame, but his career was quickly ended because of an injury. After college, he worked for his father's car Chevrolet/Cadillac car dealership. In 1995, he purchased his father's business, and then added Hyundai and KIA to his dealership lineup. Kelly ran against Kathy Dahlkemper in 2010 and won the election by 10.2 percent.

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