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2017
March

Rock 'N' Roll Legend Chuck Berry Dead At 90

First responders were called out to a home on Buckner Road around 12:40 p.m. and found a man later identified as Berry unresponsive “and immediately administered lifesaving techniques,” the statement reads. They were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at 1:26 p.m.

Berry penned a great number of hits in the 1950s and 1960s like “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Rock and Roll Music” that influenced generations of rock groups, including The Beatles. Merging a captivating stage presence with his own blend of blues, country and jazz, Berry helped define the fledgling rock’n’ roll genre, later becoming one of the first musicians inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Person in custody after incident at White House gates: 
Secret Service

One person was in custody after a suspicious vehicle drove up to a White House checkpoint on Saturday night, the Secret Service said, after CNN reported that the driver claimed to have a bomb.

CNN, citing two law enforcement sources, said there was no confirmation of any device in the vehicle but that security at the White House had been upgraded.

The Secret Service said an unidentified driver was taken into custody after a suspicious vehicle approached a checkpoint, but made no mention of any claims of an explosive device.


Albany's Capital Center opens


ALBANY - The $78 million Capital Center at Howard and Eagle streets in downtown Albany opened Wednesday, in time for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's and women's basketball tournaments at the adjacent Times Union Center.

February


Joseph A. Wapner, a California judge who became a widely recognized symbol of tough but fair-minded American jurisprudence during the 12 years he sat on the bench of the syndicated television show “The People’s Court,” died on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 97.
Judge Wapner
His son David confirmed the death, The Associated Press said.



Police went on strike in a Brazilian state
The result was near-anarchy.
BRASILIA — The boardwalk along the beach in Vila Velha, a coastal town in northeastern Brazil, is normally swarming with tourists. But in early February it was deserted save for a few soldiers who marched down the road, guns held ready.
Shots punctured the eerie silence as thieves held up pedestrians for their cars and purses, local media reported. In commercial centers throughout the area, packs of looters drove trucks into shop windows and carried whole racks of clothes and appliances on their backs. Read more...

January

Gene Cernan, an early NASA astronaut who was the last man to set foot on the moon, died
Monday, NASA announced in a tweet. He was 82.

In the 2007 documentary "In The Shadow Of The Moon," Cernan spoke of the epiphany he experienced while standing on the desolate -- yet majestic -- surface.
Cernan's death leaves six astronauts remaining who have walked on the moon.
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Biographical Data



ELLENTON, Fla. (AP) — After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May.
The circus, with its exotic animals, flashy costumes and death-defying acrobats, has been a staple of entertainment in the United States since the mid-1800s. Phineas Taylor Barnum made a traveling spectacle of animals and human oddities popular, while the five Ringling brothers performed juggling acts and skits from their home base in Wisconsin. 
The iconic American spectacle was felled by a variety of factors, company executives say. Declining attendance combined with high operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal rights groups all contributed to its demise.
Ringling Bros. has two touring circuses this season and will perform 30 shows between now and May. Major stops include Atlanta, Washington, Philadelphia, Boston and Brooklyn. The final shows will be in Providence, Rhode Island, on May 7 and in Uniondale, New York, at the Nassau County Coliseum on May 21.
December

Russian Ambassador to Turkey Is Assassinated in Ankara

By TIM ARANGO and RICK GLADSTONET
The assassination came after days of protests by Turks angry over Russia’s support for the Syrian government in the conflict and the Russian role in the killings and destruction in Aleppo, the northern Syrian city.

The Russian envoy was shot from behind and immediately fell to the floor while speaking at an exhibition of photographs, according to multiple accounts from the scene, the Contemporary Arts Center in the Cankaya area of Ankara.


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By MAX FISHER
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Rivers Casino & Resort "This is reality," beamed Dave Buicko with the Galesi Group. "You’ve got bricks and mortar. The inside is spectacular. This is going to be one of the nicest casinos."
Rivers Casino and Resort is a more than $500 million project. Aside from the casino, there are hotels, restaurants and apartments. A new Marriott is already open for business, but many parts of the project are still under construction. It is expected to remain that way through the summer.

"Pan" Down

Man apologizes for vandalizing Saratoga Springs' Congress Park statue
It happened just before the sun came up.
A couple of them used the statues like their own playground.

Police say Sean Burke is the one who knocked over the statue of "Pan," then Spencer Cole finishes it off, destroying the $7,500 dollar artwork.

Shortly after NewsChannel 13 showed surveillance video, Burke and Cole were arrested and charged with felony criminal mischief.

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The Brouwer-Rosa House will soon become the property of the Schenectady County Historical Society.
300-year-old house donated to Schenectady historical society
Bill Buell | December 10, 2016

Rosemary Harrigan, whose parents bought the house in 1970, confirmed that her family has set in motion plans to donate the historic Stockade home to the historical society. Harrigan’s father, Fred Kindl, died in 2009, and her mother Catherine passed away earlier this year in May.

“We are giving the society the house, and this is something my mother really wanted,” said Harrigan, who lives in Guilderland. “We’re going to help take care of the place, but eventually it will be self-sustaining. My sisters, all four of us, are on the same page. There’s no dissent. Mom was very clear that this was her wish.”

November

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Stephanie Keith/Reuters
The leader of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe called on President Barack Obama to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline today, after a clash last night that protest organizers say left 17 people hospitalized and scores more injured after law enforcement unleashed water, rubber bullets and tear gas on demonstrators in below-freezing temperatures near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. President Obama, this cannot be your legacy."The easement to build the unsafe Dakota Access Pipeline has not been granted. But under the cover of darkness, North Dakota law enforcement continues to engage in unlawful and dehumanizing tactics to subdue peaceful water protectors with tear gas and water cannons," Dave Archambault II, the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, said in a statement today.




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Student stabbed at LaSalle School in Albany following altercation
By Ayla FerronePublished: November 16, 2016, 11:07 am Updated: November 17, 2016, 2:50 pmALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Albany police say the suspect in Wednesday’s stabbing at LaSalle School has turned himself in.

He has been identified as 17-year-old Zai-John Vanhoesen. He is being charged with assault in the second degree, but police say he may face other charges.

The crime left one student in the hospital.

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Rensselaer Plateau Alliance is a community effort
Alliance draws on wide support to preserve key forest lands
By Kenneth C. Crowe II 
Published 10:27 am, Tuesday, November 15, 2016

At 118,000 acres sprawling across 10 central and eastern Rensselaer County towns, the Rensselaer Plateau is an environmental treasure.

Protecting this landscape and promoting its use and viability is what drives the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance.
"Our mission is to facilitate the conservation of the forest and other ecologically important areas," explained Jim Bonesteel, the alliance's part-time executive director.

EGB releases water test results for high-middle school
By Michelle Germain McDonald

The East Greenbush School District released information today on its ongoing water testing results. One important finding today that was reported included no water sources at Columbia High School tested above the actionable level in the first round.

I asked our superintendent to comment on the water testing for the Times Union East Greenbush blog and he had this to say:

East Greenbush Superintendent Jeffrey Simons said, “The district began testing of its drinking water outlets in all schools last spring prior to the new state law which now requires testing of all water outlets in all schools.”

“The district has taken steps to remove from service or replace fixtures at any water outlets which when tested exceeded the actionable levels,” said Superintendent Simons.

“We want our parents and community to know the results and the remedial actions we’ve taken to ensure that the water consumed by our children, our staff and our visitors within our schools is safe,” Mr. Simons stressed.
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The Election 2016 President- Elect: Donald Trump
After all her lies, and despite his antics and vile rhetoric, Hillary Clinton loses to a reality star....and the DNC is shocked.
Thanks to the media's pushing their certainty that Hillary Clinton was 'destined' to be the historic first woman president.
SCHODACK — An armed robbery at  Schodack jewelry store a [Jewelry Repair Center] Saturday resulted in a highway chase and two men in custody, Schodack police said.
Police said they recovered a loaded pistol and revolver from the men, who allegedly took an unspecified amount of jewelry from the store.
Laurenzo and Watson have been charged with first-degree robbery and third-degree grand larceny. They were arraigned in Schodack Justice Court and sent to Rensselaer County Jail without bail.

October
Corruption in Albany "Business as Usual"
How damaging to the body politic is the corruption of a public official? In a wide-ranging discussion Thursday evening at the College of Saint Rose, U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska analogized the breach of trust to child abuse.


September
Revered Wildlife Biologist John Craighead Dies At Age 100

Yesterday we learned that legendary Montana wildlife biologist John Craighead died one month after celebrating his 100th birthday with family and friends. He passed on Sunday at his home outside Missoula. Craighead did pioneering work in and around Yellowstone National Park with his twin brother Frank, who died in 2001.
The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act that Congress passed was largely due to his efforts. Just one more example of the sorts of things he did. He worked on raptors in India before World War II. He worked with the military during World War II to work on survival techniques for our servicemen during that time. Just a long, amazing life." 
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Rest in Peace Sweet Jaime
John Carl D'Annibale
Miracle League. "She was my hero," said her father, Burke Adams. He toiled for five years to raise funds and get approval to complete the facility in 2009 off Luther Road near the town park. It was one of the first of its kind and now there are about 60 in the Miracle League with dozens more being developed around the country.
The family learned to draw strength from her example."She was an inspiration and helped us realize what was really important in life," said her brother, Scott. Read more...

The Sound of Music's 'Liesl' Charmian Carr Dies at 73

Charmian Carr, the actress best known for sweetly portraying the eldest von Trapp daughter in Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music," has died. She was 73.
Carr died Saturday of complications from a rare form of dementia in Los Angeles, Carr's spokesman, Harlan Boll, said.
At age 21, the actress portrayed Liesl von Trapp in the 1965 film version of the musical "The Sound of Music." She famously performed the song "Sixteen Going on Seventeen." 
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Bypass pipeline to be installed at gasoline pipeline leak
Update announced Saturday
UPDATED 7:29 PM CDT Sep 17, 2016

SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. —Colonial Pipeline shared an update Saturday afternoon regarding its ongoing response to a product release in Shelby County, and the interruption of service to Line 1, which transports gasoline from refiners on the Gulf Coast to delivery locations in the Southeast and along the Eastern seaboard. Read more...

‘’Like it’s been nuked’: Millions of bees dead after state sprays for Zika mosquitoes

Bees across South Carolina are dying by the truckload as the state attempts to control mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus.

The cause of the honeybee die-off is likely from the spraying of pesticides targeting the Aedes albopictusand Aedes aegypti species of mosquito, which carry the Zika virus. Southern states like Florida and South Carolina are spraying pesticides from trucks and airplanes in mosquito-heavy areas in an effort to control the virus that can cause serious birth deformities if transmitted to a pregnant woman, either by the mosquito itself or through sexual contact.

However, as the Washington Post reported, the spraying is having a devastating side effect on local bee populations. 
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One less smile in the world: Gene Wilder, star of ‘Blazing Saddles’ & 'Willy Wonka', dies at 83
Published time: 29 Aug, 2016 19:39 Edited time: 29 Aug, 2016 21:11
“The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him ‘there’s Willy Wonka’, would not have to be then exposed to an adult, referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion,” the family said in a statement. “He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.” 
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Fired Professor Shoots 2 Men Outside Chappaqua Deli, Police Say
“This is an extremely disturbing event,” Dr. Kenneth L. Davis, the chief executive of the Mount Sinai Health System, said in a statement. “Fortunately, Dr. Charney’s injuries are not life-threatening, and we expect he will fully recover.” Read more...

Lightning Strike Kills More Than 300 Reindeer in Norway

Officials surmised that an extremely high discharge of electricity from the storm on Friday afternoon — and the interaction of the lightning with the earth and water — had electrocuted the animals.

“Reindeer often huddle together in groups during thunderstorms,” Mr. Knutsen said. “It is a strategy they have to survive, but in this case their survival strategy might have cost them their life. The corpses are all lying in one big group, piled together.” 
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July
Wasserman Schultz Resigns As Democratic Party Chair
The Florida congresswoman had faced calls to resign for months, after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and his supporters accused her of rigging the Democratic primaries against him.

“I know that electing Hillary Clinton as our next president is critical for America’s future. I look forward to serving as a surrogate for her campaign in Florida and across the country to ensure her victory,” she said. 
“Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention.”
President Barack Obama expressed gratitude for her work in a statement.
“For the last eight years, Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has had my back,” he wrote.

“It goes without saying the function of the DNC is to represent all of the candidates to be fair and even-minded,” Sanders said on Sunday. “There’s no question to my mind, and I think no question to any objective observer’s mind, that the DNC was supporting Hillary Clinton and was at opposition to our campaign.”
The former Democratic National Committee Chairman who resigned in disgrace after Wikileaks released emails showing her and her staff doing everything they could to sabotage the Sanders campaign has now been appointed as an “honorary chair” on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

The timing and the optics of the statement have caused an uproar, with many calling this a reward for Wasserman-Schultz’s consistent efforts to torpedo the Bernie Sanders campaign. The e-mails show a pattern of deception, and a willingness to ignore party rules to do whatever was necessary to assure Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic nominee for President, regardless of what the voters want.

Nice work if you can get it
ALBANY -- The Governor's Office announced Friday it's shelling out $450,000 to a former federal prosecutor -- for four months of work.

The governor's office released its contract with Bart Schwartz as a consultant on the Buffalo Billion Project Friday.

Schwartz was retained after Gov. Cuomo learned that two former aides were being investigated by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for possible conflicts of interest related to the revitalization project.

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Military Coup
 - Marshall Law Declared in Turkey.

(CNN)Military units have attempted an uprising in Turkey, the country's prime minister told a Turkish broadcaster. Troops have been seen in the streets of Ankara and there have been reports of jets flying low over the city.



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Attack in Nice: Truck driver, 31-year-old Tunisia native
By Angela Dewan, Jason Hanna and Euan McKirdy, CNN Updated 6:32 PM ET, Fri July 15, 2016

The investigation of the Nice attack is still in the early stages and we don't know the motivation of the killer. It is likely a case of homegrown terrorism, perhaps inspired by ISIS, similar to what we saw a month ago in Orlando. Also, in the past month we have seen ISIS-directed attacks in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Baghdad and very likely in Istanbul and Medina, Saudi Arabia.
All of these attacks have moved terrorism to the forefront of political debate.



Authorities said Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a rented, refrigerated truck weighing about 20 tons into crowds along a roughly 2-kilometer stretch of Promenade des Anglais on Thursday night, killing 84 people -- including 10 children and adolescents -- and injuring 202 others.




Judicial Watch Asks Justice Inspector General to Investigate Loretta Lynch-Bill Clinton Meeting
Attorney General Lynch’s meeting with President Clinton creates the appearance of a violation of law, ethical standards and good judgment. Attorney General Lynch’s decision to breach the well-defined ethical standards of the Department of Justice and the American legal profession is an outrageous abuse of the public’s trust. Her conduct and statements undermine confidence in her ability to objectively investigate and prosecute possible violations of law associated with President Clinton and Secretary Clinton. This incident undermines the public’s faith in the fair administration of justice. 
Simply stated, Attorney General Lynch’s June 29, 2016 meeting with former President Clinton creates the broad public impression that “the fix is in.”

Prehistoric Cave Contains a Hidden, 6,000-Year-Old Telescope


Avery Thompson July 1, 2016


Much of our culture has been shaped by what ancient humans thought about while looking at the night sky. Myths and legends, gods and demons, all are influenced by our ancestors' observations of the movements of the planets and stars. And now, researchers have uncovered one of the earliest tools that they used to make those observations: a telescope from six thousand years ago.

June

ORLANDO, Fla. — The gunman who went on a shooting rampage in a popular gay nightclub here shot nearly all of his victims in the first stages of the assault, then was utterly “cool and calm” while he talked by phone to law enforcement officials about further carnage, claimed allegiance to the Islamic State and praised the Boston Marathon bombers, officials said on Monday.
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HOW THEY GOT THEIR GUNS Here's where the last 16 mass shooters have gotten their weapon of choice, and why this shooting was so deadly. [NYT]

The rifle is legal to buy in most states, including Florida. In 1994, Congress passed an assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004, that prohibited manufacturing the AR-15 for civilian sale with large-capacity magazines, bayonets or pistol grips.
May

Former NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver sentenced to 12 years in prison

NEW YORK (NEWS10) – Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Tuesday.
He was also ordered to pay a $1.75 million fine. Despite his criminal conviction, Silver will receive a more than $79,000 pension per year at the expense of taxpayers.
Silver has requested to go to Otisville correctional facility, some have referred to it as a castle behind bars.
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Guess who else is there. Remember Bernie Madoff! It'll be like a college dorm.



US Attorney Bharara

✔‎@PreetBharara


Today's stiff sentence is a just and fitting end to Sheldon Silver's long career of corruption

3:37 PM - 3 May 2016
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April

Prince Dead at 57

BY KORY GROW April 21, 2016

Iconic singer and musician leaves behind prolific, groundbreaking catalog

An autodidact, Prince began playing piano at age seven, guitar at 13 and drums the next year.

Prince was born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7th, 1958 in Minneapolis.

"I named my son Prince because I wanted him to do everything I wanted to do," his father once said.

"Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reports that on April 21st, 2016, at about 9:43 am, sheriff's deputies responded to a medical call at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen," the sheriff's office wrote in a statement. "When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator. First responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 am.

"Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reports that on April 21st, 2016, at about 9:43 am, sheriff's deputies responded to a medical call at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen," the sheriff's office wrote in a statement. "When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator. First responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 am.


Doris Roberts, of 'Everybody Loves Raymond,' dies at age 90

By Melissa Gray, CNN Updated 1:09 PM ET, Tue April 19, 2016

latimes.com
(CNN)Doris Roberts, who played the nosy and overbearing mother to Ray Romano's character on the sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," has died, the show's former spokeswoman said Monday. She was 90.

Roberts played Marie Barone, who was a constant thorn in the side of her daughter-in-law, played by Patricia Heaton.



The role earned her four Emmy awards, a Screen Actors Guild award and three Emmy nominations.

"Truly the end of an era," Heaton wrote in a statement she posted on Twitter. "My wonderful TV mother-in-law and ("Everybody Loves Raymond") nemesis Doris Roberts was a consummate professional from whom I learned so much. She was funny and tough and loved life, living it to the fullest."


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  March
Patty Duke: We Celebrate Her 'Infinite Love'
Oscar-winning actress (full name: Anna Marie Pearce Duke) died of sepsis from a ruptured intestine at the age of 69.

"This morning, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, matriarch and the exquisite artist, humanitarian, and champion for mental health, Anna PATTY DUKE Pearce, closed her eyes, quieted her pain and ascended to a beautiful place," the statement read. "We celebrate the infinite love and compassion she shared through her work and throughout her life."



PHOTOS: Stars Gone Too Soon

Oscar-winning former child star Patty Duke dies, age 69













































Dozens Killed in Brussels Terrorist Attacks
3/22/2016 8:04AM

Explosions rocked Brussels’ international airport and a subway station near European Union institutions in what authorities described as terrorist attacks, killing more than 30 people and injuring many more. Photo: AP
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Twitter Turns 10

Twitter has come a long way since the first tweet was sent 10 years ago Monday

 ("just setting up my twttr").

The problem is that Twitter hasn't grown much lately. It shed 2 million customers in the last three months of 2015. And the company has never turned a profit.

Twitter has lost $2 billion since in 2011.



It's hard for Twitter addicts to accept, but Twitter just hasn't shown itself to be popular enough.

Shares have fallen by 77% since they reached their all-time high the day after Christmas in 2013.


Bill Clinton: We Need To Put The ‘Awful Legacy’ Of The Obama Years Behind Us [VIDEO]

Former President Bill Clinton ridiculed Barack Obama on Monday calling for people to get to a “point where we can put the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us.”
“Now if you don’t believe we can all grow together again, if you don’t believe we’re ever going to grow again, if you believe it’s more important to re-litigate the past, there may be many reasons that you don’t want to support her,” the former president said.
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Blind woman and guide dog unwelcome at Guilderland restaurant despite federal law

Blind woman says she was refused table at Hana steak house due to service animal
By Steve Barnes


A Latham woman who is blind said she was refused a table at Hana Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar in Guilderland because she had her guide dog, Foster, with her.

"The manager kept saying, 'No dogs,' " said Mary Beth Metzger, who tried to dine at Hana with her friend Phyllis Mullaneyon Jan. 28. It was the first visit for either. They chose Hana, they said, because they were driving past at lunchtime and decided they were in the mood for sushi.


From France to Voorheesville

Man traces dog tag to local tavern's former owner

By Dennis Yusko
A nearly 100-year-old military dog tag recently purchased at a flea market in France once hung around the neck of a village soldier who fought in World War I.

The recent tracing of the circular identification tag to Frank L. Smith, who served in France from 1918 to 1919 and kept a war diary, has thrilled surviving family members and taken residents of this tidy village on trips down memory lane.
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A Bernie Blackout?
Charles M. Blow MARCH 16, 2016

Bernie Sanders took to a podium before throngs of thousands in Arizona and delivered a stirring speech for nearly an hour.

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Bernie Sanders Is Against Keystone XL.  

Hillary Clinton Was 'Inclined' to Approve It. 

Why the Difference?

With the scientific community telling us loudly and clearly that we must transform our energy system away from fossil fuels if we are to combat climate change, it is totally crazy for the Congress to support the production and transportation of some of the dirtiest oil on the planet.

Clear and direct, Sanders isn't ambiguous on his stance pertaining to Keystone.

As Secretary of State, Clinton said she was 'inclined' to sign-off on the pipeline, which would carry emissions-heavy oil sands from Alberta to US Gulf Coast refineries. Since then, Clinton has remained silent on Keystone XL...



'We all remember when Clinton said she was 'inclined' to approve Keystone XL. If the pipeline goes through, she'll shoulder part of the blame, and this protest today will be just a small taste of actions to come,' Jamie Henn, spokesperson for 350 Action, told the Monitor in an email Monday. 'Clinton is saying many of the right things on climate - Keystone XL is an easy way to start doing the right thing.'


'That unwillingness to take a position on something, it's significantly more indefensible when you're a declared presidential candidate,' 350.org spokesperson Karthik Ganapathy told Business Insider last week. 'It's even more indefensible when Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have taken a position on it when you, as the Democratic front-runner, have not.'


WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING:

-- Sanders won the Maine Democratic caucus by 29 points (64-35).Sanders bagged his third New England victory (following New Hampshire and Vermont) as he aims to slow Clinton’s momentum and chip away at her sizable delegate lead. The Portland Press Herald reported unexpectedly high turnout at caucus sites across the state, with long lines: “Party officials estimated that 46,800 people participated in Sunday’s caucuses, beating the previous record of roughly 44,000 participants in 2008 and dwarfing the 18,650 Republicans who participated in that party’s Maine caucuses one day earlier.”


What is she hiding?

State Dept: Review of Clinton secret emails may wait until after November election

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February

 Jimmer Fredette signs contract with New York Knicks
WNYT Staff Updated: 02/19/2016 6:01 PM Created: 02/19/2016 4:54 PM


Jimmer Fredette is getting another chance to play in the NBA.
The New York Knicks signed the former Glens Falls standout to a 10-day contract

Fredette, who has been playing for the D-league Westchester Knicks since November, won't be available for Friday night’s game in Brooklyn or Saturday’s in Minnesota. He is likely to sign on Monday.


Sources: Colonie officer despondent before killing wife, son

Officer put older son's belongings in vehicle before fire broke out

By Brendan J. Lyons Updated 10:29 pm, Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Skip Dickstein / Times Union
What Does Music Do to Us When We Listen Together?

The results claim that 71 percent of households with communal music listening see kids helping with cleaning (versus 38 percent without music), 59 percent of people reported finding others more attractive if they play music they themselves like, and couples reported having twice as much sex. So... so much for headphones? 

(CNN)A man died after setting himself on fire Tuesday outside Kensington Palace, the London home of Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and their two children, according to London police.


Police found the man ablaze near a garden gate outside the palace and pronounced him dead at the scene, a representative for London's Metropolitan Police said.
London's Metropolitan Police says man's death is not related to terrorism.
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Email Scandal Clinton lied.

An Obama executive order years ago spelled out categories of info that are automatically classified — such that compromising the security of such information “is presumed to cause damage to national security.”

As National Review’s Andrew McCarthy notes, Gen. David Petraeus was convicted for keeping journal records of, among other things, his discussions with the president.

Petraeus’ journals and dozens (at least) of Clinton’s emails broke those “born classified” rules.
The FBI and Justice Department have been probing Clinton’s use of a private server to handle classified government information while she was President Obama’s secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.
The State Department is lying when it says it didn’t know until it was too late that Hillary Clinton was improperly using personal emails and a private server to conduct official business — because it never set up an agency email address for her in the first place, the department’s former top watchdog says.
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The FBI is seeking an indictment of Hillary Clinton in the ever-growing email scandal that has dogged her Democratic presidential bid, according to a former US House majority leader.

“I have friends that are in the FBI and they tell me they’re ready to indict [her],” former Texas Republican Congressman Tom DeLay told Newsmax TV.

The scandal, in short, is about more than just Hillary Clinton now.


Hillary's emails included CIA officers' names, report says
John McCain's controversial federal land swap   The tactic was successful only because, like most last-minute riders, it bypassed public scrutiny.


The archaeological record at Oak Flat contains abundant evidence that the Apache have been here “since well before recorded history,” according to congressional testimony by The Society for American Archaeology.




The deal is an impressive new low in congressional corruption, unworthy of our country’s ideals no matter what side of the aisle you’re on.


 It belongs to the public, under the multiple-use mandate of the Forest Service, and has had special protections since 1955

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January

Paul Kantner dies at 74

By Aidin Vaziri

Photo: Eric Luse, The Chronicle
Paul Kantner, one of the giants of the San Francisco music scene, died Thursday. Mr. Kantner, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane, was 74 and had suffered a heart attack this week.

His death was confirmed by longtime publicist and friend, Cynthia Bowman, who said he died of multiple organ failure and septic shock. Mr. Kantner had a string of health problems in recent years, including a heart attack in March.



With Jefferson Airplane, Mr. Kantner pioneered what became known as the San Francisco sound in the mid-1960s, with such hits as “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit.”

Mr. Kantner was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 for his work with the Jefferson Airplane during the band’s glory years — from the breakthrough 1967 “Surrealistic Pillow” album through Woodstock and Altamont.


Abe Vigoda, of ‘Godfather’ and ‘Barney Miller,’ Dies at 94

By STUART LAVIETESJAN. 26, 2016

“The Godfather” and the dyspeptic Detective Phil Fish on the hit sitcom “Barney Miller,” died on Tuesday morning in Woodland Park, N.J. He was 94, having outlived by about 34 years an erroneous report of his death that made him a cult figure.

His “death” became a running joke. “I have nothing to say about Abe,” Billy Crystal said at a roast of Rob Reiner at the Friars Club, where Mr. Vigoda was a regular. “I was always taught to speak well of the dead.”

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Stride Stingrays, Sea Lions and Gators Compete 

EAST GREENBUSH, NY (NEWS10) – A Sunday swim meet isn’t out of the ordinary in the Capital Region but one in particular broke barriers on this Sunday.

After years of competing in the Special Olympics, the Stride Adaptive Sports swim team swam against peers who don’t have special needs.

This inclusionary event at the Greenbush YMCA allowed the Stride Stingrays to showcase their skills alongside the Greenbush Sea Lions and the Glens Falls Gators swim teams.

“What we do is bring them in and provide an environment of inclusion, and having everybody participate together kids just want to be kids and they’re unbelievably accepting and loving in the right environment”, said Greenbush YMCA Aquatics Director Emily Furthman.

Stride has been providing adaptive sports lessons to people with disabilities for some 30 years now in the Capital District. They focus mainly on kids and Wounded Warriors.


David Bowie drummer Dale Griffin dies at the age of 67
BY CLAIRE RUTTER
Mott The Hoople drummer Dale Griffin has died at the age of 67.
The rocker was the founder member of the group, which is best known for classic songs including All The Young Dudes and Roll Away The Stone.

All The Young Dudes was written and produced by the late David Bowie, who died just over a week ago in New York.

Griffin died on Sunday night in his sleep, according to Peter Purnell from record label Angel Air records. Read more...Mirror


Samaritan Hospital partners with local agencies to end child sexual abuse
By Nicholas Buonanno
TROY -The Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program for Rensselaer County announced a partnership at Samaritan Hospital with a host of area police and law enforcement agencies, county service agencies and other community organizations aimed at preventing child sexual abuse.
“Less than 10 percent of the crimes are actually committed by strangers,” said Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove


Glenn Frey of The Eagles Has Died, Band Says

by JON SCHUPPE

Glenn Frey, a founding member of The Eagles whose solo career included songs connected to "Miami Vice" and "Beverly Hills Cop," died Monday, the band announced.




Glenn was the one who started it all. 


He was the spark plug, the man with the plan.

He was 67




‘Ghostbusters’ Actor David Margulies Passes Away at 78

By JonathanBarkan on January 12, 2016

David Margulies has passed away at 78, according to his agent Mary Harden.

Margulies is probably best known to horror fans for his role as the mayor of New York City in bothGhostbusters films. He also play Gil Hurn in the “Tales From the Darkside” episode “Distant Signals”. I also personally loved him as the Doctor in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

An accomplished actor on Broadway, Margulies’ career stretched for over four decades and ranged from horror to mystery, drama to comedy. We send our condolences to his friends and family.


'GRIZZLY ADAMS' STAR DAN HAGGERTY DIES AT 74

Friday, January 15, 2016 11:20AM
LOS ANGELES (KABC) --

Dan Haggerty, who starred in "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams" has died after battling cancer of the spine. He was 74 years old.

Haggerty's manager Terry Bomar confirmed to ABC News that the actor died early Friday morning with his family at his side at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. Bomar said the cancer was detected last August.




High sewer rate hike expected

Revenue needed to pay for new treatment plant

By Kenneth C. Crowe II  Updated 7:26 pm, Thursday, January 14, 2016


East Greenbush

Homeowners in the town's sewer district will face a "painful" increase in sewer rates to pay for the new sewage treatment plant, the town supervisor said Wednesday night.

"We're in a very serious situation. For the last five years they knew this was coming. Nobody did anything," Supervisor Jack Conway said.
The town's sewage treatment plant on Columbia Turnpike isn't expected to be finished until May — nearly a year beyond its scheduled June 2015 completion date. The town has to have a source of revenues to pay for its cost. The town also is seeing construction estimates rise from an initial $11 million to $15.6 million, officials said.
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Obituary: Alan Rickman

14 January 2016BBC  From the section Entertainment & Arts

British actor Alan Rickman, whose career ranged from Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company to the Harry Potter films, has died. He was 69.

His sonorous, languid voice was his calling card - making even throwaway lines of dialogue sound thought-out and authoritative.


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    Celine Dion's husband and former manager Rene Angelil dies

    Mr Angelil, who Dion married in 1994 and with whom she has three children, died at home in Las Vegas from cancer.

    Dion took two career breaks to look after Mr Angelil after he was diagnosed with throat cancer, first in 2000.


    Fight between Education workers prompts lockdown
    Here’s a statement from SED:
    “This morning an altercation occurred between two State Education Department (SED) employees at the Albany worksite.
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    David Bowie Dead at 69
    And the stars look very different today.

    David Bowie, the legendary singer-songwriter and actor, has died after a long battle with cancer. 

    The artist's Facebook page announced the news, with the singer's rep confirming his death toRolling Stone.

    One of the most original and singular voices in rock & roll for nearly five decades, Bowie championed mystery, rebellion and curiosity in his music. Ever unpredictable, the mercurial artist and fashion icon wore many guises throughout his life. 

    It was on 1972's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, though, where Bowie hit his stride. In the role of the titular rock-star also-ran, he innovated a glammy look for himself which he amplified in his highly theatrical live shows where he'd tussle with guitarist Mick Ronson. A far cry from the Sixties hippie idealism he'd come up with, Ziggy was brazen and arrogant, a decadent rogue who was also endearing to fans. In addition to the title track, "Starman," "Suffragette City" and "Five Years" became audience favorites. The album would be certified gold in the U.S. in 1974.
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    Advocates for assisted suicide push for NY law

    Updated: Tuesday, January 12 2016, 01:40 PM EST ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Advocates of medically assisted suicide want New York lawmakers to pass legislation authorizing terminally ill patients to request drugs to end their lives. But they acknowledge the measure faces significant challenges.

    Bobbi Kristina Brown? I'm not sure how she made this list.

    The New Year brings some new laws in New York State.
    Updated: 01/01/2016 6:17 PM Created: 01/01/2016 1:43 PM WNYT.com WNYT Staff


    There is a higher minimum wage. The hourly wage goes from $8.75 an hour to $9. The minimum wage for workers in fast food chains rises to $10.50 in New York City and $9.75 elsewhere in the state.

    Wages are also going- up for tipped employees like restaurant servers and bartenders.

    Other new laws in New York will prohibit companies from paying a worker less because of their gender and from discriminating against pregnant women.

    There is also a measure hoped to help find kidnapped children more quickly by releasing some records previously held private.

    An income tax cut will save companies an estimated $125 million.

    Come January 19 there will be tougher penalties for human traffickers as well as greater assistance for human- trafficking victims.


    December

    Eric Feight to serve 8 years in 'death ray' case
    Updated 10:47 am, Wednesday, December 16, 2015
    ALBANY — A Columbia County man who joined a terror plot to massacre Muslims in the Capital Region was sentenced to eight years and one month in federal prison on Wednesday.

    Frame grab from FBI surveillance video showing FBI agents raiding a garage where Glendon Scott Crawford, right, worked on a homemade radiation device he built with the intent to massacre Muslims. (FBI)


    Eric Feight, 57, of Stockport, who provided local Klansman Glendon Scott Crawford with a remote control device to set off a mobile, radiation-emitting death ray, appeared before Chief Judge Gary Sharpe.

    Crawford was convicted in August of planning to unleash his weapon on targets that included mosques in Albany and Schenectady, an Islamic school in Colonie, the Executive Mansion in Albany and the White House. The weapon, if used, would slowly and quietly kill its unaware victims with radiation poisoning.


    November

    Suspected Burglar Died After Getting Stuck in California Chimney

    A suspected burglar who became stuck in a chimney in Central California died Saturday afternoon after the unsuspecting homeowner lit a fire, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said.
    The sheriff's office said its investigation indicates that the man tried to enter the home through the chimney overnight and got stuck, and the homeowner, who was away and returned Saturday, didn't know anyone was inside until lighting the fire.



    Wrong way crash sends 7 to the hospital
    Updated: 11/27/2015 11:02 AM Created: 11/26/2015 6:24 PM WNYT.com WNYT Staff

    LATHAM – All lanes near Exit 5 of I-87 Northbound are back open, after head-on collision late Thursday afternoon.

    State police tell NewsChannel 13 a driver was going the wrong way.

    Seven people were taken to the hospital. One of the victims has significant injuries.



    Recently discharged VA Center patient jumps to his death

    Police say a 34-year-old man has died after jumping off the Albany Medical Center parking garage. 
    The victim has not been identified, but police say he had been recently discharged from the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center.
    The VA declined to comment.

    Police: Gloversville woman strangles baby when confronted by CPS
    Updated: 11/25/2015 5:16 PM Created: 11/25/2015 11:58 AM WNYT.com Jessica Riley


    A Gloversville woman is behind bars after telling police she would rather snap her child’s neck than turn him over to Child Protective Services.

    Police say Jeannie Longenecker refused to turn over her 8-month-old son to case workers on Friday.


    Paris attacked

    ‘It is horror’: French President Hollande’s remarks after Paris attacks

    Declaring a state of emergency and closing the nation's borders, French President Fran├žois Hollande delivered this speech Friday in the midst of attacks that devastated Paris. 


    Read the full coverage here.


    Battling heroin's deadly toll of young people in Averill Park

    As overdose death toll mounts as residents seek answers
    By Paul Grondahl Updated 11:14 am, Monday, November 9, 2015

    Sand Lake

    Heroin continues to kill the young people of Averill Park, a suburban Rensselaer County hamlet, and its surrounding communities at an alarming rate.

    The death toll is approaching a dozen fatal overdoses over the last three years in Sand Lake, population 10,000. Averill Park is part of the town.
    "I don't want this to happen to any other families, so I'm speaking out about Alex," said her mother, Debra Wilkins, of East Poestenkill. "People think a fatal heroin overdose can't happen to their son or daughter. But it can happen to anybody. It's happened again and again in this town."


    I always feel like somebody's watching me

    Netflix busily watching you

    Streaming service monitors selection, tailors suggestions recently improved the algorithm to make the suggestions even more focused on the subscriber.

    October

    Career versus college BOCES Career and Technical School offers an exciting alternative
    “They like that they are leaving high school with a career,” noted Pat Gollub, a cosmetology instructor with BOCES.
    They're racking up marketable skills -- from hair, nails, eyebrows, to facials. Throw in the power of television and social media, and they will leave high school with an impressive resume.

    A recent study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found college enrollment in the spring of 2015 was down 1.9 percent compared to spring 2014. The concern over the cost of higher education is one reason. The improving economy another.


    Health Crisis
    East Greenbush officials address health crisis at flood-damaged sewer plant
    East Greenbush waste water facility fined earlier for pollution of Hudson River

    By Brian Nearing Updated 11:00 pm, Tuesday, October 6, 2015

    Town officials ordered emergency repairs to the municipal sewer plant Tuesday after a sudden rainstorm last month caused serious damage to the facility now in the midst of a $13 million rebuilding project.

    The damage came only days after the town was hit with a state fine for repeated sewage violations from the plant into the Hudson River this year.
    "We have to move very quickly to address these repairs as a public health emergency," said Town Supervisor Keith Langley, who was joined by board member Phil Malone to tour the damaged plant on routes 9 and 20 and authorize emergency repairs to flood damage.
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    Oregon Shooting at Umpqua College Kills as Many as 13

    New York Times - ‎‎

    ROSEBURG, Ore. - Live updates on the shooting in Oregon can be found here. A 20-year-old man went on a shooting rampage at a community college in this rural part of southern Oregon, on Thursday, killing as many as 13 and wounding at least 20 others
    President Obama Reacts to Oregon Shooting: ‘We’ve Become Numb to This’
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    September



    It's not a bomb!


    Teenager arrested after taking homemade clock to school



    (CNN)When Ahmed Mohamed went to his high school in Irving, Texas, Monday, he was so excited. A teenager with dreams of becoming an engineer, he wanted to show his teacher the digital clock he'd made from a pencil case.

    The 14-year-old's day ended not with praise, but punishment, after the school called police and he was arrested.

    "I built a clock to impress my teacher but when I showed it to her, she thought it was a threat to her," Ahmed told reporters Wednesday. "It was really sad that she took the wrong impression of it."
    Watch DeFranco Nation Video

    Mark Zuckerberg Invites Ahmed Mohamed to Facebook Amid Clock ‘Bomb’ Arrest

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    "Ice patch archaeology"

    It’s a bonanza for archaeologists, who rarely find so many important specimens at once. Unfortunately, it comes at a price: The artifacts are emerging at such a rate that scientists are unable to collect and preserve them all.

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    Nailed it!

    Liam Dutton didn't blink when called to report on the newsworthy temperature reading. His smooth, casual delivery of the name made him an overnight viral sensation. Watch how a real professional deals with the longest place name in Europe.

    Meanwhile back in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch it's warm and pleasant day. Watch it...


    August

    Tropical storm Erika heads for Florida after killing 20 on island of Dominica

    (CNN)A day before a weak Tropical Storm Erica was predicted to arrive, Florida's governor declared a state of emergency. He was worried about flooding from the storm, which has killed 20 people.

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    Story highlights ; Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in preparation for storm. Dominica PM says 20 people are dead, millions of dollars of property destroyed
    White House Wall jumper killed

    Aug 25 (Reuters) - A man arrested for climbing a White House wall earlier this year was shot and killed at a suburban Pennsylvania courthouse on Tuesday after he sliced a sheriff's deputy with a knife, the local district attorney said.

    Curtis Smith, 34, is accused of entering the lobby of the Chester County Justice Center at about 11 a.m. and slashing a sheriff's deputy on the arm or hand, Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said in a statement.

    "The armed attacker was immediately neutralized by the sheriff's deputies," Hogan said in a statement.


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    JULY

    Pension for prison break conspirator?

    DANNEMORA -- Controversy is brewing over the pension of the prison employee who helped two convicted murderers escape. According to a NYS Assemblyman, Joyce Mitchell, the woman who helped Richard Matt and David Sweat break out of prison, will receiver her state pension despite her expected prison sentence. Assembly minority leader Brian Kolb, a Republican from Canandaigua, says taxpayers are still on the hook for Mitchell's pension. Kolb says the responsibility is on Democrats who he says have refused to pass pension forfeiture bills. Mitchell pleaded guilty to helping Matt and Sweat escape earlier this week.

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