Police chase, Ch 10 for sale?, big crowds expected for Giants training, Tulip Fest gets fired up

Police say a Troy man (and rape suspect) told his mom he was going to get police to kill him and on Monday afternoon he came pretty close to getting his wish. [Record]

The parent company of WTEN Channel 10 may be thinking about selling the station. [TU]

The Ballston Avenue Price Chopper in Saratoga is expanding -- and it looks like the Railroad Place Price Chopper may be closing. [Saratogian]

After the Giants Super Bowl win, UAlbany is expecting record crowds for this summer's training camp. [Daily Gazette]

If the Tulip Festival just doesn't seem to have the zing it used to, organizers are planning something new this year to spice things up: a $100,000 floating steel tulip and lilly pads that catch on fire. [TU]


I know the city's special events people, and I have a true appreciation for environmental art, but for some reason the phrase "a $100,000 floating steel tulip and lilly pads that catch on fire" is making me waffle between giggling and going "WHAT?"

I mean, I'm sure people will go to see it (including me) because we're about as drawn to fire as moths. And I'm sure I'll walk away from it thinking, "Wow, that was cool." However, I certainly hope that it boosts the local economy...for places like the new and improved Wine Bar. (Yes, I will always call it the Wine Bar too, and I have been known to knock over the teeny tables.)

It's just that, in my experience, the city's summer events tend to draw people from the hills with rolling coolers in tow...and they tend to retreat to said hills until the next opportunity arrises to get hammered at a huge crowded outdoor festival.

I hope I'm wrong.

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