More turns in the "Virtual Jihadi" drama, Schenectady cops to be tracked, call for more depleted uranium testing in Colonie, good year for maple syrup

The Sanctuary for Independent Media is discussing whether it should file suit against the City of Troy after the city closed the gallery to public events because of code violations. The org says the action was politically motivated, a response to the gallery exhibiting Wafaa Bilal's "Virtual Jihadi." [TU]

RPI has yanked the school-hosted site of the College Republicans after they called the art department a "terrorist safehaven" for its involvement with Wafaa Bilal. But the site that actually featured those comments is hosted off campus -- and it's still up. [TU]

Police cars in Schenectady will be getting GPS units so dispatchers can track their locations. The geographic info is supposed to help improve response times, but it would also help the department know when one of its cops has gone to Scotia to watch bowling. [Daily Gazette]

A group of activists is trying to get government money to do more testing of people who lived and worked near the old munitions plant on Central near the Albany/Colonie line. There's depleted uranium at the site and tests reported three months ago that some people who lived nearby were exposed to it. [TU]

RPI plans to give out $10 million more next year in financial aid. [TU]

Despite its currently decrepit state, architects and town residents are excited about what the plan to turn the Victory Mill (in Victory, outside Saratoga) into luxury condos. [Post-Star]

It's looking like a good year for maple syrup. [Daily Gazette]

Comments

Who hasn't scooted out of work a little early to watch your kid's football, basketball or base ball games? Be honest. Yes he's a cop, but he is also available for calls. It's not like he went to go bowling himself. He was supporting his son.

As a former resident of Schenectady it sickens me that yet another officer in that department is not doing his job and instead takes advantage of his position and gets paid anyway. Hasn't there been enough lousy cops in Schenectady? Maybe he wasn't stealing drugs, but he was stealing money when he decided to take some time (2 hours!) away from his sworn duties and hang out in another jurisdication. In response to Jim's comment, when it comes down to it, this officer made a choice to become a police officer and a father, and he should have known that sometimes one might get in the way of the other, but he can't have it both ways. That's great that he was supporting his son, but he was getting paid to support the city, and the city (thousands of people, not just one) was relying on him to be there if he was needed. If his son's games are more important than his job, then he should find another job that lets him be around for his family whenever he wants and stop stealing money from taxpayers so he can play the good father.

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