Birthday cocaine, crime in the student ghetto, the gas tax and Plato, the new Tulip Queen

What do you get for that special ex-police chief in your life on his birthday? A shipment of cocaine, apparently. [Daily Gazette]

A map of crimes involving UAlbany students compiled by the TU paints a not-so-pretty picture of life off campus. [TU]

Using the obligatory "Look, I'm at a gas station because we're talking about gas prices" photo op, state assembly minority leader Jim Tedisco announced he's (or someone) collecting signatures for a petition supporting the "gas tax holiday." Sheldon Silver and David Paterson both oppose the temporary suspension of the tax. [Troy Record] [TU]

Speaking of Paterson, he gave the commencement speech for the College of Saint Rose this past weekend because "the lieutenant governor couldn't be be here." The governor also told the crowd that people pushing the gas tax holiday are following shadows instead of light. (Yep, that's a Plato reference.) [Daily Gazette]

The mysterious collapse of honey bee colonies is making things tough for apple growers around the area. It seems there were just enough bees to go around this year to pollinate the apple trees. [Daily Gazette]

Sarah Volk is the new Tulip Queen. [WNYT]

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With all due respect to many AOA readers, I feel as though the honey bee collapse deserves a lot more concern and outrage than a burning windmill. Humans rely so heavily on bees to pollinate their crops, and if bees disappear, we aren't too far behind. What do we do to fix this problem? Jeeze, I don't know. Why are you asking me? All this pressure, I can't take it anymore. Leave me alone! *runs out of the room crying*

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