Track numbers a little damp, two homicides over the weekend, Live Nation blames the fans, Rt 7 construction gearing up, Albany TV market slips

Attendance at The Track this year was down almost 10 percent from last year and the amount bet was down a little more than 7 percent. [Daily Gazette]

There were two homicides over the holiday weekend. On Saturday, a 17-year-old was fatally stabbed near Beverwyck Park in Albany. It was Albany's eighth homicide of the year. On Monday, a Schenectady man was shot and killed inside a house. It was Schenectady's sixth homicide of the year. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Live Nation, the company that runs the pop music shows at SPAC, says fans are partly to blame for miserable conditions on the lawn there. Live Nation's last concert of the year at SPAC was Crue Fest on Friday -- four people were arrested being a bit too motley. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Main construction on the Rt 7 bridge over the Northway in Latham will begin in 2009. The project is scheduled to finish in 2011. [Daily Gazette]

Hannaford says it will stop processing film because of reduced demand. Price Chopper says it expects to continue offering the service "for a long time to come." [TU]

Nielsen has declared the Albany TV market the 57th largest, down one spot from a year agao. The area did add almost 2,000 TV households over that year, though. [Biz Review]


Yay, Single Point Urban Interchange! Get ready, Pantaloons:

*picks up chair and throws it through the window while screaming*. Fred, look what you made me do. I hope you're satisfied, sir.

There were at least three homicides over the weekend; another shooting death of a teenager in Albany's West End has gone completely unreported. I only know of it because I work with a relative of the deceased. It happened Saturday evening around 7 PM when the boy left a Quail St. family gathering to fetch ice for the party. He never returned. I can't find information of it anywhere in the media. Perhaps your reporters can find something out, as it's a shame when a youth dies to gun violence in our city and for some reason (there must be a reason) it's kept from the public.

Live Nation: The evil spawn of Clear Channel.

I totally agree with you, Rob. I've been to a bunch of SPAC shows this summer, including the Police and Journey shows (my musical tastes run towards the schizophrenic). On many occasions, I've thought about how blessed the concertgoers are that nothing really bad has happened. If a stampede or big fight broke out at any of those shows, people could have been seriously injured. Seems like it's just a matter of time before that happens, unless Live Nation hires better security staff and knocks off the whole walkway-barrier nonsense.

Sorry, Pantaloons-- But you'll get used to it. I promise.

I'd have to agree- fans are partially to blame for the mess at SPAC. It's not the SPAC staffers who throw garbage all over the place, make a mess of the bathrooms (including the blue portable kind) and throw up in public at shows like Dave Matthews!

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