Cops crack down on another Albany HS brawl, NYRA bankruptcy ending, airport asks if you're experienced, Alive at Five alcohol ban proposed, something stinks at Yaddo

There was another throwdown among Albany High School students yesterday along Quail Street. The cops were waiting this time -- with pepper spray, batons and horses. It looked like a crazy scene. (AOA's gotten email from witnesses that this is the third time this week these fights have erupted.) So what's going on? "It's a little bit of everything," one teen told the TU. [CBS6] [CBS6] [TU]

It looks like NYRA will emerge from bankruptcy today. New York State will be giving the racing org $105 million in return for the deeds to the Saratoga, Belmont and Aqueduct tracks. [Saratogian] [TU]

There's a new color-coded security line set-up at the airport, with separate lanes for families, "casual" travelers and "expert" travelers. The sorting is supposed to help move people through the security line faster. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Remember that big steroids investigation being prosecuted by David Soares and Albany County prosecutors? Seventeen people have pled guilty in that investigation, but yesterday a judge tossed the indictments of five people at the center of the drug ring. [TU]

Speaking of Soares, his challenger in this November's election -- Roger Cusick -- is not only getting the support the biggest local police union, he's also getting office space from them. The president of Council 82 says the union isn't happy with what it calls Soares' desire to seek headlines. [TU]

The City of Saratoga Springs might be looking to trade the development rights to some land in downtown for a new public safety building. [Saratogian]

Albany common councilman Dominick Calsolaro says he's going to propose a ban on alcohol sales at Alive at Five. [CBS6]

What stinks at Yaddo? Manure runoff from The Track. NYRA says it will cost $1.5 million to fix the problem. [Daily Gazette]

The Albany Patroons say they will be back this coming season. The pro basketball team says it's sold three times as many season tickets as it did last season. [Biz Review]


We're waiting for what's going to hit the fan today. Fridays are big with the high school brawls.

I love to go to Patroons games. They are a really great, laidback time.

Live at The Linda: The Rioting Teens

Today's headlines make me think of "A Modest Proposal" for some reason. I should go read it again to check Swift's ideas. Let's implement them, shall we?

I'm technically not an urban planner, but I'm thinking maybe Albany would benefit from having two high schools. Less students, more faculty, less chance of mobs & clashes with police. But like I said, I'm not much of a community organizer. Because if the GOP convention taught me anything, it's that community organizers are a total clowns. U-S-A! U-S-A!

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