New plan for Albany Convention Center, tech park for Arsenal, pepper spray fog sends six to hospital, ESP skating rink protests

The Albany Convention Center Authority has reformulated its plan for the project, separating the convention center, parking garage and hotel into their own parts. The new plan is expected to cut the cost of the project by about 40 percent. The authority says it won't be doing less, it'll just be "putting the pieces together differently." [Daily Gazette] [TU]

A federal investigation and raid in Watervliet led to the arrest of three men on charges they were making bombs and growing marijuana. [TU]

The plan to turn a significant portion of the Watervliet Arsenal into a tech park was officially announced yesterday. Outgoing US Rep Mike McNulty says the site could eventually support 1000 jobs. [Daily Gazette] [Troy Record]

The latest local layoffs at: WNYT | Albany International | Momentive Performance Materials. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

A "very thick fog of pepper spray" released during a fight at Albany High School on Friday sent six people to the hospital -- and 16 others were treated at the scene. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Albany police say man was stabbed 11 times in the back Friday night in the city's West Hill neighborhood. [Troy Record]

Police say a man crashed his truck into the back of a state police car stopped (with its lights flashing) along I-787 Sunday morning. They say he then drove away from the scene, even though the truck was missing one of its wheels. Troopers eventually nabbed the man on Rt. 7 in Brunswick. DWI is among the many charges he faces. [Troy Record] [TU]

State police say alcohol was involved in the mixed-up identity crash that killed a young man last week in Clifton Park. Two of the man's friends -- both 19 -- have now been arrested for providing the victim with alcohol. [TU] [TU]

The Saratoga Springs PD is planning to charge for accident reports next year. It figures the new fee will generate about $20k a year. [Daily Gazette]

According to figures from the FEC, Kirsten Gillibrand and Sandy Treadwell collectively spent almost $11 million dollars on the campaign for the 20th Congressional District. Almost $6 million of that was Treadwell's own money. [TU]

Eight people showed up Saturday night to protest the closure of the ice skating rink at the ESP, including a couple who say they first met at the rink. [TU]

The tree lighting at the ESP planned for last night was postponed because of high winds. It's now scheduled for 6 pm tonight. [Daily Gazette]


Re: A federal investigation and raid in Watervliet led to the arrest of three men on charges they were making bombs and growing marijuana.

So these guys were growing weed & making "bombs" out of cardboard and bb pellets? I'm sure there's more to the story, but what I don't understand is why it took 4 months to investigate. I've met my fair share of potheads, and if you want to paralyze them, all you really need to do is tell them some mind blowing revelation like "tomatoes are really a fruit", and they will lay down on their bed for days trying to wrap their mind around "that crazy idea, man".

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