Jury deliberating Kathina case, selection process for Hillary replacement criticized, crash closes major intersection, new life for vacant anchor space at Crossgates?

The jury in the trial of Jermayne Timmons, the teen accused of firing the shot that killed Kathina Thomas, heard closing arguments yesterday before going into deliberations. The jurors were sent home at 9:30 pm and will continue deliberating today. [TU]

The gunman in the I-90 shootout had been on probation after pleading guilty to a handful of charges related to a 2006 robbery in Connecticut. He died Monday night after being taken off life support. [TU]

Jim Tedisco says Hillary Clinton's replacement in the US Senate should be picked by voters in a special election. It would seem that the chances of that actually happening are extremely small. [TU] [AP/Troy Record]

The New York Daily News reports that Andrew Cuomo has interviewed with David Paterson for Hillary Clinton's Senate seat -- though Cuomo's people called the story "factually inaccurate." [NYDN]

David Paterson has nominated Jonathan Lippman to become chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals (the state's highest court). Lippman is a veteran judge in New York's court system -- and was apparently the favorite of out-going chief judge Judith Kaye. [AP/TU] [NYT]

Albany Med announced yesterday that it used a relatively new body cooling technique to help save a man who had a heart attack. The technique has been used at hospitals in other cities, but this was the first time it was used in the Capital Region. The hospital now plans to use the technique for other conditions, such as stroke. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [WNYT]

A nasty-looking crash closed the intersection of Routes 20 and 155 in Guilderland this morning. [CBS6] [Daily Gazette]

Local homeless shelters say they're filling up as the temperature goes down. [Fox23]

Lafarge says it's laying off 37 people at the cement plant in Ravena. [TU]

About 20 contractors have expressed some interest in building Saratoga Springs' new South Side Recreation Center. One quirk about the job: the contractor has to figure out a way to spend $1.3 million by April 1. [Saratogian] [TU]

Amazon's suit against New York State for requiring out-of-state companies to collect sales tax for online sales was tossed from state court yesterday. [AP]

Macy's has sold two vacant anchor store slots at Crossgates to the company that owns the mall, which could open the way for new use of the space. The mall owner paid $9.5 million for the space. [Daily Gazette] [Biz Review]

After that truck fell through the ice in Schenectady's Central Park yesterday, city trucks will no longer be allowed to plow snow off the lake. The city says it had conducted tests of the ice and it had appeared to be thick enough to support the truck. [Daily Gazette]

A local bus company has canceled three buses scheduled to transport people to-and-from the inaugural next week because of concerns about gridlocked traffic. [TU]


Another local story: The box of Joy Ice Cream Cones in my kitchen cabinet says "double wrapped to insure freshness". And I'm pretty sure they meant "ensure" and not "insure". I've been investigating this potential misprint all morning and have not found a conclusive answer. And by "investigating", I mean I googled the different words, but got no immediate answer and quickly gave up. If anyone can can shed some light on this word problem, please come forward. k thanx.

Ensure. Used to assert certainty. Insure: to guarantee something into the future (insurance). Easiest way to get this is that ensure involves the present whereas insure projects into the future.

The only reason why I'm asking you AOA readers about this grammatical conundrum is because there's a 200% chance you're all smarter than me. Why has nobody responded? Fine. Be that way.

Your comment wasn't approved yet before my 2nd one. Thank you! I appreciate the input!
I blame Greg. That guy is always trying to make me look bad.

@Pants -- I blame Greg too.

I don't know if it sucks more to have your plans cancelled and have to scramble to find new arrangements, or to get stuck in traffic and miss the events, but I am glad to hear that the buslines are being conscientious of how crazy packed DC is going to be next week.

If anyone is planning on coming down for the Inauguration, one of the local TV stations is compiling a list of info (what items are banned, bridge and road closings, pedestrian walkways, etcetera) on its website: http://wjla.com/news/inauguration.html.

For public transportation info, check out http://wmata.com/getting_around/metro_events/inauguration.cfm. A number of rail stations will be closed or have special restrictions on them around the Capitol.

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