Timmons found guilty, Gillibrand says she is a candidate for Clinton's seat, Jackson talks with RPI faculty about recent layoffs, local foreclosures up in 2008

Note: the TU's site was down this morning

A jury found Jermayne Timmons guilty yesterday of firing the shot that killed Kathina Thomas. The teen could now get 15 years to life. Timmons' lawyer says they plan to appeal. Thomas' mother says she hopes Timmons is sent away for life. Charlie Muller, who runs the Albany gun buyback program, says both Thomas and Timmons are victims of the situation. [AP/Daily Gazette] [Fox23] [CapNews9]

Kirsten Gillibrand said yesterday that she is a candidate for the Hillary Clinton's Senate seat and she has interviewed with David Paterson about the job. [CBS6] [Post-Star]

The City Mission of Schenectady says demand for meals and a place to stay was up signficantly last year. And the recent cold weather is also increasing demand -- the shelter laid out mats for extra people last night. [Daily Gazette] [Daily Gazette]

It appears that the Albany area is currently the top candidate for a new IBM research center that would employ 675 people. [EETimes] [Daily Gazette]

FEMA has rejected New York State's request to declare the December ice storm a disaster. The federal agency says the storm didn't cost state and local municipalities enough to merit the declaration -- and the aid that comes with it. [Daily Gazette]

Shirley Jackson spoke to the RPI faculty yesterday about the recent layoffs at the school -- she said the action "protected our academic enterprise." She also said that the school's endowment has decreased by more than 20 percent. (Full text of the speech from RPI's website.) [Troy Record] [Biz Review]

Home foreclosures in the Capital Region were up 151 percent last year, according to a firm that tracks foreclosures. The number of foreclosures here was still relatively small, though -- the region has one of the lowest rates in the country. [Biz Review]

A garbage man was pinned under his truck yesterday in Wilton after a car crashed into the back of the truck. The man was airlifted to Westchester County for treatment. [Saratogian]

A store clerk in Schenectady says he was bound and gagged Tuesday night by two thieves who made off with cash and sneakers. [Fox 23]

Troy police say a driver may have intentionally driven up on the sidewalk yesterday in order to hit a man. [Fox23]

The crash at Routes 20 and 155 in Guilderland yesterday morning kept the busy intersection closed until 5 pm. [Daily Gazette]

Northern Lights is closing for a few weeks while it tries to straighten out its ownership. The music club had been in and out of bankruptcy lately. [Daily Gazette]

It looks like Dick's Sporting Goods will be moving into the two-story space at Crossgates that was formerly Lord and Taylor. [Daily Gazette]

Comments

Wanna know what is a happier news story than the Timmons/Thomas case? Anything. Anything at all.

What's up with the TU Web site? It's been down since last night.

Northern Lights has never been my favorite venue, but until a few years ago I feel like they used to bring in decent acts all the time. Over the last few years though it's like all they ever have is another battle of the bands featuring bands with names like "Blood War" and "Rotting Mutilated Corpse."

Also, - AOA - what's up with the TU site? I just don't know how I feel about getting my local from that from Schenectady rag.

The TU is having a major server problem. Their site has been down since last night and e-mail was also down for several hours. They're working on it.

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