It's cold, emergency landing at ALB, Soares calls for video of interrogations, Dalai Lama coming, state threatens bingo in Troy, Obama-Osama mistake strikes again

Note: the TU's site, in a stripped-down version, seems to be up again. Sort of.

Newsflash: it's cold. Temps this morning were below freezing zero and today's forecasted high is 16 degrees, with a wind-chill of as low as -9. [NWS]

ALB was closed for about an hour yesterday after a flight from Canada had to make an emergency landing. The Toronto-to-Manchester (NH) flight asked to make the emergency landing at ALB after it reported engine problems. The commuter plane's tires blew out during landing -- no one was injured. [Biz Review] [AP/Troy Record] [TU]

After this week's conviction of Jermayne Timmons, Albany County DA David Soares says he will push for the Albany Police Department to start videotaping interrogations. A key part of the Timmons case was a statement the APD extracted from the teen about the shooting of Kathina Thomas. APD chief James Tuffey says there's isn't money available to record the sessions, but Soares says the department has failed to take advantage of state money for the project. [CapNews9] [WNYT]

The Saratoga County sheriff's office says the driver who's accused of injuring a garbage man in Wilton after rear-ending a garbage truck was driving without a license. The garbage man was still in critical condition yesterday. [Saratogian] [Saratogian]

The Dalai Lama is coming to Albany in April. [TU]

Fees are going up at Spa State Park -- including the fee for parking during a concert, which will rise from $6 to $10. Fees for the Victoria pool are also going up, though the Peerless fees will actually decline. [Daily Gazette]

The list of local Catholic churches slated for closure or merger will be announced this Sunday. Many of the churches will probably be in urban areas, which Bishop Howard Hubbard describes as having become "over churched." [CapNews9]

Momentive Performance Materials, which has been fighting with its union over pay cuts and layoffs, announced in an internal email this week that it would be giving many of its executives raises. [Troy Record]

The state Racing and Wagering Board is threatening to shut down bingo games in Troy because of a dispute with the Troy city clerk's office. [Troy Record]

Albany International is closing a plant it owns in Finland because of slowing demand. AI makes, among other things, industrial fabrics for paper mill machines. [Daily Gazette]

The Daily Gazette going through with another round of layoffs. Ten of the 16 jobs are coming from the paper's newsroom. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

As if the TU wasn't already having enough problems yesterday, the paper spelled Barack Obama as "Barack Osama" in the hard copy of yesterday's edition. [CapNews9]


Of course the elephant in the living room in regard to the problem of churches being understaffed is the Catholic Church's refusal to ordain women priests.

I assume you meant "Temps this morning were below zero" and not "below freezing".

@Rudy: You're right. (Talk about brain freeze.) It's fixed now. Thanks for the heads-up.

I wonder if the Gazette laid off any IT guys. I'm sure the Times-Union will be hiring shortly after this debacle is resolved.

Osama-Obama? When the NY Post does this I'm first in line to cry foul, but for whatever biased reason I'm willing to give the TU the benefit of the doubt. You know how on MS Word you can like add words to the dictionary then they won't come up on spell check? I wonder if the addition of both these names to a word processor's dictionary could explain the seemingly common mistake....probably not, the TU' is obviously just racist.

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