More charges for alleged arsonist, woman found guilty of lying about cops, pearl found in clam, Jerry Jennings will mess up his hair

The Schenectady County DA, says Stephen Raucci, the Schenectady School District employee who's been accused of arson and intimidation, was indicted yesterday by a grand jury on sealed charges. And the Saratoga DA says State Police have charged Raucci with unsuccessfully trying to bomb a car in Clifton Park. That means Raucci has now been charged with crimes in three different counties -- Schenectady, Rensselaer and Saratoga. [CapNews9] [TU]

A Lansinburgh woman is dead after police found her fatally wounded in the basement of her house yesterday morning. Authorities says the woman's boyfriend had to be tasered after he threatened police and firefighters who arrived at the scene with a knife. Police found two kids in the house, unharmed. A spokesman for the TPD says it was a "gruesome crime scene." [Troy Record] [TU]

The Ravena woman who accused Albany cops of doing a cavity search on her during a traffic stop in late 2007 was convicted yesterday on charges that she lied about the incident. The woman had rejected an earlier plea deal that would have required her to admit that she had lied. [TU] [Troy Record]

A crowd of about 400 RPI students rallied yesterday outside a Board of Trustees dinner on campus. The students were protesting "the manner in which recent administrative actions and policy decisions have been executed." According to that TU story, its reporter -- Marc Parry -- was asked by the administration to leave the demonstration. Apparently it was OK for the Troy Record to be there -- it even shot video of the rally. And here's a photo of the scene (more photos of the rally and the board here). [TU] [Student Senate] [Troy Record] [Troy Record] [unknown]

On her first Senate vote related to gun control, Kirsten Gillibrand voted yesterday to continue gun restrictions in DC. Gillibrand has been getting criticism from downstate Democrats for her voting record and statements on gun control. [TU]

The Royal Bank of Scotland -- which owns Citizens Bank -- posted the largest loss in British corporate history yesterday: $34.4 billion. [AP/TU]

The Saratoga Springs Plannning Board has decided to not approve the proposed high density affordable housing near the Ballston Ave Price Chopper. [Saratogian]

The Damien Center, an Albany org that helps people with HIV/AIDS, says it's feeling the crunch after the state cut some of its funding. [CapNews9]

Albany police say a man stole an excavator and took it for a ride down North Manning Blvd. [Troy Record]

A woman found a pearl in one of the steamed clams she was served at a Ballston Spa restaurant. [Saratogian]

Jerry Jennings will mess up his hair if you bring a baseball team to his city and press him a little bit. [TU]


In the RPI pictures, any one notice that the trustees and staff have the same arrogant/laughing at you faces as the wall-street execs - as in ha, ha, aren't they cute...

They still don't get it

Some of the photos I saw show the trustees waving like they're popular or something. Yeah, ok.

And from what I hear (you know, friend of a friend, etc), that the TU was turned away by an RPI publicity type person, and not the students. Nice.

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