Alleged "Craigslist killer" went to UAlbany, Schenectady HS fight reportedly over suicide taunting, police say bus driver may have been at wheel drunk, smokin' at Skidmore

Philip Markoff, the Boston U medical student accused of being "the Craigslist killer" by police, is reportedly a 2007 UAlbany graduate. The man's fiance, who also reportedly attended UAlbany, told ABC News that police have the wrong guy. Markoff is the fourth former UAlbany student to be charged with murder during the last five years. [Boston Globe] [AP] [ABC News] [Albany Student Press]

Three teen girls were charged after a fight at Schenectady High School yesterday injured two teachers. One of the girl's mothers said her daughter did throw the first punch -- because she was being taunted about the recent suicide of her cousin. Students said yesterday that bullying is an ongoing problem at the school. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [Fox23]

Rudy Giuliani was in town last night for the Albany County Republicans' annual Lincoln Reagan dinner. Guiliani said state leaders should be "ashamed" of the New York's current "anti-competitive position" and he criticized the size of the recently passed state budget. Guiliani said he hasn't made his mind up about whether he'll run for governor next year and isn't sure when he will. [NYDN] [CapNews9] [AP/Newsday] [PolitickerNY]

There are still about 1500 disputed absentee ballots still to be counted (or not counted) in the NY20 special election. Scott Murphy's unofficial lead over Jim Tedisco is at 273 votes -- and Democrats are starting to make noises about the race being over. [TU] [CapNews9]

Attorneys for Joe Bruno are trying to get his indictment changed because they say it contains language that is "superfluous and inflammatory." [TU]

Construction unions will lobbying state legislators today to designate any project that receives state funding as a "public works" project, which would trigger requirements for union involvement. If such a provision was in place, the GlobalFoundries chip fab in Malta would be considered a public works project. [TU]

The League of Women Voters of Schenectady County is calling on the county to study whether it makes sense to create a countywide police force. Schenectady mayor Brian Stratton has recently raised the idea, but county legislators have been cool to it. [Daily Gazette]

The City of Schenectady finished its budget year with a $4.8 million surplus thanks to mid-year cost-cutting. [Daily Gazette]

Police say a CDTA driver registered an extraordinarily high blood alcohol level soon after he allegedly drove an empty bus Sunday night. The driver, who has not been charged, told police he had been hit in the face earlier that night by a surly passenger. [Troy Record]

Skidmore students apparently smoked pot openly on campus yesterday as part of "420" events. [Saratogian]

A Niskayuna High School teacher won $50,000 on the episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire that aired Monday. [Daily Gazette]

The owner of Trojan Hardware Company, the last hardware store in Troy, says he'll be closing up for good this summer. A hardware store has occupied the spot on Congress street since 1862. [TU] [Troy Record]

One the cafeterias at the ESP is experimenting with collecting food waste to be composted. [Daily Gazette]

Mark Mahoney, the Post-Star editorial page editor who won a Pulitizer Prize yesterday, said he was "totally stunned" to find out he had won. The paper's editor compared the win to something out of the movie Hoosiers. [TU] [Post-Star]

Comments

I think the Saratogain has that story wrong. Skidmore students were smoking pot openly; coincidentally, the date happened to be 4.20.

College students smoke pot. In other news, a bear poops in the woods.

Carrie, if a bear poops in the woods, does it make a stink?

when will this special election go away, cant these guys just arm wrestle for the position or something?

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