Police say Saratoga Winners fire was arson, earthquake near Berne, two men Cheney'd while hunting turkey, time capsule found

Colonie police say the owner of Saratoga Winners set the club on fire so he could collect the insurance money. The owner is a former gynecologist -- his medical license was revoked 2006. [Troy Record] [TU]

The USGS reports there was a magnitude 3 earthquake near Berne last night -- people report that it woke them up. [USGS] [CBS6]

Stillwater says water usage in the town is down 2 million gallons (no time frame given)-- perhaps out of concern about PCB contamination from the Hudson seeping into the town's wells. [CapNews9]

One of the highest-profile potential primary challengers to Kirsten Gillibrand says he won't run for the Senate. Steve Israel, a Congressman from Long Island, says President Obama asked him to not challenge Gillibrand. [TU] [NYT]

A man in New York City died last night from complications related to the emerging H1N1 influenza -- New York's State's first reported death from the virus. NYC has closed 10 schools in an effort to keep a lid on another flu flare up. [NYT]

Schenectady County had a $33.7 million surplus in 2008 -- that's about 12 percent of its total budget. [Daily Gazette]

The head of the agency responsible for coordinating the redevelopment of the Harriman State Office Campus is resigning. The project has stalled in recent months. [Biz Review] [TU]

Tom Golisano -- Rochester billionaire and one time gubernatorial candidate -- says he's changing his primary residence to Florida because of tax increases here in New York. Golisano says he'll save about $5 million a year in income taxes by making the switch. [Rochester Democrat and Chronicle]

Two men hunting turkeys near the Mohawk in Colonie were shot by another hunter this weekend in an apparent case of mistaken turkey identity. [TU]

Arrests and felonies were up in Saratoga Springs last year. [Post-Star]

The Salvation Army store in Troy is closing because sales there couldn't cover expenses. [Troy Record]

There Saratoga County Showcase of Homes has been canceled this year -- not enough builders were willing to take part because of the recession. [Troy Record]

The Schenectady High student who was denied permission to attend the Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons prom showed up with her boyfriend for the trip to Lake George anyway -- and was denied again without any explanation. [TU]

An Albany woman is facing suspension of her driver's license for an unpaid traffic ticket -- from 1984. [TU]

A construction crew working on the expansion of St. Peter's Hospital found a time capsule from 1929. [TU]

Comments

> Two men hunting turkeys near the Mohawk in Colonie
> were shot by another hunter this weekend

From the TU article: "Treated and released were Anthony Santoro, 25, and Vincent Santoro, 23, both of Cohoes, police said. The men's relationship was not available."

Relationship what?

Later on: "One had a bow for hunting and the other a video camera."

They totally had it coming.

And: "They laid out fake tom turkey decoys and had a device for making turkey calls. Above them were Watson and Ferrara. They saw the decoys and heard the fake calls."

Lucky they were not mating calls.

2 guys 1 decoy? I think I saw that video on redtube.

Oh B, you had to reference THAT video. Ugh. I just threw up a little bit in my mouth just thinking of it.

Hmmm... "Flaming Failing Gyno" might be an interesting drink. One part Bacardi, one part K-Y, and a match should do it.

"The Schenectady High student who was denied permission to attend the Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons prom showed up with her boyfriend for the trip to Lake George anyway -- and was denied again without any explanation. [TU]"

What am I missing with this story? Maybe something's being heavily hinted at, but I'm simply not getting it. Is this girl really and truly in the dark as to why she's not being allowed to go to prom?

Idunno. She's obviously taking this awful hard and I feel bad for her, but I also can't help but feel that there's a lot being left out of this story (by the girl and possibly others) and that Piatek isn't doing this to be a villain.

@Kevin Marshall I feel the same way...like there is some detail being left out. I feel like there has to be some kind of back story to this. It seems odd that she would just be told she couldn't come after the school had signed the permission form.

@Kevin and Emma: Yep, there seems to be a missing piece here.

Either that, or they're following a rejected Dawson's Creek script.

@Greg - I was thinking more along the lines of old-school 90210.

For what it's worth, I protested outside Bishop Gibbons. My chant of "Let Donna Martin Graduate" seemed to fall on deaf ears, however.

One of the first things I would like to know is if other students had dates from different schools. Was this an isolated incident or was everyone prevented from bringing outside students?

Boo Bishop-Gibbons. Shame on you. If there is a hidden meaning that we're unaware of, it better be damned good to spoil these kids' fun. From what we're led to believe, these kids are good students who don't deserve this exclusion. If there IS something else to it, then the school should explain themselves.

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