Earth gently relieving its stress, Paterson calls for calorie counts on menus, Golisano says state bailed on us, Pink Palace sold, guy wins car with hold-in-one

Today is school budget and school board voting day. [CapNews9]

A geologist at the State Museum says the recent string of small earthquakes in Berne is a good thing because stresses in the earth are being released gently. [AOA] [TU]

Police are continuing to investigate the former doctor who's accused of torching Saratoga Winners for the insurance money. Among the points of interest: alleged paycheck irregularities at his staffing firm and a burned-down hair salon. [TU]

Republican Mary Ann McGinn -- an attorney with an MBA -- says she's running for Albany City Treasurer. The current -- and embattled -- treasurer, Democrat Betty Barnette, is also facing a primary challenge. [TU]

Sixteen schools in New York City have now been closed because of the recent flare up of the emerging H1N1 flu. Public officials aren't sure if the school closings actually help, though. The state health department is trying to get a centralized system together to track student illnesses -- the hope being such a system would help officials identify an outbreak earlier. [NYT] [NYT] [AP/CapNews9]

David Paterson has proposed state legislation that would require chain restaurants to post calorie information on their menus. The rule might even apply to places such as Stewart's. [TU] [Troy Record]

The head of the state's Commission on Public Integrity resigned yesterday. David Paterson had asked the entire panel to quit last week after accusations that the ethics group was acting unethically. Yesterday Paterson proposed the creation of new, overarching "Government Ethics Commission." [NYT] [TU]

Albany County DA David Soares wants the state to change its laws regarding public officials and "theft of services" -- mainly he'd like to see the punishment be more like what you get for just outright stealing money. [NYDN]

Billionaire Tom Golisano -- who announced recently he's changing his residency because of high taxes -- said yesterday: "If anything, New York has bailed out on us." [TU]

Schenectady's public safety commissioner says a trio a recent murders in the city are all linked to private parties organized by the same group. [Daily Gazette]

A developer has bought Skidmore's Moore Hall -- AKA, the Pink Palace -- for $1.12 million (map, streetview). The developer has been aiming to build condos on the property, but the plan has been on hold because of the economy. [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian]

A guy won a car yesterday at Saratoga National Golf Course after he sank a hole-in-one during a charity event. [Saratogian]

A screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory this summer in Ballston Spa will include aromas of chocolate and other flavors wafting over the audience. [Daily Gazette]


The "aromavision" of Willy Wonka is dangerous- I'll eat my way through the movie. If the version of Willy Wonka is the Gene Wilder one I'm wearing stretch pants but if it's the Johnny Depp version I'm bringing booze. He gives me the willies... Pun not intended.

@Katherine: it's the 1971 version by Mel Stuart (i.e. with Wilder), in AromaRama. This kind of Smell-O-Vision uses the AC system to "deliver". No pipes in your seat, or funky scratch and sniff cards. Expect a lot of sniffling in the theater :) I don't think it has been done in a while around here, I'll be there, with a chocolate bar just in case. You know. For experimental purposes.

The guy who allegedly had Winners burned down, is also in trouble to trying to get his patient to go into labor faster to coincide with his vacation? That's a crime? If so, there's ALOT of OB/GYN's out there that would be in trouble. Its an incredibly common thing to do.

Regarding Willy Wonka: The Gene Wilder version is worth seeing. The Johnny-Jackson-Freaky-Depp version is too creepy to see again.

Golisano should just go away, shut up, keep his flapping mouth closed.

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