Teen shot while riding bike, council president candidate accused of sexual harassment, attendance down slightly at Track, demolition begins on Wellington

Police say a teenager was shot in the leg as he rode his bike through Albany's West Hill neighborhood on Saturday (map). Police say they don't have a suspect. [TU] [Fox23]

Lenny Ricchiuti -- head of the Albany Police Athletic League and a candidate for Common Council president -- has been accused of sexual harassment by a former PAL employee. Ricchiuti is running against Carolyn McLaughlin for the Common Council presidency. [TU] [TU]

The Bethlehem police officer who's accused the town's police chief of using a racial slur has had his service weapons taken away -- the town cited the officer's "emotional state.". [TU]

Critics of Albany's charter schools say the schools score better on state tests because they have lower numbers of special education students. [TU]

Andrew Cuomo is expected to announce that his office has not found any evidence that a special unit of the state police had been assembled to gather information about politicians. The issue rose out of the "Troopergate" dispute between Joe Bruno and Eliot Spitzer. [NYT] [AP/Troy Record]

A fight/riot involving 100 people erupted after the Schenectady-Albany high school football game Friday night in Schenectady. Seven people were arrested. [TU] [TU]

Albany police say two pedestrians were mugged Friday night -- and the assailant(s) used shotguns. Police say the two incidents appear connected. [Troy Record] [Fox23]

After the Troy Fire Department responded to a fire in an RPI lab earlier this summer, the TFD said many of the firefighters were "out sick" afterward as they awaited testing for exposure to chemicals -- it turns out that that wasn't true, though. The firefighters' union and RPI have been involved in an ongoing exchange over whether the school should pay for increased staffing at a nearby firehouse. [Troy Record]

The group trying to save Troy's Proctor's Theater as a theater says it has a viable plan and is not "tilting at windmills." The project currently planned for the theater -- which involves keeping the facade but demolishing the building for office space -- recently received $4 million in state money. [TU] [AOA]

A bunch of local school districts are switching to full-day kindergarten this year. [TU]

NYRA reports that overall attendance at The Track was down a little more than two percent this year compared to last year. Other tracks around the country have been reporting much steeper drops. [Saratogian] [Fox23]

Saratoga businesses report mixed results from this year's Track season -- it seems restaurants did better than shops. [Post-Star] [Fox23]

Rachel Alexandra -- widely regarded as the best horse currently racing -- nosed out a victory in the Woodward Stakes at The Track on Saturday. [TU]

Local Sunoco gas stations say business is way up since the start of Price Chopper's gas discount program. [TU]

Local county fairs say attendance was up this year -- perhaps because of "staycations." [Daily Gazette $]

Demolition has begun on the Wellington Hotel on State Street in Albany. [WTEN]

One of the last pieces of Bruno Bacon: a playground in Troy. [Troy Record]

Mr. Stark's earth science students rock -- and he'd like you to know that. [Saratogian]


> Demolition has begun on the Wellington Hotel
> " the old Wellington Hotel in downtown Albany came crashing down Monday. "

Damn, I missed that. Did somebody get some photos?

@S- damn, I missed it too! I was home being a bum yesterday and could have walked over to watch. Oh well.

Re: the two shotgun robberies; something seems off about that. The Lark street incident seems awfully far from the second kid's Hamilton Street home and the site of the first incident. I wonder where on Lark street the incident took place.

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