Obama at HVCC today, Bruno not invited, Paterson told to drop out, transcript indicates chief used slur, men accused of blowing up turtle

obama hvcc before

The scene this morning before the event.

President Obama's appearance at HVCC today is scheduled for 11:30 am. There were no tickets made available to the public. Video from the event will be streamed on HVCC's web site. Update: Lou's posted details about how to get the stream working. [HVCC] [HVCC]

Obama's speech is expected to focus on the economy and industries such as alternative energy. HVCC was likely chosen because the Obama Administration has been touting the potential of community colleges to train workers for these industries. [Troy Record] [TU]

The usual assortment of state and local politicians will be at the Obama event -- including Paul Tonko, who's flying in on Air Force One with the POTUS. [TU] [Fox23]

Not on that list of officials: Joe Bruno, who says the White House told him specifically that he was not invited -- and told WNYT that he's "hurt by it." Bruno's pork prowess helped fund many of the projects Obama will be highlighting. [WNYT] [TU]

The White House has reportedly asked David Paterson to drop out of the 2010 gubernatorial race. Paterson says he's still planning to run. The President is expected to meet with Paterson today during his visit to the Capital Region -- and with gubernatorial candidate state attorney general Andrew Cuomo. [NYT] [AP/Troy Record] [NYDN]

Transcripts indicate that Bethlehem's police chief did use a racial slur during a phone conversation about the Christopher Porco case in 2006. "I got (racial slurs) in the woodpile," said chief Lou Corsi, according to the transcript released by the town. The chief has issued a statement apologizing for the remark: "I did not intend any bigotry, harm or prejudice in my words." [TU] [WTEN] [Fox23]

The Albany County sheriff's department says it appears the two dogs found shot Berne last week were intentionally shot at close range. The dogs' owner says police found leash pieces on the dogs -- leashes she didn't put on them. [Fox23] [TU]

The Albany County sheriff's department says it's arrested five Knox men for having a bunch of illegal explosives. Officials say they also found video of the men blowing up a turtle with a pipe bomb. [CBS6] [WNYT]

Albany police say they're investigating a triple stabbing on State Street near Washington Park Saturday night. [CapNews9]

Albany police say a man was shot in the leg in West Hill Friday night. [TU]

The org running the Troy Gun Buyback says it had to end the program early because it took its maximum number of guns. Organizers say almost 160 guns were turned in for mall gift cards. [CapNews9] [Troy Record]

Troy police say three people had to be rescued from the Poestenkill gorge after they got stuck while rock climbing. [Troy Record]

A Rensselaer County spring has been closed after six people came down with "beaver fever" -- that would giardia. [TU] [CDC]

Schenectady police say a woman ran her car into the SEFCU branch in the DOT building Friday because she lost control while trying to light a cigarette. [WTEN]

Federal stimulus money is funding the $6.2 million project aimed at improving pavement and bus facilities along sections of Route 5 from Schenectady to Albany. [Daily Gazette $] [TU]

Skidmore says it's increased its financial aid budget 8 percent this year -- that's a bit more than usual. [Saratogian]

One small bonus from the Obama visit: AT&T Wireless says it's permanently upgraded its local network to handle the expected surge in traffic. [Troy Record]

It's looking like the ice rink at the ESP may be closed again this year. [TU]

People reported seeing a strange cone of light in the sky Saturday night. [CBS6]

A local veteran, who was a paratrooper during WWII, still jumps out of airplanes. [TU]

Comments

Here's a more direct link to the stream player for off-campus types:

https://www.hvcc.edu/obamavisit/offcampus.html

... or the stream itself:

mms://win81il.audiovideoweb.com/1c2winlive6957?MSWMExt=.asf

The site's straining under load, so you want to go straight to the goods. Unfortunately they're using Windows Media encoding, so if you have any problems just open the 'mms://' URL above in something like VLC.

LQ

A friend of mine witnessed the stabbings on state street, and had to go down to the station and everything to issue a statement. The TU article differs quite a bit from his account, but these things happen...
...and who the eff blows up a turtle?! Honestly!!

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