Nurses say they're suing over flu shot requirement, couple accused of abandoning dogs, car registration stickers not sticking, cities try to solve crow problem, fish pedicure ban proposed

Four Albany Med nurses are filing a lawsuit against the state health commissioner over the state's flu shot requirement for health care workers. The nurses say the requirement is a violation of their civil liberties. One of them says they "don't believe in" the vaccine. The nurses could be suspended -- and later fired -- if they don't get the shot. Their attorney says they'll quit if the state doesn't drop the requirement. [TU] [CapNews9] [WNYT] [WTEN] [Troy Record]

An East Greenbush woman says the incident in which a teenager was allegedly thrown onto a bonfire last week is just part of a string of ongoing violence between two rival groups in the town. The mother of the burned teen says the alleged attack was racially motivated. [WTEN] [WTEN]

State police have arrested two people in Rensselaer County for allegedly abandoning their dogs with no food or water in a house. Police accuse the couple of moving to a new house -- and leaving the dogs behind. The dogs were found -- hungry and thirsty -- last week after a neighbor noticed them. Police say the couple had moved out weeks before. Shelter workers say it looks like the dogs will be OK. [Fox23] [CapNews9] [CBS6] [Troy Record] [WNYT]

Two Delmar women are pushing for a Bethlehem town law that would require cat owners to keep their pets in doors. The women say their neighborhood as become overrun with cat poop -- "You can't even walk around the circle without the scent of cat urine and feces knocking you down," says one of them. [TU] [Spotlight]

Apparently a good portion of the state car registration and inspection stickers distributed during the past year don't stick very well -- or at all. [NYT]

It appears that Albany County exec Mike Breslin and the legislature are at odds over the proposed budget. [TU]

Doctors in the Adirondacks have agreed to a "groundbreaking" arrangement that includes pay-for-performance incentives. [TU]

Archaeologists say there's a good chance the coffins found during the Delaware Ave reconstruction don't actually contain bodies. [TU]

The condo-townhouse-marina project planned along the Mohawk on Front Street in Schenectady is dead. Developers say the project got caught on many snags, including inaction by the state legislature. [Daily Gazette $] [TU]

North Greenbush police have accused two people of having a pound of cocaine, cash, a gun and a police scanner in their apartment. Police say a bullet hole in a nearby car led to them to the apartment. [Troy Record] [CBS6]

Colonie police say a tractor trailer rammed into a police car Friday night and then fled. The man accused of driving the truck has been arrested and faces a bunch of charges. [CBS6] [TU]

Troy, Cohoes and Green Island are trying to figure out what to do about the return of thousands of roosting crows. (Earlier on AOA: Find those crows a job) [TU]

The owner of one of Saratoga's dog boutiques is starting a "Dog Friendly Downtown"" initiative. [Post-Star]

A state senator wants the the state to ban fish pedicures. [CBS6]


Oh goody, I'm so glad I lucked out and got un-sticky registration and inspection stickers. For some reason they really like to peel off...

The coffins don’t actually contain bodies??!? ZOMG! This is it!

OK folks, looks like we're just dealing with a Class 1 outbreak (1 - 20 infections and a 20 mile radius) but don't rest easy… these things can escalate fast.

Luke Gucker will activate the WPZDI* phone-tree and I'll make contact with the Delaware Ave, Mansion Hill, Park South, New Scotland, and Delmar groups to coordinate a perimeter closure and extermination. It'll probably be a good idea to have the Albany All Stars on call in case of a breach out of the secured zone. They're mobile, quick, and armored. In the meantime, we should probably airlift our VIPs (former Lt Gov Kevin Marshall, the AOA pizza judging committee, Otto, the staff of Cardona's, Albany John, but not Albany Jane) to a more secure undisclosed location somewhere in the Shawangunk region.

The rest of you shouldn't panic, but we'll need you to be on alert. Don’t travel alone and set up code word identification protocols with your friends and associates. If you find yourself surrounded by a few of these things, don't panic! If you have a gun, shoot 'em in the head. That's a sure way to kill 'em. If you don't, get yourself a club or a torch. Beat 'em or burn 'em. They go up pretty easy.

Stay tuned to this channel for further updates.

*Washington Park Zombie Defense Initiative

Hopefully there isn't going to be a ban on turtle pedicures also. Love them.

Cat poopy makes the headlines? Only in Delmar...It really is like a separate country once you cross the Normanskill.

Hah, suck it Sandor - I'm airlifted on an included technicality!

That said, if we absolutely need another sharp shooter from the plane, I'll take up the post.

@Sandor: Even though Center Square is not on your list of affected areas, it's just too close for comfort. I will be heading to the plaza underground concourse with my .308 and a can of pork and beans. If anyone else would care to join me, come along before I bolt the doors and drink all the starbucks.

What's nice is that those coffins were outside the plaza, which means that I'm perfectly safe up here in the tower. Cafeteria, bathrooms, unfortunately we're not allowed firearms, but I'm sure there's something that we can do about defense. I do have a super powered stapler!

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