Opening statements in Bruno trial, Aretha Franklin coming to RPI, investigation into Paterson World Series tickets, cops say man was wearing a Breathalyzer costume, naked sprint around the Nott

A jury was selected for Joe Bruno's federal trial yesterday. Each side also delivered its opening statement. The prosecution said Bruno used his influence at the capitol to rake in more than $3 million from clients. Bruno's defense said he's "a hardworking, honest public servant" and the feds had made a mistake. As he entered the courthouse yesterday, Bruno told reporter he had been "looking forward to this day." [CapNews9] [NYT] [Troy Record] [TU] [NYSNYS via Daily Politics]

GlobalFoundries has announced that Hector Ruiz is stepping down as chairman of the board. The WSJ reported in October that the feds had identified Ruiz as the AMD executive who leaked news of the impending formation of GlobalFoundries to a hedge fund last year. The new chairman will be Alan Ross, who had been the CEO of another semi-conductor company. GloFo says Ruiz's exit will have no effect on plans for the Luther Forest chip fab. [NYT] [San Jose Mercury News] [TU] [Saratogian]

The Albany County Department of Health reported its first death associated with the H1N1 flu. The ACDoH says the teen had a "longstanding underlying medical condition." The county health commissioner said the news was not cause for alarm and "the vast majority of individuals" will recover. [TU] [WTEN] [Troy Record] [CapNews9]

The Albany County Department of Health says the death of a county resident has been associated with the contaminated ground beef that was recently recalled. The beef was produced by a company in western New York and distributed throughout the East Coast. Locally, the beef had been available at Price Chopper, which has been contacting people to notify them of the recall. [Fox23] [NYT] [TU] [@ChrisRooney]

Aretha Franklin and Joshua Bell will performing at EMPAC in December as part of a celebration of Shirley Ann Jackson's 10 years at RPI (or, as @supraphonic @timesunion called it yesterday; Shirleystock). The performances will not be open to the general public. (Earlier on AOA: RPI's Jackson tops compensation chart) [RPInsider] [TU] [AP/CBS6]

The state's Commission on Public Integrity is investigating whether David Paterson crossed any lines when his administration tried to get free tickets to Game 1 of the World Series. If Paterson's people really did try to do that, NYPIRG's Blair Horner called the move "mind-bogglingly inexplicable." [NYT] [NY Post] [NYO]

Schenectady police say a woman allegedly shot a 16-year-old during an argument yesterday. They say the teen was struck in the wrist and not seriously injured. [TU] [Fox23] [CapNews9]

Colonie police say they stopped a man early Sunday morning for DWI -- and they say the man was wearing a Breathalyzer costume. They also accuse the man of deleting his own report while at the police station. And just to prove that there really is nothing original in this world, police in Ohio report picking up another man -- also dressed as a Breathalyzer -- for DWI Halloween night. [TU] [CBS6] [Oxford Press]

Police say it looks like a man and woman team could be responsible for the two gas station robberies along Rt 5 early Monday morning. [WNYT]

This year might be the last for the St. Mary's day-before-Election-Day spaghetti dinner, a tradition for many local politicians. [TU]

The Town of Colonie thinks its Clifton Park reservoir is worth more than $8 million -- others, apparently, do not. [TU]

The Kenwood Convent in south Albany -- which was also the campus for the Doane Stuart School until recently -- is for sale. [TU]

Note to streaking Union College students: Marv Cermak is not a professor. [Marv Cermak]


Behold! My problem with professional sports! I think it's time we start calling it like it is and retire the "New York" in "New York Yankees." Same with other teams featuring community names. The only exception - the Green Bay Packers (more on that in a moment). These are BUSINESSES. Businesses battling to make more money, only, on a public stage, while a game goes on. The world series is won and lost in a board room. Next time people ask me who I think is going to win the superbowl, I'm asking them who they are rooting for to get market share in the paper towel business.

Check out my link. Pro sports needs to lift the ban on publically owned franchises. How 'bout it NY? Would you like to own the Yankees? What if Steinbrenner decided to move the team? Stupid pro sports.

Don't get me wrong, I love attention, but to be fair, I nabbed 'Shirleystock' from the TU.

Ah, the Naked Nott Run. One of Union's finest traditions.

> They also accuse the man of deleting his own report
> while at the police station.

Boy, you may be drunk, but I salute a solid pair of brass b*lls. I quote:

> Piel also allegedly caused other problems for police while
> handcuffed to a desk where an officer was using a
> computer to fill out an arrest report.
> When the officer stepped away, Piel -- using his free hand
> -- grabbed the mouse and deleted all of the information
> the officer had put on the report, Pero said.

Officer stepped away. Boy was handcuffed. Record deleted. Sounds fair game to me :)

Tip of the hat.

Best oxymoron ever?

"Hardworking, honest public servant"

and every political figure looks forward to his 'day at court' because most individuals in the Judicial system got their job via the Spoils system in the Legislative branch...

Anyone know why Pete Yorn is hanging around Albany? I just met him in Debbie's Kitchen.

@Summer: He's playing at The Egg tomorrow:

What was he eating?

Just saw that on his website...shoulda looked there first.

I don't know what he had...he and his whole band were there, and I was waiting for my food when they stood up to pay and go. He was quiet, but nice.

Pete Yorn!! Awesome! Great to hear that a public figure I look up to is nice.

As for the private performance at RPI: I don't care what the reasons are- this just further proves that RPI cares very little about forming a lasting and mutual relationship with Troy and the rest of the Capital Region. I really hope those staff members fired last Christmas due to budget cuts are invited to this obviously very frugal celebration.

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