Heated exchange between Bruno and judge, guilty pleas in man cave case, Intel settlement could be good for chip fab, Schenectady Armory off the auction block

Joe Bruno Trial Day 9: Judge Gary Sharpe angrily scolded Bruno for making a comment to his attorney after Sharpe allowed prosecutors another chance to question a witness at the end of the day. "For once in your life you don't control something - I do," said the judge. Bruno then reportedly responded with borderline sarcasm, "I understand very clearly what is happening here, Judge, very clearly." The exchange apparently prompted Bruno's team to file for a mistrial this morning -- the motion was denied. Earlier in the day, two top officials for Wright Investors Services testified that Bruno helped them land contracts with 10 labor unions. [Troy Record] [NYDN] [NYT] [Daily Politics] [TU]

Adrian Thomas was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the death of his infant son. He's also been barred from contacting his wife or other children. Thomas' attorney says they'll be filing an appeal. [TU] [Troy Record] [CapNews9]

The two men accused of running the "man cave" in the ESP have pleaded guilty. As part of the plea, one guy is going to jail for a year and the other has to do community service -- and they both have to pay a combined $3,500 in restitution. The state AG's office has also released video of the two men kicking back in the man cave. [Troy Record] [CapNews9] [NYS AG] [TU]

An anonymous donor is offering a $10,000 reward for info leading to the conviction of the person who duct-taped and bagged that beagle in Saratoga County. The dog is now back with its owners, who live about five miles from where the dog was found. [WNYT] [CapNews9] [Post-Star] [TU]

Intel announced yesterday that it would be paying AMD $1.25 billion to settle an anti-trust suit against it. As part of the settlement, Intel also agreed to stop challenging the transfer of a key patent license from AMD to GlobalFoundries -- and that could mean good things for the GlobalFoundries chip fab project in Malta. [NYT] [Post-Star] [TU]

Scott Murphy showed up a rally in Clifton Park last night protesting his vote against the health care reform bill in the House -- and talked directly with the crowd. [Saratogian] [Fox23]

A conference call among state legislature leaders about the budget cuts turned into a conference spat yesterday. [TU]

Chuck Schumer is pushing for a ban on BPA. [TU]

The state has canceled the auction of the Schenectady Armory planned for next week. Apparently the state has gotten interest from parties looking to buy the property directly. [Daily Gazette $] [AP/CapNews9]

Sam Messina will be the next Bethlehem supervisor after incumbent Jack Cunningham conceded yesterday. Cunningham made the call about halfway through the absentee ballot count. [CapNews9] [WNYT]

A state appeals court has ruled against the challenge to the Saratoga Springs South Side Recreation Center project. [Saratogian]

Niskayuna's budget for next year includes a tax increase of almost 3 percent. [Daily Gazette]

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