Second teen pleads guilty in Bailey case, Paterson says he gets advice from Spitzer, Murphy talks about Afghanistan trip, appeals court ruling in mall peace tshirt case

Ricardo Caldwell, one of the three teens accused of being involved in the shooting death of UAlbany student Richard Bailey, took a plea deal yesterday that requires him to testify against the alleged shooter, De Von Callicut. The third teen that was charged -- King Modest -- took a similar plea deal in January. [TU] [Troy Record]

Albany police say investigators have not yet met with the two officers involved in the fatal shooting this week on Quail Street. [TU]

A group of citizens -- including UAlbany students -- testified at last night's Albany common council meeting that they don't think the police chief search has been open enough to public input. [WTEN] [WNYT]

A spokesman for David Paterson called the New York Times' latest profile of the governor (perhaps the article that had been the subject of so many rumors) a "gossip-laden, subjective, and poorly-sourced narrative." [NYT] [press release]

David Paterson says he talks to Eliot Spitzer "from time to time and get[s] advice from him." [NY Post]

Two people have filed a lawsuit against the Schenectady school district alleging that top district did nothing after being warned about Steven Raucci. [Daily Gazette $]

Scott Murphy says he got "a different sense of what is going on" in Afghanistan during his trip there this week. Murphy met with top US military and diplomatic officials -- as well as troops -- during the trip, which he says he's been wanting to take since he first entered office. He says US forces in Afghanistan are making progress. [Post-Star] [TU] [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette]

The City of Troy is one step closer to its first city-wide property reassessment in more than 30 years. The measure will be up for vote by the full city council in March. [Troy Record] [TU]

A state appeals court overturned the conviction of a Troy man for a 2005 shooting death. [Troy Record]

The former president of a local CSEA chapter in Albany has been accused of embezzling $71k from the union. [CapNews9] [Troy Record]

An Albany County legislator has floated the idea of the state turning over control of Thacher Park to the county. [TU]

State police say a Rensselaer County man stole a pickup truck from a police impound lot and drove it into the Hudson. [TU] [Fox23]

A couple -- ages 61 and 53 -- were arrested in Rotterdam for marijuana possession. [CBS6]

It looks like labor unions -- and their money -- are lining up behind Andrew Cuomo. [TU]

The Averill Park school district is talking about closing two of its elementary schools to save money. [Fox23]

A state appeals court ruled that the man who was bounced from Crossgates Mall in 2003 for wearing a t-shirt that said "Give Peace a Chance" did not have his first amendment rights violated. [Metroland archive] [Daily Gazette $]

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