Many questions in teacher's death, deliberations start in Raucci trial, what happens in Vegas stays on Facebook

Police near Buffalo say there are still many unanswered questions surrounding the shooting death of Albany elementary school teacher David Park. The attorney for the homeowner who fired the shot said his client and wife were "terrorized" during the episode and were protecting themselves. The principal at Arbor Hill Elementary, where Park taught, said he "exemplifies everything you're looking for in a teacher." One of Park's co-workers said the "whole faculty is devastated." [Buffalo News] [WTEN] [TU] [YNN]

Steven Raucci trial Jurors have begun deliberations. During closing arguments, Raucci's attorney used a bag of plastic Easter eggs to represent doubts about the prosecution's case. Schenectady County DA Bob Carney urged jurors to send the message that "street justice is no substitute for real justice in a court of law." [Fox23] [TU] [Daily Gazette $]

The stepson of Virginia Gratto Utigard told WTEN that his stepmother "is wound differently than anyone I've ever met and I wish I'd never met her." [WTEN]

The SUNY Board of Trustees voted again to close the New Covenant charter school in Albany, this time 6-0 with four abstentions. Four hundred students about $3 million in funding could be headed back to the Albany school district. [SUNY] [TU]

This week in Which Way Northway? State police say a man led troopers on a chase from Exit 13 to Exit 8 Saturday night. And on Sunday, state police say a man drove south in the northbound lane at Exit 10 and hit a tractor trailer. Police say the man's blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit. [TU] [TU] [Fox23] [YNN]

Lobbyists at the Capitol either can't read -- or just ignore the signs. [NYT]

The EPA says the recent spike in PCB levels in the Hudson could be a result of high, fast-moving water. [Daily Gazette $]

The Shenendehowa school district's proposed budget includes 50 job cuts. [TU]

State police say a woman was pulled over in Colonie for smoking pot while driving -- with four kids in the car. Police a call to 911 tipped them off. [Fox23] [CBS6] [Saratogian]

The woman who said she was being booted from a mobile home in the Pine Bush because of her opposition to the Albany landfill expansion will get to stay in her home -- for now. [TU]

Verizon says it plans to stop the rollout of its FiOS fiber network to new areas of the Capital Region. A spokesman says the company is stopping because it's met its goal of 18 million national subscribers. [AP/CBS6] [TU]

Fran McCaffery is getting a six year, $6.6 million contract at Iowa (he was probably making no more than $500k/year at Siena). Siena's now-open head coaching job is attracting a lot of interest. [Des Moines Register via Daily Gazette] [TU]

The Roohan Building on Broadway (the building that include Putnam Market) in Saratoga is up for sale. [Daily Gazette $]

David Hyde Pierce dropped in on the Saratoga Springs High School drama club. [Saratogian]

What happens in Vegas stays on Facebook. [Post-Star]

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