UAlbany suspends Fountain Day because of kegs and eggs riot, "disturbing" case of animal cruelty in Schenectady, alleged burglar gets the shaft

UAlbany has cancelled Fountain Day this year because of the kegs and eggs riot. Said university president George Philip in a letter to students: "I regret that this action will punish students who had no role in the disturbing events of March 12. But the need to proactively respond and to uphold our reputation has never been greater." Remarked a UAlbany senior to the Gazette: "There's 18,000 students on campus. Everyone is getting punished for the stupidity of 40 kids." Inevitable Facebook protest page. [TU] [Troy Record] [Daily Gazette]

UAlbany also announced that will be moving next year's spring break up a month so that it covers St. Patrick's Day. Another student was arrested last week for allegedly being involved with the riot. [TU] [Troy Record]

About 150 UAlbany students turned out for the neighborhood cleanup on Friday. Said student association president Justin Wax Jacobs: "We're going to own up to it and clean up the mess."

James Miller, the spokesman for the Albany Police Department, was arrested for alleged DWI Friday night in downtown Albany while allegedly driving an unmarked department car (map). As per what apparently is standard operating procedure for cops arrested for DWI, he allegedly refused an alcohol test. The APD says Miller has been placed on unpaid leave. Said chief Steven Krokoff of the arrest: "It definitely makes a strong statement that officers are not conducting business on any differentiated scale." (It appears Miller did not appear in the APD's mugshot release for Friday arrests.) [Troy Record] [TU] [YNN] [Fox23] [APD via @g_p_g]

How well protected from earthquakes are the two nuclear reactors at the Kesselring site in Saratoga County? Good question. [TU]

A property tax cap may end up being a part of the state budget negotiations as downstate Assembly members look for something to trade in return for renewal rent control laws. [TU]

Saratoga Springs police say they're continuing to investigate the death of Alexander Grant, the 19-year-old who was found submerged in a creek after he left a house party. A letter from Grant's parents alleges the student's friends have not been totally forthcoming about the events of that night and have hired attorneys. [Post-Star] [TU]

Hikers found a body in the water just off Peebles Island on Saturday. [TU]

An SUV carrying two people fell through a hole in a collapsed road and down a cliff in northern Saratoga County on Saturday (check out the photos). The people were treated and released.

The Troy Republican Committee has picked former councilwoman and state Canal Corp commissioner Carmella Mantello as its candidate for this year's mayor election. [Troy Record]

Saratoga County may not end up owning the Luther Forest tech park, as had been previously floated. And a former Clifton Park supervisor says the Shen school district should be getting a cut of the GlobalFoundries PILOT money. [Saratogian] [TU]

The Albany Catholic diocese has placed three Capital Region priests on administrative leave after allegations of sexual abuse. The priests had worked at parishes in Schenectady, Troy and Albany. [TU] [Fox23]

Said an SCPA official of the situation in Schenectady involving two dead cats -- and one cat still alive, who was eating the dead cats: "This is one of the most disturbing cases of animal cruelty I've seen in a long time." The suspect in the case was charged with animal cruelty last year in Albany County. [Fox23] [TU] [Daily Gazette] [WNYT]

The Saratoga-based org accused in a NYT story of causing the neglect of retired race horses says the situation was "mischaracterized." [Saratogian]

The Rensselaer man accused of accidentally starting the Central Warehouse fire has taken a plea deal. [WNYT]

Colonie police say a woman has stolen at least $60,000 from a blind person she's been "caring" for. The blind woman says she was notified of the alleged theft by employees at her credit union. [TU] [WNYT]

Rotterdam police responded to a pizza shop last Friday to find a man dangling from a ventilation hood (you have to see the photo). The man allegedly had tried to crawl through the shaft in an effort to rob the place, but got stuck. [WNYT] [Daily Gazette]

Albany police say it appears a man fell two stories from a porch into a dumpster last week at his apartment building (map). [TU]

The state PSC has given Verizon the OK to offer FiOS TV in Guilderland. [TU]

The only female oral surgeon in the Capital Region is a former professional ballerina. [Daily Gazette]

Proctors says the run the recently-completed run of The Lion King sold 99 percent of its tickets. [Daily Gazette]

Sports page

Jimmer Fredette and BYU advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the men's NCAA basketball tournament with a convincing win over Gonzaga (Jimmer had 34 points). [ESPN]

Syracuse threw away its chance at the Sweet Sixteen against Marquette, falling 66-62. [ESPN]

The men's hockey teams for both Union and RPI are headed to the NCAA tournament. [YNN]

Comments

Empty your kegs and sweep the glass
You kids are in trouble but this too shall pass
APD's on the scene
With spokeman's face green
Resembling one Congressman Kick Ass

"There's 18,000 students on campus. Everyone is getting punished for the stupidity of 40 kids."

"About 150 UAlbany students turned out for the neighborhood cleanup on Friday."

Seems to me that 17,850 students missed out on a chance to better their standing in their community.

For comparison, "1,196 Attending" the Facebook protest page.

I'm not surprised. Seems to me that you can do a lot on Facebook that doesn't transfer over to anything in real life.

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