Still hot, more details on Colonie shootout, Saratoga club owner says his bar was targeted because of race, Colonie Extreme Makeover house for sale

(Cue the bugle) Today is opening day at the Saratoga Race Course.

This just in: it's hot. Today's forecast: a high temp of 93 and lots of sun. [NWS]

The high temperature Thursday was 99 degrees -- just short of the record for the date (101 in 1930). It was the hottest day here in 16 years. The tarmac at ALB reportedly reached 131 degrees. Demand on the upstate New York electricity grid set a new record. And it appears demand caused a transformer and power lines in Saratoga to overheat. [NWS] [Fox23] [WTEN] [Fox23] [Saratogian]

More details about the Colonie shootout: Police say a total of 13 shots were fired as officers and Agostino Jubrey, who was shot twice in the head, were just 10 feet from each other. Officials say it's unclear if Jubrey will survive. State Police allege Jubrey had been coming back from a drug lab in Columbia County. [Fox23] [TU] [WNYT]

Two same-sex couples were waiting at the Albany city clerk's office Friday morning to get a marriage license ahead of Sunday. Said one woman: "Through all of this advocating I never really saw the end of it. It was just like let's get through today, let's get through this goal, let's get through sitting and waiting for 12 hours so now it's like, I do like you. I'll keep you." [WNYT] [Fox23]

Isaac Peterson, the man who held two people hostage this past December in Albany and was shot at the end of the incident, has pleaded guilty. At one point during the standoff, police asked a YNN reporter to talk with Peterson on the phone. [Fox23] [YNN]

A sixth person has died from injuries sustained during the house explosion in Washington County last week. [Saratogian]

The Troy city council is moving ahead on the process to borrow money to renovate the Dauchy Building to be the new city hall. [Troy Record]

Saratoga Springs police chief Chris Cole, suspended for sexting from his office, will be back on the job Monday. [Saratogian]

There's evidence in the Steven Raucci emails that Schenectady school district officials ignored complaints about Raucci's behavior. [Daily Gazette]

The owner of Club Shadow, the Saratoga bar that recently had its liquor license cancelled, alleges that his club was targeted because it "catered to clientele who were individuals of color on a street otherwise populated by primarily white patrons." [Saratogian]

The FBI is looking into threats against a Rotterdam tattoo school after a documentary about the school aired on TLC. [Daily Gazette]

The wife of McGinn-Smith co-founder David Smith has been tagged with a penalty of almost $1 million for allegedly trying to hide money from the feds. [TU]

Troy city code enforcement officials reportedly found multiple violations -- including a lack of smoke detectors -- at an office building downtown Troy that houses many county offices. [Troy Record]

Adding "Yackety Sax" to surveillance video of a prisoner trying to escape at the Albany County prison is frowned upon, apparently. [TU]

There's been a significant drop off in the convention and meeting space rental business at the ESP. [TU]

The parent company of Chobani is getting $16 million in incentives from the state to expand production at its yogurt plant in Chenango County. [AP/CBS6]

If you're looking to breeze through airport security, it helps to be Wade Boggs. [YNN]

The Extreme Makeover house in Colonie is for sale. [TU]


I'm sure this link has been posted before, but 'This American Life' devoted a whole show to Steven Raucci. I remember listening to this one night on my way back to Albany after seeing family in Rochester and I still couldn't believe the whole thing... If you've got an hour or so to kill, it's well worth your time and shows how something like this was allowed to go on.

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