Same-sex couples get married all around New York, man found shot in car, mayor says allegations of racism are "totally irresponsible," suddenly underwear everywhere in Saratoga

There were same-sex marriages across the state Sunday as the Marriage Equality Act took effect. Albany city hall was opened just before midnight Saturday for ceremonies -- six couples got married there. (We'll have a speed read of all the coverage a little later today.) [NYT] [TU] [CBS6]

A Schaighticoke man faces aggravated vehicular manslaughter charges after a car crash Friday night that killed his son and son's girlfriend. State Police allege he was driving drunk. [Troy Record] [YNN]

Albany police say an officer responded to the sound a gunshot early Saturday morning in the South End and found a man shot in a car (map). They say he was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead. Witnesses say the man's car had crashed into a building. [APD] [TU]

Colonie police say Agostino Jubrey, the suspect shot twice in the head by police during the shootout last week, died Friday afternoon. [WTEN]

Attendance on opening day at The Track Friday: 25,155, up about 2,000 from last year. [CBS6]

Saratoga mayor Scott Johnson on the claim by Club Shadow's owner that his bar was targeted because it was a hip-hop club whose patrons were largely not white: "outrageous and totally irresponsible." (The State Liquor Authority cancelled Club Shadow's liquor license recently after a brawl spilled out of the club onto Caroline Street.) [Daily Gazette]

The father of a three-year-old Rensselaer boy who was found wandering the streets alone turned up at the city police station Friday night, hours after police began search for the boy's parents. The boy was turned over to child protective services. [WNYT] [TU]

The UAlbany police officer who's been charged with running a marijuana grow house in Schenectady County allegedly also had stored an unregistered gun in her police locker. [TU]

As Troy City Government Turns: Harry Tutunjian and councilman Bill Dunne are fighting over whether the city should settle a lawsuit filed against it by the head of police benevolent association (the city's already spend $26k on it). [Troy Record]

Rensselaer County is getting a $2,500 grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation to arm county probation officers. The grant is not going over well with a good government group. [Troy Record] [TU]

One of the things that might have tripped up legislation that would allow MMA bouts in New York State: union opposition. [TU]

Albany Medical Center has closed its heart transplant program. [TU]

The Albany Parking Authority has figured out how motorcycles should use the new "pay and display" parking meters downtown. [TU]

A new private/public partnership is aimed at saving the state's birds. [Daily Gazette]

After weighing almost 400 pounds, a Guilderland man lost 150 pounds and ran an Ironman triathlon. [Fox23]

Downtown Saratoga, without any lingerie stores just a few weeks ago, will soon have three. [Saratogian]

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