Father acquitted of killing his baby, state offices 25 percent vacant downtown, Troy LIbrary cutting services, Union College hockey coach appears in ESPN's Body issue

After a month-long trial and four days of jury deliberations, a Rensselaer county father was acquitted of killing his baby daughter.After being released last night, Joseph McElheny called the experience "surreal." [Troy Record] [YNN] [TU] [WNYT] [YNN]

After years of attrition, about 25 percent of the state's downtown office space is now vacant. [TU]

Those opposed to the relocation of Sneaky Pete's nightclub in Albany say the bar won't be able to control hundreds of patrons after they leave for the night. [TU]

The Troy Public Library's Board of Directors has decided to cut services rather than try to pass another tax hike. [Troy Record]

A man spent five years doing mental health evaluations for Saratoga County - until it was discovered that he had a mail-order degree rather than a doctorate of psychology. [Daily Gazette]

A Bayou Café waitress told police she was groped by a member of the Valley Cats - and then yelled at and grabbed by other members of the team - as she tried to serve them drinks. [TU]

Farmers are expecting the apple crop to be down slightly from last year because of hot, dry weather and the effects of Irene. [Fox23]

Milton Supervisor Frank Thompson filled out ethics forms at the board of supervisors meeting this week to avoid being arrested for ethics violations. [Saratogian]

There's been a boom in the Schoharie real estate market as people look for deals on damaged property. [YNN]

At Nano Career Day, high school and middle school students learned about things like DNA fingerprinting, separating cancer cells and entering a clean room.[YNN]

A new art exhibit on the citizen casualties of the Afghan war was initiated by the Quakers, who asked people to create pieces on the theme.[WNYT] [Daily Gazette]

Mayor Jennings was roasted last night by government officials and radio personalities. [YNN]

A Union College women's hockey coach is among the athletes who show off their bodies in this year's edition of ESPN's The Body issue. [TU]

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The idea of people buying up "cheap" properties in Schoharie makes me feel a little ill for reasons that I cannot define.

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