Occupy Albany made it through its first weekend as officials debate arrests, man dies while on a ladder, alleged drug dealer goes free after evidence lost

As Occupy Albany had its first full weekend, police and politicians were reportedly at odds over whether to arrest the protestors -- with the Cuomo administration reportedly pushing for arrests. Jerry Jennings said the arrests would open the city up to "civil liability." David Soares on the situation: "The backdrop to this is that on Friday we had three kids shot and you are going to try and tell [APD] Chief Krokoff to take his officers off those cases to arrest people who are playing the guitar and eating cider donuts?" The movement intends to remain camped out despite the cold weather. [TU] [Troy Record] [Gazette] [TU] [NYPost] [Gotham Gazette] [YNN]

The 10 candidates running for four Schenectady city council seats all have the same goals, but different methods on how to make them happen. [Daily Gazette]

A man working on his house in Troy died after the ladder he was on fell onto a live power line. [YNN] [Troy Record] [Fox23]

It's cheaper to "rubber room" problem teachers or even send them back to the classroom than it is to fire them. [TU]

Albany police say three people -- including two 15-year-olds -- were shot in West Hill early Saturday morning (map). [Fox23]

A man facing up to 12 years in prison on drugs and gun charges got off with a misdemeanor after the Rensselaer County DA's office said the sheriff's office lost the evidence. [YNN]

There have been a string of home burglaries in the Niskayuna area. [YNN]

It looks like RPI will be the anchor tenant in the redeveloped Chasen Building in downtown Troy. [TU]

A number of nearby politicians are endorsing Troy mayoral candidate Lou Rosimilia. [Troy Record]

Dredging of the Hudson River is behind schedule because of all of this year's difficult weather. [Post-Star]

Some credit restoration companies will scam you and make your credit worse. [TU]

Students and residents in Pine Hills picked up trash as a way to change the perception of the neighborhood. [Fox23] [TU]

"The Social Network" star Jesse Eisenberg is coming to the Capital Region to perform Greek tragedies on "Theater of War." [Daily Gazette] [TU]

There were a couple of local guys in the first "World Championship" baseball game held in 1903. [TU]

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