Meals on Wheels org says it needs help after van stolen, McCoy threatens closures and layoffs if no tax cap override, odd theft attempt thwarted by stop for soda

The Albany org whose Meals on Wheels van was stolen this week says it's looking for help to deliver its special Thanksgiving meals this year. And if someone has a vehicle to donate: 465-3322. [Spotlight] [YNN] [Daily Gazette]

Albany County exec-elect Dan McCoy says the county will have to close its nursing home and layoff other county employees if there's not an override of the 2-percent tax cap. [TU]

Five Albany Diocese priests who were all accused of sexual abuse by the same man were were cleared of the allegations by the church after it says its investigation, overseen by a retired state Court of Appeals judge, found "no reasonable grounds." Says the head of a group that advocates for people who say they've been abused by priests: "I question how an organization can clear its own employees." [AP/Fox23] [Daily Gazette] [WNYT]

Saratoga Springs got 5 inches of snow last night. Thanksgiving forecast: sunny with highs in the upper 40s. [TU] [NWS]

The margin separating Schenectady mayoral candidates Gary McCarthy and Roger Hull is now down to 62 votes. We still won't know the final results until after the case goes to court. [WNYT]

Jerry Jennings says he won't veto the $150k the Common Council approved for the anti-gun SNUG program. [TU]

A number of national chains with stores in the Capital Region will be open on Thanksgiving. [Daily Gazette]

Occupy Albany protestors are planning a protest against Wal-mart today in attempts to encourage people to buy local. [Fox23]

Albany prosecutors let a second batch of Occupy Albany prosecutors off the hook for their trespassing charges, bring the number to about two dozen so far. Bradley Russell, the Occupier whose arrest set off the nightly round of trespassing arrests in Lafayette Park, says he's suspending his "nightly action" in the park. [TU] [OA email press release]

A man thwarted an attempt by two men to hold him against his will and take his SUV by stopping at a convenience store for a soda and telling the clerk to call police. [TU] [WNYT]

An Albany charter school teacher was suspended with pay and arrested for allegedly grabbing a 14-year-old girl's buttocks as she walked down the hall. [Fox23] [TU]

A man was struck by a car while crossing Colombia Turnpike in East Greenbush on Tuesday night. [WNYT] [TU]

A group of Rensselaer County seniors and their families have launched a letter campaign in an attempt to keep open the Rensselaer Area Senior Service Center, which served 4,747 meals to the elderly in 2010 open. [Troy Record]

The new full-body scanners at the Albany International Airport produce images that look like gingerbread men. [Daily Gazette]


Who the hell 1) steals a van 2) which delivers meals to disadvantaged elderly 3) the week of thanksgiving? This is why hell needs a V.I.P. section.

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