Cuomo will seek legislative blessing in convention center decisions, 200 show up to speak on Shen Board of Ed's Sex Ed program, opening arguments today in '94 murder trial, Gold's Gym rage video released, "gentlman journalist" Viggluci dies at 84.

New York may be in danger of losing hundreds of millions in federal Race to Education aid because it's lagging behind in teacher evaluation systems. [WNYT]

Governor Cuomo informed legislators yesterday that he'll be seeking their blessings on any deal he makes with Malaysia's Genting Group regarding a $4 billion convention center at Aqueduct Race Track. [TU]

Today is the last day of the public comment period on the DEC impact statement on hydrofracking in New York State. Yesterday fracking opponents and supporters brought boxes filled with tens of thousands of letters to the NYS Capitol [YNN] [TU]

The Shenendahowa board of education says they're still reviewing their decision to pull Planned Parenthood sex ed classes. Last night about 200 people showed up for a public comment period on the issue. [TU]

A jury has been selected and opening arguments are slated to start today in a 1994 murder case. George Mott III is faces charges of second degree murder in the 1994 beating death of Rosemary Crosier. [TU]

An East Greenbush family returned from vacation to find a bullet hole in their TV the result of nearby misfires by a neighboring property that neighbors say is an ongoing problem. [YNN]

Albany police arrested three men after a chase through the West Hill neighborhood. One of the men was arrested after posing as a police officer [Fox 23] [YNN]

Newly uncovered video and audio evidence may result in dropped charges in the case of a former Tory police officer accused of sexual abuse. [TU]

Six people were interviewed last night to fill the remainder of Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy's city council term. Anyone from the city was allowed to apply for the job. [TU]

The special prosecutor in the ballot fraud case against Michael LoPorto and Edward McDonagh will be getting an assistant. The Rensselaer County Legislature approved the move unanimously.[TU]

The Colonie Town Attorney has released a six minute surveillance video of Chad Brothers' fatal rage incident at Gold's Guy last fall. Last month the D.A.'s office determined brothers died of a condition called agitated delerium. [TU][Fox 23]

National Grid has plans to build a $10 million, four mile natural gas pipeline to the Global Foundries chip fab plant from Ballston. [Saratogian]

A trial date has been set for the Greenfield Center woman charged with 19 counts of animal cruelty for allegedly starving and neglecting her horses.[TU]

The newly opened Clubhouse Racebook OTB club is hoping to eventually house casino gaming. [CBS6]

The Double Happiness bus company, known for it's cheap fares to New York City, has been issued a cease and desist order by the U.S. Department of Transportation for unsafe practices, but they're still operating. [CBS6]

The Metro nightclub in Saratoga Springs is closing until the spring. Owners say the move is not connected to a New Year's Eve stabbing at the bar. [Saratogian]

Former Albany expat and "gentleman journalist" Andy Vigglucci has passed away at the age of 84. Viggluci was an editor for the San Juan Star and a former journalist for the Times Union. [TU]


The Shen superintendent sounds like a moron defending his decision to severe relations with planned parenthood. Are Shen parents that in the dark about what their children already know about sex, and already do? Using the words penis and vagina in sex education isn't scandalous, unless you're either in 1955 or in Clifton Park apparently.

I've seen a lot of generalizing about parents in the suburbs ever since the Shen story broke. Please stop. A few idiots don't represent all of us living outside the city. Just like a few violent thugs downtown don't represent all of you living in Albany. I've had it with these these trumped up city/suburban culture wars.

While I disagree with Shenendehowa's ill-considered decision about Planned Parenthood's involvement in sexual education classes, I also believe it's ill-considered for anyone to use this situation as an opportunity to stereotype those who live in the suburbs. Can we move on from these attitudes, or will we continue to suffer from, as Arielle says above, the "trumped up city/suburban culture wars"?

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