Large apartment fire in Halfmoon, supporters of legalizing MMA reorganizing, Troy officers credited for rescuing woman from river, Bob Reilly raises turkeys

A large apartment fire in Halfmoon early Sunday morning destroyed 10 units, displacing more than a dozen people. One woman says she probably would have slept through the fire if not for a neighbor who pushed open her unit's door and dragged her family to safety. [WTEN] [Fox23] [WNYT]

There were three overnight brush fires in Saratoga County. [WNYT]

Supporters of legalizing professional mixed-martial arts bouts in the state are regrouping in the state legislature. [TU]

State researchers are looking into ways other fungi could be used to control the spread of the fungus causing White Nose Syndrome in bats. [TU]

A former state employee alleges he was pushed from his job at the state Office For Technology because he complained the other people he worked with weren't being productive. [TU]

Among the popular changes made during the first year of Gary McCarthy's tenure running the city of Schenectady: the fire department now knocks down buildings that are a total loss from fire before environmental regulations -- or negligent owners -- can hold up the process. [Daily Gazette]

Two Troy police officers -- both third generation cops -- were credited for their quick thinking in figuring out how to pull a woman from the Hudson River last week near the Captain JP. [Troy Record] [WNYT]

Schenectady police say the man accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend in the neck last June (map) was arrested in Troy. [TU] [WTEN]

A 12-year-old from Wilton has been charged with rape. [Post-Star]

Troy police say two teens have been arrested for allegedly mugging an RPI student a few blocks south of campus Sunday night (map). [YNN]

UAlbany says a female student reported being grabbed by an unknown person in the one of the tunnels by the academic podium on the uptown campus Thursday evening. [Fox23]

Though falling short of its goals, the head of the city of Schenectady's affirmative action program says companies working on city contracts are now trying to hiring minorities before making an effort to dodge regulations. [Daily Gazette]

The latest turn in the ongoing drama over the Rensselaer Volunteer Ambulance Service included an 86-year-old veteran volunteer -- who learned how to use the jaws of life -- pounding on a lectern and telling elected officials they should be ashamed of themselves. [TU]

There's a push to start a city-wide composting program in Troy. [Troy Record]

The drama over the proposed demolition of the Winans-Crippen House in Saratoga Springs continues with another order from county judge blocking the demolition (map). [Saratogian]

A McDonald's in South Glens Falls has banned kids under 16 without an accompanying adult during after school hours, which has upset... parents. [Post-Star]

A recently opened shipping logistics center (warehouse?) in Clifton Park handles multi-million dollar chip fab tools and vanilla beans. [Daily Gazette]

The Purple Pub in Watervliet is celebrating its 40th anniversary this week. [Troy Record]

Projects by a Hoosick Falls company that applies vinyl logo wraps to vehicles include the Bettie's Cakes double-decker bus, a health care reform bus for the Obama administration, and Sheryl Crow tour bus. [Daily Gazette]

Colonie state Assemblyman Bob Reilly raises turkeys at Shaker Heritage Society farm -- and worries about the implications of a turkey that's almost too fat to walk. [TU]


You link to a number of articles in the Gazette, but without a membership nobody else can read them. I realize they are an important source of news, but I don't feel you should link to articles behind a pay wall.

I'm definitely agree with Chris V.

Yeah, a paywall won't be nearly as bad if you didn't tease us with headlines from Gazette.

Re: Schenectady Gazette. On the other hand, it is an independent local newspaper, and for, I think, about $27.5/week you can get Fri/Sat/Sun actual paper delivery plus unlimited online. What is it worth to you to support local independent news gathering? Does "Buy Local" stop at produce and crafts?

It's also important to remember that some people do have online subscriptions to the Gazette. I don't, but someone out there probably does, and I'm sure he/she appreciates AOA not ignoring his/her local news site.

How often do we get to see the same gripe regurgitated? I get that it's not always the same people who comment, but jeez.


If some one in the 518 (or Berkshire County) would make an excellent smart phone, I would be all over the local thing.

For now, I am all for the produce...the crafts, not so much.

And paying for the privilege of reading Carl Strock's antiquated and reactionary opinions is something that you should not ask anyone to do.

Maybe a quick poll would help figure out who has an access to the Gazette paywall? Out of curiosity....

for, I think, about $27.5/week you can get Fri/Sat/Sun actual paper delivery .. said Local on Apr 9, 2012 at 3:13

Huh? That's my weekly grocery budget.
I prefer to support our local environment by not buying heaps of paper with useful life of about 30 minutes.

Re: Schenectady Gazette. On the other hand, it is an independent local newspaper, and for, I think, about $2.50/week you can get Fri/Sat/Sun actual paper delivery plus unlimited online. What is it worth to you to support local independent news gathering? Does "Buy Local" stop at produce and crafts?
Correction: $2.50/week. I checked.

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