That was a lot of lightning, police looking for help in identifying body, jail plans video visitation system, mobile vet addresses "redonkulous" cat situation

Yesterday's thunderstorms dumped more than half an inch of rain (could be more of less depending on location). And at one point last night, there were about 100 lightning strikes every five minutes in the area. The area is still almost 2 inches short of rain compared to a typical summer. [NWS] [TU]

Bethlehem police are hoping the public can help them identify the man whose body was found in a wooded area off Route 9W in Selkirk this past weekend. They've released an image of a tattoo from the body. Authorities says the body may have been at the spot for as long as six months. [TU] [YNN] [Fox23]

NYT follows on the TU's story about Cuomo aides editing the collection of files sent to the State Archive from Cuomo's time as state attorney general -- and it includes allegations from the Cuomo admin that the TU is trying to "create controversy." [NYT]

A judge has dismissed the federal case against Annie George -- accused of keeping an illegal immigrant at the Llenroc mansion in Rexford for arduous working hours and little pay -- because prosecutors hadn't brought the case to trial in time (George isn't necessarily off the hook, though). [TU]

"Multiple sources" say the Albany school board's top choice for the superintendent is a deputy superintendent in New Jersey with a Phd -- but she might not be able to land in the job because she's not certified to be a superintendent in New York State. [TU]

A review of state cancer data by the American Cancer Society concludes that there's a higher incidence of cancer upstate than downstate -- probably because of higher rates of smoking upstate. That prompted the org to push for more anti-smoking funding. [TU] [NYSNYS/Troy Record]

Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that requires health providers to notify women if a breast exam reveals they have tissue that could make it hard to spot tumors. [Cuomo admin]

Albany County exec Dan McCoy has picked Christine Quinn to be the deputy county exec -- she's the first woman to serve as the county's #2. Until just recently, Quinn had been slated to head up the county's HR department. [Troy Record] [TU]

An Albany County legislature committee has approved the contract to install a new sprinkler system at the county nursing home -- the sprinkler system the legislature didn't want to install because it's considering building a new nursing home, but its hand was forced by federal regulations. The system will cost $648k. [TU] [YNN]

Two Rensselaer County legislators have put up reward money for info about the suspicious fires in Troy. [Troy Record]

This year's weird weather has left much of the state's apple crop is poor condition, according to the USDA. [TU]

The case against former Albany Academy star, and current NFL player, Dion Lewis and his brother for an alleged incident at a downtown Albany hotel earlier this month has been adjourned, and could be dismissed as long they stay out of trouble (the ever popular ACOD). Apparently the initial report of what happened that didn't match up with what actually happened. [YNN] [TU]

The Albany County jail is planning a "video visitation" system for inmates that it hopes will cut down on the smuggling of contraband. [Fox23]

Saratoga Springs is asking residents to voluntarily limit some of their water use because dry conditions are stressing the city's water system. [Saratogian]

The Neil Breslin-Shawn Morse primary race is now focusing on what appear to be typos. [State of Politics]

A Rensselaer County couple engaged to be married is running against each other for state Assembly (sort of). [TU]

A former downtown Albany landlord has agreed to a settlement that will pay two brothers $550k after lead poisoning that left them with brain damage. [TU]

Doctors Kamiar Alaei and Arash Alaei -- who live in Albany and were once held by Iran for their work on preventing AIDS -- received an award at the International AIDS Conference. [TU]

The monthly rental asking price for the former Borders building in downtown Saratoga Springs: $65,000, according "word on the street." [Marv Cermak]

Retail and office tenants are apparently taking interest in the huge Ellsworth Commons mixed use development in Malta now that much of the residential space is rented. [Saratogian]

The Parker Inn -- the hotel right next to Proctors in Schenectady -- is being turned into corporate apartments. [TU]

The Saratoga County Fair matched a two-decades-old attendance record with about 95k visitors. [Daily Gazette]

The Capital Region's only mobile veterinarian helps a woman with the "redonkulous" situation that is bringing her cats into a vet's office. [Daily Gazette]


In the Deon Lewis case, according to the TU, the police "pushed" the Eagles running back and his brother quickly to the ground. Then, "with his gun still in his hand," the officer "quickly" sprayed both men with pepper spray. According to David Soares, the incident is being reviewed. Hopefully, it will answer the question, "When in the incident did the racial profiling start?"

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