A quick recap of the week

week review 2012-10-13

Here are a few highlights from the past week on AOA:

+ The Tournament of Pizza brackets were released and results started rolling in...

+ Results from Round 1: Saratoga

+ Results from Round 1: Schenectady

+ Results from Round 1: Troy

+ Results from Round 1: Albany

+ Casey tried the watermelon-habanero margarita at Jose Malone's.

+ A think tank declared that New York State has the nation's worst business climate because of taxes.

+ We gave away tickets to the ASAP's Festival of Meats by asking: What's your favorite local meat dish?

+ What was up in the Neighborhood this week: parents night, yoga, jury duty, a marathon, a flux capacitor, the Cider Donut Burger, Madison Station, chowder iron chefs, the Scotia Diner, Sciortino's, Manchester, MMW, a PSA, feet, European-ness, trivia, leaf blowers, and a moody bee.

+ The last decade or so hasn't done much for people's confidence in the economy.

+ Carl re-visited the story of Owney, Albany's famous postal dog.

+ A few of the items found on Craigslist this week: checking out at the check point, an ethics block, mastiffs, one night stand.

+ The Empire Service (Albany to NYC) continues to be one of Amtrak's most popular routes.

+ And we checked out the new Cheese Traveler store in Albany, which opened this week.

If you'd just like the whole week unfiltered, check our listing of the last seven days of AOA.

Thanks to everyone who posted a comment or shared an idea or photo this week!

Owney photo: Smithsonian Institution | map: the Tax Foundation

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