President: "We can't tolerate this anymore," police say Schodack woman murdered, bachelorettes fight off alleged limo thief, 59 new citizens

Said Barack Obama at a memorial service in Newtown, Connecticut Sunday: "We can't tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. No single law -- no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. But that can't be an excuse for inaction." [NYT] [White House]

School districts around the Capital Region say they're reviewing their safety policies. But leaders acknowledge policies can go only do so much -- said a spokesman for Scotia-Glenville schools to the Daily Gazette: "All schools follow these same procedures ... but the guy with the gun doesn't have to follow procedures." Said Schenectady superintendent Laurence Spring to Gazette about the fact that an event like a shooting can never be absolutely guaranteed to not happen: "Sometimes, really bad things can happen, so all we can do, all we can focus on with concerned parents, is that in general, schools are really, overwhelmingly pretty safe places." [Troy Record] [TU] [Daily Gazette] [Daily Gazette]

Chuck Schumer is among the US Senators expected to push new gun control legislation in Congress. [TU]

The principal of Sandy Hook Elementary -- Dawn Hochsprung -- was a doctoral candidate in a program at the Sage Colleges. Said the dean of Sage's school of education: "She was a principal you'd want your children to have." Hocsprung was reportedly killed when lunged at the gunman. [Sage] [TU] [DFM/Troy Record]

A Glenville couple's granddaughter is a second grader at Sandy Hook -- she wasn't hurt. [TU]

Said a machine operator at the factory in Illion that now makes the type of gun reportedly used in the Newtown shooting, to the Times Union: "It upsets me a lot ... At the same time, we're making a living off this." [TU]

Police say Nikki Hart -- the owner of Hart Real Estate -- a woman was found with knife wounds at a home in Schodack early Sunday morning (map), and later was pronounced dead at the hospital. State Police say Hart's estranged boyfriend -- Jason Guynup -- has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder. The Times Union reports Guynup is father of Hart's two daughters (the Record reports they one child together). [Troy Record] [NYSP] [NYSP] [TU]

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Saratoga Springs police say a man tried to steal a limo -- that was occupied -- Saturday at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The passengers in the limo: a bachelorette party, members of which reportedly jumped the man from the backseat and forced him to stop the vehicle. [Saratogian] [TU]

Jaliek Rainwalker's adoptive parents released a statement Friday on the recent decision by police to treat Rainwalker's disappearance five years ago as a homicide: "Despite everything that law enforcement has had to say, we know that he is out there and will return to us some day." [TU]

Says Fr. Peter Young to the Times Union about the recent raids of his large non-profit at multiple sites around the Capital Region: "We have no idea what we're being accused of, so we're waiting and watching and saying what's going to happen. I wish I did." [TU]

Testimony has ended in the (second) trial of Edward McDonough in the Troy ballot fraud case. Closing statements are scheduled for today. [TU] [Troy Record]

Warren County DA Kate Hogan will serve as a special prosecutor in the misdemeanor assualt case against Saratoga Springs police officer Edward Braim. [Saratogian]

New York State has the highest school transportation costs in the country, according to a report from the Citizens Budget Commission. [Daily Gazette] [CBC]

With initially excluded absentee ballots almost all counted -- and more appeals almost surely on the way -- George Amedore leads Cecelia Tkaczyk by 47 votes in the state Senate 46th election. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors approved a 2013 budget that increases property taxes 1.58 percent. [TU]

It appears Saratoga County leaders are leaning toward issuing support for a full casino to be built in the county (if the state eventually allows full casinos). [Daily Gazette]

The mayor of Scotia's #1 priority in the spring: grafitti. [Daily Gazette]

The widow of a North Greenbush man who died of lung cancer has won an $1.34 million verdict against a tobacco company for negligence. [TU]

Said the Albany Med pre-hospital care doctor who responded to the scene of the Northway crash, to the Daily Gazette: "Something like that can't not affect you as a human being ... It was awful." [Daily Gazette]

Dennis VanAmburgh -- who's operated the snack bar at the Swinburne ice rink in Albany for decades, and apparently had been dumped by the city in a bout of municipal drama -- now has a new contract to operate at the rink. [TU]

Fifty-nine people became American citizens Friday at a naturalization ceremony at the Rensselaer County court house. [Troy Record]

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