District apologizes for Nazi writing prompt, Investigation continues of deaths in Rotterdam, injunction against St. Patrick's demolition lifted

The Albany school district is apologizing for a high school English class persuasive writing assignment that included this prompt: "You must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!" [TU]

Rotterdam police say Brice C. Rivenburgh -- the man arrested on a burglary charge connected with two women found dead Wednesday -- have not officially said he's a suspect in the deaths, but other charges are pending. Investigators were searching for evidence Thursday -- they collected a car from Rivenburgh's home and were seen searching a nearby garbage bin. [Daily Gazette] [YNN] [TU]

The seizure of assets connected to the multi-state gambling ring that authorities say included two Albany County corrections officers could end up netting the county $5 million. [TU]

A former server for the Mallozzi group alleges in a class action suit that the Rotterdam-based restaurant group kept more than $1 million in "service personnel charges" that should have been distributed to servers as tips. A Mallozzi co-owner tells the Gazette "this lawsuit has absolutely no merit, and we will vigorously fight it." [Courthouse News] [Daily Gazette]

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Chuck Schumer is pushing for a federal dam safety program -- his office says there are more than 1,100 dams around New York State that would pose "high" or "significant" hazards if they failed. [TU] [Schumer office]

The SUNY NanoCollege is focusing some of its attention on expanding in the Rochester area. [TU]

NYRA's chair says 150 people have expressed interest in becoming the racing org's CEO -- but there's no shortlist, yet. [Saratogian]

Saratoga Springs police say three people have been charged with felony assault and burglary after it's alleged they broke into an apartment Saturday and kicked and beat a man with blunt objects, including a hammer. [Saratogian] [TU]

A Saratoga Springs man is accused of busting up a home in Ballston Spa with a baseball bat. [Saratogian]

At issue in a harassment case between Rensselaer County corrections officers: whether "If I had a big enough problem with you I would break your jaw" is a threat. [TU]

An state appellate court has lifted the injunction on the demolition of St. Patrick's in Watervliet. An architect for Citizens for St. Patrick's argued Thursday the building's structure could still allow it to be saved. [YNN] [Troy Record]

National Grid says it's increased inspections of underground power cables in downtown Albany following the series of manhole explosions. [WNYT]

A collapsed sewer line in Milton could cost the Saratoga County Sewer District as much as $500k in emergency repairs. [Daily Gazette]

S&P has downgraded Albany Law's bond rating because of declining enrollment. [TU]

Albany Medical School, Siena, and the Shen school district are partnering on a program that will allow one Shen students to be accepted into a combined Siena/AMC 8-year program during their junior year of high school (the student would still have to finish high school). School officials say the program appears to be the first of its kind in the nation to accept a student that early. [Shen school district] [Daily Gazette]


"Albany Medical School, Siena, and the Shen school district are partnering on a program that will allow one Shen students to be accepted into a combined Siena/AMC 8-year program during their junior year of high school (the student would still have to finish high school)."

Informally known as the "Doogie Howser" internship program.

There might be a fair number of kids that young that really, truly, deep in their soul know they want to be in medicine and in their minds understand that commitment to 8 years more of school.

But I bet most don't. There's a reason there isn't that kind of program in place.

And for that kind of commitment and uncertainty.. that's a lot of tuition. Not exactly state schools there.

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