Father accused in son's death, Albany mayoral candidates talk about city budget gap, chase through Saratoga Springs, apple crop looking good

A Fort Edward man has been arrested and charged with the murder in the death of his three-month-old son Sunday. [Post-Star]

Albany Democratic mayoral candidates Kathy Sheehan and Corey Ellis on one of the most important issues facing the next mayor: plugging the city's persistent budget gap. [TU]

A UAlbany grad student from Cameroon here on a Fulbright scholarship says he was searched, briefly detained, and treated harshly by Albany police -- without any reason given -- while walking to Washington Park for a cookout; all the APD would tells the Times Union is that it the alleged incident is ""the subject of an internal investigation." [TU]

The environmental org Riverkeeper alleges formerly-routine contact between it and state DEC employees has been cut off, perhaps because the Cuomo admin was irked by the org's criticism of the Tappan Zee Bridge project. [TU]

UAlbany School of Business Weekend MBA ad 2012 summer

A Times Union investigation concludes that a state Supreme Court judge who had been a longtime town attorney for Halfmoon had arranged for a friend to serve as the public face of a string of land development projects over the years so as not arouse public attention of potential conflicts of interest with town government -- according to claims made by the now-former friend (there was a lawsuit) of the judge. [TU]

A US House of Representatives oversight committee is looking into the settlement between the state Office of Medicaid Inspector General and Marra's Pharmacy in Cohoes, the pharmacy owned by state Assemblyman John McDonald, that resulted in a reduced penalty for a documentation issue -- it's citing concerns that Marra's possibly got a break because of political connections. The Cuomo admin calls the committee's action "partisan politics at its worst." (The House oversight committee is controlled by Republicans, McDonald is a Democrat.) [NYSNYS/Troy Record] [TU]

Albany police say officers "heard and responded to several shots being fired" Saturday night in Arbor Hill (block map). APD says a 19-year-old walked into the Arbor Hill firehouse with gunshot wounds to the neck -- he was taken to AMC with non-life-threatening injuries. APD says it's investigating. [APD]

Troy police say two officers were injured Thursday night during an incident in North Central (map) in which a large group of people allegedly pushed the officers into a hallway and then struck the officers several times before the group broke up.. TPD says three men were arrested. [Troy Record] [News10] [TU]

A Saratoga Springs man is accused of raping and assaulting his girlfriend Sunday morning (map) -- and it's alleged he then led police on a chase through three towns before finally ending in a wooded area back in Saratoga Springs (map). The man faces 18 charges. [Saratogian] [TU] [WNYT]

Albany police say a man admitted to starting a fire in an Albany Medical College administrative building Friday morning. [TU]

Police are crediting a resident's report for leading to the arrest of a man accused of string of burglaries in the Country Knolls North section of Clifton Park. The man allegedly told police he had been flipping the stolen goods for heroin. [TU] [Saratogian]

Another one of the Uncles Sam as been vandalized -- there's a reward for the return of its head. [Troy Record] [TU]

Last week's emergency demolition of buildings on King Street in downtown Troy has prompted some members of the city council to ask for detailed records about how money has been spent from a fund for building demolition and stabilization. [Troy Record]

Local sales tax revenue was up 5.7 percent during the first half of 2013 compared to the same period last year, according to the state comptroller's office. But much of increase was downstate. [NYS OSC]

Watervliet, Troy, Schenectady County and a company called Empire Zero have applied for a $1.4 million state grant to put toward starting a regional composting program. [TU]

Among the changes at Troy's School 2 that are being funded by a federal school improvement grant: an extended school day; free breakfast, lunch, and dinner; student uniforms. [TU]

On recent hospital patient safety report cards issued by a non-profit coalition, St. Peter's ranked above average in four categories and Saratoga Hospital below average in four categories. [TU]

John Sweeney as grizzly bear, plucking legal clients from the stream. [TU]

Current attraction at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve: a pair of rare redheaded woodpeckers. [TU]

This year's apple crop is looking good. [Saratogian]

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APD: Shooting

Albany police are investigating a shooting that occurred on Manning Boulevard.
On Saturday, August 10, 2013, at approximately 10:30 p.m., officers monitoring large groups on the 700 block of Manning Boulevard heard and responded to several shots being fired. While investigating, officers were dispatched to the Arbor Hill firehouse on Manning Boulevard for a person who walked in with gunshot wounds.
The victim, a 19-year-old male from Albany, sustained two gunshot wounds to the neck.
He was treated at the firehouse by medical personnel and transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The investigation is still ongoing.

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I've seen one of those red-headed woodpeckers at my birdfeeder this summer. I didn't realize they were all that rare, otherwise I would have documented the visits on camera. :-)

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