Murder mystery... never mind, Tonko and Gibson on the shutdown, new supercomputer for RPI, mobile home reported stolen, yellow submarine to investigate Lake George

The bones found in East Greebush that sparked speculation of a 75-year-old murder mystery turned out to be... deer bones. [TU]

An "official familiar with the case" tells the AP that the state Moreland Commission -- instituted by Andrew Cuomo with the stated goal of investigating corruption -- has issued subpoenas from Republicans, but no Democrats, so far. [AP/Saratogian]

More Paul Tonko and Chris Gibson on the federal government shutdown:
+ Tonko called the negotiating tactic being employed by House Republicans as "unheard of" and called for a straight up or down vote on a resolution to keep funding the government.
+ Gibson is pushing for a vote on the resolution -- with a repeal of a medical devices tax. [YNN] [TU Cap Con]

SPAC reports it expects to break even in 2013, for the ninth consecutive year. Also announced: the famous Bolshoi Ballet is scheduled to perform at SPAC next summer. (And the New York City Ballet will return for one week.) [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Gazette articles continue be open-access because of a computer problem.

UAlbany School of Business Weekend MBA ad 2012 summer

The Cuomo admin says more than 20 percent of state contracts are now with women- or minority-owned businesses, the highest percentage ever. [Cuomo admin]

Military veterans can now apply for a special New York driver's license that will note their veteran status. [TU]

A group of Albany County legislators want a review of of two investigators hired by the county exec to look into potential wrongdoing within county government -- there are allegations the investigators overstepped their bounds. [TU]

Nurses at Bellevue Women's Center say recent patient care policy changes at the hospital have prompted them to want to join a union. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The case involved an off-duty Rensselaer police officer and a fatal accident this past March in East Greenbush appears headed for a plea agreement. [WNYT]

The Troy city council gave the OK for the city to hire a collections company to go after unpaid ambulance fees and parking tickets. [TU]

RPI unveiled its new supercomputer -- named AMOS -- which it says is among the most powerful university-based supercomputers in the world. AMOS is housed in the same building as Watson. [RPI] [TU] [Troy Record]

The proposed Niskayuna budget fits under the state tax cap by $2. [Daily Gazette]

Lower State Street in Schenectady is getting a facelift. [Daily Gazette]

At issue in Princetown: Whether one sheriff's deputy is enough security in town court. [Daily Gazette]

Remember the hubub over a proposed law in Green Island that would limit the number of pets in a household? It turns out the village already has a law like that. [Troy Record]

SCCC has apparently been breaking state liquor laws for four decades at its banquets and culinary-student-staffed Casola Dining Room -- it's just that no one noticed or said anything until now. [TU]

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is investigating the apparent theft of a mobile home. There's a reward for its recovery. [Post-Star] [YNN]

A small, yellow submarine will be used to search Lake George for the remains of a man who drowned in 1993 -- the man is said to be the only person in modern times who's drowned in the lake and a body not found. [Saratogian] [Post-Star]

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is recommending that a type of bat whose populations have been almost completely wiped out by white nose syndrome in New York be added to the endangered species list, according the state DEC. [TU]

How the federal government shutdown is affecting Chester A. Arthur. [TU]


Good for those nurses for standing up for patient care!

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