SNUG rally in response to weekend shootings, police seek suspect in East Greenbush bank robbery, Doheny says he'll run for Owens' 21st Congressional seat, dead bug collection seeks good home

The SNUG anti-gun violence activist group rallied in Albany's South End on Wednesday night in response to two separate shootings there this weekend--one of which was fatal. [WNYT]

Republican Matt Doheny says he will launch a primary bid against Elise Stefanik, who has received Republican party support for a run to replace Democrat Bill Owens in the 21st Congressional District seat. [TU]

Police are looking for a suspect who robbed the Troy Road branch of the TD Bank in East Greenbush early Wednesday morning. A North Greenbush police officer responding to the incident was involved in a two car crash and had to be pulled from a wrecked squad car. [Record][TU]

According to a resolution drawn up in advance of a cancelled Albany Convention Center Authority meeting last week, the Authority is expected to approve spending up to $4.05 million to purchase four properties that make up most of its construction site off Eagle Street.[TU]


The area of Sixth Avenue in Troy that was closed this week due to a water main break is expected to reopen later today. [TU]

Plows are still trying to catch up with the snow from the most recent storms in Cohoes and in Troy, where they are declaring the first snow emergency since 2002.[WNYT][TWCN]

SEFCU is foreclosing on the building that houses Daisy Baker's.[TU]

A Schuylerville man was arrested on Tuesday after police pulled him over on a traffic violation near Exit 23 on the Thruway and allegedly found him with 100 Oxycodone pills, marijuana and a 5-year-old not properly secured in a child safety seat. [TU]

Two teenagers have been indicted in connection with the robbery of a Union College student after police were led to them by tracking the cell phone they allegedly stole from the victim. [Gazette]

A 44-year-old Schenectady police officer who served prison time for drunk driving and computer tampering was found dead in his home overnight.[TU]

A 21-year-old Yonkers man is in Jail for leading police on a chase where he allegedly drove 144 mile per hour on the Thruway.[TU]

Fire destroyed three Troy apartments and left 15 people homeless on Wednesday evening. [TU]

Investigators are looking into the cause of the third fire in the same vacant building in Rotterdam.[TWCN]

Public defenders in Albany County will soon be pulling overnight shifts to represent defendants who who come in in the middle of the night. [TU]

After a group of Bethlehem residents complained about speeding in their neighborhoods, a study by an engineering firm concluded that the people doing the speeding are people from those neighborhood. [TU]

New York has struck an agreement with the NCLU to cut back on the widespread use of solitary confinement and prohibit its use with prisoners under the age or 18. [NYT]

A new contractor has been hired to finish work on the Saratoga Springs Police Station after the first contractor went bankrupt in the middle of the job. [Saratogian]

The DOT plans to repair two bridges over Albany Shaker Road this summer. [News 10]

A plan to expand Saratoga's Beekman Street Arts District isn't going over well with everyone. [Gazette]

Joanne Yepsen, Kathy Sheehan, and Lovely Warren shared their thoughts on women in government and how and why they got into politics , in a panel discussion at Albany Law on Wednesday.[Saratogian]

Yono's is a semifinalist for a 2014 James Beard Award for its wine program. [Table Hopping]

An 85-year-old retired pediatrician who grew up keeping an alligator in the bathtub and once kept a 6-foot iguana in his garage, is looking for a home for his collection of dead bugs from around the world.[TU]

No, Kim & Kanye did not shut down the mall. [TU]


Happy Birthday! Here's your annual update on AOA's development, now that we are six.

AOA started kindergarten this past fall, riding the big yellow school bus to and from. AOA impresses everyone with just how well it can read, and make no mistake, it LOVES to read. Long gone are the days of AOA's parents spelling things out to each other in hopes of AOA not catching on to what was being discussed. Handwriting is legible, and spelling is, well, creative. AOA has become obsessed with all things super-hero, and more specifically, the concept of "good guys" and "bad guys". AOA has lost three teeth over the past year and whole heatedly believes in the tooth fairy (as well as Santa & the Easter Bunny). AOA has started taekwondo and just last week earned the first stripe on its white belt. AOA's curiosity about the world increases daily, with never ending questions about why and how the specificity thereof. AOA comes up with explanations for things it can't explain, which are very often wrong, but comical. For example, AOA thinks it's the law that only people over 18 can say bad words and whoever parks in the first parking space must be "the president". AOA often ponders the future, with deep burning questions such as "I wonder who in my class I'm going to marry" and "I wonder what my phone number will be".

Happy Birthday AOA! What a wonderful age!

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