Initial reactions to proposed Albany casino, Troy church gives away AR-15 rifle, advice from centenarian: avoid canned soup

A Times Union survey of every member of the Albany Common Council concludes that council members appear open to considering the idea of the casino proposed for city's southern edge. [TU] [AOA]

A look at the two men behind the Saratoga Casino and Raceway -- the "silent half" says the racino hasn't yet decided whether it will apply for a full casino license. [TU]

The Times Union obtained Schenectady city surveillance camera images that it says show a St. Johnsville man's van headed toward, and then away from, the area near the house where a fire killed a father and three children in May 2013 -- the man had previously told the TU he had driven to the Schenectady that night, and Brendan Lyons reports the man is "under intense scrutiny from police and federal agents." [TU]

Property owners in flood-prone areas throughout the region are bracing for an increase in flood insurance premiums. [Daily Gazette]

The decline of the pothole (and infrastructure and road funding) as an issue of focus at the state Capitol. [TU]

An attorney for Rev. Peter Young says the state investigation of the priest's network of rehabilitation centers has been taken to a grand jury. [TU]

Albany police say they're investigating a shooting Thursday night on Second Street (block map). [APD FB]

Troy police say an RPI student was beaten during a burglary at his off-campus residence Saturday night. [TWCN]

A Colonie Central High School social studies teacher -- who's also a varsity basketball coach -- was arrested in Albany Thursday for alleged possession of crack. [TU]

Troy police say a 911 call from 10 year old -- and the efforts of a new police dog -- led to the arrest of a man on charges related to an alleged burglary. [TU]

The city of Troy says someone is stealing manhole covers in the city. [TU]

Up for a vote this week in Schenectady: The city school district's $70 million building plan which would switch the district back to using middle schools. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

At issue in Schenectady: Whether the city should pay for replacing the pipes that connect homes to water mains (and if so, how). [Daily Gazette]

The Troy church that got so much attention for its gun giveaway drew the winner on Sunday. The drawing came with a set of potential disqualifications for entrants. [TU] [Troy Record]

Schenectady Democrat Madelyn Thorne has once again jumped into the pool as a potential challenger to Republican Hugh Farley for the state Senate 49th (district map). (Farley was first elected shortly after the construction of Fort Orange.) [Saratogian]

Celebrating Phagwah in Schenectady. [Daily Gazette]

A Schenectady woman's life advice on turning 100, as told to her son: avoid canned soup. [Daily Gazette]

Sports page

The Union men's hockey team won its third straight ECAC title, beating Colgate 5-2 in Lake Placid. The Dutchmen will face Vermont in the NCAA tournament Friday as the top seed in the east region. [Daily Gazette] [Daily Gazette]

The #15 seed UAlbany women's basketball team lost to #2 seed West Virginia 76-61 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. [Daily Gazette]

The #3 seed Syracuse men's basketball team lost to #11 seed Dayton 55-33 in the round of 32 because of the Orange's inability to hit a jump shot. [Syracuse Post-Standard]

Comments

Good food advice. Very reminiscent of Michael Pollan's rule to not eat anything that your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as "food." Of course, my maternal ancestors didn't understand the concept of "spices."

When my dad was college-aged in the '50s, he had an elderly landlady who advised him to always boil canned soup before he ate it.

"Well, she's eighty years old," he said to himself, "so that's probably good advice."

I think this had something to do with botulism, and it is not, strictly speaking, true. He still brings soup to a boil, though.

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