Cyclist said to be dead after accident is alive, First Amendment challenge to Albany County cyberbullying law, recalling the experience of D-Day

The cyclist who Troy police said had died in a collision with a vehicle near Federal and King streets downtown Monday night is actually still alive and in the ICU at Albany Med. [Troy Record]

Adrian Thomas retrial: A medical expert appearing for the defense testified that Thomas's infant son had died of a sepsis, a body-wide infection, not a head injury. A medical examiner appearing for the prosecution had testified earlier in the day the infant did have sepsis, but also had a serious brain injury. (The trial was also temporarily held up by a poster attached to a mailbox outside the court.) [Troy Record] [TU] [WNYT]

The state Court of Appeals heard arguments Thursday over the constitutionality of Albany County's cyber-bullying law -- attorneys for a now-former Cohoes High School student who charged (and pleaded guilty) for comments made on a Facebook page argue the law violates the First Amendment. [TU]

Rensselaer mayor Dan Dwyer says David Flaum's recent track record on casino proposals is not a concern. [TWCN]

Fire and emergency crews from the Capital Region got training on a special set of tanker cars brought to the Port of Albany specifically for that purpose. (As you know, the Port of Albany has become a major node in the distribution of crude oil by rail -- of which there has been much concern recently because of accidents in both this country and in Canada.) [TU]

The state has made it easier for transgender people to change their birth certificates. [TU]

Flu season has finally ended in New York after eight months. [TU]

The Troy City Council voted to establish a land bank, which aims to address the vacant building problem in the city. The council also passed "complete streets" legislation. [TU] [Troy Record]

Two women who were seeking consideration from the Albany County Democratic Committee for judgeships say the first thing brought up in their interviews with the committee were not about their qualifications but rather why they had raised concerns about a lack of diversity on the currently all white and all male state Supreme Court trial bench in the Third Judicial District. [TU]

Albany police have released photos in an attempt to identify two suspects in an assault/robbery at the Sunoco station on Western near the UAlbany campus (map). [APD]

The Slingerlands work vest bank robber was sentenced to 9 years in prison, according to the Albany County DA's office. [Albany County DA]

A man says he saved a cat that had been in a cat carrier (with a rock) in the Normans Kill. [News10]

SCCC has gotten state approval for two sites in downtown Schenectady for use in the Start-Up NY program. [Daily Gazette]

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has adopted new rules for boats using the agency's boat launches in an effort to slow the spread of invasive species. [Daily Gazette]

So apparently it will be possible to put cars on the second floor of the Albany convention center. [TU]

Dani Moz, the Bethlehem native who competed on The Voice, was back at her alma mater, Bethlehem High School, this week. [Daily Gazette]

A Waterford man who served as a Navy corpsman on being part of the Normandy landing on D-Day: "It was terrible." [Saratogian]

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