State close to moving ahead on medical marijuana, collapse highlights vacant building issue in Albany, life of a dairy princess

Andrew Cuomo is set to sign the medical marijuana bill, which sets up a limited system for growing, distributing, and administering the drug (example: it's not to be smoked). New York's tightly focused system contrasts with some of the more wide open approaches that other states have taken in the past. [Syracuse Post-Standard] [TU]

There was a rally Sunday at the Ezra Prentice Homes in Albany's South End to protest the trains transporting crude oil through the Capital Region. (Ezra Prentice is near the Port of Albany, which is a major node in the distribution network of the oil.) It also marked a year since the huge oil train explosion in Lac Megantic, Quebec. [TU x2]

The building that collapsed on Clinton Ave in Albany (map) Friday had been caught in a foreclosure process that lasted 3-4 years. The family that lives next door said they had complained to the city multiple times about the building, but mayor Kathy Sheehan said the city was limited in what it was allowed to do about the building. [TU] [News10] [TWCN]

In which James Odato figures the odds for the competition to be granted a casino license in the Capital Region (and other regions). [TU]

One of the tools being used by federal prosecutors as part their greater focus on political corruption in New York: a law that makes it illegal to "willfully" lie to a federal agent. [TU]

The Albany Fire Department says someone threw some sort of firecracker-like device a truck responding to an EMS call on Morton Ave on the Fourth of July -- TWCN reports the device landed "about five feet from the truck," WNYT reports it was "thrown into the cab of the truck and landed between the two men." [TWCN] [WNYT]

Schenectady police say the crackdown on illegal activity near convenience stores in the city is making progress. [Daily Gazette]

Local officials in/around Lake George say they're concerned that invasive species and storm water runoff are threatening the lake's famous water quality. [Daily Gazette]

Justin Bieber fans have been flooding Twitter with messages honoring Alicia M. Tamboia, of Dutchess County, one of the people killed in a multi-vehicle accident on the Thruway in Guilderland Friday night. [TU] [NYSP]

An off-duty State Trooper is being credited with reviving a man who collapsed at a gym in Clifton Park via CPR and an AED. [NYSP]

Creditors say the production company that puts on shows at the Cohoes Music Hall is still struggling to pay its debts. [Troy Record]

Tom Gebhardt -- the longtime UAlbany director of personal safety and off-campus affairs, AKA, the guy who fielded complaints about student behavior off campus -- is retiring. [TU]

The Electric City Bike Rescue is moving to bigger space because of demand. [Daily Gazette]

A Delmar man has started a service that's sort of like a hybrid between fantasy sports and sports betting. [TU]

The life of a dairy princess. [TU]

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