Two star general with ties to Capital Region killed in Afghanistan, Soares to put Backpage Johns on Frontpage website to combat sex trafficking, flash flooding leaves cars submerged, 9 year old Albany chess champ to represent U.S.

A two-star general and Albany native was killed in Afghanistan this week. Major General Harold J. Greene, a graduate of Guilderland High School and RPI,
is the highest-ranked military officer to be killed in combat since Vietnam. Greene died
from gunshot wounds sustained in an attack at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University
. Andrew Cuomo has ordered flags at half staff in honor of Major General Greene.[TU][TWCN][WNYT][TU]

Storms caused flash flooding in Albany on Tuesday downing trees and leaving cars underwater in sections of the city. More than 5,300 people lost power due to the storm
Hundreds of National Grid customers were still without power on Wednesday morning.[TU][AOA][WNYT][News 10]

David Soares announced Frontpage on Tuesday -- a website dedicated to combating sex trafficking in Albany County--where he promised to post a photo of every person convicted of paying for sex in the county. [WNYT][TWCN][TU]

Polling shows the Moreland controversy has shrunk Andrew Cuomo's lead slightly, but he's still far ahead of challenger Rob Astorino, 54 to 23 percent.[WNYT]

The State Supreme Court has directed the Rensselaer County Board of elections to allow Carmella Mantello -- who finished fourth in the 2013 race for Troy City
Council, access to paper ballots from the race. [TU]

A man on a bicycle allegedly stole prescription pills out of a woman's hand as she was walking to her car at the Congress Street CVS in Saratoga. [TU]

A lawsuit filed against the Philadelphia-based company who provides health care to inmates at the Schenectady County Jail claims the company did not provide adequate treatment for a woman who died from heroin withdrawal at the jail.[TU]

The Schenectady family that hid a pair of dogs that allegedly attacked and killed another dog, is now refusing to turn the animals over to police. [Gazette]

NYRA won't reveal the attendance and betting numbers from the first half of the meet[TU]

Troy's police department is getting more than $32,000 in federal funds to cover overtime costs.[Record]

The disgraced former operators of a Colonie Investment firm will be the focus of tonight's (Wednesday's) episode of American Greed.[TU]

A group of volunteers that call themselves "Salvage Commandos" is working to help save pieces of historic homes in Albany's Park South neighborhood that are slated to be raised.[WNYT]

Seven baby calves were stolen from a Washington County dairy farm on Sunday night, and police are asking the public for help. [News 10]

Saratoga Springs will pay half the $65 thousand cost for a fence between a dog run and a Karner blue butterfly habitat.[Gazette]

Skidmore ranked No 1 in the highest marijuana usage category in the 2015 Princeton Review annual College guide.[TU]

A 9-year-old Albany girl has become one of America's top female chess players in her age group and will represent the United State s in the World Youth Chess Championships for the second time.[TU]

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They should turn Maiden Lane into a stepped pedestrian street, like they have all over Europe. We don't need to reinvent the wheel, they do steep small streets pretty well across the pond, let's look for some precedents... Human scaled lighting is critical too, that goes for the whole city. And we don't need paint on the road, just signage perpendicular to the flow of traffic at the bridge entrance. I also echo the call for basic, ongoing maintenance to our current infrastructure. How about some weed removal in sidewalks, etc?

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