UAlbany students planning rally to protest Donald Ivy's death, lawsuit filed in Jay Street fire, $662 million in state overtime, Schenectady celebrates Steinmetz

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UAlbany students will rally for Donald Ivy
UAlbany students are planning a rally this afternoon to protest the death of Donald Ivy, the 39 year old paranoid schizophrenic man who was tasered by police last week. [TU]

Arrest in Schenectady shooting
Schenectady police have charged one man with attempted murder and assault in connection with a shooting outside Schenectady High School. A combination of video and witness accounts led police to 27 year old David J. Fyall who they allege "aided a third party" who fired the shot. The shooter is still at large. [WNYT][Gazette]

Judges disallow $600,000 in Bruno refund requests
State auditors say they are disallowing more than $600,000 of the $2.2 million in legal bills Joe Bruno submitted for reimbursement in connection with his public corruption trial. Among the bills disallowed -a public opinion poll and time spent on the phone with journalists[Cap NY]

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Jay Street lawsuit
The first lawsuit has been filed in connection with last month's Jay Street fire in Schenectady - by a tenant who claims to have been injured in the blaze. [Gazette]

Overtime -- lots of it
According to a new report from Tom DiNapoli's office New York Sate agencies spent more than $662 million on overtime last year - up nearly $50 million from 2013. [TU]

Frozen pipes
The city of Troy is considering the purchase of equipment that would thaw frozen water pipes, after more than 70 city residences had problems with frozen connections this winter. [TU]

Opting out
The number of Capital region students who will opt out of Common Core testing next week is on the rise - -including 20% of Mohonasen students, 10 percent in Scotia -Glenville [Gazette]

Tops in identity theft
Saratoga County has the most identity thefts in the Capital Region. [Saratogian]

Kosher milk
The kosher milk business run by dairy farmer who is "as Jewish as a Christmas tree."[TU]

Stuff we wish we'd thought of when we were 14
A Glenville teenager has a successful business making pens in her parents basement that sell from anywhere from $50 to thousands of dollars. [TWCN]

Throwback Thursday

Happy birthday Steinmetz

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Happy150th birthday Charles Proteus Steinmetz. Though his name is not as well known as some of his contemporaries like Edison and Einstein, Charles Steinmetz was a rock star in his day -- known not only for his brilliance, but for his eccentric manner and sense of humor. The German mathematician and engineer eventually came to work for GE and made Schenectady his home. Schenectady's Edison Tech Center is celebrating his 150th birthday today.
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Lee's surrender
The surrender of Robert E. Lee, marking the end of the American Civil War, happened 150 years ago today. The occasion will be marked all over the country today, including ceremonies in Saratoga.

From U.S. Grant, who lived out the last of his days on top of Mount McGregor in Saratoga County: "I have never advocated war except as a means of peace."

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