Second Dannemora escapee captured, indictments in Lansingburgh arson case, skepticism about "Breathing Lights"

Dannemora manhunt
State Police say David Sweat was shot and captured Sunday in Constable, a town just south of the Canadian border. NYSP superintendent Joseph D'Amico said sergeant Jay Cook had spotted Sweat jogging down a road Sunday afternoon, stopped to question him, Sweat ran, and Cook fired when it looked like Sweat would be entering the woods. Sweat is now at Albany Med, where Sunday night officials say he's in critical condition. [NYSP] [NYT] [TU]

+ The capture of Sweat on Sunday follows the capture and death of Richard Matt on Friday in the nearby town of Malone. Officials say Matt, who was allegedly armed with a shotgun, was fatally shot by border patrol agents after he refused to raise his hands. State Police say an autopsy concluded Matt had died from three gunshots to the head. [NYT] [TU]

+ Constable resident Trevor Buchanan to the Times Union, in article about the relief felt by people in the area now that the hunt is over: "CNN called me yesterday. That's the only time I'm getting a call from CNN unless I make a series of bad decisions." [TU]

Lansingburgh arson case
The grand jury in the May 1 Lansingburgh arson case has handed up indictments that include first- and second-degree murder. A resident of the building -- 82-year-old Grace Halpin -- died three weeks later after having a heart attack at the scene. [Troy Record] [TU]

Jay Street fire
"Individuals familiar with the ongoing probe" tell the Times Union that the investigation into the Jay Street fire in which four people died is focused on whether one of the buildings should have been shut down prior to the fire. [TU+]

Transgender students
Andrew Cuomo sent a letter to the state Education Department "to express my outrage over the State Education Department's failure to implement and monitor the provisions of Dignity for All Students Act relating to gender identity and gender expression." [TU]

Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling reaction
One of the effects of Friday's SCOTUS ruling: A Saratoga Springs says she now won't feel compelled to pack her marriage license when she and her wife travel out of state. [Daily Gazette]

Even though New York State doesn't allow fracking, the natural gas boom could affect the state in the form of pipelines through New York, including the parts of the Capital Region. [TU +]

Breathing Lights
A little more about about plans for the Breathing Lights public art project. And listening to some of the skepticism about the project. [Daily Gazette] [TU+]

Stuff going on today

NYS Writers Institute
The New York State Summer Writers Institute opens its series of public readings at Skidmore this week with appearances by Phillip Lopate, Linda Spalding, Francine Prose, Caryl Phillips, Michael Ondaatje, Campbell McGrath, Charles Simic, Howard Norman, Claire Messud, and Elizabeth Benedict. (That link has the day-by-day schedule.) Monday-Friday 8 pm, Davis Auditorium (Palamountain Hall) - free

The Godfather Part II
The AFI 100 series at Proctors will be screening The Godfather Part II in the GE Theater. Monday various times - $5

Music: Mormon Tabernacle Choir at SPAC
Choir includes 360 members. 7:30 pm - $35 and up

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