Three charged in Schenectady murder, Albany Med mercury case appealed to U.S. Supreme Court, Dannemora escape resulted in $300 thousand in damage

Suspects in Schenectady shooting death
Schenectady police have charged three men--one of whom is 16-years-old - with second-degree murder for their alleged roles in the shooting death of a teenager outside a city convenience store last week. Police say it appears the victim was not the intended target. [TU][Gazette]

Mercury case appealed to Supreme Court
The man who spread toxic mercury on food and other surfaces at Albany Med last year has appealed his case to the U. S. Supreme Court, claiming he was charged federally for a local crime.[Gazette]

Attorneys want $7 million for redistricting suit
Albany County wants a federal judge to throw out the $7-million legal bill submitted by the attorneys who sued to invalidate the county's 2011 redistricting map.[TU]

Guilderland pedestrian struck by car
A pedestrian believed to be a 6-year-old boy was sent to Albany Med on Tuesday after being struck by a vehicle while crossing the intersection of Route 155 and Brandywine Parkway in Guilderland with his grandmother on Wednesday.[News 10][WNYT][TU]

Cost of breaking out
David Sweat and Richard Matt's escape from Dannemora resulted in an estimated $300 thousand in damages to the maximum -security prison. [TU/AP]

Morse files mayoral petitions
Cohoes mayoral candidate Shawn Morse filed 1,600 signatures for his run - more than five times the number he needs to run on the Democratic line. [TU]

Former Spa City Finance Commissioner running again
Saratoga Springs Republican and former city Finance Commissioner, Ken Ivins, has announced he will challenge incumbent Democrat Michele Madigan for city Finance Commissioner.[Gazette][TU]

2nd Troy mayoral candidate files petitions
Democrat Ernest Everette has filed 840 signatures required for a Democratic run for Troy mayor. [TU]

State Ed officials leaving
Some top State Education Department officials are leaving the department just as the new Commissioner begins her job. [TU]

Developer seeks takes breaks for loft project
Uri Kaufmann, the developer behind Harmony Mills in Cohoes and Prima Lofts at the former Albany International site is seeking tax breaks to redevelop an old mill buildingin the Saratoga County town of Victory into loft apartments. [Business Review]

"Offensive" video causes stir
A former junior middleweight boxing champ was suspended from his part-time job at Albany's Quail Street boxing gym after a rap video that was filmed at the city property, which features a female dancer and uses the word "bitch," caught the attention of Mayor Kathy Sheehan's office. [TU]

10 thousand tickets
State police issued 10,000 tickets over the 4th of July weekend.[News 10]

No swimming
Chris Churchill considers whether the rules to prevent litigation are taking the fun out of life.[TU]

Snake in lake
A four foot swimming Timber Rattlesnake was sighted in lake George between Tongue Mountain and Black Mountain last week by the Bolton police chief.[WNYT]

Capital moves west for a day
Rochester is Capital for a Day today.[Democrat & Chronicle]

Happening today

Alive at Five
*Moved to rain site at the Corning Preserve boat launch
Yonder Mountain String Band at Alive at Five
Bluegrass. With: The Blind Owl Band (also playing at The Hollow later that night). 5 pm - free

Hoochie Coochie Men at Parish Public House
Folk/blues. With: Sub Slab, Joe Mansman & The Midnight Revival Band 8 pm -

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