Search following fatal stabbing in Troy, Walmart responds to can-redemption firing, South End Children's Café already a drawing a crowd

Fatal stabbing in Troy
Troy police say a woman was fatally stabbed early Monday inside a residence in North Central (map). Police are searching for a man they want to question in the case and they say could be armed and dangerous. Update: Police say the man was found in New Jersey. [Troy Record] [TU] [TU]

Canned at Walmart
A Walmart spokesman tells the Times Union Thomas Smith was fired from the company's East Greenbush store because he redeemed $2 worth of cans that had been left in a shopping cart inside the store, which the company determined to be "gross misconduct." Said the spokesman to the Washington Post about the situation: "Taking items that have been returned to the customer service desk is no different from stealing off our shelves or from customers." The GoFundMe campaign for Smith is up to almost $20,000 as of Monday morning. [TU] [Washington Post] [GoFundMe]

Albany High School
The Albany school board is split over how to proceed on another pitch to voters about renovating/expanding Albany High School. [TU+]

Albany shooting
Albany police say a man was shot in the leg Saturday morning near Eagle and Morton (map). APD says it's investigating and is asking anyone with info to call. [APD FB]

20 years for stockbroker
Colonie stockbroker Scott Valente was sentenced to 20 years in prison and $8.2 million in restitution for cheating more than a hundred former clients. [TU]

Don't ride the horse
Saratoga Springs police say the Native Dancer horse statue installed this past summer at the west end of Union Ave has been damaged, allegedly by two men who climbed up on it and tried to ride it. [Saratogian]

Daily fantasy
Bill Hammond analysis of Eric Schneiderman's effort to shut down daily fantasy sports operations in New York State: "What matters in court is the law, and state law makes betting on sports illegal." And from NYT this past weekend: "For Addicts, Fantasy Sites Can Lead to Ruinous Path." [Politico NY] [NYT]

By hand
Why a proposal to allow state legislators to submit paperwork related to financial disclosure rules by hand -- and not email -- could make a difference in corruption cases. [TU+]

The state's next chief judge
A look at the candidates to become the New York State's next chief judge. Current chief judge Jonathan Lippman is retiring by the end of this year because he's statutory maximum age for the job, 70. [TU+ x2]

19th Congressional District
Democratic county chairs are pushing for Ulster County Executive Mike Hein to run for the 19th Congressional District, the seat currently occupied by Chris Gibson (he's not running for re-election). [TU+]

890
The state is planning a redesign of the section of I-890 near the GE plant in Schenectady. [TU]

Search for Troy man
More than a hundred people helped search a section of the Adirondcks Saturday for a Troy man who's disappeared during a hunting trip there in October November 15. [TU] [Post-Star]

South End Children's Café
The operators of the recently-opened South End Children's Café say they're already feeding 50 people each night. [TU+]

Cooking for 10,000
Why it's important that the scoops of mashed potatoes for the Equinox Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner be exactly right. [Daily Gazette]

The Last Pig
A former pig farmer in Schoharie County is the subject of a documentary about his decision to stop raising animals and become a vegan. [TU+]

Santa and Sa'fyre
Sa'fyre Terry, who survived the Hulett Street fire that killed her father and three siblings, rode along with Santa in the Daily Gazette Holiday Parade this past weekend. [Daily Gazette]

Comments

Times Union article is incorrect on missing hunter. They are off by a month. He was reported missing November 15th, last weekend.

Editors: Fixed. Thank you.

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