Police investigate Schenectady stabbing, Albany High and Schneiderman release anti-discrimination plan, fire safety lessons pay off for Schenectady girl, call for tax free Christmas trees

Schenectady Stabbing
Police in Schenectady are looking for a suspect after a man was stabbed in a State Street Apartment.[TU][WNYT]

Patrice Zimmerman
Colonie police have positively identified a body pulled from the Hudson on Tuesday as that of 59-year-old Patrice Zimmerman, who went missing earlier this week.. The Cause of death has been determined to be asphyxia due to drowning. Police say no new evidence suggests foul play. [Record][WNYT][TWCN]

Albany High agreement to avoid discrimination
Eric Schneiderman's office and the Albany City School District will announce a plan to make sure that minority and disabled students are no longer discriminated against, following a report that showed they were far more likely to be suspended than their peers in the years leading up to 2014. [TU+]

JCOPE concerned disclosure law may have loopholes
JCOPE members fear that a new law requiring legislators to disclose their client list, which was passed in the wake of Sheldon Silver's indictment and is slated to go into effect at the end of this month, may have some significant loopholes. [TU]

Saint Rose
About 100 faculty and students held a "funeral" protesting the recently announced cuts to faculty and academic programs. College of Saint Rose president Carolyn Stefanco says the cuts were difficult, but are part of a plan to reduce the deficit, increase revenue and move the college forward. [Gazette] [Business Review]

Pink Palace plan pulled
Saratoga's Pink Palace - the former Moore Hall off-campus Skidmore dormitory, may face demolition after a plan to turn the building into 53 apartment was withdrawn by Bonacio Construction due to neighbors concerns. [Gazette]

Schenectady Fire
A lesson in fire safety pays off for a Schenectady 9-year-old who used the new information to call 911 when her Waldorf Street home caught fire. No one was injured but five people were displaced by the incident. [Gazette][TWCN][TU]

Infrastructure money
Albany, Troy, Rensselaer and Coeymans have gotten a a combined $5.5 million from New York State to help fund repairs to aging water and sewer systems. [TU]

Teachers offer evaluation plans
The day after the Board of Regents voted to remove test-based teacher evaluations, educators were offering up alternative evaluation ideas. [TU]

Kitchen table toolkit
New York State has released "The Kitchen Table Toolkit" an online resource to help adults start a conversation with teens in an effort to avoid heroin and opioid abuse. [TU]

Albany ready for Code Blue
Albany officials say the city's Code Blue program is ready to go once winter weather arrives in the region.[TWCN]

Toy guns
Thirty retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, Kmart and Sears, will pay over $300 thousand in fines for selling toy guns that look too much like the real thing, and have agreed to sell only colorful toy guns that can not be confused with real weapons. [TU][WNYT]

Tax free trees
Saratoga County Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner wants a tax free weekend for Christmas tree sales. [Post Star]

Happening today

A Christmas Story, The Musical
Today-Sunday: Capital Rep's production of A Christmas Story, The Musical continues this week. It's a stage adaptation of the movie. Tuesday-Sunday various times - $20 and up

French classics
Deanna Fox will be at Different Drummer's for a demo class on French classics -- "Join us to make delights such as:soupe a l'oignon (onion soup), gourgeres (cheese puffs), quiche Lorraine (egg pie with ham and cheese), salade Nicoise (cold salad), boeuf bourguignon (beef stew), tarte tatin (apple tart), and creme brulee (a custardy dessert)." 6 pm - $65

Squeeze at Troy Music Hall
New wave veterans, acoustic. 8 pm - $35 and up

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