Judge calls for quick resolution of UAlbany bus incident case, not guilty plea in Watervliet murder case, prayer and meatballs

UAlbany bus incident
+ Albany City Court judge Rachel Kretser at the arraignment of the three women Monday morning: "This case should proceed as quickly as possible. This case really has already done enough damage in our community. It's an open wound and I want it resolved." [WNYT]

+ Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration spokesperson Angelica Clarke: "I don't think there's any question that there's more video than was released to the public." [TWCN]

+ Unwinding the story of "Will," who according to rumors -- rumors repeated by local media outlets -- had dropped out of UAlbany because of blowback from the bus incident. It turns out the school says there's no record of him being enrolled this semester. [TU+]

Watervliet murder case
The Watervliet man accused of killing a neighbor -- and firing a shotgun at another friend -- this past January pleaded not guilty to charges including second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder. [TU] [WNYT] [Troy Record]

Pedestrian hit on Central Ave
Albany police say a driver hit a pedestrian on Central Ave at North Allen (map) Monday night and then drove off. [WNYT]

Prison break plea
A Clinton Correctional Facility guard accused providing ferrying contraband to Richard Matt and David Sweat -- including ground beef with, unknown to him, a hacksaw blade within -- took a plead deal that includes six months in jail. [TWCN]

Troy armed robbery investigation
Troy police have released stills from the security video in the armed robbery of DeMeo's Discount Wine and Liquor over the weekend. The two owners walked through the video with TWCN. [TU] [TWCN]

Troy sinkhole watch
The city says repairs on the Campbell Ave sinkhole have been slow going because the difficulty of making the scene safe for workers. [Troy Record]

Albany schools
Charter schools in Albany are reshuffling, planning to add grades and move locations. [TU+]

Drinking water
Paul Tonko is pushing proposed legislation that would replenish a federal fund for drinking water infrastructure projects. [TU]

Schumer and Cuomo
Jimmy Vielkind takes in the political show at the state Democratic Party gathering to nominate Chuck Schumer. [Politico NY]

Albany convention center
Chronicling the path leading up to the construction of the Albany Capital Center, the progress of which has benefited from the warm winter. [Daily Gazette]

Antarctic mission
The New York National Guard 109th Airlift Wing -- the one with the ski-equipped planes based in Scotia -- recently picked up a group of researchers in Antarctica after the boat that was to pick them up ran aground. [TU]

Paul Parker
Remember artist and restaurateur Paul Parker, who died over the weekend at age 92. [TU+]

104 years old and just her 26th birthday
Rose Moreno of Troy -- born on February 29, 1912 -- on what's kept her going: prayer -- and spaghetti and meatballs. [WNYT]

Stuff going on today

Twyla Tharp
Award-winning choreographer Twyla Tharp will be at UAlbany to talk about her career in an on-stage conversation with WAMC's Joe Donahue. Her appearance is the start of a new Capital Region program called Pathways to Dance, "designed to support dance creation and presentation." Tuesday 6:15 pm (book signing) / 7 pm (conversation), UAlbany downtown campus, Page Hall - free

YouthFX
The YouthFX program based in Albany will be at Skidmore to screen some of the short films created by teens. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the screening. Tuesday 6 pm, Palamountain Hall - free

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