UAlbany run in NCAA tournament ends, woman says she and her service dog refused a table at restaurant, debate over Albany trash fee, remembering Mars Hill

UAlbany women in the NCAA tournament
The UAlbany women's basketball team fell to Syracuse 76-59 in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday. The Great Danes made it to the second round for the first time ever after a pulling an upset of Florida on Friday. Said UAlbany coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson after Sunday's game: "I don't want them to have their heads down. I don't want them to be sad. I want them to feel blessed that the things that we've done here are pretty amazing." (After five straight trips to the NCAA tournament, will Coach Abe be back for another shot next season -- or will she be hired away by a larger program? ) [ESPN] [News10] [TU]

New Board of Regents chancellor
The state Board of Regents has selected Betty Rosa as its next chancellor. Rosa is a former school superintendent in the Bronx, and has supported recent efforts by parents to opt-out of standardized testing. [TU] [WSJ]

Sentencing for ring of scammers
Five people who pleaded guilty to being part of a ring that scammed elderly people in Albany County were sentenced to prison Friday -- a 59-year-old man at the center of the ring got 8-16 years. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Woman and her service dog refused service
A Latham woman who's blind says she and her service dog were refused a table at Hana in Guilderland, in an apparent violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. [TU]

PFOA
Some residents of Petersburgh tell WNYT it feels like they're being overlooked by officials when it comes to answering questions about PFOA contamination of wells there. [WNYT]

Albany trash fee
A look at the debate among members of the Albany Common Council about whether to repeal the recently instituted trash fee for multi-unit homes. [TU+]

46th state Senate district
Democrat Sara Niccoli -- currently the Palatine town supervisor -- is officially into the pool to challenge Republican George Amedore for the 46th state Senate district. [Daily Gazette]

Mother charged with kidnapping
Schenectady police say a woman has been charged with kidnapping after she allegedly picked up one of her children and made plans to flee the area -- a court had ordered the child and two siblings into the care of child protective services. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Bubble gum bandit
Colonie police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man they've tagged as the "Bubble Gum Bandit" after they allege he stole more than $3,000 worth of items -- much of it chewing gum -- from the Market Bistro in Latham. [CPD press release] [TU]

Server accused of inflating tips
Police say a server at Beer, Wine and Pizza in Saratoga Springs was arrested for allegedly altering the tip amounts on 188 customer checks. [Saratogian]

Saint Rose adjuncts
The College of Saint Rose and the union representing contingent faculty there say they've reached a tentative agreement on their first contract, and it will now go to the union membership for a vote. [TU]

Medical marijuana
Among the snags for medical marijuana operations in New York State: Google won't allow them to run ads that mention "medical cannabis" or "medical marijuana." Medical marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, which makes promoting it a gray area. [TU] [TWCN]

Mars Hill
Longtime Albany resident Mars Hill -- an engineer, activist, and artist -- passed away last week at age 93. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Charles Duhigg
Charles Duhigg -- author of Smarter, Faster, Better, about the study of productivity -- will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. Duhigg is a business reporter for the New York Times and was part of a team that won a Pulitzer for its coverage of Apple. Monday 8 pm, downtown campus, Page Hall -- free

The Brothers
UAlbany will be hosting a screening of The Brothers: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in Albany, with a Q&A with two members of the activist group following. Monday 7 pm, Science Library - free

Comments

re the trash fee: I understand the desire to have a different plan in place before scrapping the truly horrible current one. So what other alternatives are being explored? I haven't seen where Sheehan has indicated that she's looking at any other possibilities. For those interested, a little more than a month ago the Citizens Budget Commission published an overview of waste management revenue issues, for NYC specifically, dealing heavily with volume-based fee structures.

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