Albany homicide victim connected to mayor, Chief Justice John Roberts visits RPI, Shen board asked to turn over land, Tuesday heat a Capital Region record


Albany homicide victim had a family connection to mayor
The 27-year-old father shot to death in West Hill on Saturday was the biological brother of Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan's adopted son. "It's a call that I never thought I would ever get," said Sheehan. [WNYT][TU]

College tuition
The new plan for tuition-free state college tuition for qualifying New York State students would affect traditional students coming directly from high school who finish school on time -- something New York State students seem to be doing less frequently. [NYT]

Ethics
The New York Times on the state ethics legislation that didn't pass again this year. [NYT]

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John Roberts at RPI
Chief Justice John Roberts visited RPI on Tuesday for a public Q & A with Dr. Shirley Jackson.
+On Neil Gorsuch, who he swore in as a justice on Monday: "The new justice is not a Republican. He's not a Democrat. He's a member of the Supreme Court. But it's hard for people to understand that when they see the process that leads up to it."
+On truth: "I'm never asked to decide what the truth is; I'm asked to decide what the law is and to apply the law to the particular facts before me. You in the realm of physics deal with universal truth more than I do."[TU][Spectrum][Gazette]

Shen Board urged to turn over land to Clifton Park
After residents of Clifton Park voted against the sale of 34-acres of land by the Shenendehowa School Board, the Friends of Clifton Park Open Space want to see the Board of Education turn the land over to the town of Clifton Park. [TU]

Fatal Greenfield Crash
A 27-year-old woman is dead following a two car head-on crash on Lake Desolation Road in Greenfield late Monday night. [WNYT]

King street
After a long process, Schenectady officially named a street Dr. Martin Luther King Way in honor of the slain civil rights leader. A co-chair of the MLK Coalition called the move, "a start toward better things to come." [TU][Gazette]

Senate Dems plan primary challenges
With 18 months to go, Democrats in the State Senate are already planning challenges to members of the IDC. [TU]

Schumer fighting opioid addiction
Chuck Schumer is supporting a bill that would fight synthetic opioid addiction by stopping the flow of the drugs from Mexico to China. [TU]

Hot, hot, hot
Tuesday's 87 degree high set a record in the Capital Region. [TU]

The life of an Albany bon vivant
"Never apologize for your art," and other things Paul Grondahl learned from 89-year-old Albany bon vivant Ray Ortali. [TU+]

Saratoga National Historical Park
An additional 170 acres of land that was once under threat of development has been added to Saratoga National Historical Park. [Gazette]

The last WWII vet in Cohoes
Cohoes honored Wilfred "Spike" Mailloux, its oldest living WWII veteran. [News 10]

State police centennial
Tuesday marked the 100th anniversary of the New York State Police.

Rooster
The mysterious rooster of Parkwood Street.[News 10]

Stuff going on today

Baratunde Thurston
Writer/comedian/critic Baratunde Thurston will be giving a talk at Skidmore (it's the spring keynote for the college's speakers bureau). Bio blurbage:

Baratunde Thurston has told jokes professionally on five continents, worked for The Onion, produced for The Daily Show, advised the Obama White House, and cleaned bathrooms to pay for his Harvard education. He co-founded Cultivated Wit and the About Race podcast and wrote the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black.
Wednesday 7 pm, Palamountain Hall -- free

Gregory Pardlo
Gregory Pardlo -- winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry -- will be at RPI to read from, and talk about, his work as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. Wednesday 8 pm, Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Building -- free

From Feldenkrais to GoPro
Choreographer Mary Armentrout is leading a movement workshop at EMPAC. "The workshop begins with an awareness-through-movement sequence based on the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education. It consists of a series of gentle movement exercises that bring individual attention to the bodily experience, thus cultivating embodied awareness. The artists will then lead participants in compositional exercises using technology such as GoPro cameras to explore electronic mediation from a consciously embodied state." Wednesday 5 pm -- free (space is limited)

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Today-Sunday: A touring production of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical is at Proctors. "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history." Wednesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Hockey
This is the last week of the last regular season for Albany Devils while they're still the Albany Devils. They face Hartford Wednesday (7 pm) and Rochester Saturday (5 pm) at the TU Center.

The Districts at The Hollow
Rock. With: Abi Reimold. 9 pm -- $13 ahead / $15 day of

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