Verdict in Crossgates gunfire trial, political fallout from Congressional health care vote, food banks in need as summer approaches

Crossgates gunfire trial
Friday afternoon a jury found Tasheem Maeweather, accused of firing a gun in the incident that prompted a lockdown at Crossgates, guilty of reckless endangerment -- but not guilty of attempted murder, attempted assault, and criminal possession of a weapon. He faces 3.5 to 7 years in prison -- but his attorney says they're planning an appeal. [TU] [Spectrum] [Daily Gazette]

American Health Care Act
+ Looking at the politics -- and potential electoral implications -- of the American Health Care Act in for Republican Congress members in two upstate districts. [Politico NY]
+ John Faso will not be appearing at a "Save our Healthcare Town Hall" in Kingston Monday evening -- but Sean Patrick Maloney, the Democratic Congressman from an adjacent district, will be there. [Daily Freeman]
+ A former aide to Andrew Cuomo -- and current Harvard Law student -- says he's planning a run against Faso next year. [Politico NY]

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Lake George boat crash trial
+ The jury didn't return a verdict Friday.
+ Two of the passengers in Alexander West's boat that night were arrested in Saratoga Springs Friday on misdemeanor drug charges, according to SSPD. [TU]

Million Dollar Beach
The state Department of Environmental Conservation says Million Dollar Beach at Lake George will open for the season later this month -- though its still not sure of the source of last summer's sewage contamination. [TU+]

Center Island project
A look at the possible environmental remediation work needed ahead of the proposed $60 million mixed-use project on Center Island in Green Island, just across from downtown Troy. [TU+]

Schenectady sewage pump station
A look at the debate over the the proposed new Schenectady sewage pump station along the Mohawk River near the Stockade. [TU]

Students and stress
+ How students at Schenectady High School are using peer mediation to resolve conflicts. [Daily Gazette]
+ A look at how childhood trauma affects kids and communities. [TU]

Food banks in need
Food banks around the region say donations often decrease during the summer, even as demand rises. [Daily Gazette]

UAlbany
+ Interim UAlbany president James Stellar says he wants to be considered for the permanent job. [Albany Student Press]
+ Talking with Jerlisa Fontaine, the first woman to be elected UAlbany Student Association in almost two decades -- and maybe the first black woman ever. [Daily Gazette]

Crossgates
Chris Churchill asks whether the request from the owner of Crossgates for tax breaks for a new hotel should be considered in light of its apparent plans to a residential area it bought up near the mall. [TU+]

Albany Common Council
The most recent batch of declarations of who's running for this year's Common Council elections. [TU]

Closing after 75 years
Woodlawn True Value Hardware in Schenectady is closing after more than 75 years in business under the ownership of the same family. [Daily Gazette]

Attention
The modern world: The story isn't the fight -- the story is that the fight got attention on Facebook. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [News10]

Stuff going on today

Tulips
This is your daily reminder to go see the tulips in Washington Park.

Music: I Prevail at Upstate Concert Hall
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