Mother and child hit by school bus, Senate votes to move up ride sharing, Saratoga citizens battle racist fliers with message of peace, Hollywood visits ALB

Hate crime victim not surprised by youth suspect
The father of five whose garage was burned down in an apparent hate crime earlier his week says he's not surprised a teen has been arrested for the crime, telling the TU "Children don't understand the actions that they take."[TU]

School bus hits mother and child
Police are investigating an incident in Schenectady where a city school bus hit a mother and child on Wednesday afternoon.[Gazette]

Ride sharing 10 days sooner
The NYS Senate has passed legislation that would allow ride sharing in upstate NY by the July 4th weekend. [TU]

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Bethlehem ballot design issues
Design issues on Bethlehem ballots forced a manual recount of 888 votes in school board elections this week. [TU]

School budget votes
The high percentage of school budgets that sailed through in the Capital Region is part of a larger trend in New York. [TU]

5th Dem to challenge Faso
A 52-year old Ulster County business consultant is the fifth Democrat has thrown their hat into the race to battle John Faso[TU]

False memory expert to testify in arson/perjury case
An expert in false memory could testify in the perjury trial of a defended connected to the fatal Hulett Street arson that disfigured Saphyre Terry and killed her father and siblings. [Gazette]

DiNapoli report takes issue with Empire State Development
Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is chastising Empire State Development for failing to meet reporting requirements for tax credit and job creation programs.[TU]

Citizens spread anti-racist message
To combat racist messages left on car windshields in Saratoga last week, a group of city residents distributed fliers with anti-racist, welcoming messages throughout the city. [Saratogian]

Flag may not be what it appears
Chris Churchill talks with the owner of the half confederate/half American flag -- a neighbor of the Schodack family whose garage was torched in a hate crime this week-- and finds she is not what he expected. [TU+]

No vaping
The NYS assembly passed restrictions on vaping in public places, adding e-cigarettes to the state's Clean Indoor Air Act. [TU]

Stefanik/Faso and Trump
The challenge of tiptoeing around the Trump crisis for GOP members, including Elise Stefanik and John Faso. [TU]

All in the family
The TU looks at family connections in local government, starting with employees related to Albany County Executive Dan McCoy
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Sexual assault at NYS colleges
Andrew Cuomo has ordered a statewide review to see if college campuses are complying with his Enough is Enough law overseeing the handling of sexual assault, stalking and dating violence on college campuses. [TU]

Log Bay Day
Police are making plans to put an end to Log Bay Day-- the informal party where last year, Alexander West Crashed a boat, killing an 8 year old girl. [TU]

Chairman steps down from Convention Center
Gavin Donohue, who worked for 13 years to create the Albany Convention Center, is stepping down as the facility's chairman. [WNYT]

DWI outside State Police Academy
State Police charged an Albany man with DWI, after he was found napping on the grass outside the State Police Academy. [TU]

Albany/Saratoga Counties to study shared organic waste facility
Albany County and Saratoga County will fund a study on building a shared organic waste facility.

Raccoons
A pair of rabid raccoons were recently found in Rensselaer County.[TU]

Schenectady rose thief
Someone stole three rose bushes from Schenectady Central Park. [WNYT]

SPAC to partner with Caffe Lena/Film Forum
SPAC will partner with Caffe Lena and the Saratoga Film Forum to expand its entertainment opportunities to smaller concerts and films. [TU]

Adelphi Hotel
A preview of the soon to reopen Adelphi Hotel.[TU]

Hollywood at ALB
Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams was at Albany Airport on Wednesday, filming scenes from her upcoming movie, Departures. [News 10]

Stuff going on today

Becoming More Visible
The Food For Thought series at The Linda will be screening Becoming More Visible, a documentary following the lives of four young transgender people. The director will be there for Q&A afterward. Thursday 7 pm -- $8

Some People Hear Thunder
Today-Sunday: This is the last week for Some People Hear Thunder at Capital Rep. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Sean Rowe
Sean Rowe at Helsinki Hudson
With: Girl Blue. 8 pm -- $20

Big Head Todd
Big Head Todd & The Monsters at The Egg
More sweet than bitter, bitter than sweet. With: Cris Jacobs. 7:30 pm -- $29.50 and up

Good Charlotte
Good Charlotte at Upstate Concert Hall
Pop punk. With: Less Than Jake, Crown the Empire. 7:30 pm -- $28.50 ahead / $32 day of

Cris Williamson
Cris Williamson at Caffe Lena
Singer/songwriter/activist. 7 pm -- $25

Kat Wright
Kat Wright at The Hollow
Soul. With: Hartley's Encore. 8 pm -- $12

Two Cow Garage at The Low Beat
With: American Pinup, Bosses Daughter. 8 pm

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