Experts question Hoosick Falls study, Schenectady police say shooting was justified in standoff, former Russian orphans graduate together from Ballston Spa High School

Environmental health experts interviewed by the Times Union say the newly-released study that concludes there was no increase in cancer rates among Hoosick Falls residents in the last 20 years is flawed or "deceitful." Village residents questioned the results of the study at a meeting on Wednesday. [TU][Spectrum]

Schenectady police say shooting was justified
Schenectady police say the city man shot by officers during a standoff earlier this weekwas unarmed at the moment of the shooting, but police chief Eric Cliffordsays he believes the shooting was justified. [Spectrum][Gazette]

AG to investigate Schenectady police custody death
Eric Schneiderman's office is investigating the case of a New York City man who died in the custody of Schenectady police in early May. [Gazette]

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Prosecutors say teen's killer used her as prostitute
Prosecutors in the trial of a 19-year-old Schenectady man charged with killing a 17-year-old woman say he had acted as the woman's pimp and was angry that she was ending the relationship. [Gazette]

Driver charged in Washington Park
The alleged driver in the hit-and-run death of a 21-year-old woman in Washington Park in February is now charged with manslaughter in the case.[TU]

Road rage stabbing
State Police are investigating what they believe was a road rage incident that resulted in a stabbing on Hoosick Street in Troy. [Spectrum]

Rapist sentenced
A Scotia man serving time for violating parole on a rape charge has been sentenced for another rape of a 13-year-old girl.

Cat killer found guilty
An Albany jury convicted a 45-year-old city man of felony animal cruelty for killing a cat late last year. [Spectrum][TU]

Man burned attempting to rescue dog
A Brunswick man was badly burned in a failed attempt to rescue his dog from a fire. [TU]

Cuomo economic dev power
State lawmakers are pushing measures that would curb Andrew Cuomo's power over New York's budget and economic development spending. [Spectrum]

Child victims act
The state Assembly approved the Child Victims Act, which extends the statute of limitations for felony sexual abuse crimes. [TU]

Private schools and sex abuse cases
A proposed law making its way through the state legislature would require private schools to report abuse allegations to authorities -- something they are not currently required to do in all cases. [TU]

Affordable housing project dies in Lansingburgh
Chris Churchill looks at why a proposed affordable housing project in Lansingburgh was not approved. [TU+]

7th challenger for Faso
A seventh Democrat has filed to challenge Representative John Faso in the midterm elections. [TU]

Rabid goat
The Albany County Health Department has confirmed that a goat housed at the Radix Center was found to be rabid.[WNYT]

Taxi king facing felony charges
New York City's self-proclaimed "taxi king" was in Albany on Wednesday facing felony charges for allegedly evading $5 million in state taxes. [TU]

Thacher Park parking
Parking fees are returning to Thacher Park. [WNYT]

NYRA's newly announced board of directors is the same as the old board of directors, with two additions. [Gazette]

Saratogian to leave building
After more than 80-years, the Saratogian newspaper will leave its Lake Avenue location in August, and move to a smaller space on Wells Street in Saratoga Springs. [Gazette]

Airbnb co-founder returns to Niskayuna
A Niskayuna alum and co-founder of Airbnb will speak at the school's commencement ceremony. [Gazette]

Two former Russian orphans graduate together
Two young men who once shared a crib at a Russian orphanage will graduate together from Ballston Spa High School this month -- one is an athlete, the other an actor. [WNYT]

Stuff to do today

Thursday-Sunday: The Madison is screening the latest batch of short films from the award-winning YouthFX program at multiple times each day. On Saturday there will be a special screening -- YouthFX filmmakers and crew will be there for a Q&A following the screening. And on Sunday there will be screening of the Which Way Is Home series of films that look at the concept of home for range of young people in Albany. Thursday-Sunday various times -- $5

Screwball Comedy Surprises
Thursday: The latest series from the Pine Hills Film Colony at The Madison is "Screwball Comedy Surprises" -- and it's showing the 1920 film The Matrimonial Bed. Thursday 7 pm -- $10

Alive at Five
Thursday: The Alive at Five series at Jennings Landing on the Albany riverfront opens its season with Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Let's Be Leonard. Thursday 5 pm -- free admission

Brown's Summer Sessions
Thursday: The Brown's Summer Sessions series behind the brewpub in Troy continues with Ron Gallo, Joe Mansman and the Midnight Revival Band, and The Late Shift. Thursday 5 pm -- free admission


Thursday: Barns Courtney at The Hollow
Singer/songwriter. With: Foxtraxx. 9 pm -- $15 ahead / $18 day of

Thursday: Hayes Carll at The Hangar
Roots. 8 pm -- $20


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