Remembering man killed on Grand Street, fight over Saratoga Code Blue shelter, prepping for ride hailing, yoga with goats

Fatal stabbing in Albany on Grand Street
Albany police identified the man fatally stabbed early Sunday morning on Grand Street as 47-year-old Mark Douglas. He was homeless and a well-known figure in the neighborhood -- said one person to the Times Union: "He was as much of a neighbor as you could be, especially considering that he didn't have a residence." APD says the incident is still under investigation and asks anyone with info to call. [APD] [TU+]

Update: APD, crediting "many phone calls and cooperation from the community," says it's arrested a 64-year-old man who's been charged with second-degree murder. [APD]

Fight over location of Saratoga Springs Code Blue shelter
The Saratoga Springs Zoning Board of Appeals ruled Monday that a challenge to a proposed Code Blue shelter on Walworth Street next to the Shelters of Saratoga had been filed past the deadline. One of neighborhood opponents to the shelter location opponents -- Robert Pringle, who's also CEO of Glens Falls Hospital -- told the Daily Gazette the plan is "toxic" for the neighborhood, and mayoral candidate Mark Baker weighed in against the plan. And it sounds like opponents are considering legal options. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [News10]

Fall from Great Escape ride
A Warren County Sheriff's lieutenant said Monday it appears "human error" caused a teen to end up dangling -- and then falling -- from the Sky Ride at the Great Escape. [Post-Star]

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Schenectady graduation incident
Schenectady school board members and district officials say they're looking into the situation leading up to the high school graduation ceremony at Proctors that resulted in a man being arrested amid tension over people not being let in. [Daily Gazette]

Raise for Schenectady school superintendent
The Schenectady school board recently approved a raise for superintendent Larry Spring that will push his salary above $200k. [TU]

Fireworks
All fireworks -- even small ones -- are once again illegal in Schenectady County. But that doesn't seem to be deterring people from shooting them off. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Environmental health
The city of Schenectady is getting $3 million from the feds for to reduce lead exposure in homes. [Daily Gazette]

Ride hailing
Companies and drivers are getting ready for the start of ride hailing services here Thursday. [Spectrum]

Neba
A version of Mike's Neba has returned in Schenectady. [TU]

Goat yoga
In which Indiana Nash tries goat yoga in Delmar. [Daily Gazette]

Stuff going on today

The Riddle of the Invisible Dark Matter
Tuesday: The Science on Tap series stops at MopCo in Schenectady for a talk about dark matter. "We are sure that it exists! Searches for this mysterious "dark matter" have gone on for decades, but discovery still eludes us. Please join Dr. Matthew Szydagis, Assistant Professor of Physics at UAlbany, at MOPCO Theatre where he will discuss the status of these searches." Tuesday 7 pm -- free admission

Music: Lucero at Helsinki Hudson
Country/soul/bar rock. With: Banditos. 8 pm -- $25 and up

Music: Orchard Project: Julian Fleisher & Friends at Putnam Den
"Internationally renowned singer, songwriter, producer, and WNYC Radio personality Julian Fleisher - currently serving as Director of Cabaret and Musical Theatre at the Orchard Project - has invited some of his closest friends to come to Saratoga Springs for one night only. Featuring TV's Mo Rocca, native son pianist Tedd Firth and a bevy of surprise celebrity guests, Fleisher will bring his signature style to the second "golden age" of American popular song: 1975." 7:30 pm -- $50 and up

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