Scrutiny of health care in Albany County jail death, arrest in fatal Troy stabbing, spotlight on buildings at former convention center site, a big lift

Scrutiny of Albany County jail death
Brendan Lyons looks into the 2014 death of a man in the Albany County jail in an episode in which representatives of the private contractor running medical services at the jail appear to have let the man's condition spiral downward over many hours. [TU]

Shooting in Albany
Albany police say responding officers found two men with gunshot wounds in their legs Saturday night just off Second Ave (area map). [APD]

Arrest in fatal Troy stabbing
Troy police say they've arrested a 51-year-old man for the fatal stabbing in a residence on Oakwood Ave earlier this month. An hours-long standoff preceded the Friday night arrest. [Troy Record] [TU]

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Cyclist dies in Albany crash
Albany police say a cyclist died in a crash with a CDTA bus on North Pearl Street at Wilson Street Saturday afternoon (map). APD says the initial investigation indicates had been traveling down the hill on Wilson "at a high rate of speed when he failed to stop for the stop sign and collided with the bus." Police say the man hit the side of the bus. [APD] [TU]

Standoff and no arrest in Troy
A standoff situation in Troy lasted for hours Sunday until Troy police apparently determined the suspect was no longer in the home. [TU] [Troy Record]

Sewage in the Hudson
Chris Churchill argues that there should be a plan to address the combined sewer overflow problem on a timeline faster than 15-year plan currently in place. [TU+]

Saratoga Code Blue shelter
Sara Foss on the fight over the locations of the Saratoga Code Blue shelter: "The homeless are part of the community. Their problems are our problems, and making it easier for them to get help and obtain resources will benefit all of us." [Daily Gazette]

Former Albany convention center site
The old E-Comm Square buildings on the former convention center in downtown Albany have been tagged with the red box X, and it seems the state authority in charge of the buildings isn't quite sure what that means. [TU]

Ride hailing
+ Uber has yet to work out an arrangement with the Albany airport authority, meaning its drivers can't technically offer service at ALB -- and it sounds like sheriff Craig Apple isn't happy about deputies having to negotiate that situation. [TU]
+ Talking with Uber drivers at the Saratoga Race Course. [Daily Gazette]

A look at the preparations and planning performed on the fly after a group of international refugees was routed from Poughkeepsie to Albany. [TU]

Women in tech at GE
A look at the careers of women in tech working for GE in Schenectady and Niskayuna then and now. [Daily Gazette x2]

Large Green Island mixed-use development
That proposed mixed-use development for the Green Island island just across from downtown Troy has taken another step forward. [Biz Review]

Egg lift
What happens when it's time to replace the curved freight elevator in The Egg.

Sam Aldrich
Remembering Sam Aldrich, Saratoga aristocrat, parkland preservationist, and social justice advocate. [TU]

A 70-year-old Albany woman deadlifted 281 pounds recently at a powerlifting competition to set a new world record. [Spectrum]

Stuff going on today

Bites Camera Action
Monday: The film/food truck series Bites Camera Action will be showing Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone in Albany's Tricentennial Park, along with music by The Useless Cans. Monday music 5-8 pm, movie at 8:30 pm -- free admission

NYS Writers Institute
Monday-Friday: It's the last week of the NYS Summer Writers Institute series of public author readings at Skidmore. This week's schedule:
+ Monday: Novelist Cristina Garcia (Dreaming in Cuban, King of Cuba, The Lady Matador's Hotel) and Novelist Paul Harding (Tinkers, Enon)

The events start at 8 pm in the Davis Auditorium of Skidmore's Palamountain Hall. They're free.

The Track
It's the first full week of the new season at the Saratoga Race Course. (And, of course, there is no racing on Tuesday.)


RE: the bicycle fatality, that is a fairly steep downhill street. I know there are plenty of examples of cyclists not fully stopping at intersections, but if we were told that the cyclist attempted to stop and was unable I would believe it. Tragic, and I hope the bus driver is alright emotionally.

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