Troy residents protest police shooting, not-guilty plea in double murder, Albany mayoral debate tonight, another equine death at Saratoga

Troy police involved shooting
Video has surfaced of the man shot by Troy police, bleeding on the ground as officers pushed him down and cuffed him, and witnesses say police had their guns drawn as they approached his vehicle, though he was only wanted for a parole violation. At a news conference on Wednesday, Troy Police Chief John Tedesco said authorities had been searching for Dahmeek McDonald for months after he violated parole by removing an ankle bracelet, and that he had "a history of weapons possession." More than 100 members of the community held a march to City Hall on Wednesday, to protest the shooting of the unarmed man. McDonald's uncle, Messiah Cooper, led the march, spoke with police and helped calm the crowd but called for better policing. He called on young people of color to take the exams to become police officers. He also spoke about discrimination against the poor, saying "They think poor people don't matter. They'd beat white people in the ghetto just like they'd beat me. We're in this together."[TU][Gazette][News 10][Spectrum][Record][WNYT][TU]

Other Troy police involved shootings
A look at some of the other police involved shootings in Troy in recent years, including the fatal shooting of Edson Thevenin -- D.A. Joel Abelove's handling of that case remains under investigation by the NYS Attorney General's office. [Spectrum]

Not guilty plea in double murder
Bryan Redden, the 21-year-old man charged with the double murder of a 33-year-old Glens Falls woman and her 4-year-old daughter pleaded not guilty to eight charges, including murder, grand larceny and tampering with evidence. [Spectrum]

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Albany Mayoral debate
A debate between Albany's three mayoral candidates will be held tonight and broadcast on WNYT and WAMC. [WNYT]

Prison dentist pleads guilty
New York's top dentist for youth prisons pleaded guilty to official misconduct this week for claiming to be working on state time while treating patients in his private practice. [Gazette]

Health care for transgender
Andrew Cuomo has announced the health insurance companies can not discriminate on coverage based on gender identity [TU]

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Wednesday for the coming Hilton hotel project at Crossgates Mall that will feature a Homewood Suites and a Tru Hotel.[TWCN][TU]

Possible coyote attack
Authorities in Washington County have closed a bike path and are investigating what may have been an attack by a coyote. [Spectrum]

Immelt quit President's panel
G.E. Chairman Jeff Immelt said he was quitting Donald Trump's council on American manufacturing, a short time before Trump announced he was disbanding the council . [TU]

Mobile health van
Albany's School District and Whitney Young health centers have announced a mobile health van that will come to North Albany Academy once a month to serve students -- in particular refugee and immigrant students at the school. [WNYT]

Another horse death at Saratoga
Another horse had to be euthanized at Saratoga on Wednesday, after breaking its leg in a race. [WNYT]

Ready,Set,Work!
Sara Foss on a new program to help employ former prisoners. [Gazette]

Cell phones at red lights
New York law is a little vague about cell phone use while stopped at red lights, and it's causing some confusion. [TU]

Confederate symbols in the NYS Capitol
A brief history of symbols of the confederacy in the State Capitol.[TU]

Pop Warner donations
Donations to a Go Fund Me page set up to cover the losses of $1,300 stolen from the Colonie Pop Warner Football program over the weekend, have exceeded the amount stolen. [WNYT]

Stuff going on today

Altamont Fair

Today-Sunday: The Altamont Fair -- the county fair Albany, Schenectady, and Greene counties -- is at the fairgrounds in Altamont. This is its 125th year. The one-price admission includes "parking, attractions, Circus Hollywood, music and Unlimited Rides." Tuesday-Sunday -- $15 (Tuesday and Wednesday) and $17 (Thursday thru Sunday)

ValleyCats
Wednesday-Monday: The ValleyCats start up a new home stand with a three-game series against Hudson Valley. (Thursday is beach party night.) 7 pm -- $$6 and up

Stage

Park Playhouse
Tuesday-Saturday: Park Playhouse continues its youth production of The Music Man in Washington Park. Tuesday-Saturday 7:30 pm -- $16 and up / free lawn seating

WTF
The Williamstown Theatre Festival continues the production of A Legendary Romance. And its production of Actually, starring Alexandra Socha and Joshua Boone, also continues. Tuesday-Sunday various times - various prices

Philadelphia Orchestra

It's the third and final week of the Philadelphia Orchestra's residency at SPAC. This week's schedule:
+ Wednesday: A celebration of the groundbreaking icons of American popular song, from Ella Fitzgerald to Billie Holiday.
+ Thursday: French Festival Day 1

Today-Saturday 8 pm -- $40 and up

Upbeat on the Roof
Thursday: The Upbeat on the Roof series at The Tang Museum on at Skidmore has Ramblin Jug Stompers. Thursday 7 pm -- free admission


Music

Thursday: The Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' Band show at The Egg is sold out.

Thursday: The Lil Uzi Vert show at Upstate Concert Hall is sold out.

Thursday: Jesse Terry + The Young Novelists at Caffe Lena
Folk/roots rock. 7 pm -- $16

Thursday: Funk Night at The Hollow
With Justin Henricks and members of Kung Fu and The Chronicles. 9 pm -- $10

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