Cuomo retuning to Puerto Rico, parol for convict involved in grisly '93 murder, puppy stolen from Crossgates pet store

Cuomo will return to Puerto Rico
Andrew Cuomo is headed back to Puerto Rico today, the second time since the island was hit by Hurricane Maria. [TU]

Albany mayoral race
A look at the three challengers facing off against Albany mayor Kathy Sheehan in the upcoming general election. [TU]

State to study New York's cancer disparity
Andrew Cuomo was in Glens Falls on Wednesday to announce an effort to help reduce cancer in parts of the state where it is highest. Cuomo said cancer rates are 20 percent higher in Warren County than in New York City, and said researchers will be examining those trends to find the reason for the disparity. [News 10][Post Star]


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Parole for man convicted in 1993 murder
A Cohoes man who has served nearly 25 years in prison for his part in a grizzly murder of a young Troy woman in 1993, has been granted parole. [TU]

Foam
Authorities are trying to determine why fire suppression foam was released on Tuesday in a hanger at Albany International Airport. Cleanup continues at the hanger, but airport spokesman Doug Myers says there was no machinery damage and that initial estimates of $1 million for cleanup were too high. [Gazette][TU]

Stolen puppy
Police are looking for two women who stole a West Highland Terrier puppy from a Crossgates Mall pet store on Wednesday, and made a getaway on a bus. [Spectrum]

The rich and mighty
Chris Churchill on goose poop, swimming pools and how the rich and powerful are out of touch with the rest of us. [TU]

Sentencing in Halfmoon standoff
The Halfmoon man responsible for a 20 hour standoff with police in April will spend 15 years in state prison. [Gazette]

Saratoga school superintendent
Saratoga Springs has named new superintendent --Michael Patton, the former superintendent for the South Glens Falls district. [Gazette]

Saratoga Lake development
Opponents of the proposed Cedar Bluff development on Saratoga Lake say the health of the lake and the land surrounding it is at stake. [TU]

HVCC launches training program
HVCC is partnering with the Center for economic growth to launch a short online manufacturing technology training program designed to help workers get warehouse and assembly jobs. [TU]

Abelove
Joel Abelove, who is being investigated by a grand jury for his handling of a police involved shooting in Troy, has been named Prosecutor of the Year by the International Association of Arson Investigators.[WNYT]

Protection for agrotourism
A new law signed this week by Andrew Cuomo will help protect farms from lawsuits over the risks of agro-tourism.[Saratogian]

$1 million for Pool
An anonymous donor is giving $1 million to the proposed Adirondack Aquatic Center in Malta. [WNYT]

Paul Simon at Skidmore
Paul Simon is teaching a masterclass at Skidmore this week.  [Gazette]

Stuff going on today

Film Columbia

Tuesday-Sunday: The Film Columbia film festival continues in Chatham. The schedule includes a bunch of films that are already getting attention because of screenings at other festivals and/or they're eagerly awaited because of stars or directors involved. One change to the previously-announced schedule: The Current War has been swapped out for I, Tonya, the new film about Tonya Harding starring Margot Robbie. Tuesday-Sunday various times and prices

Arts and sciences

Ryan Smithson
Thursday: Author, Iraq war vet -- and UAlbany alum -- Ryan Smithson will be at UAlbany to talk about his work, including his memoir, Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI. His appearance is part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writer series. Thursday 4:15 pm, Performing Arts Center -- free

Paper Is Part of the Picture
Thursday: The curator of the Paper Is Part of the Picture exhibit at the Opalka Gallery -- Paul Shaw -- will be at the gallery for a talk. He's a design historian whose work has focused on typography. Thursday 6:30 pm -- free


Music

Thursday: Jimkata at The Hollow
Electro rock. With: The Late Shift. 8 pm -- $12

Thursday: Milkweed Electric at Parish Public House
Americana. With: North and South Dakotas. 8 pm

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