January 2, 2018

Arrests but still few details about Troy quadruple homicide, inaugurations for local leaders, minimum wage increase and start for paid family leave

Troy quadruple homicide
+ Two Schenectady men were arraigned Saturday on charges related to the killings of Shanta Myers, Brandi Mells, Shanise Myers, and Jeremiah Myers in Lansingburgh. The men -- 38-year-old James W. White and 24-year-old Justin C. Mann -- were charged with one count of first-degree murder and four counts of second-degree murder. [WNYT] [Troy Record]
+ Law enforcement officials have continued to keep back many details of the investigation, including what led them to the two men or what the motive might be. [TU] [Daily Gazette]
+ The director of the City Mission in Schenectady told the Times Union that James White had been banned from the shelter several months ago because of his behavior. [TU]
+ A fundraising campaign for the Myers family has now raised more than $40,000. [TU]

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A look around Delaware Supply

Delaware Supply exterior

Some quick follow-up on Delaware Supply, the craft beer bar that's been in the works for the space next to The Spectrum that was previously a series of coffee shops.

It opened shortly before Christmas, and here are a handful of pics along with a few other bits...

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5,000 rules

Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont is the centerpiece of this NYT article about the complications farms face from complying with many layers of rules and regulations related to everything from labor law to ladders to food safety. As Laura Ten Eyck is quoted in the story: "I'm not necessarily in favor of rolling back a lot of federal regulations ... I'm in favor of applying them intelligently." (The article also includes an interesting little side trip into Whole Foods marketing its "local" farm claims.) [NYT]

And now... 50 seconds of science


We've been enjoying these short videos the State Museum has been posting to Facebook and Twitter to highlight items from its huge collection.* There's a Science Tuesday series and a Humpday History series.

The one from today is embedded above. It's about carnivorous butterwort, which is hanging on in New York State. Yep, CARNIVOROUS BUTTERWORT. That sounds like something from Harry Potter.

A recent Humpday History video focused on the costumes worn by a dance team that danced with the Ziegfeld Follies and emigrated to upstate.

One of the things we like about these videos is how they're a calm interlude in the typical feed of outrage and despair. It's like ARGH!, RARR!, BLERG! --- (Here's something quiet about rocks. Yes, let's be chill and think about geology.) --- BLAR!, KERFUFFALUFFAGUS!

So, more like this, please.

By the way: New York State has 19 species (and one hybrid) of carnivorous plants, according to a paper posted by the NYS DEC.

Science Cafe
Speaking of the State Museum, its Science Cafe series returns to The Hollow January 23 for a talk titled "The First New Yorkers and Ice Age Landscapes."

* Much of the collection(s) is not on display. One example: so many bird things.

A kid-friendly brunch or lunch spot?

City Beer Hall Chocolate Decadence French ToastNot enthused about the opening of another drinking establishment, Elena posted on AOA's Facebook page:

Please, share some family caffe options if you know one - I am trying to find a place where I can take my kids for brunch or lunch, that are NOT fast food, old stinky diner, or soggy pizza place. The perfect place for me would be a restourant or caffe with a cute kids play corner.

This is a good question. And, of course, opinions about what makes a place kid friendly or not are going to vary. Maybe it's a menu. Maybe it's the atmosphere. Maybe it's just that there's some space to run around a little bit.

So, got a suggestion for Elena? Please share! And a sentence or two about why you're suggesting a place can be helpful.

Arrgh-us

You probably know the Argus Press building even if you don't know it's called the Argus Press building -- it's the beautiful, if somewhat decayed, old building with the two towers on Broadway in Albany just north of the Nipper building (it was designed by Marcus Reynolds). Chris Churchill recently checked in on what's up with the building, and it's currently in a weird limbo -- controlled by Albany County but, to the dismay of some county legislators, maybe headed back into the hands of its most recent owner. [TU]

Checking out the new Franklin Alley Social Club

Franklin Alley Social Club shuffleboard and bocce courts

The Franklin Alley Social Club -- a new bar/shuffleboard/bocce ball/arcade spot under Takk House in Troy -- opened this past weekend.

Here's a look around and little bit about what's up...

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