Reducing barriers for opioid addiction treatment, scrutinizing school suspension disparities, Faso and food stamps, last shot for the Patroons?

A look at the changing approach -- and barriers that still remain -- to offering immediate access to withdrawal medication for people suffering from opioid addiction, which could significantly reduce the number of overdoses. [TU]

Galway Police Department
Brendan Lyons reports that the state Attorney General's office has been investigating the Galway village police department for allegations of all sorts of misconduct. [TU]

Suspension disparities
Black students in many Capital Region schools districts are suspended at much higher rates than their white classmates, according to recently released federal data -- and parents say they're concerned their children have been treated differently. [Daily Gazette]


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Guilty verdict in Albany shooting
Albany County jury found the Colonie man accused of shooting two people in Albany near Lark and Hamilton in the early morning of July 2 guilty of attempted murder. [TU 2017] [Albany County DA]

Police: piece of ear bitten off
Saratoga Springs police say a man bit off part of his brother's ear during a dispute. [Saratogian]

Albany Police Department
The union that represents Albany police officers says the department has fallen behind on replacing expired or worn out bullet proof vests. [News10]

Sheldon Silver trial
+ Sheldon Silver's retrial on federal corruption charges is set to start this week. [NYT]
+ Jimmy Vielkind: "The second trial of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will be yet another referendum on the capital's political culture. But it could be more than that as well. The new trial, which starts Monday, could also test the U.S. Supreme Court's new legal standard for public corruption." [Politico NY]

Faso and food stamps
John Faso has been one of the key Congressional Republicans pushing for stricter work requirements for receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP, or food stamps). [TU]

107th Assembly District
The count of the absentee and affidavit ballots solidified Republican Jake Ashby's special election win to succeed Steve McLaughlin in the 107th state Assembly District. [TU]

State Senate
Three Republican state Senators announced last week that they will not be running for re-election, which could open the way for Democrats to tip the balance of power in the chamber. [TU]

Andrew Joyce
From a profile of Andrew Joyce: "Only two years into his first-term as legislator of the 9th District, representing Albany and parts of Bethlehem, Andrew landed the leadership role of legislative chairman, and four months in has made unprecedented and sometimes contentious adjustments." [TU]

Standardized tests
Chris Churchill says New York "should altogether eliminate standardized testing in elementary and middle schools." [TU]

Sara Foss highlights a Schenectady program focused on training adults in the building and construction trades. [Daily Gazette]

Food store inspections
A look at how local supermarkets, groceries, and other food retailers scored in new, enhanced food safety inspections. [Daily Gazette]

Albany Patroons
It sounds like this was the first and last season for the Patroons revival. Though the Washington Ave Armory and the Patroons' league say they "have every intention of moving into season 2." [TU]

Headline of the day
From the Times Union: "Troy man trimmed Burger King's tree to improve view of deer, troopers said"

Stuff going on today

Eugene Lee
Monday: Tony-winning Broadway set designer Eugene Lee will be at UAlbany as part as the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. (It's the annual Burian Lecture.) "Eugene Lee, legendary Broadway set designer, has won three Tony Awards for his work on Leonard Bernstein's Candide, Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, and Gregory Maguire's Wicked. Lee has also served as the production designer for Saturday Night Live for more than forty years since its 1975 premiere." Monday 7:30 pm, uptown campus, Performing Arts Center -- free


Is an individual student's pattern of behavior perhaps a factor in the application of school discipline?

Herbert I am totally with you on this. The headline can be misleading without more follow up. Why is there such a disparity is the question that needs to be asked. It could be a marked difference in behaviors by that group of students. But it's doubtful it'll be approached that way.

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