History of domestic violence in Schenectady shooting, Albany County considers sanctuary law, population growth in Saratoga County

Schenectady shooting update
+ Corrected The mother shot in the triple shooting in Schenectady this week has a history of being the subject of domestic violence. The victim told police she was afraid to leave Deshawn Howard, because she knew he had a gun and he threatened to kill her and her children if she left him. The woman had an order of protection against Howard, obtained earlier this year after he punched her in the face in front of her children. [WNYT][Gazette][TU]
+ Sara Foss on two domestic violence cases and the effect of domestic violence on children. [Gazette]

Response to Albany shootings
"I want to see the outrage. I want to see people angry" -- Acting Albany police Chief Bob Sears on the community outrage and response to the rash of shootings and violence in the city this summer. [TU]

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Sanctuary county
Albany County is considering implementing a sanctuary law that would ensure no county agency would assist in federal immigration enforcement request or question people on the street over citizenship.[TU]

Schenectady County Airbnb room tax
Schenectady County legislators have approved a law allowing a 4 percent country room tax on Airbnb and other home-sharing rentals. [Gazette]

Capital Region growth
The largest population gains in the Capital Region by percentage between 2010 and 2017 have been in the the Saratoga County communities of Halfmoon, Ballston, and Malta. [TU]

Cobb on assault weapons ban
Supporters of Elise Stefanik are circulating a video in which Tedra Cobb, her challenger for the 21st Congressional District seat, tells a group of students that she supports an assault weapons ban but can't say that publicly because it will hurt her chances in the election. [Gazette]

19th district race
Chris Churchill on the race between John Faso and Rhodes scholar/rap musician/lawyer Antonio Delgado.[TU]

Kaaterskill Falls rescue
Rangers rescued a man who fell 40 feet from Kaaterskill Falls after ignoring signs and wandering off a trail.[TU]

Amazon
+ Neighbors of the Schodack site where Amazon is planning a one-million-square-foot distribution center say they're disappointed that the town planning board gave its stamp of approval to the project without further environmental study.[TU]

Kavanaugh
+ Chuck Schumer says he's concerned that putting Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court is part of a back door approach to gutting the Affordable Care Act.[TU]
+ Planned Parenthood advocates rallied in Albany on Wednesday to oppose Kavanaugh's nomination.[Spectrum]

Hemp research
SUNY Cobleskill is growing a small batch of industrial hemp for a research project on how it might affect fungi diseases. [Gazette]

The Dude abides
A memorial for a beloved English teacher and Lebowski lover who drowned earlier this month in a Vermont. [Gazette]

David Cassidy
According to TMZ David Cassidy's family is planning to spread his ashes at the Saratoga Race Course.[TU]

Stuff going on today

Summer Writers Institute
The NYS Summer Writers Institute continues its schedule of open-to-the-public readings by authors at Skidmore. This week's schedule:
+ Thursday: Mary Gaitskill & Vijay Seshadri
+ Friday: Adam Haslett & Amy Wallen

The events are in Palamountain Hall at Skidmore. Monday-Friday 8 pm -- free

Ring of Fire
Today-Sunday: Capital Repertory Theatre opens its production of the Johnny Cash musical Ring of Fire. (It was in previews this past weekend.) Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $25 and up

WTF
Tuesday-Sunday: The Williamstown Theatre Festival continues this week with productions of The Closet (starring Matthew Broderick) and the world premiere of Artney Jackson by James Anthony Tyler. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- various prices

Park Playhouse
Today-Saturday: The Park Playhouse's first production of the summer season in Washington Park is Damn Yankees. Tuesday-Saturday 8 pm -- lawn seats free / reserved seats $14 and up

Alive at Five
Thursday: The Alive at Five series at Jennings Landing in Albany has Big Daddy Kane with DJ Trumastr, DJ Supreme, and Und3rstanding. Thursday 5 pm -- free admission

Upbeat on the Roof
Thursday: The Upbeat on the Roof series at the Tang Museum on the Skidmore campus has the Decoda Chamber Music Ensemble. Thursday 7 pm -- free

Music: Halsey at SPAC
Pop. With: Jessie Reyez. 8 pm -- $39 and up

Music: Courtney Barnett at MASS MoCA
In the courtyard. With: Vagabon. 8 pm -- $27 ahead / $37 day of

Music: John Butler Trio at The Egg
Roots rock. With: Mama Kin Spender. 8 pm -- $38.50 and up

Music: BIG|BRAVE at The Low Beat
Experimental rock. With: Chief, Sun Natives. 7:30 pm -- $8

Music: Maybe April at Caffe Lena
Country Americana. With: Michelle Mandico. 7 pm -- $16

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