Mother arraigned on charges related to discovery of deceased infant, man injured in Grand Street shooting, protestors greet Spicer in Saratoga, French teen visits nurses who saved her life

Police: Addicted mother buried child
Heaven Puleski was arraigned on Wednesday on charges relating to the disappearance of her four-month-old-son Rayen, whose body was found this week in hole behind their State Street home in Schenectady. Police say Puleski was too high on heroin to care for the child, and admitted to wrapping him in plastic bags and hiding him behind the house after he died. The judge set her bail at $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond, and sent her to county jail.[News 10][Gazette][TU]

Baby safe haven laws
Sara Foss shines a light on the little known Baby Safe Haven laws that could have protected Rayen Puleski.[Gazette]

Cuomo's America was "never that great" comment
Firing back at Trump's "Make America Great Again" rhetoric, Andrew Cuomo said "We are not going to make America great, America was never that great." Donald Trump and other Republicans quickly took aim at Cuomo for the quote. The governor continued saying,"We have not reached greatness. We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged." [Spectrum][WNYT][TU][NYT]

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Man injured in Albany shooting
Albany police are searching for the person who shot a 37-year-old man in then hand and leg on Tuesday, on the 100 block of Grand Street. [News10]

Spicer in Saratoga
Protestors and supporters gathered at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga, where former Trump Press Secretary Sean Spicer visited for a book signing. [Gazette]

Car slams into house
Part of a Scotia home is being held up by a front-end loader after a car slammed into the home overnight and drove away. [Gazette]

Duanesburg lakes
Harmful algae blooms have been detected in two Duanesburg lakes that are popular recreation spots. [Gazette]

Rabid cat
Bethlehem authorities have captured the rabid feral cat that bit a man last week. [WNYT]

NXIVM
Lawyers for Allison Mack, who is facing federal sex trafficking charges in connection with NXIVM, are asking for her house arrest to be partially lifted to allow her to attend religious services, school and work.[Spectrum]

Man charged with raping teen
A 35-year-old Rotterdam man is facing charges for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl.[TU]

RPI Student Union
The latest in the feud between RPI and it's student Union: Students have filed a complaint with the Board of Regents after RPI President Dr. Shirley Jackson unilaterally appointed a new director for the union with no student input. Students say then move is a violations of RPI's rules and traditions. [TU]

David Soares
David Soares is asking fellow district attorneys not to serve on a proposed state commission on prosecutorial misconduct -- a commission Attorney General Barbara Underwood suggested may be unconstitutional-- because it could violate the separation of powers between the legislative, judicial and executive branches of state government. [TU]

Halfmoon planning board member admits federal crime
Longtime Halfmoon Planning Board member Thomas Ruchlicki pleaded guilty on Wednesday to lying to FBI agents about approximately $85,000 in payments he received from a developer tat regularly has business before the town of Halfmoon. [TU]

State Police investigating Greenbush supervisor
State Police have opened an ethics investigation into dealings of Greenbush Supervisor Louis Desso. [TU]

Sink hole
North Main Avenue in Albany remains closed today wheal crews are working on a sinkhole that appeared earlier in the week. [TU]

Civility in youth sports
Chris Churchill talks with a youth soccer referee about the decline in civility among parents at their children's sporting events. [TU]

Sage Athletic Center for sale
In an effort to deal with financial woes, The Sage Colleges is selling its athletic center. [TU]

Albany Med prize
This year's Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research has gone to three researchers working on immunotherapy for cancer and HIV patients. [TU]

French teen visits the nurses who saved her
A French teenager returned to St. Peter's Hospital this week, to thank the nurses who saved her life when she was born prematurely at the hospital 13 years ago. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Saratoga Race Course
The season at the Saratoga Race Course. There's horse racing every day except for Tuesday.

ValleyCats
Thursday: The ValleyCats return from their all-star break for a a two-game home stand at The Joe against Connecticut. Wednesday is George Springer bobblehead night, and Thursday has post-game fireworks. Wednesday-Thursday -- $6.50 and up

Altamont Fair
Today-Sunday: County fair season continues with the Altamont Fair. It's the county fair for Albany, Schenectady, and Greene counties. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- various admission prices

WTF
Today-Sunday: The Williamstown Theatre Festival continues with a production of the Carson McCullers play The Member of Wedding (Tavi Gevinson is part of the cast) and Dangerous House, a new play by Jen Silverman (Samira Wiley is part of the cast). Tuesday-Sunday various times -- various prices

Park Playhouse
Today-Saturday: This is the last week for The Park Playhouse's production of the satire How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in Washington Park. Tuesday-Saturday 7:30 pm -- lawn seats free / reserved seats $14 and up

C.J. Chivers
Thursday: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist C.J. Chivers will be at Northshire Saratoga to talk about his new book "The Fighters, "an unvarnished account of modern combat, told through the eyes of the fighters who have waged America's longest wars." Thursday 7 pm

The Jazz of Physics
Thursday: The Speakers @ SPAC series has theoretical physicist/cosmologist/jazz saxophonist/author Stephon Alexander talking about "The Jazz of Physics." Thursday 8 pm -- $20


Philadelphia Orchestra
It's the last week of the Philadelphia Orchestra annual run at SPAC. This week's schedule:
+ Thursday: Captivating Classics
Wednesday-Saturday various times -- $18 and up

Upbeat on the Roof
Thursday: The Upbeat on the Roof series at the Tang Museum on the Skidmore campus has Fenimore Blues. Thursday 7 pm -- free

Music: Larry Carlton Quartet at Caffe Lena
"Nineteen-time Grammy nominee, Four-time Grammy winner Larry Carlton, a.k.a. Mr. 335 (named for his iconic 1968 Gibson ES-335) is indisputably one of the all-time guitar greats and it's a massive honor and treat to welcome him to Caffe Lena's intimate stage." 6:30 pm and 9:15 pm -- $75

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