Cuomo orders flags at half-staff for limo victims, more problems revealed with limo and company, police investigate Troy shooting, police chief defends investigation in officer-involved shooting

Schoharie County limo crash
+ Andrew Cuomo has ordered flags around the state to be flown at half-staff on Thursday in honor of the 20 victims of last weekend's limousine crash in Schoharie.[TU]

+ Federal records show that the limo failed inspection because of brake issues last month.[Gazette]

+ More stories are coming to light about problems with the limo in the crash and the company that rented it. Days before the crash, the limo was listed for sale for $9,000. [TU][TU]

+ The Times Union took the trip down the hill on Route 30 through the intersection where the crash happened. [TU]

+ The Schoharie County District Attorney is considering potential charges as the investigation into the crash continues. [News 10]

+ Schoharie is preparing for a second vigil to be held tonight in a local school gymnasium, and the funerals for the crash victims will begin on Friday.[TU]


Troy shooting
Troy police are investigating a late-night shooting on Park Avenue Tuesday. [CBS 6]

Albany police chief defends investigation in Williams shooting
Taking questions from the Albany Common Council Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins defended the APD's investigation of the police shooting of 19-year-old Ellazar Williams, calling it "procedurally sound," but activist Dr. Alice Green expressed concern over questions raised by the video of the incident. Residents also expressed concern about the video, which shows Williams was shot in the back. [Spectrum][TU]

School monitors to be unarmed
The Saratoga Springs City School District board voted 5 to 4 on Tuesday night to end the practice of allowing 14 school grounds monitors to carry guns.[TU]

Cohoes Common Council replaces Morse allies on IDA
The Cohoes Common council appointed five new members to the city IDA, replacing allies of Mayor Shawn Morse, the agency's paid chief executive officer. [TU]

Controversy over racial epithet in high school
A Schenectady High School teacher and her daughter are cautioning the school board against overreacting to the use of the "N word" in schools, after another teacher spoke out against its extensive use in the high school. [Daily Gazette]

Bear attack
A Warren County man was hospitalized this week after he was attacked by a bear while riding his four wheeler in the woods. Update: The state Department of Environmental Conservation says its investigation has concluded the man was not attacked by a bear. [TU] [Post-Star] (Thanks, Bob and -B)

Tucked in
Video of a two-year-old pit bull mix at the Mohawk Hudson Humane shelter who likes to be tucked in every night has gone viral. [CBS6]

Ninja Warrior Junior
A 9-year-old from Saratoga Springs will be featured on American Ninja Warrior Junior.[TU]

Stuff going on today

Capitol Hauntings
Today-Saturday: The popular Capitol Hauntings tours have started up for the season at the state Capitol. "The tour lasts about an hour, but the chilling, ghostly tales might haunt you forever." Monday-Friday 1 pm and 5:30 pm / Saturday 1 pm -- free (but you must make a reservation and they fill up)

Today-Sunday: A touring production of the Broadway show Anastasia will be at Proctors. "From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family." Tuesday-Sunday various times --

The Royale
Today-Sunday: This is the last week for The Rep production of The Royale. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Muslim Women in 21st Century America: Mona Haydar and Ibtihaj Muhammad
Wednesday: Rapper/poet/activist Mona Haydar and Olympic fencer/memoirist Ibtihaj Muhammad will be at UAlbany for a talk "Muslim Women in 21st Century America." "Mona is a Syrian American rapper, activist and artist whose debut song Hijabi (Wrap My Hijab) was named one of the 25 top feminist anthems of all time by Billboard. A fencing champion, Ibtihaj became the first female Muslim-American athlete to win an Olympic medal. They share the stage to tell their stories." It's a collaboration between the NYS Writers Institute and the UAlbany Performing Arts Center. (There's also a craft talk at 4:15 pm.) Wednesday 7:30 pm, uptown campus, Recital Hall -- free

Silent Film Spectacular
Wednesday: The Albany Public Library opens its new Silent Film Spectacular season with a screening of George Melies' The Prolific Magic Egg (1903) and Sherlock Jr., starring Buster Keaton (1924). Psychedelic Snakeskin will perform the live score. Wednesday 7 pm, Washington Ave Branch -- free admission

Music: Sona Jobarteh at Proctors
"Sona Jobarteh is the first female Kora virtuoso to come from a west African Griot family. ... The Kora (a 21-stringed African harp) is one of the most important instruments belonging to the Manding peoples of West Africa (Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau)." 7:30 pm -- $25

Music: Darden Smith at The Linda
"Singer-songwriter Darden Smith will release his first book, "The Habit of Noticing: Using Creativity to Make a Life (and a Living)"... With a combination of songs, stories and images from the book, Smith will be performing a show that brings the tales to life." 8 pm -- $15

Music: R&R Kickback with The Age at Albany Distilling
Happy hour + soul music. 7 pm -- $7


"Bear attack - A Warren County man was hospitalized this week after he was attacked by a bear while riding his four wheeler in the woods. [TU]"

It turns out the report of the bear attack was fabricated:

"After a thorough investigation and interviews with the subject, DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers determined that the subject was not attacked by a bear," [a DEC spokesperson] said. Authorities quickly doubted his story, and Jordon admitted late Tuesday that he was not attacked by a bear, officials said. (The Post-Star)

Looks like the bear attack story may have been updated. It's now saying the man lied about the attack.

Listen and believe!

So grateful Saratoga Springs voted to disarm school monitors. They can focus on communicating with kids and not imply that guns make these schools safer - they don’t.

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