Icy conditions create slippery commute, more migrants sent to Albany County Jail, Niskayuna identifies source of lockdown threat, AI center planned for Troy

Icy roads resulted in a number of accidents in the Capital Region this morning. The icy conditions caused some highways and bridges to close and there were some school closings and delays. More snow and cold conditions are expected today and very cold temperatures tonight. [Gazette][TU]

More detainees at Albany County Jail
More than 50 new migrants from the southern U.S. border have been sent to the Albany County Jail in the past month. The jail now holds 178 immigrant detainees. [TU]

Student identified in Niskayuna threat
Niskayuna High School officials say they have identified the student responsible for the threat that resulted in a November 5 lockdown at the school. [Gazette]


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Ballston spa shooting threat
Ballston Spa High School officials are investigating a shooting threat found Tuesday on a bathroom wall.

Hit and run victim recovering
The victim of an October hit-and-run has been released from Albany Medical Center and is recovering at home. [Gazette]

Troy detectives
A pair of retired Troy detectives pleaded guilty on Tuesday to forging an incident report to conceal their illegal entry into a city apartment as part of a 2017 drug bust. They were issued conditional discharges by a judge. [TU][Record]

Men wrongfully jailed for murder attempting lawsuit
A pair of men who spent nearly 20 years in prison for a murder they didn't commit are attempting to sue the state, but they're facing a roadblock. [TU]

Legislative pay raise effort
A panel of current and former comptrollers looking into whether New York lawmakers and state department heads will get a pay raise, is considering hiring a lawyer to help them. [TU]

Episcopal diocese
The Episcopal Church is deciding how to handle a letter issued by the bishop of the Albany Diocese that opposes the church's stance on gay marriage. [TU]

Colonie cell reception and 911 calls
Albany legislators are trying to figure out how to deal with the "Bermuda Triangle of cell service" in Colonie, which has resulted in failed 911 calls. [TU][Spectrum]

Saint Clare's
Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger says he will set up meetings with former St. Clare's Hospital employees who have lost pensions and the corporate officers responsible for the pensions.[TU]

What does Amazon's decision to locate in Long Island City mean for the Capital Region? [TU]

In the wake of a recent increase in fires in the city, Albany firefighters and emergency workers went door to door in the student areas of Pine Hills on Tuesday, warning people to be careful not to cause cooking fires.[TU]

Saratoga Springs schools
Some Saratoga Springs parents are pushing to re-arm monitors in the city's schools.

Robert Flacke
Longtime businessman and former head of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Robert Flacke, has died. [Gazette]

Local baker on Food Network
An East Greenbush pastry shop owner is one of seven bakers who will compete on an upcoming food network holiday baking championship. [Gazette]

Plans are in the works for a $2 million artificial intelligence center in Troy. [TU]
Stuff going on today

On the Trail of Big Cats: Tigers, Cougars and Snow Leopards
Wednesday: A talk / presentation called National Geographic Live On the Trail of Big Cats: Tigers, Cougars and Snow Leopards will be at Proctors. "Join award-winning National Geographic photographer Steve Winter for a thrilling journey into the world of big cats. From trekking high in India's Himalaya in search of rare snow leopards and stalking the elusive jaguar through Latin American jungles to chronicling the nocturnal activities of the "American lion" or cougar, this determined explorer ventures far and wide to come face-to-face with his subjects. This is no easy task. Since many big cat species are in danger of extinction, they have good reason to avoid humans." Wednesday 7:30 pm -- $30

Crime + Punishment
Wednesday: The Sanctuary for Independent Media is screening the documentary Crime + Punishment. It's "a film chronicling the struggles of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest and summons in New York City." After the screening the film's director, Stephen Maing, will be there for a talk. Wednesday 7 pm -- $10


Wednesday: John Medeski's Mad Skillet at Cohoes Music Hall
"Mad Skillet's grooves are deep - New Orleans steeped in jazz, blues, psychedelic rock, and R&B - a treat for the body and mind." 8 pm -- $32

Wednesday: The Suffers at The Egg
"A contemporary version of the great R&B/funk bands of 70s and 80s." 7:30 pm -- $29.50

Wednesday: Silverstein at Upstate Concert Hall
Rock. With: Hawthorne Heights, As Cities Burn, Capstan. 7 pm -- $20 ahead / $23 day of

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra at Caffe Lena

"Jonathan Scales is one of the most innovative steel pannists on the planet, and is redefining and challenging traditional expectations of his signature instrument." (Also playing Helsinki Hudson Friday.) 7 pm -- $22

Wednesday: Ghost Light at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
Holly Bowling, Tom Hamilton, Steve Lyons, Raina Mullen, and Scotty Zwang. 8 pm -- $15


Tonight at the U-Club!

Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America: A Series of Conversations with Giacomo Calabria
Tonight - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM EST
141 Washington Ave, Albany

For details, go to http://www.universityclubalbany.com/

I wonder what would happen to these shooting threats is the "scared straight" program was revitalized.

"What does Amazon's decision to locate in Long Island City mean for the Capital Region? [TU]"

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***** Highly Recommended
November 14, 2018
Item: Amazon HQ

I picked up this HQ a while ago from another state — it took a while but it was finally delivered. And boy, was I ever happy. I opened up the shipping box, and there they were — 25,000 jobs. And bragging rights. i know exactly where to put it. It’s really gonna look good right on my front lawn.

The price? It only cost $1.7 billion in state tax incentives and grants. Plus infrastructure upgrades, job training programs, and access to a helipad, all on the state’s dime. What a deal! And did I mention the bragging rights? Those are sure gonna come in handy over the next couple of years.

Yeah, some neighbors are complaining about the cost. And they don’t like how the HQ looks on my front lawn. They say it’s taking money needed to fix NYC’s crumbling subway and support other community investments and giving it to one of the world’s richest men.

Hey — complainers are gonna complain. Am I right?

In the meantime, I got the best looking HQ in the neighborhood. Right here on my front lawn.

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