APD investigating attempted abduction, Colonie police search for missing man, memories of a president and friend, Schenectady woman spins the wheel

Abduction attempt
Albany police are investigating the attempted abduction of a teenage girl on Central Avenue on Tuesday evening.[TU]

Guilty plea in fatal crash
A 23-year-old motorcyclist pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in the Berne crash that claimed the life of his passenger. [TU]


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Hampton Inn shower camera case
Albany police say they were never notified about the alleged shower recording of a Hampton Inn guest in 2015, but lawyers for the woman, who has filed a $100 million lawsuit agains the hotel chain, say multiple other agencies were contacted about the incident. [WNYT]

Schoharie crash
An attorney says New York State is partially to blame in the limousine accident that claimed the lives of 20 people in Schoharie. [News 10]

Facebook comment concerns Albany County Dems
A Facebook comment suggesting an up coming holiday breakfast should be sponsored by the NRA, has Albany County Democrats concerned in the wake of an incident over the summer where bullets were found outside the county Democratic Headquarters. [TU]

Bullying in Schenectady
At an emergency meeting for union members, the president of AFSCME Local 103, urged members to push city leaders to address recent allegations of harassment of city workers.[TU]

Missing person
Police are asking for the public's help to find a Colonie man who has been missing since Monday. [TU]

Robbery at Arlene's Artist Materials
Police are searching for thieves who broke into Arlene's Artist Materials -- a Colonie shop that has been open since the 1960s -- and stole thousands of dollars worth of paint and paint supplies. [Spectrum]

"He was a role model in politics for me, and a very dear friend."
Former Senator Hugh Farley remembers his friend, President George H.W. Bush. [Gazette]

Chris Churchill on NIMBY in Albany and a Common Council member's push to block a a business that offers cosmetic tattoo services to breast cancers survivors and other clients with medical conditions from opening in New Scotland Avenue home that formerly housed a chiropractor's office. [TU]

Former assemblyman charged with sexual abuse
The former chief of staff to former Suffolk County state Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci says he was sexually assaulted by his boss during an overnight visit to Albany last year. [TU]

Mohawk flooding
New efforts are in progress to try to better handle any potential flooding on the Mohawk this coming winter. [WNYT]

Raises for SUNY employees
SUNY is trying to figure out how to fund more than $300 million in raises for professors and other employees. [TU]

Racino terrace
The Saratoga Casino Hotel is starting construction on an outdoor gaming terrace where patrons will be able to smoke while gaming. [Saratogian][Gazette]

RPI student recognized for saving Amtrak train
Troy Mayor Patrick Madden recognized RPI freshman Reuben Clarke, who pulled an emergency break on an Amtrak train that separated on a trip to New York City on Thanksgiving Eve.[TU]

She'd like to buy a vowel
A Schenectady woman who works as a morning show producer at WGY is realizing her childhood dream of being a contestant on Wheel of Fortune. [TU]

Stuff going on today


Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley
Today-Sunday: The Rep continues its production of Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley, based on characters from Pride and Prejudice. "In this charmingly imagined sequel to Jane Austen's masterwork, the ever-dependable Mary Bennet is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings' romantic escapades. When the family visits for Christmas, an unexpected guest sparks Mary's hopes for independence, an intellectual match -- and possibly even love?" Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $22 and up

Dr. Seuss' How The?Grinch?Stole Christmas! The Musical
Today-Sunday: A touring production of the Dr. Seuss' How The?Grinch?Stole Christmas! The Musical is at Proctors. "[T]he record-setting Broadway holiday sensation which features the hit songs 'You're A Mean One Mr.?Grinch' and 'Welcome Christmas' from the original animated special." Wednesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Maria Bamford
Thursday: Maria Bamford will be at the Funny Bone at Crossgates for a stand-up show. Thursday 7 pm -- $25

Ice skating

The ice skating rink on the Empire State Plaza is now open for the season. The operating schedule is seven days a week (weather permitting) from noon-8 pm, closed daily from 3:30-4:30 pm for maintenance. It's free to skate. Skate rental is $4 for adults / $3 for kids 12 and under, and Saturday is free skate rental day.


Thursday: Rubblebucket at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
Indie rock. With: And The Kids. 8 pm -- $18

Thursday: Brett Young at The Palace
Country. With: Tyler Rich, Rachel Wammack. 7:30 pm -- $29.50 and up

Thursday: Soweto Gospel Choir at Troy Music Hall
"Songs of the Free - in honor of Nelson Mandela's 100th Birthday." 7:30 pm -- $25 and up

Thursday: Cody Jinks at Upstate Concert Hall
Country. With: Steel Woods, Tennessee Jet. 8 pm -- $35 ahead / $40 day of

Thursday: Bill Kirchen's Honky Tonk Holiday at The Hangar
"Let Grammy nominated 'Titan of the telecaster' Bill Kirchen add some honky-tonk to your holidays!" 8 pm -- $20

Thursday: The Rebirth Brass Band at Putnam Place
"The Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band brings the music of New Orleans to Saratoga as part of the band's 35-year anniversary tour." With: Piggly Wigglies. 8:30 pm -- $25 ahead / $28 day of

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