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3:38 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Meet Albany's First Female Catholic Priest

Mary Theresa Streck of Albany, the city's first female priest
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Religious history was made over the weekend in Albany when the city's first "woman priest" was ordained.

On Sunday, Mary Theresa Streck of Albany was ordained a woman priest in the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. A former Sister of St. Joseph, Streck is an artist and peace activist who is cofounder and director of the Ark Community Charter School in Troy.

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1:03 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

A Tale of Two Time Travelers

People who grew up in New York State's Capital City know them very well — the two mummies on display at the Albany Institute of History and Art on Washington Avenue. Now, modern science is unraveling many of the mysteries that surround the pair.
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In 1909,  Albany Institute board member Samuel Brown purchased two mummies from the Cairo Museum. One was partially unwrapped at Brown's request so he could be sure he was getting the Real McCoy. The ancient duo traveled to upstate New York by steamship.

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6:32 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

"Women of Influence in Politics: A Panel Discussion" at Russell Sage

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"Women in Politics" will be the focus Friday at Russell Sage College as the school welcomes three prominent female legislators from both parties to a public forum.

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6:06 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Primary Resulted In No Comebacks, Some Upsets

Anthony Weiner's political comeback fell far short.
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Former Congressman Anthony Weiner failed by a huge margin to make a political comeback in the New York City Mayor’s race , trailing far behind  winner Bill DeBlasio and second place finisher William Thompson.  Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer also was defeated in his attempt to get elected to a lesser seat- that of New York City Comptroller. But Steve Greenberg, a political analyst and spokesman for Siena College polling, says Spitzer, unlike Weiner, is more likely to get a second chance for a come back in the future, if he wants to. Spitzer, who resigned the governorship in 2008 over a prostitution scandal,  received 48% of the vote to winner Scott Stringer’s 52%. Weiner, whose sexting scandal continued to plague him during the campaign,  got less than 5% of the primary vote.

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12:48 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Sheehan Victory: Albany Democrats Ready For Change

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Democrats have spoken. The primary is over, and City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan is well on her way to taking office as the capital city's first female chief executive... 

Albany Democrats have a new sense of momentum - going in a positive direction, if former city councilman and mayoral candidate Corey Ellis' concession speech is any indication. Pre-election polls had already given Kathy Sheehan a large advantage going into Tuesday's primary. Her victory address at the packed Albany Pump Station reflected the anticipation that something new is beginning.

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12:51 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Albany County Receives Homeland Security Grant

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has announced that the county has received over $597,000 in grant funding - awarded by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services as part of the 2013 State Homeland Security Grant Program. The grant money will be directed to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities conducted by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office and county Department of Health.

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12:06 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Sheehan Takes Albany Mayoral Primary

Kathy Sheehan joined by her husband and son as she gives her victory address at the Pump Station, September 10, 2013.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

  City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan is now poised to become the first woman to ascend to the post of Mayor of Albany - Sheehan took the Democratic primary by a substantial margin tuesday night over former Councilman Corey Ellis.  Sheehan is now the presumptive winner of the November general election, due to Albany's heavy Democratic enrollment. A win in the fall would make her the first new mayor after twenty years of Jerry Jennings and the first female mayor in Albany's history.

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6:04 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Last Hours Of Voting In Key Albany Primaries

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Primary Day is in its last few hours, with Albany Democrats going to the polls to effectively choose the next mayor.   Democrats hope the change of guard will stimulate voter turnout, but many polling locations throughout the city have been moved, which could possibly discourage some voters. 

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1:58 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Albany College Campus Goes "Tobacco Free"

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Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, in partnership with Albany Law School, have implemented a 100% tobacco-free campus policy, now in place. A Tobacco-Free Kickoff Event was held tuesday in front of the ACPHS Student Center. Officials hail the move as a "notable step" toward a healthier and cleaner environment.

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12:47 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

NY: Primary Day At Last!

It's off to the polls for Albany Democrats today.

The Capital City's first new mayor in 20 years is expected to be all but decided today. With party enrollment heavy on the Democratic side, observers say whoever takes the primary is the presumptive winner in November. Recent polls show City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan running ahead of former Councilman Corey Ellis on the path to succeed two-decade incumbent Democrat Jerry Jennings.

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