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4:12 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

2013 Albany NY Mayoral Forum on Sustainability

Credit The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund

We are just one week away from the Albany Mayoral Forum on Sustainability...  

Back in mid-May, Albany was rocked by the news that longtime Mayor Jerry Jennings was opting not to seek a sixth term. The announcement was a game-changer for a cavalcade of mayoral hopefuls, many of whom will gather for a forum co-hosted by WAMC and the New York League of Conservation Voters at the Linda July 2nd at 11 a.m.

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Capital Region News
1:10 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Carolyn Mugar and Jennifer Fahy - Farm Aid 2013 Comes To SPAC

On June 14 Farm Aid announced that its annual benefit concert will, for the first time, be held at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Today the concert lineup was announced: artists slated to perform include Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews. Additional artists include Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, Kacey Musgraves, and Toad the Wet Sprocket. 

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Capital Region News
12:20 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Ticky Comes Home

Albany hoops legend Luther "Ticky" Burdem, then and now. [B&W inset shot from photo in Burden's donated memorabilia ]
Credit WAMC / Dave Lucas

An Albany basketball legend has returned to one of the places where his career began.

One of Albany's own NBA Stars came home Friday afternoon to the little gym that helped form the foundation for his career. Luther “Ticky” Burden made his way home to Trinity Place, which has been serving children in the city's South End for decades. Burden's pro career entailed a single season with the Virginia Squires and two with the New York Knicks in the late 1970s.

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Capital Region News
9:54 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Backyard Chickens On Hold In Hudson

Credit Gavin Schaefer/Wikimedia Commons

If you live in Hudson, scratch those chicken plans... for now...  

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Capital Region News
12:00 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Rick Mathews, National Center for Security and Preparedness - "Death Rays" And Homegrown Terror

Rick Mathews

"Death ray" - it’s a phrase you would most likely expect to see across the top of a pulp sci-fi comic book from the 1950s – but this week it graced the front pages of some newspapers in their coverage of a case of domestic terrorism home-grown in New York’s Capital District.

On Thursday a federal magistrate in Albany ruled that 49-year-old Glendon Scott Crawford and 54-year-old Eric J. Feight are a threat and should remain jailed. 

The men are accused of trying to build a portable x-ray weapon to sicken Muslims and enemies of Israel.

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Capital Region News
12:31 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Two Upstate NY Men Arrested In Terrorist Plot

Credit wikipedia

It sounds like something out of a science-fiction movie: authorities foil a plot by two individuals to kill people with an x-ray gun that could be secretly fired from a moving van...

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Capital Region News
11:56 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Albany Aquarium: Idea Whose Time Has Come?

The idea of a building a convention center in downtown Albany has been on the back burner for some time... a developer has come up with a new plan for the land.  Democratic Albany Mayoral Candidate Corey Ellis has been a proponent of building a city aquarium for some time - now Omni Development Corporation is pushing that idea along with a science museum and an IMAX theater to be constructed  on the site of the flat-lined convention center project between Broadway and the South Mall Arterial. 

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Hudson
11:44 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Make Way For The Chickens!

Credit Gavin Schaefer/Wikimedia Commons

Citizens of one upstate New York city may soon be breaking fresh eggs - the US Department of Agriculture has called the city of Hudson a "food desert" - that's about to change... Last night the so-called "Chicken Law" passed: The Register-Star reports that Hudson residents will be allowed to keep up to five hens on their property - the law, which awaits approval of Mayor William Hallenbeck Jr., will "help people meet their needs for quality, cost-effective nutrition.

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Capital Region News
7:01 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Rensselaer Has A New Idea

Professor James Hendler

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute today announced a new university-wide initiative to tackle the challenges and opportunities of Big Data.

At a morning ceremony at the Troy campus, RPI officials christened it "IDEA" - the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications – the college’s $60 million initiative involves students and faculty from more than 12 departments across the five schools of the university.

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Capital Region News
8:08 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

UAlbany School of Social Welfare Plans National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services

UAlbany's School of Social Welfare is developing a National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services, devoted to improving services and support for homeless individuals throughout the United States. Assistant Professor of Social Welfare Heather Larkin explains the center will be launched over the next year, using donor funding to partner with homeless agencies around the country with the goal of making a national impact. John Records will serve as a Public Service Professor and co-Principal Investigator to co-direct the Center with Larkin.

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