A day after veteran NBA player Jason Collins made national headlines by becoming the first active male athlete in the four major sports to come out as gay, state lawmakers, gay rights advocates and labor and law enforcement officials participated in Empire State Pride Agenda's annual lobby day in Albany.
Although New Yorkers are becoming more accepting following the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2011, activists and advocates want to ensure that gay rights and gay pride stay in the media spotlight.
Recent polls and surveys show a huge shift in religious identity in many areas across the country, with attendance at religious services lagging. According to one evangelical marketing group, the once faithful are now identified as "post-Christians," and Albany, New York is number one on a list of the most post-Christian cities in the United States.
Is the nation moving away from Christianity and other forms of conventional faith?
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Albany say they're investigating a shooting that left one man dead and another wounded. Officers responded to reports of shots fired 1:45 a.m. Thursday at Central near King Avenue and found two men with gunshot wounds. 26-year-old Darzee Reid of Troy was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital. Police say the other victim, a 22-year-old man, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Police are continuing their investigation.
TROY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old upstate New York girl has died from injuries suffered when a television fell on her. Troy police say emergency crews were called to a home in the city around 7:30 Thursday evening after an older model TV fell off its stand and landed on the child. Alyssa Willett was taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Albany Medical Center’s Dr. Kim Kilby was among the hundreds of volunteers at Monday’s Boston Marathon, working close to the finish line in the primary medical tent when two massive explosions erupted nearby. She immediately raced to help the wounded. Capital Region Bureau Chief spoke with Dr. Kilby this morning by telephone. Click on the link provided to listen!