Capital Region News

Capital Region News
1:10 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Jewish World Ventures Into Digital Waters

Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas sat down recently with Robert Titov, the Digital Development Director at the Jewish World. They discussed how the paper is adapting to cultural shifts away from traditional print media.

Listen to the interview by clicking on the link provided.  You can experience Robert Titov's work by visiting jewishworldnews.org ... you can follow them on twitter at @jw_news and join them on Facebook at jewishworldnews.

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4:35 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Assignment at Albany High: Explain Why ‘Jews Are Evil’

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Albany, New York is making national headlines again - for all the wrong reasons.

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4:47 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Efforts to open new concert venue in Albany

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An attempt by two Albany entrepreneurs to open a new concert venue at 28 Thatcher Street in the city's downtown warehouse district has met stiff opposition.

Chris Pratt and Alessio Depoli had hoped to give the local music scene a shot in the arm by opening up a mid-range music hall, larger than WAMC's Linda but smaller than the Palace Theater.

The partners own several bars along Broadway and North Pearl Street. The plan to open a new venue at 28 Thatcher Street was a simple one.

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3:50 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Albany Mom Petitions HUD: Ban Police Training at Public Housing

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An Albany resident has started a petition to ask the federal Housing and Urban Development Department to ban police training in public housing.  

The power of social networking proved to be a force to reckon with after citizens in Albany's Arbor Hill neighborhood posted photographs of swat teams, fake bloodstains and shell casings on Facebook, after an Albany Police Department training exercise.

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5:00 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

They Want To Be Mayor...

Mayoral hopefuls Joanne Yepsen, Marlon Anderson
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More hats are in the ring for area mayoral contests - races in the the cities of Saratoga Springs and Albany are heating up...

Saratoga Springs City Supervisor Joanne Yepsen announced her candidacy for mayor on Monday. The Democrat says the Spa City needs “a mayor who has a proven track record of putting partisan politics aside to do what’s best for the city.” 

The 54-year old Yepsen, a member of the County Board of Supervisors, lost in a 2010 bid for the 43rd state Senate seat against then-Senator Roy MacDonald. 

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3:42 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Albany Med Joins Nationwide Study of Pig Parasite Eggs as Potential Treatment for Crohn’s Disease

Human whipworm eggs.
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Albany Medical Center is joining a multi-center trial, testing the eggs of the pig parasite whipworm as a potential treatment for Crohn’s disease. 

Crohn's is a severe and debilitating form of inflammatory bowel disease.   For the trial, Crohn’s patients will ingest 7500 microscopic parasite eggs in a tablespoonful of salt water (called TSO suspension) every two weeks for 12 weeks. Another group will be given a placebo. In people, this special form of the parasite egg survives only about two weeks and does not cause infection.

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12:26 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Students Pitch-In For Clean Up

This weekend University at Albany Students will pitch in a neighborhood clean-up initiative.

On Sunday UAlbany students will be in the Pine Hills section of Albany to assist with the annual spring clean-up. Organizers say the event illustrates the cooperation between residents and the many students who live in the popular neighborhood.

The clean-up will be held from noon to 3 p.m., rain or shine, and will begin at the entrance to Albany's Ridgefield Park on Partridge Street, just below Myrtle Avenue.

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3:30 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Jonathan Dordick, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - nano-collaboration focus of symposium

Collaboration is the focus of a two-day National Academy of Sciences symposium at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, and nano-technology is at the center of the discussion because of the work at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, the College of Nano-Scale Science and Engineering in Albany and Global Foundries in Malta, Saratoga County.

Working together in the nano field is vital according to professor Jonathan Dordick, vice president of research at RPI. He spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

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3:06 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Follow A Bridge

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These days it seems almost everyone engages in social networking.  Now, in addition to crossing it, you can follow a bridge on twitter (it might just follow you back) or you can friend it on facebook - The Patroon Island Bridge now has a presence on social media. The span joins a bevy of other local landmarks like The Albany Rural Cemetery and its comrade, The Troy-Menands Bridge, that have assumed "internet personalities". The Patroon Island Bridge carries I-90 over the Hudson River between Albany and Rensselaer Counties.

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4:47 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Waterfront Revitalization Moves Ahead

Construction is set to begin on the Catskill Creek Walking Loop, as the Greene County village's five-year old waterfront revitalization program continues. The Daily Mail reports that the “bridge to bridge” loop will connect the historic Black Bridge, West Main Street, the Uncle Sam Bridge and Water Street in a pedestrian walking loop incorporating various path surfaces, lighting, boardwalks, benches and pocket parks.

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