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2008-08-07 06:00:41

By Paul Grondahl, Albany Times Union, N.Y. Aug. 7--GLENVILLE -- Who'd have thought paying less than $4 a gallon for gas would bring a smile to so many faces? "It's sad that we're happy paying $3.75. It should be a lot lower," said Esther Graham of Scotia. She stopped at the Getty station on Route 50 Wednesday to fill up her 2007 Honda Civic after visiting a daughter who lives nearby. Graham and other motorists lined up for (relatively speaking) cheap gas at a quartet of stations along...

2008-08-06 18:00:33

By Bob Gardinier, Albany Times Union, N.Y. Aug. 6--SAND LAKE -- A longtime town mining operation has decided to fight the high cost of diesel fuel by converting to other power sources. The 154-acre Troy Sand & Gravel operation, located on Route 43 in West Sand Lake since 1957, has sunk about $500,000 into plant upgrades to convert to electricity and natural gas to power at two of its plants at the site. "These are major changes that will reduce fuel consumption, utilize more...

2008-08-05 06:00:00

By Scott Waldman, Albany Times Union, N.Y. Aug. 5--ALBANY -- Kilhari Cortina might have slept late Monday. Instead, the 10-year-old woke up at 5 a.m., brushed his teeth, put on a uniform and headed off to the first day of the new school year. He's a fifth-grader at KIPP: Tech Valley Charter Middle School. His cousins laughed when they heard he had to be back in the classroom in August. But he just shrugged them off. "I said 'We're going to have a lot of fun while you're playing...

2008-08-05 06:00:24

By Leigh Hornbeck, Albany Times Union, N.Y. Aug. 5--STILLWATER -- Eurasian milfoil, an invasive plant that creates a nuisance for boaters and swimmers, is almost under control in Saratoga Lake, according to the Saratoga Lake Protection and Improvement District. The district, which is supported by 1,400 taxpayers who live around the lake, paid for an application of a herbicide to kill the weeds. Last year the chemicals were used on the south end of the lake and in May the district moved...

2008-08-04 15:00:41

By Dan Howley, Albany Times Union, N.Y. Aug. 4--If you think today's teenagers are all video-game addicts shuffling aimlessly through malls in droopy blue jeans, you haven't met Jeff Knox. You'd need a program to keep up with the 16-year-old's activities at Columbia High School, but it's the work he's involved in with distinguished nanotech scientists at the University at Albany's Cancer Research Center that adds the most extraordinary dimension to his resume. Most weekday afternoons...

2008-08-01 18:00:24

By Eric Anderson, Albany Times Union, N.Y. Aug. 1--COLONIE -- A family of four en route from Piseco Lake in the Adirondacks to Cherry Hill, N.J., was shaken but not seriously hurt this afternoon after their single-engine plane made an emergency landing at Albany International Airport after losing part of its landing gear. The aircraft, a single-engine, four-passenger Cherokee 180 with a fixed landing gear that doesn't retract, began losing its left main gear after takeoff from the Piseco...

2008-08-01 06:00:46

By Carol DeMare, Albany Times Union, N.Y. Aug. 1--COLONIE -- Legislative approval is being sought for a buyout program for some Albany County Nursing Home employees to scale back the staff by up to 60 workers, officials said. The "voluntary separation" program comes after the closure in January of the county's other nursing facility, Ann Lee Home, whose employees were transferred to the county nursing home. "Essentially, we had two facilities and now we have one," county spokeswoman...

2008-07-31 06:00:45

By Scott Waldman, Albany Times Union, N.Y. Jul. 31--GUILDERLAND -- Guilderland High School principal Michael Paolino has been put on administrative leave at the same time that teachers allege he made racist and homophobic comments about staff members. Paolino's paid leave began Monday as school officials investigate teachers' complaints. Teachers said Paolino allegedly told a staff member that he would send two African-American students "back to Albany" after he spotted them horsing...

2008-07-30 18:00:54

By Cathleen F. Crowley, Albany Times Union, N.Y. Jul. 30--ALBANY -- A proposed law that would let New Yorkers zoom to neighborhood-level data on cancer maps has lost direction. The bill passed both the state Assembly and the Senate, but negotiations over the bill's requirements have broken off. The bill would direct the state to publish the number of cancer cases at census block-level detail, as opposed to the current county-level data. It also requires the state to create a map...

2008-07-30 06:00:00

By Dennis Yusko, Albany Times Union, N.Y. Jul. 30--SARATOGA SPRINGS -- State budget cuts are forcing the closure of the Friendship Connection, a social lifeline for Saratoga County's severely mentally ill for 22 years. The state Office of Mental Health's budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year included a $16.4 million cut in aid to localities, including a $135,783 reduction to Saratoga County, said agency spokeswoman Jill Daniels. That resulted in a fatal funding shortfall for the...


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