The criminal life of ‘One-Legged’ Billy

Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014
Three Amsterdam men led by “One-Legged” Billy Wilczopolski burglarized a Ballston Spa drugstore in 1931.

Saratoga Springs' first mayor missed the boat, thankfully

Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014
When Saratoga Springs became a city in 1915, Walter P. Butler was the first mayor, having survived trans-Atlantic travel with a knack for booking the wrong boats at the right time.

Blotto at Low Beat; summer shows dwindle

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Blotto has played every bar, park, theater and arena here in 30 years of rocking us and making us laugh. Tonight, they play the Low Beat (335 Central Ave., Albany), just steps from where JB Scott’s became their regular hang, and everybody’s, when they were on the charts, on MTV and on tour.

GE execs might soon be forced to buy own appliances

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
General Electric may sell its Kentucky-based appliances business, which reaches back to more than a century of consumer “white goods” such as refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers, washers/dryers, air conditioners and water heaters.

Peck's Lake gives up 47-inch, 22-pound pike

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Little lakes do produce big catches, and recently, Peck’s Lake produced a big one. Having fished this little 1,370-acre lake a number of times, I know it has a healthy population of both large and smallmouth bass, but Wendy Cosselman Bleecker proved that it also has some trophy northern pike.

Uncertainty looms over 'Princess', 'Palace'

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
I can’t remember Captain Stubing ever meddling in any of the amorous behavior on the “Love Boat.” Isaac, your bartender? Sure. Julie McCoy, your cruise director? Yep. Gopher, your yeoman purser? Of course. But the captain ran the ship and let his crew deal with Charo. So any comparisons between the Pacific Princess and L’affaire Princess at trainer Todd Pletcher’s barn sink to the ocean floor.

Forget image. Manziel lacks skills

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
To honor the great Don Pardo, he will supply the voiceover for today’s imaginary game show, “Punk/Not a Punk.”
Don Pardo: “OK, now it’s time to play Punk/Not a Punk! Let’s welcome your host . . .”
(Three contestants strangle buzzers simultaneously, holler “Johnny Manziel”)
Don Pardo: “Oh, um . . . That’s right! OK, well, that’s all the time we have! Tune in next week . . .”
And people will tune in.

Andersen aces 347-yard par-4 at Hillcrest

Monday, Aug. 18, 2014
What a week for unbelievable golf shots at a pair of courses right down the road from each other.

Untapable is still the best 3-year-old filly

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
n extremely uninteresting 3-year-old filly division got a little more interesting on Saturday. A discussion that wasn’t taking place suddenly is.There was only one way that this was going to happen, and Stopchargingmaria provided it.

Getting a handle on racing’s impact

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014
Saratoga County leaders will take another crack at figuring out how much money the thoroughbred racing industry pumps into the Capital Region economy.

MLB is in good hands

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014
Reading up on who Rob Manfred is and what he’s all about, I couldn’t escape an analogy with “The Godfather” (if you know me, you probably know that this happens a lot).

Northville homemaker’s life anything but ordinary

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014
Rhoda Barker Duncan was 65 in January 1897 when she began keeping a log of her life as a homemaker on West Prospect Street in Northville.
Browne performs pared-down songs alone

Browne performs pared-down songs alone

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Jackson Browne has been singing his songs with less and less help. When he performed in the early 1970s at the RPI Fieldhouse, he had a seven-piece band. When he hits the Palace Theatre tonight, he’ll perform solo.

Cable merger closely scrutinized

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
I’ve got a bad case of MEGO — my eyes glaze over — after reading through the state’s online file on the proposed merger of Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable.

Collmus the man for job

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Somebody has some incredibly big shoes to fill. In fact, “size 12,” Tom Durkin drily informed us on Wednesday. That somebody is Larry Collmus, who will step into the Aqueduct announcer’s booth next April and give voice to what he considers the greatest job on the planet.

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