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Posted on October 24 at 8:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What a difficult, agonizing situation this widow has been forced to live with. I hope some of the crime victim services in New York State are available to her and provide some support as she copes with the loss of her husband and a disturbed son afflicted with mental illness.

From: Schenectady man who was burned by stepson dies

Posted on October 17 at 8:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

While marijuana’s recreational use has been legalized in some states, Clifford said that, in Schenectady, “it’s creating these pockets of quality-of-life issues for neighborhoods. These pockets attract litter. They attract people just standing around doing nothing, which then leads to drug dealing, which then leads to gunfire because people are fighting over turf.”

The crime associated with the pot trade was a successful talking point in the state campaigns to legalize. In Washington and Colorado, pot arrests have plummeted which allows police to deploy its resources to more serious matters. The chief validates the argument that the prohibition of pot leads to violent crime. New York would be wise to ditch this antiquated and ineffective policy and follow the lead of Colorado, where its been a huge creator of jobs and treats adults like adults.

From: Changes on the horizon for Schenectady Police Department

Posted on October 15 at 6:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)

“Nobody lays his hands on me,” she quoted Hilton as saying, “not even an officer of the police.”

Often in a jury trial, a defendant's own words are their own worst enemy.

From: Schenectady police officer recounts attack in court

Posted on October 13 at 8:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Trump's biggest mistake yet in a campaign that's had so many gaffes it's hard to keep up with them, was to tell Anderson Cooper he never engaged in the conduct he described on the Hollywood Access bus. When he denied doing anything wrong, it was only a matter of minutes before women came out of the woodwork to refute Trump's claim of innocence. As a result, his time spent in front of the cameras and the voters is devoted to character assassination of these woman and Bill Clinton's past, not the issues that matter to the voters.

Arnold Schwarzenegger had a similar problem during his Campaign run for Governor of California. During one of the debates, he apologized and expressed regret over his past without going into detail. He went on to win the election. Had Trump shown some contrition in answering Cooper's question, the media would be more inclined to explain Hillary's damaging E-mail dumps and less inclined to cover Trump's decades old alleged sexual harassment incidents 24/7.

From: Multiple women accuse Donald Trump of making sexual advances

Posted on October 9 at 8:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I had an apartment with a no-pets policy and three years into my living there, I got a St. Bernard. I was a reliable tenant and negotiated a pet deposit for the apartment. I would think many landlords would be open to permitting a good tenant of theirs to have a pet as long as they have some collateral to cover potential damage.

From: Furry tenants aren’t always welcome

Posted on October 6 at 10:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Denise Hueber, a principal at a Prince William County, Virginia, middle school sent a letter urging parents to not overreact but also warning of students who might be inclined to copy the clown threats.

Copy the clowns threats? There were no actual threats! This principal is falling into a trend of stupidity along with many other school administrators who have too much time on their hands. How about focusing on actual problems related to education such as low test scores and below level reading comprehension?

From: Scary clown rumors feed into hysteria on campuses

Posted on September 28 at 1:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

According to the CDC, over 4,000 teenagers die annually from excessive alcohol use, many of them on college campuses. It should be fairly easy through witnesses and forensics to determine if alcohol was a factor here. If alcohol wasn't involved, the investigators should publicly rule it out. If this death was the result of heroin OD or prescription drugs, that information would be the headline.

From: Police investigate UAlbany student's death

Posted on September 17 at 8:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I bet cha? Pure speculation on your part electape. When potential witnesses don't cooperate in an investigation, police will report that as[ect as a means of putting pressure on witnesses to do. So far they haven't stated that's the case.

From: Teen in fatal Schenectady shooting remembered as sweet, quiet

Posted on September 14 at 9:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

“The actions of (the university) in this case are particularly egregious as many of the most significant violations of proper and due process could have been easily avoided,” Mishler wrote.

What's egregious here is that Mishler advised one of these defendants not to take a plea deal when the evidence against her was overwhelming. This decision puts more in cash in Mishler's coffers and helps get his mug on TV, but it was the wrong call to continue to drag this ordeal out in the media and have his client likely facing a jail sentence.

From: Student accused of lying about bus attack says UAlbany dismissal unfair

Posted on September 10 at 3:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

2. Is marijuana safer than alcohol?

This is a much more complicated question. The short answer, again, is "yes," but there's more nuance here.

The writer leaves out this quite relevant fact from the CDC, thus offering no real context to this subject:

Drinking too much can harm your health. Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) each year in the United States from 2006 – 2010, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years.

The Arizona Governor quoted in this story is peddling lies when he claims that marijuana would increase opioid addiction. Marijuana is a safer alternative to prescription drugs and can effectively be used to ween addicts off opioids. When comparisons are made between alcohol and marijuana there's no doubt which reeks more havoc on society. Unfortunately, antiquated politicians and the NFL still hold tremendous power in clinging on the promoting of reefer madness hysteria without any data to prove their case.

From: Is marijuana more dangerous than alcohol?

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