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Forest-Destroying Beetle Found for First Time in Albany
The Southern Pine Beetle, an extremely destructive beetle that kills trees and forests, has been found for the first time in Albany according to the Times Union.  The beetle was trapped in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve near Rapp Road, and the Times Union reports that this is the farth…
Health Organization Warns of New Wave of Flu Virus
News 10 abc has reported about a warning by the CDC of a new wave of the flu virus happening now.  For people who aren't aware (as some aren't), the flu virus has multiple different strains.  As reported by News 10 abc, the A-strain had been more dominant in the beginni…
Law Passed By NY Senate To Charge Drug Dealers with Homicide
It's no secret that drug addiction is an issue, and a pervasive one at that.  Overdoses and opiates are constantly in the news, and to me this epidemic doesn't seem to be slowing down.  New York is working to try to bring some accountability to the dealers however, with the New York Senate passing a…
Schenectady To Hold Free Active Shooter Training for Public
Schenectady Police have scheduled two upcoming active shooter trainings for the public to attend.  News 10 abc reports that after numerous requests from the community, Schenectady Police have arranged to hold two training classes which will cover strategies and survival plans in the e…
Yet Another Winter Storm to Hit Capital Region This Week
In like a lion!  We’re not quite at Spring yet, but the way the month is going, the Spring is coming in like a lion (and hopefully out like a lamb).  According to the News 10 abc Storm Tracker, there’s another Winter Storm Watch posted for Monday evenin…
Vermont Considers Bill To Make Marijuana Odor an Offense
Apparently, according to News Channel 13, Vermont lawmakers are considering a proposed bill that would allow towns to classify marijuana odor as a public nuisance. That would then make it a legal offense for which you could receive a ticket...
Uber Brings Ridesharing Services to Healthcare
Uber is known for it's ridesharing services.  Need a ride home from Crossgates? Get an Uber.  Need a ride home from the track? Grab an Uber.  Need a ride home from the Pearl Street Pub? Snag an Uber.
Well, now Uber is bringing it's services to healthcare, and provided transpo…
Vans Warped Tour 2018 Lineup Announced
This year is the last full cross-country run for Vans Warped Tour.  The show has been on the road for over twenty years, and has long been a staple for 'scene kids' and rock fans alike.  It's undeniable that Vans Warped Tour has built a community of rock, provided a plethora of self-help resources (…
New National Guideline on Teen Depression Follows New York Trend
For the first time in over a decade, the American Acedemy of Pediatrics- the governing body of medical guidelines for children and adolescents- has updated its guidelines on teen depression screenings.  According to an article posted by WNYT, the American Academy of Pediatrics is now sayin…
And The Funniest Olympic Moment Goes To…
The 2018 Winter Olympics were filled with moments of triumph, moments of disaster, moments of celebration, and moments of heartbreak.  From Mikaela Shiffrin winning a giant slalom gold in Alpine Skiing, to the upset of her losing a podium spot in her celebrated event- slalom, just one sport had…
Toys R Us Plans To Close Hundreds of More Stores
About a month ago, we blogged about Toys R Us closing stores.  Well, it looks like the chain is going to be closing even more.  As reported by the Wall Street Journal this past week, and written about by newyorkupstate.com , Toys R Us is now planning to close …

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