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Albany Area + Capital Region Power Outage Map for Hurricane Sandy

If you are in the dark, chances are you’re looking at this on a smart phone. If you’re wondering about an outage in your neighborhood, need to report an outage, wondering how long it’ll last, and other information, then check out the map below. 

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Sandy to Bring More Wind Than Irene + Less Water

 

For Albany area residents there is a touch of a silver lining with Sandy as the National Weather Service in Albany has stated that we should see more wind rather than rain when Sandy hits late Monday  and early Tuesday. Irene dumped around six inches of rain on the area but Sandy is expected to only bring between one and two inches. 

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red cross comfort kit
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List of Albany Area + Capital Region Shelters for Sandy

With Sandy headed toward the Albany area, the Red Cross will be opening eleven shelters throughout the Albany area starting Monday, October 29, 2012. We have the list of shelters that has been announced thus far and some instructions for those seeking shelter. 

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hurricane emergency kit
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How to Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

As we well know from Irene, a hurricane (or it’s remnants) can be a very damaging and dangerous weather situation. We’ve been through this recently and as a community learned plenty of lessons. Here are some tips for being prepared for Sandy as she approaches the Albany area. 

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Christopher Hunt - Missing Albany teen
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Albany Police Searching For Missing 15 Year Old Christopher Hunt [UPDATE]

Good news  from Albany PD: the missing 15 year old from who was reported missing yesterday has returned home. Christopher Hunt returned this morning and is safe. Thank you all for your help.

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handicapped parking
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NY Health Department Worker Arrested for Forging Doctor’s Note to Get Handicap Parking Spot

Admit it - you've looked at those handicapped spots in the parking lot on a hot or cold day with a slight feeling of envy. Let's face it - we'd all love to have one of those spots BUT they do serve a purpose and are there for those who really need them. Of all people you'd think an employee at the NY Department of Health would have a special understanding of that. Nope - not the case. 

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Puppies found abandoned and abused on railroad tracks
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Abused Puppies Nailed to Railroad Tracks in Albany

This has to be one of the most cruel stories we're ever seen - and just leaves us at a loss for words. Three puppies, less than a month old, were found nailed to the railroad tracks in Albany. The three puppies are a pit bull mix and were found on Saturday between North Pearl and Broadway.

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Aaron Lewis and others Join Dalton’s Backstage Broadcast from #qruption 2012

Dalton spent the day on the air interviewing several of the bands that were performing at #qruption and sharing the happenings backstage. Check out some photos of the broadcast and some of the artists that stopped by including Aaron Lewis. 

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Eli Grajales - George Grajales Mugshot
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Another Awesome Albany Mugshot – Shirtless, Bloody Face, and Wild Hair

We have seen some pretty awesome mugshots from the local police departments thus far in 2012. We have had some entertaining jailhouse hotties. There was the trifecta crown jewel of them all (the cat hoarding was a bonus) but this one is right up there too. This gentleman was arrested in Albany (NY) after robbing someone of their cellphone in Washington Park.

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City of Albany Trying To End The Parties Early

If you are a fan of heading to your favorite Albany bar, then get ready for the music to stop hours before the bars close the doors.

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Albany’s Brown Derby Restaurant Is Closing Up Shop

Hey Brown Derby, if Jillian's jumped off a bridge would you do it too? The almost four year old restaurant is following Jillian's by also closing this month.

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Go Over The Edge with Q-Tease Stephanie

Don't look down, or perhaps we should say look up! All day Friday 100 participants will be rappelling 18 stories to the ground off Hotel Albany in Downtown Albany to benefit Special Olympics.  One of the participates that will be going 'Over The Edge' is one of our very own Q-Tease Stephanie.  Help support Stephanie in raising money for Special Olympics.

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