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Peter Henner's column about contrasts — East versus West, young versus old — was named a winner by the Chess Journalists of America.

Growing up in a segregated Wichita, André Thomas found a place where race didn't matter — the choir. But he eschewed spirituals, seeing them as a way whites put down blacks, until his mentor, Jester Hairston, led him to embrace his heritage. Now, he's an authority on spirituals and most recently sought his African roots.

Berne Highway Superintendent Kenneth Weaver and his opponent, Democrat Scott Duncan, both say shared services with the Albany County Department of Public Works wouldn't work.

The mother charged with the murder of her son in Westerlo during the summer of 2012 accepted a plea deal of manslaughter. Her plea was not a direct admission of wrongdoing, but that the evidence against her was compelling. 

A 44-year-old East Greenbush man fell to his death while illegally scaling the rock face at the John Boyd Thacher State Park on Sept. 13.

Altamont mechanic, Kevin Willsey,  pleads guilty to buying thousands of dollars worth of stolen vehicles and parts

The soil, groundwater, and sediment at the site are contaminated with mercury. An unnamed tributary, which runs parallel to the site, merges with the Patroon Creek, and empties into the Hudson River, has also been contaminated.

SLINGERLANDS — Victor Shear, of Canajoharie, was arraigned on Sept. 9 on charges that he robbed the TrustCo Bank on New Scotland Road in Slingerlands.

The indictment alleges that, on Aug. 21, he entered the bank, demanding money while brandishing a gun and then, after taking the money, fled.

When a 16-year-old was asked by an off-duty officer what he was doing with a dufffle bag behind a Dumpster at Crossgates Mall, he said he had just stolen a laptop computerr.

Despite Republicans' efforts to wrest the Independence Party line from the endorsed Democrats, the write-in campaign failed. Conservative Party voters chose Democrats, too.

Guilderland music teacher Rae Jean Teeter says performing stretches her students. Their latest reach is a long stretch, answering an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall. Fund-raising is underway.

Unanimous votes on both sides ushered in three-year pact for six Guilderland administrators with a raise the district's negotiator called "modest" — 1.5 percent each year.

The Guilderland School Board decided there would be no harm to the environment with a proposed plan to upgrade seven school buildings.

Numbers of revenue and tonnage of scrap metal from the Westerlo transfer station have fluctuated widely over the last four years.

Pamela Fenoff, a member of the Independence Party, beat Michael Hammond, a Democrat, for the Independence line for Knox supervisor ahead of the general election in November.