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Students compete to complete LEGO robot missions

BALLSTON SPA

Students compete to complete LEGO robot missions

Dozens of students from area school districts could be found playing with LEGOs Saturday in the gymnasium at Ballston Spa Middle School. But the word “playing” doesn’t describe what the students were doing as well as the word “engineering.”

One outfit grows to become entire storeroom of clothes at Mohonasen

One outfit grows to become entire storeroom of clothes at Mohonasen

The "Anchor Room," a judgement-free space for students to get the clothing, toiletries, and food they may need, is maintained by a Mohonasen High School teacher and her alternative education students.

School voters have say on capital projects, vets tax break

DUANESBURG AND NISKAYUNA

School voters have say on capital projects, vets tax break

Two important measures will go to vote this week in the Duanesburg and Niskayuna school districts, a potential tax break for district veterans and a building project, respectively.

New Christmas tradition for Hamilton Hill

New Christmas tradition for Hamilton Hill

The new tradition, lighting a community Christmas tree, was in part a show of unity for a neighborhood that was significantly impacted by gun violence this past year.

Niskayuna proposes approaching new problems with a new position

NISKAYUNA

Niskayuna proposes approaching new problems with a new position

The school board is considering a case management position to help tackle the complex issues many students in the district are facing including family issues, emotional trouble, and drug use.

UPDATE: Oakland officials fear up to 40 dead in fire

UPDATE: Oakland officials fear up to 40 dead in fire

"We did not have a lot of victims go to the hospital," Sgt. Ray Kelly, spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, told reporters during a news conference Saturday. "It appears that people either made it out, or they didn't make it out."

Winter at the Plaza kick-off event this Sunday

Winter at the Plaza kick-off event this Sunday

Looking for a holiday celebration? Head to the Empire State Plaza in Albany from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Politics and commerce collide at Art Basel Miami Beach

MIAMI BEACH

Politics and commerce collide at Art Basel Miami Beach

A critical look at "America's largest fair of contemporary art and Champagne-steeped hedonism."

Free skate rentals start Sunday

Free skate rentals start Sunday

Again this year, the Empire State Plaza ice rink will have free skate rentals every Friday, courtesy of Hannaford Supermarkets. There will also be free rentals for Sunday's tree lighting.

Montgomery Village, Md.

Maryland elementary students challenge stereotypes with video

Children with backgrounds from 52 countries attend Stedwick Elementary School in Montgomery Village, Maryland.

4 charged in Saratoga underage drinking sting

Four people are facing charges after a sting operation to check compliance with state alcohol sales laws, the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office said.

Kirk Douglas at the century mark

Kirk Douglas at the century mark

If Wilfred “Wolfie” Churchett had not run as quickly as he did, famous actor and producer Kirk Douglas would not be about to celebrate his 100th birthday.

Trump speaks with Taiwan's president

Trump speaks with Taiwan's president

President-elect Donald Trump spoke Friday with Taiwan's president, a major departure from decades of U.S. policy in Asia and a breach of diplomatic protocol with ramifications for his relations with China.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

SKS in talks to move headquarters to Saratoga Springs

The company's plan would double the size of the facility over 10 years, as well as position it to hire 16 more workers over two years.

Yale sets policy that could allow renaming of Calhoun College

Yale sets policy that could allow renaming of Calhoun College

On Friday, the university announced a new procedure for considering the renaming of university buildings, along with an official reconsideration of the controversial decision last spring to keep the Calhoun name. A new — and final — verdict is expected early next year.

Man draws 13-year sentence for beating Schenectady officer

SCHENECTADY

Man draws 13-year sentence for beating Schenectady officer

Schenectady police Officer Mark Weekes recounted in court Friday the lasting injuries he suffered at the hands of a trained MMA fighter.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga Charter Review Commission announces goals

The Charter Review Commission gathered input from city commissioners, past commissioners, former mayors and residents.

Mozarteum Orchestra performs flawlessly at Music Hall

Mozarteum Orchestra performs flawlessly at Music Hall

The Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg made its debut Thursday night at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall as part of its 175th anniversary, 10-day U.S. tour.

US economy adds 178,000 jobs in November; unemployment rate drops to 4.6 percent

WASHINGTON

US economy adds 178,000 jobs in November; unemployment rate drops to 4.6 percent

"It is hard to imagine a more stark contrast between the economy that we are passing off to our successor and the economy we inherited," said Christopher Lu, the deputy secretary of the Labor Department.

Laid-back Gorka fields requests in Saratoga show

Folk musician John Gorka started off his Thursday night show for Caffé Lena in the same way he began his set at the Eighth Step in Schenectady last May: with a reverent, hushed cover of “When Doves Cry” by the artist Prince, his fellow Minnesotan.

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