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Lawrence Roberts' new book is "Mayday 1971: A White House at War, a Revolt in the Streets, and the Untold History of America’s Biggest Mass Arrest."

Roberts—who has been an investigative editor with the Washington Post, ProPublica, Bloomberg News, and the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, and has been a leader on teams honored with three Pulitzer Prizes—chronicles the largest act of civil disobedience in US history, in Richard Nixon’s Washington.

He examines how the intense cluster of protests against the Vietnam War in the spring of 1971 bequeathed consequential changes to American law and politics, setting lasting precedents for individual rights in the heat of dissent, including rules for protesting in the nation’s capital today. 

NY Assemblyman Brian Kolb and WAMC's Alan Chartock
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A Republican state lawmaker from the Hudson Valley is calling for Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb’s resignation after Kolb was arrested and charged with drunk driving on New Year’s Eve.

Union College is sponsoring a talk by one of the country's foremost experts in sentencing policy, race and the criminal justice system.

Marc Mauer is the Executive Director of The Sentencing Project and the co-author of "The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences."

He has authored numerous other books, including "Race to Incarcerate," which was later published as a graphic novel, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Public Radio and other media outlets.

His talk at Union College begins at 12:50 PM and is titled: "How to Lock Up Fewer People."

At the age of nine, Issac J. Bailey saw his hero, his eldest brother, taken away in handcuffs, not to return from prison for thirty-two years. Bailey tells the story of their relationship and of his experience living in a family suffering from guilt and shame in his book, "My Brother Moochie: Regaining Dignity in the Midst of Crime, Poverty, and Racism in the American South." Drawing on sociological research as well as his expertise as a journalist, he seeks to answer the crucial question of why Moochie and many other young black men, including half of the ten boys in his own family, end up in the criminal justice system.

What role do poverty, race, and faith play? What effect does living in the South, in the Bible Belt, have? And why is their experience understood as an acceptable trope for black men, while white people who commit crimes are never seen in this generalized way?

Issac J. Bailey was born in St. Stephen, South Carolina, and holds a degree in psychology from Davidson College in North Carolina. Having trained at the prestigious Poynter Institute for journalists in St. Petersburg, Florida, he has been a professional journalist for twenty years. He has taught applied ethics at Coastal Carolina University and, as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, has taught journalism at Harvard Summer School.

In Tayari Jones’ new novel, “An American Marriage,” newlyweds Celestial and Roy, African-American professional who live in Atlanta, find their lives shattered when Roy is accused of a crime he didn’t commit and is incarcerated. The novel explores race, loyalty, and love that endures.

The widow of a man who died in Schenectady police custody has released audio that reveals her husband complained of having difficulty breathing.

A Saratoga County Sheriff’s Deputy is facing federal child pornography charges.

Police have arrested two individuals accused of manufacturing illegal methamphetamines at a Plattsburgh home. 

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A teenager is facing charges of vehicular assault, reckless driving, and driving while under the influence after crashing a car into an Albany County tavern Friday night, according to police.

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Cobleskill Police apprehended a teenage boy Tuesday night who was found allegedly waving a gun at customers inside a Walmart store. 

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A 20-year-old Connecticut man is facing charges after authorities say he tweeted out a bomb threat during a Donald Trump rally Saturday.

State police say a 22-year-old upstate New York man picked the wrong parking spot to smoke marijuana.

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Police say an upstate New York man has been arrested and is accused of making threats against employees at two federal agencies.

  

  New York’s political class was stunned by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s arrest.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock the allegations are “personally offensive.”

1/6/15 Panel

Jan 6, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain, and WAMC newsman, Ray Graf.

Topics include NYC Arrest Drop, James Risen Testimony, Boehner Vote, Mario Cuomo's Funeral, and ESPN Streaming.

Police: NY Car Assist Leads to Wire Fraud Arrest

May 29, 2012

State police say a trooper who stopped for a disabled car in Westchester County discovered the driver was wanted by the Secret Service for an alleged $1 million wire fraud.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

The arrest occurred Sunday evening on the Sprain Brook Parkway in Yonkers.

Darrin Foster, of the Bronx, is accused of stealing the money from his former employer, an investment firm in Westport, Conn.

Police also discovered that Foster allegedly had a suspended license for failure to pay child support.

Man Arrested in Disappearance of NYC Boy Etan Patz

May 25, 2012

Authorities in New York City say they've cracked a 33-year-old case that helped focus national attention on missing children — the disappearance of Etan Patz.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly announced Thursday that 51-year-old Pedro Hernandez has been arrested on a murder charge. He’s awaiting arraignment.  It was the first arrest ever in the 1979 case.

Kelly says Hernandez confessed to choking the boy and putting his body in the trash.

Three VT Men Arrested with Explosive Device

May 7, 2012

Police in Newport City, Vermont, have arrested three people in connection with a pipe bomb threat that shut down Route 5 for several hours over the weekend.

Police say a witness saw three men leave a house with the explosive device, and police stopped the men a short time later Saturday night. Route 5 was closed until the state police bomb squad said it was safe reopen the road at about 10:30 p.m.