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Ben Schnetzer and Heather Lind in MTC's "The Nap
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“The Nap” is a new play by Richard Bean, now running on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Friedman Theater. In the play, which is directed by Daniel Sullivan, Dylan Spokes, a fast-rising young snooker star, arrives in his hometown for a championship tournament only to be confronted by the authorities warning him of the repercussions of match fixing. Before he knows it, Dylan’s forced into underhanded dealings with a cast of wildly colorful characters.

Heather Lind plays Eleanor in “The Nap” and she joins us now.

Lind was previously seen on Broadway in “The Merchant of Venice,” starring Al Pacino, this past summer she played Desdemona in The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park production of “Othello” starring Chukwudi Iwuji and Corey Stoll. She was on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and AMC’s “Turn: Washington’s Spies” -- and she grew up in the Capital Region.

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about expected layoffs at GlobalFoundries in Malta, New York. The pair also discuss a T.U. report that Saratoga Springs police misled the public about an internal investigation into a police encounter, which led to the death of a 21-year-old black man.

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Following its own year-long investigation, New York's state attorney general's office will convene a grand jury to review the circumstances surrounding the death of a 36-year-old Bronx man who stopped breathing in a Schenectady police car after being stopped for a traffic violation.

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A 29-year-old New York state trooper slain during a domestic call is being remembered as standout football player at his old college.

False Reports Of Shots Fired At Colonie Mall

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The Albany area’s Colonie Center was briefly placed on lockdown yesterday after reports of shots fired.

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Police in New York state say they will once again step up road patrols around the Super Bowl on Sunday.

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Albany police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred early Saturday morning.

Officers responded to reports of shots fired at Levels Banquet Hall on North Pearl Street around 2:45 a.m.

A reported suspicious device discovered on the side of an Albany County road was found to be a replica explosive.

On July 17, 2014, a black man named Eric Garner died on a sidewalk after a police officer put him in what has been described as an illegal chokehold during an arrest for selling bootleg cigarettes.

In his new book, “I Can't Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street,” journalist Matt Taibbi writes about Garner's life, the police practices that contributed to his death and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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A majority of police departments in New York are commanded by men. As more women join the force, a week of training now under way in Saratoga Springs aims to prepare female officers for leadership roles.

Earlier this year, it was announced that Schenectady County had the highest per capita crime rate in New York. Now, officials are looking to curb that statistic with a new county-wide policing strategy.

  Nineteenth-century New York City was one of the most magnificent cities in the world, but also one of the most deadly. Without any real law enforcement for almost 200 years, the city was a lawless place where the crime rate was triple what it is today and the murder rate was five or six times as high. The staggering amount of crime threatened to topple a city that was experiencing meteoric growth and striving to become one of the most spectacular in America.

In Law & Disorder: The Chaotic Birth of the NYPD, award-winning historian Bruce Chadwick examines how rampant violence led to the founding of the first professional police force in New York City. 

Police in New York state will be cracking down on drunken driving over the busy Memorial Day holiday.

Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission by Barry Friedman tells the stories of ordinary people whose lives were torn apart by policing -- by the methods of cops on the beat and those of the FBI and NSA.

Driven by technology, policing has changed dramatically. Once, cops sought out bad guys; today, increasingly militarized forces conduct wide surveillance of all of us.

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Communities nationwide are looking for more ways to establish trust between residents and police departments. In Schenectady, a meeting was held to introduce more people to the city’s Civilian Police Review Board.

Connecticut State Police are warning against drunken driving and betting in bars this Super Bowl Sunday.

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The Fulton County city of Gloversville this week began outfitting its police force with body cameras. The devices are becoming standard practice in many police departments as video technology becomes more prevalent in our everyday lives — and departments come under increasing scrutiny.

The lawyer representing the policeman who fatally shot a Vermont man says he expects his client will be cleared.

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Story updated 9/30/16:

Mark Spain was sworn in as Watervliet police chief eight months after stepping in as acting chief.

  We will be honest, we had two very successful mystery writers booked to be on this morning’s show. But, after what happened in Baton Rouge yesterday after what happened over the past 10 days, we became uncomfortable with the idea of talking about police and crime as entertainment. We will have both authors on in the days to come – but this morning – we wanted to talk with Dr. Frankie Bailey instead.

She is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany. She studies crime history, and crime and mass media/popular culture. She is also the author several mysteries including two police procedural novels featuring Albany police detective Hannah Stuart. 

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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 Pittsfield hospital was briefly placed on lockdown Saturday after an armed suspect fleeing police entered the complex.

  Growing up in the rough outskirts of northern Dublin at a time when joining the guards, the army, or the civil service was the height of most parents’ ambitions for their children, Luke Waters knew he was destined for a career in some sort of law enforcement. Dreaming of becoming a police officer, Waters immigrated to the United States in search of better employment opportunities and joined the NYPD.

In NYPD Green Waters offers a gripping and fascinating account filled with details from real criminal cases involving murder, theft, gang violence, and more, and takes you into the thick of the danger and scandal of life as a New York cop—both on and off the beat.

It’s hard to explain to most people how serious the problems with the police are. Ideology makes people choose sides and blink reality. Urging change is treated by police as pure hostility. There are many good policemen doing everything they can to protect all of us. Equally clearly there are policemen who are there for the power trip from the uniform or from their weapons.

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Law enforcement officials from across New York have gathered in Saratoga Springs for a week-long training session to learn leadership skills and new techniques to assist in running their local departments.

Police in Cooperstown, New York are urging addicts to bring their drugs and drug paraphernalia to the police station in exchange for treatment, not arrest.

  Richard Price is known for his bestsellers Clockers and Freedomland as well as writing for the HBO hit – The Wire.

His latest book, The Whites, is a tale of a New York City police detective under siege by an unsolved murder, his own dark past, and a violent stalker out of revenge.

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UPDATE 9/11/15: On Thursday evening, the Town Board voted 3-2 to rescind an advisory referendum resolution passed late last month that would have asked for voters' opinion on a plan to relocate the town police station to a town-owned former New York State Armory building.

Mr. Stu Baker was incorrect in his assertion that the town's resolution to bring an advisory referendum was illegal. The move is protected under NYS Town Law, Article 6, Section 81(1)(b) which states: The town board may upon its own motion and shall upon a petition, as hereinafter provided, cause to be submitted at a special or biennial town election, a proposition: 1. In any town:...to purchase, lease, construct, alter or remodel a town hall, a town lockup or any other necessary building for town purposes, acquire necessary lands therefor, and equip and furnish such buildings for such purposes, or to demolish or remove any town building 

The town will now begin a new search for a police station site. Our original story is posted below. 

  In his 60-plus years as a trial lawyer, Gerry Spence has never represented a person accused of a crime in which the police hadn't themselves violated the law. The police and prosecutors won't charge or convict themselves, and so the crimes of the criminal justice system are swept under the rug. Nothing changes.

According to Spence, too many police officers are killers on the loose, and every uninformed American is a potential next victim. He discusses this in his new book, Police State: How America's Cops Get Away with Murder.

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Update: 1:02 p.m.

Two Troy police officers were shot Saturday night in the Capital Region city's Lansingburgh neighborhood.

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