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Thursday headlines

Feb 24, 2011 6:28 am
Local police delegation to honor hero cop
The Daily Mail, like all Hudson Valley newspapers today, has a story about local police agencies sending reps for the giant service being held in Dutchess County for Poughkeepsie police officer John Falzone, who was killed on duty January 18 after wrestling a three year old child from the hands of Catskill resident Lee Welch, who also killed his wife and then himself in the tragedy near the train station.

County space studies abound
In the wake of this week's county decision not to fund another space study for the proposed move of Social Service and other county services to the former Wal Mart facility in Greenport, Francesca Olsen of the Register-Star has a story about all the other space studies completed in recent years... and the time restraints county DSS has in its present home in Hudson.

FBI requests records from Kingston school district in Matthews probe
That case involving a Kingston city cop caught double-dipping for his private and public beats keeps stretching deeper into local governance, involving the local school district, but also possibly the way drug task force funding got spread among participating municipalities. We're waiting for this one to cross county lines before long...

Hundreds pepper DRBC with comments on drilling
The Watershed Post has some strong aggregate reporting on how those new hearings on gas drilling in the Delaware River basin are going, including video of the less-well-attended but still volatile and emotionally-wrenching events that are likely to shape state and federal regs concerning this controversial new energy industry.

RPI student on the inside for a 'first' in space
The Times Union has a piece up on a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute student, 21-year old Nathaniel Quillin, who is among a team of scientists that will soon put the first mechanical humanoid robot into space aboard space shuttle Discovery, which is scheduled to launch at 4:50 p.m. Feb. 24 after four months of mechanical and weather delays. The robot essentially looks like the top half of a person, or the video game character Metroid, and combines human dexterity with mechanical strength, and could eventually work outside the space station or on other risky jobs now performed by astronauts.