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Last updated: Mon, 19 Nov 2018 05:53:59 GMT

 Social media threat at Mohonasen not credible, officials say Sun, 18 Nov 2018 22:35:05 UT

A Schalmont student posted threatening messages on social media against students and staff at Mohonasen Central School District late Saturday morning. School officials and Rotterdam police said in a statement that they investigated and interviewed the student and deemed the threat not credible.

 Family wants answers in NY's only unsolved prison escape Sun, 18 Nov 2018 20:00:13 UT

A few days before Victor Figueroa vanished from an Essex County prison in 1997, he called his older sister for a routine check-in. But moments later, the 21-year-old abruptly said he had to go.

"There is a (expletive) guard who keeps messing with me. Look, I have to let you go," Yvette Cruz recalls her brother saying on that day two decades ago. She replied, "Papi, you know I love you. This is going to end in a few months. Please call me tomorrow." He agreed and hung up.

"After that, I never talked to him again," Cruz told the Times Union on Sunday. She and her sister reached out to the newspaper hours after it published a story about their brother's unsolved disappearance.

On Feb. 6, 1997, Figueroa walked away from the Moriah Shock Incarceration Facility in Mineville and never returned, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. He was three months into what would have been a six-month sentence for felony attempted drug possession.

 Frigid Thanksgiving forecast for much of New York Sun, 18 Nov 2018 18:53:34 UT

A frigid air mass from Canada will bring possibly record-breaking lows to the Capital Region on Thanksgiving Day.

Temperatures locally are forecast to hit 24 degrees — one degree lower than the record set on Nov. 22, 1880.

 Holy Cross beats Siena basketball 57-45 Sun, 18 Nov 2018 17:26:52 UT

Evan Fisher had 14 points to pace Siena (2-2), which returns to action with its home opener against Lehigh at Times Union Center on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

 Holy Cross leads Siena basketball 25-22 at halftime Sun, 18 Nov 2018 16:38:59 UT

The first half was notable for its lack of fouling. Siena was whistled for just two fouls and Holy Cross only one. Neither team attempted a foul shot.

 In tiny Adirondack school, foreign students breathe new life, and bolster finances Sun, 18 Nov 2018 08:29:22 UT

It's dinner time at the "Hults Hotel" but it looks more like a mini United Nations. Kristina Khudiakova, who is from Arkhangelsk in Northern Russia, passes the potatoes while Ai Shiratori, from Tokyo digs into his salad.
Normally, such a gathering would be considered unusual. Located in the middle of the Adirondacks, the rural community of Newcomb is as remote as it gets in New York State. But Newcomb's single K-12 school has had overseas students as part of a survival strategy for more than a decade.

 Showtime's 'Escape at Dannemora' is smart, nuanced Sun, 18 Nov 2018 05:05:14 UT

Almost as soon as the story broke, we all knew a movie or TV adaptation couldn't be far behind. The tale of convicted murderers Richard Matt, David Sweat and their flight from the Clinton Correctional Facility in June of 2015 was too juicy not to adapt.

The woman inside who helped them. The 23-day manhunt that followed. The oddly colorful details that emerged. Even their names seem ripped from the cheeseball imagination of some Hollywood screenwriter (Matt and Sweat? Seriously?).

But there's nothing cheeseball about "Escape at Dannemora,” a seven-part series that premieres on Showtime at 10 p.m. Sunday.

 1997 upstate prison escape remains unsolved Sun, 18 Nov 2018 05:05:00 UT

MINEVILLE — More than 20 years ago, a man convicted of drug possession in Albany wandered out of the state prison in Essex County where he was being incarcerated, and was never found.

Victor Figueroa was supposed to be headed to the mess hall at 10 a.m. on Feb. 6, 1997. Instead, he simply walked away from the Moriah Shock Incarceration Facility in Mineville.

 Siena basketball coaches take team approach to game preparation Sat, 17 Nov 2018 23:04:28 UT

First, Siena went over the scouting report on Holy Cross during a workout that lasted about 1 1/2 hours on Saturday. Except Siena's method is different than the traditional way most college basketball teams in the country go about it.

 Event honors Latino "40 under 40" Sat, 17 Nov 2018 20:20:06 UT

The event, held by the Hispanic Coalition of New York, brought together 40 of the most accomplished Latinos under 40 years old from around the state.