Before the roar that reached the rafters, before the caps of red and white were tossed with abandon and fell to the floor, before the beach balls surfed the crowd — there was Pomp and Circumstance, there were parents taking pictures, there were carefully chosen words spoken from the heart.
The county's groundbreaking law on cyberbullying has been struck down. The attorney for a teen arrested under the law says there are better ways to prevent bullying while the cop who made the arrest says such a law is needed.
The sentence in Kenneth Fortuin's plea deal for arson was no surprise — his lawyer said he'll be out in a year — but the courtroom drama was: His lawyer alleged he was the victim, not his ex-wife, when he burned their house.
Can generosity be taught? Kindergartners at Altamont Elementary School used newfound reading and listening skills to take in a book about a real-life little girl who sold lemonade to raise funds to fight cancer before she died of the disease. They used math skills, counting money as they sold lemonade themselves. But they also learned something much less tangible: how to give.
The state's top court broke new ground Thursday when it questioned Albany County's 2010 law criminalizing cyberbullying, a law that was also used last year to arrest four Guilderland teens who posted a rap.