Crossgates crosses the line

The management of Crossgates Mall seems to be contending that the First Amendment does not apply on its private property – and that may be the case. Most people would be prepared to concede that mall management has some right to regulate disruptive behavior. But none of that excuses the mall’s absurd and oppressive decision Crossgates crosses the line

Mall: Drop charge in T-shirt case

GUILDERLAND – The owners of Crossgates Mall late Wednesday asked town police to drop the charge against a man arrested at the mall after he refused to either remove a pro-peace T-shirt or leave the mall. The arrest of Stephen F. Downs, 61, of Selkirk, on a charge of trespassing led to a protest at Mall: Drop charge in T-shirt case


The crisp $100 bill that Megan Carpenter got for Christmas was still in her pocket when a man cornered the teenager outside a Crossgates Mall restroom and demanded that she fork over the cash. The man kept one hand jammed in his coat pocket, and Carpenter worried it might be holding a weapon. She was AFRAID, OUT $100, NO ONE TO HELP


About two dozen anti-war protesters wearing pro-peace T-shirts and signs were asked to leave Crossgates Mall late Saturday afternoon. Mall security would not answer questions about the incident, issuing only a terse “no comment.” Guilderland police were called to the scene to make sure the protesters left. Two people who wore slogans said they did ANTI-WAR ACTIVISTS ASKED TO LEAVE MALL

Crossgates crosses the line

A local shopping mall should reconsider how it handles slogans of protest First published: Thursday, March 6, 2003 Let’s see if we have this right. Stores in Crossgates Mall will sell custom-made T-shirts with civil, but clear, slogans protesting a war with Iraq to anyone who wants them. Wearing those shirts in the mall, though, Crossgates crosses the line

Man charged in bird-killing Albany

DINA CAPPIELLO Staff writer State Route 155 — a k a New Karner Road — may not be as aptly named as you might think. The four-mile-long thoroughfare — which cuts through the heart of the 2,700-plus-acre Pine Bush Preserve — disrupts the movement of Karner blue butterflies crossing the road to mate with others, Man charged in bird-killing Albany