Saturday, December 31, 2011

RIP Nahcream Moore

Albany's police chief has been a popular guy - up until now, it seems - I was aware of a shooting incident along a city street the other night where police say a man pulled a gun on them, but I had no idea this happened! The Albany Times Union has posted a series of still photographs and videos...

Other Keyboards: The Shooting


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I found one of the "memorial photos" the paper published very very strange - a Teddy Bear draped in rosary beads holding a bottle of alcohol? (Hover and click on the image for a larger version) Did the underaged shooting victim have a problem with booze? Could that be why he wanted to run away when the vehicle was stopped? A young man with an addiction? A troubled soul?

In New York State, persons under 21 are prohibited from purchasing or possessing alcohol, from consuming alcohol in public (though they may do so in the privacy of their own homes with consent of a legal guardian), or from having a blood alcohol level of more than 0.02% while driving.

Whether the young man was a victim of it or not, alcoholism is a serious disease. If you or someone you know is an alcoholic, please seek treatment!

In response to the National Minimum Drinking Age Act in 1984, which reduced by up to 10% the federal highway funding of any state which did not have a minimum purchasing age of 21, the New York Legislature raised the drinking age from 19 to 21, effective December 1, 1985. (The drinking age had been 18 for many years before the first raise in 1982.)

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