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Albany Times Union - - AROUND THE REGION -

The Al­bany Cham­ber of Com­merce held a mass meet­ing at Har­manus Bleecker Hall to open the United War Work cam­paign to be waged all week to raise $17,500,000 to care for lo­cal fight­ing men over­seas. Al­bany’s share was to come out of the War Chest, and Sen. Henry M. Sage, pres­i­dent of the War Chest, made an ap­peal for all sub­scribers to pay their pledges, as a mat­ter of honor for not just them­selves but the City of Al­bany. 1968: The USS Al­bany, guided mis­sile cruiser, was sent back to the fleet in col­or­ful cer­e­monies, undi­min­ished by a cold gray af­ter­noon at Bos­ton Naval Ship­yard. Named for the cap­i­tal of New York state, the 17,000-ton ves­sel had just com­pleted a 21-month con­ver­sion and was viewed as the most mod­ern, so­phis­ti­cated mis­sile cruiser in the fleet. Speak­ing be­fore a crowd of 1,000 at Pier 7, Al­bany Mayor Eras­tus Corn­ing said from the stern of the ship that Al­ba­ni­ans were proud of their life­long re­la­tion­ship with the “most pow­er­ful ship of its kind in the world.”

1993: Al­bany Build­ing Com­mis­sioner Michael Hay­dock pad­locked Club Xxxot­ica, the con­tro­ver­sial nude juice bar at 8 Cen­tral Ave., af­ter ob­tain­ing a re­strain­ing or­der bar­ring its op­er­a­tors from open­ing or even oc­cu­py­ing the premises. Hay­dock and three plain­clothes city de­tec­tives marched into the non-al­co­holic bar, con­fronted Club Xxxot­ica’s man­ager and a troupe of nine star­tled strip­pers, and told them to va­cate the build­ing im­me­di­ately. Hay­dock took the evic­tion ac­tion af­ter ob­tain­ing a tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der against Club Xxxot­ica from state Supreme Court Judge Ed­ward S. Con­way.

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