While You Were Out: June 12, 2019

Posting this one a little early today because: If you’re headed in the direction of the Dunn Memorial Bridge, be forewarned that a tractor trailer rollover caused two eastbound lanes to be shut down while cleanup occurred.

Hope you’ve had some time to get outside and enjoy the amazing sunshine. There’s still plenty of it left, too. Sunset isn’t until 8:33 p.m.

Some headlines for your consideration…

Joined by actress Mira Sorvino, Gov. Andrew Cuomo put the spotlight on legislation surrounding the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements during a press conference at the state Capitol. He wants to change the language in the statue for sexual harassment, which says it has to be “severe and pervasive,” and to get rid of the five-year statute of limitations for second- and third-degree rape.

Sorvino, who came out in 2017 and said she was a sexual harassment and battery victim of former film producer Harvey Weinstein, revealed publicly for the first time that she is a survivor of sexual assault and date rape. She did not want to go into detail.

Two SUNY Polytechnic Institute researchers were awarded $900,000 from the Air Force Research Lab in Oneida County to develop superconducting optoelectronic systems that use both light and superconducting material cooled to cryogenic temperatures to try and mimic the human brain for quantum computing.

Beth Ann Newkirk, a SUNY ESF student originally from Troy, died in a house fire in Syracuse. She had transferred to the school from HVCC, worked as a field technician at the New York Natural Heritage Program and helped with a statewide pollinator project.

Greene County residents hoping the state will give them an alternative to construction of a new $47 million county jail are joining the end of session rush at the state Capitol. Jail opponents and their legislative backers will hold a rally at 10 a.m. tomorrow on the Million Dollar Staircase.

West Wind Acres in Berne, a farm that pasture-raises cattle, pigs and chicken for meat, will be featured on the next episode of “Follow the Food,” a new multimedia series by BBC Future and BBC World News.

Premiering at 10:30 p.m. Friday on BBC World News or available online now, the episode, titled “Generation Farmer,” explores the problem of an exploding world population, a dwindling number of farmers to grow the food needed to feed them and various efforts globally to bring young people into farming, a profession that today has an average age of more than 60.

Longtime cult expert and NXIVM foe Rick Ross told jurors today that he quickly identified the secretive self-help organization as a “destructive program” trying to create clones of spiritual leader Keith Raniere.

Get ready to get your fresh local greens in Niskayuna: The town plans to launch it’s long-discussed farmers market next month. It will start on July 13 and run three times, once a month, before the end of the summer. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the side parking lot of the Niskayuna Co-op on Nott Street.

Officials say Tim McCormack, the pilot who died when his helicopter slammed into the roof of a New York City skyscraper, wasn’t authorized to fly in limited visibility.

Sixty-five employees will be laid off from Lucky Strike Social at Crossgates Mall as a result of the entertainment venue’s closure later this month, according to the New York State Department of Labor.

The recent sale of the Latham Farms retail plaza fetched $73.7 million for Kimco Realty, which purchased the property in 2000 for $58.6 million.

Excitement is building around the women’s chances in the World Cup, as the defending champion United States routed Thailand 13-0 Tuesday afternoon.

Family and friends gathered last night at the West Orange High School gymnasium in New Jersey to mourn Christopher Morgan, 22, a West Point cadet who was killed in a training accident, saying he was an inspiration to all.

Travel review website Oyster.com ranks Lake George the most beautiful lake in the country.

Town of Niskayuna officials weighed the purchase of a $1,117 timer – dubbed the “traffic light for speakers” – to strictly enforce how long members of the public can speak at town board meetings.

A significant water main break has closed Oakwood Avenue in Troy from Frear Park Road to Farrell Road.

The Schenectady Police Department has a new canine member: Mynderse, or “Derse,” for short.

President Donald Trump says he is considering moving about 2,000 additional U.S. troops into Poland from Germany or elsewhere in Europe, but cautioned during an Oval Office meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda that a final decision has not been made.

RIP elite runner Gabriele Grunewald, who died at the age of 32 after battling a rare form of cancer.

Photo credit: Fred Coffey.

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