While You Were Out: July 25, 2019

I’m closing up shop a little early today, CivMixers. It’s almost Friday, after all. And it’s my birthday!

In the news today…

President Trump was probably never going to be impeached by the House of Representatives before the 2020 election. The testimony by Robert Mueller, the former special counsel, makes that a near certainty.

The federal government will resume executions of death-row inmates after a nearly two-decade hiatus, Attorney General William Barr said, countering a broad national shift away from the death penalty as public support for it has dwindled.

The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee released its first report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The board of the company that owns Victoria’s Secret and other brands has hired an outside law firm to review any role financier Jeffrey Epstein may have played at the retail company.

Battered by a drop in sales and dive in profits, Nissan says it plans to cut 12,500 jobs around the world — including more than 1,400 in the United States — after posting a big drop in profits for the first quarter.

There was another weather-related cancellation at the Saratoga rack track.

Borough President Melinda Katz declared victory over Tiffany Cabán in the Queens district attorney Democrat primary after the Board of Elections completed a manual recount, but Caban insists the “race is not over.”

Restaurateur and farmer Matt Baumgartner is hosting a fundraiser on Sunday at his West Sand Lake farm for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s presidential bid.

A coalition of criminal justice law reform advocates have launched a new campaign to push Gov. Andrew Cuomo to use his powers of clemency on a regular basis.

Cuomo signed into law the SHIELD Act, which bolsters protections for private data by creating stronger requirements for businesses to protect information and have them provide proper notification when there is a security breach.

Governors from about 25 states – including Cuomo – are scheduled to gather in Utah this week for the summer conference of the National Governors Association.

LG Kathy Hochul announced which proposals would be funded as part of Saranac Lake’s $9.7 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award.

A Saratoga County grand jury has indicted science teacher Eric Rosenbrock on a charge of second-degree manslaughter in the death of his wife, according to District Attorney Karen Heggen.

A state appellate court said a mentally ill Wynantskill man who stabbed his wife 31 times in their home in 2014 will get a chance to prove he received ineffective legal representation before his 2015 guilty plea to an attempted murder charge.

These are dark times for Tesla Inc.’s solar energy business and the Buffalo factory that state officials built for it.

A woman who died Tuesday in a collision with a dump truck suffered “a medical event and was not in control of her vehicle” at the moment of impact, State Police said.

The Siena men’s basketball team will begin the 2019-20 season against American University at Times Union Center on Nov. 5, the Saints’ first game under new head coach Carmen Maciariello.

There’s a meeting in Rensselaer tonight regarding residents’ concerns over odors emanating from the Dunn Landfill in the city.

The Senate GOP might lose another member. State Sen. Bob Antonacci, a Republican, and Syracuse City Court Judge Rory McMahon, a Democrat, are among the candidates interested in running for New York State Supreme Court this fall.

Three Democrats seeking to unseat NY-24 Republican Rep. John Katko are divided on whether to launch impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, underlining differences that have emerged as a 2020 primary campaign issue.

Holy biceps, former Congressional candidate Nate McMurray!

Thousands of mourners poured into Riverside Church in Manhattan yesterday to remember Héctor Figueroa, who served as president of the 32BJ labor union from 2012 until he died of a heart attack earlier this month.

The organizers of the Woodstock 50th anniversary festival are relocating the concert to Maryland from upstate New York, a change they say will salvage the troubled event.

The Southern country-rock group Confederate Railroad lost a second summer fair gig – this time in Ulster County – after objections over the use of the Confederate flag in its logo.

A new analysis from the Environment America Research & Policy Center found that 276 of 422 tested beach sites in New York were “potentially unsafe for at least one day in 2018” based on the bacteria levels in the water.

Former Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto is expected to plead guilty to state corruption charges tomorrow in a deal that will spare the former Republican powerbroker any jail time, sources close to the case said.

After winning her second consecutive FIFA World Cup with the U.S. women’s national team and becoming a star back home for her advocacy on issues like equal pay for women, Rapinoe, 34, will write two books for Penguin Press.

Joe Bonamassa fans in the Capital Region don’t have long to wait for the two-time Grammy-nominated blues-rock titan to supercharge the stage at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Saturday, July 27, at 8 p.m.

SUNY Oswego will welcome one of its own into the classroom this fall as Al Roker, a national weather anchor on NBC’s TODAY and co-host of the third hour of TODAY, will teach a broadcasting course entitled, “Camera Ready: Developing Your On-Air Persona.”

The great In-N-Out double double burger mystery in Queens has been solved.



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