Rise and Shine: Aug. 27, 2019

Good Tuesday morning, CivMixers. I must start this day with an apology.

Somehow, I missed that it was National Dog Day yesterday!! I know. I know. A travesty.

An opportunity to post amazing photos of people’s pooches – including the furry love of my own live – squandered. Also, a chance to remind you to check out Silvia Lilly’s post about her dog, Jeter, living his best summer life on the Cape.

Anyway, mea culpa. I’m so sorry. I have tried to make up for my transgressions.

(It was also National Women’s Equality Day, apparently, but I saw no mention of that on social media, which I think says something about society that I don’t want to dwell too much on).

For the record, today is National Just Because Day, and National Pots de Creme Day. (That’s a custard dessert that looks remarkably like creme brûlée).

The weather is going to be…eh. Partly cloudy and in the mid-70s. We’re looking at rain tomorrow.

The headlines…

A new national poll suggests that the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination may be tightening, with a virtual three-way tie among former Vice President Joe Biden and two more progressive rivals, U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

President Trump applauded the Louisiana team that claimed its first Little League World Series title, tweeting: “Congratulations to Louisiana’s Champions. See you at the White House!”

The Group of Seven nations pledged tens of millions of dollars to help fight raging wildfires in the Amazon and protect its rainforest, even as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro accused rich countries of treating the region like a “colony.”

An Oklahoma judge found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state’s opioid crisis and ordered the consumer products giant to pay $572 million, more than twice the amount another drug manufacturer agreed to pay in a settlement.

The FEC, the beleaguered independent agency that is supposed to serve as the watchdog over how money is raised and spent in American elections, has long been criticized as dysfunctional, and soon will no longer even have enough commissioners to legally meet.

Nineteen states and the District of Columbia are suing the Trump administration over its plan to pull out of a decades-old court settlement that governs the care of migrant children in federal detention.

The House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena to Rob Porter, a former White House aide who worked closely with Trump, as part of the panel’s investigation into alleged corruption by Trump and his associates.

Up to 30 women were expected to take a judge up on his invitation to speak this morning at a hearing after financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself before facing sex trafficking charges.

At least five new Stewart’s Shops are in the works for the Capital Region, including one with a car wash, as the Saratoga Springs-based retailer invests $50 million companywide this year on new and rebuilt stores.

Members of the Troy City Council have scheduled a meeting next week to examine how the administration of Mayor Patrick Madden secretly hired a law enforcement expert to refute the findings of an internal investigation into the fatal police shooting of a DWI suspect.

The city of Cohoes’ industrial development agency failed to properly monitor whether the costs of tax breaks granted to projects were worth the benefits it received, an audit by the state Comptroller’s office found.

The Berkshire Bird Paradise is rebuilding after a fire last week tore through the facility, killing several birds and injuring one of the caretakers.

City of Albany police are investigating a shooting that occurred on South Pearl Street near Westerlo Street.

Two people are recovering after being stabbed in Colonie.

A parolee riding a stolen dirt bike on an Albany sidewalk nearly ran over two people pushing babies in strollers last week and was taken into custody, police said.

After budget cuts back in June coaches, players and the community of the Greater Johnstown School District are still working to raise $311,000 needed to save the sports programs ahead of the new school year next week.

…so far, more than $200,000 has been raised, but $311,000 is a “large chunk of change; we are not an affluent community,” said Johnstown Coach Christine Krempa.

New York businesses will soon be required to give time off to employees to address domestic violence they have suffered.

New York’s new “red flag” law has been in effect for three days now. It’s getting mixed reviews.

A group of states that allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses are coming to the defense of New York’s similar law.

Beginning this week individuals with low-level marijuana convictions will have a chance to start with a clean slate thanks to a provision signed into law by the governor.

Republican Assemblyman Chris Tague is poking fun at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s license plate replacement program, launching an online a survey to let New Yorkers select a new custom license plate design.

The Albany Police Department is introducing the newest member of its force: “Kev,” who starts his K-9 training next month, is named for Detective Kevin Meehan, who died in 2018 after a battle with cancer.

Work has begun on removing a damaged dam from the Poestenkill Creek in Troy, drying up a popular recreational spot: Lake Ida.

The trial date for one of the two accused murderers in a 2017 quadruple homicide in Troy has been set for Nov. 6.

Two Muslim men are suing the State of New York and the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision for discrimination, claiming they were suspended by higher-ups at the Fishkill Correctional Facility for refusing to shave their beards on religious grounds.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave University at Buffalo law students a memorable start to the new academic year when she accepted an honorary degree on campus and talked about her dedication to equal rights and the “Notorious R.B.G” nickname.

…it was the 86-year-old justice’s first public appearance since undergoing pancreatic cancer treatment.

Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado met with constituents in NY-19 last night, just a few days after Trump signed the congrssman’s Family Farmer Relief Act into law.

An awards ceremony will be held next May at Proctors Theater in Schenectady to recognize the top female student athletes in the Capital Region.

GlobalFoundries, the international semiconductor manufacturer with its main plant in Saratoga County, sued its largest international competitor for patent infringement.

Schenectady advocates for backyard chickens hope to replicate the success likeminded Albany residents recently achieved.

It was not a good morning for the NYC subway system yesterday.

…here’s one novel way to avoid the downstate public transit mess.

The number of arrests and criminal summonses handled by NYPD cops last week plummeted compared to the same period in 2018 — and law enforcement sources warn it’s the “Pantaleo Effect.”

Overdose deaths ticked down more than 2 percent in New York City last year, marking the first drop in fatalities in nearly a decade even as the opioid crisis has swept across poorer parts of the city, new data shows.

In broad daylight, some well-clad robbers walked in to Avianne & Co., a high-profile Manhattan jewelry outpost known for selling glittering, diamond-heavy pieces to celebrity clients, with guns and walked out with valuables.

A high-level panel appointed by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is recommending that the city do away with most talented and gifted education programs in an effort to desegregate the system, which has 1.1 million students and is by far the largest in the country.

Actor Alec Baldwin, who has family ties to the Syracuse area, will headline a fundraiser for Onondaga County DA William Fitzpatrick.

Attendance at this year’s Altamont Fair was about the same as last year, which was negatively impacted by an historic amount of rain.

You know those weird IRS or Social Security Administration-related calls you’ve been getting…yeah; they’re a scam. More about that here.

Health officials in Massachusetts said a rare, mosquito-borne illness – Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus, or EEE – is to blame for the death of a woman in Boston.

On one of Newark’s biggest nights hosting MTV’s Video Music Awards for the first time last night, about 200 protesters gathered outside the Prudential Center to demand clean water amid the city’s escalating lead crisis.

Be on the lookout for coyotes in Wynantskill.

New York has a “Buffalo Wing Trail.”

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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