While You Were Out: Aug. 13, 2019

You made it in tact through another Tuesday, CivMixers. It was a busy one, indeed. Before we get to the headlines, be sure to be aware that there could yet be some thunderstorms in the offing. Be on the lookout.

In the news today…

A coalition of 29 states and cities, led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, sued to block the Trump administration from easing restrictions on coal-burning power plants.

Bearing batons and pepper spray, Hong Kong riot police officers clashed with anti-government protesters who crippled the airport on for the second straight day, chaos that underscored the deepening unrest gripping the city.

The trial for Chinese national and alleged Mar-a-Lago trespasser Yujing Zhang has been delayed until early next month, following a bizarre pretrial hearing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

An El Al flight attendant who contracted measles on a flight from New York to Tel Aviv has died after spending four months in coma.

The warden of the federal jail in Manhattan where Jeffrey Epstein apparently killed himself was temporarily reassigned, and two correctional officers who were guarding him were placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation into the death, the Justice Department said.

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy tangled on Twitter over organized labor in a clash of the social-media titans.

President Trump mocked Chris Cuomo after a video surfaced showing the CNN anchor get into a shouting match with an unidentified man who referred to him as “Fredo,” the fictional character from “The Godfather.”

The New York City Fire Department looked into whether an employee posted about Jeffrey Epstein’s death on a notorious internet message board – 4chan – prior to officials announcing it to the public.

Another New York City police officer killed himself this morning, continuing a rash of suicides that has claimed eight lives this year, rattled the nation’s largest police force and prompted commanders to issue urgent pleas for despondent officers to seek counseling.

JCOPE, the state’s watchdog commission, unveiled new and improved online search features today to track government lobbying in New York.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie paid a visit to the Buffalo Bills training facility, and appeared to enjoy himself immensely.

More than 128,000 workers in New York used paid family leave under the first year of the state’s program, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said.

A Catholic priest who was the pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Schenectady but also lived a secret double life and fathered five children is the subject of a lawsuit that will be filed on behalf of those children under the new Child Victims Act, which takes effect tomorrow.

Rising support for socialism in NYC is rankling members of the business community, but the movement’s biggest financial supporters are coming from their own ranks.

Troy city leaders are declining to release a copy of a police expert’s 19-page legal memorandum that they say refutes a searing internal affairs report that concluded a patrol sergeant forced a DWI suspect’s car off the road in April 2016 and then lied about the circumstances that led him to fatally shoot the man.

Capital District public schools experienced 1,726 violent or disruptive incidents during the 2017-2018 school year, according to data compiled by the state comptroller’s office.

More charges are possible against three teenagers who are under arrest in connection with 13 larcenies, three burglaries and a stolen vehicle in Scotia.

A 15-year-old boy is under arrest in Albany in connection with a shooting last month. The shooting happened July 31 on Tyler Trice Terrace.

At a time when the state is encouraging more transparency from law enforcement agencies, Albany police continue to delay the release of their use of force policy despite having released unredacted documentation in 2015 to the New York Civil Liberties Union.

A tractor-trailer rolled over this morning on Exit 17 of the Northway. The driver is expected to be fine.

The DiNovo family of Colonie came out to support the state’s annual crackdown on impaired driving, which runs from Aug. 14 through Sept. 2. Their son, Niko, was 17 when he died in March 2018 – more than a year after he was gravely injured in a crash that sent the driver to prison.

Members of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office will be taking their lip-syncing talents to a bigger stage, with the department selected to compete on CBS’ “Lip Sync to the Rescue.”

Brown’s Beach in Stillwater will reopen tomorrow after the water was tested for E. coli, the town announced on Facebook this morning.

Dartmouth College in Concord, NH announced a new unified policy on sexual misconduct aimed at providing clarity and consistency for faculty, students and staff across the Ivy League campus.

Dole is recalling its six and 10-ounce bags of baby spinach due to concerns over possible salmonella contamination. Both have “use by” dates of Aug. 5, 2019 so, they are no longer sold in stores.

“While casual observers think that sports are only fun and games, the reality is they are big businesses that have an incredible impact on a region’s economic viability. Saratoga Springs and its connectivity to Saratoga Race Track are a prime example.”

There’s a Flint-like water crisis in New Jersey.

Jonathan Weisman, the deputy Washington editor for The New York Times, has been demoted after a pair of incidents in which he ignited controversy on Twitter, the newspaper said.

Fifty lucky (and very hungry) people will have a chance to win a “Lifetime Pasta Pass” at the Olive Garden if they decide to opt-in at a cost of $500.

Otto the Orange has reason to celebrate. He has been named No. 9 on Sports Illustrated’s Greatest mascots in College Football History list.

Capital Roots has launched a new Veggie Mobile to travel throughout the region. The new vehicle includes a ramp, fans, and a solar-powered battery storage system donated by U.S. Light Energy.

The fastest-warming counties in New York are, not surprisingly, in NYC.

“Hamilton” mania is building up to a fever pitch. (Those costumes look uncomfortable in this heat).

You think the debate over legalizing marijuana is contentious? Check this out.

Photo credit: George Fazio.



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