While You Were Out: Aug. 16, 2019

It’s FriYAY time; the weekend has arrived. I hope you’re all out living your best lives, CivMixers. As for me, I’m still working. But that will be remedied soon.

Here’s some news to peruse while you’re unwinding from the work week, or preparing for your next epic adventure, or just chilling in your sweats on the couch…Pick your poison. This is a no judgment zone.

Three abandoned devices that looked like pressure cookers caused an evacuation of a major New York City subway station and closed off an intersection in another part of town this morning before police determined the objects were not explosives.

Police are reportedly questioning a man who was allegedly seen leaving the rice cookers in a subway station.

Israel relented slightly after barring Rep. Rashida Tlaib under pressure from President Trump, and said she could visit her 90-year-old grandmother, who lives in the occupied West Bank.

…But Tlaib, facing criticism by Palestinians and other opponents of the Israeli occupation, quickly reversed course herself, saying she could not make the trip under “these oppressive conditions.”

The Trump administration is moving forward with an $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan – a move certain to further anger China at a time when a long-running trade war between Washington and Beijing has upended relations between the world’s two largest economies and contributed to stock market turmoil.

Memo to the president: Greenland, a semiautonomous Danish territory, is not for sale.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock will each have a CNN town hall on Sunday, Aug. 25 in what could be their final hope to stay in the presidential race, the cable network announced.

The National Rifle Association filed a petition against New York Attorney General Letitia James today, demanding that their attorneys be present during a scheduled deposition of former NRA president Oliver North by attorneys from James’ office next week.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli have finalized an agreement that would return oversight of procurement and contracting to the comptroller’s office, powers that had come under scrutiny following the corruption arrests of a close former aide to the governor, upstate developers and the president of SUNY Polytechnic.

The state comptroller will audit conditions at NYC’s special-education schools — after a series of NY Post articles exposed harrowing conditions at a Queens facility for disabled kids last month.

State Sen. David Carlucci is content to leave former-Gov. Mario M. Cuomo’s middle initial off signs for his eponymous bridge, saying it’s a “waste of taxpayers dollars” to change them and the money would be better spent fixing potholes.

It’s official: Alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein died by hanging himself in his jail cell. An autopsy and other evidence confirmed that Epstein committed suicide, the ME’s Office said.

New documents released on the Schoharie limo crash investigation show DNA from a DOT sticker matches that of the operator of Prestige Limousine.

Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany has released a statement after he was among those named in a sexual abuse lawsuit filed as part of the Child Victims Act.

Hubbard denied allegations he sexually abused a minor in the 1990s while leading the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese but announced he planned to step back from public ministry.

Republican Sen. Rob Ortt is poised to announce his candidacy for the NY-27 seat currently held by Rep. Chris Collins. Ortt’s His state Senate colleague Chris Jacobs announced his intention to run earlier this year, as did attorney and Fox News contributor Beth Parlato.

The Albany County Land Bank is partnering with the Historic Albany Foundation, the city and other not-for-profit groups to connect people interested in for-sale vacant homes in the South End with the resources they need to successfully rehab a home.

A Schenectady man who failed to stop when police tried to pull him over in June alleges a pursuing deputy knocked him off his dirt bike with the police car, then punched and kicked him while he was partially pinned under the cruiser.

The Spa City’s downtown storefronts are looking extra special this track season as businesses participate in the 150th Runhappy Travers window-decorating contest.

Gerwin Schalk, a high-ranking neuroscientist at the state Health Department’s Wadsworth Center, was charged in a federal complaint with making false statements to hide his receipt of nearly $70,000 and a car from a European company that provided neurotechnology equipment to the research lab.

Two of four young men arrested for plotting to attack a Muslim community – Islamberg, near Binghamton – with homemade explosives were sentenced today to four to 12 years in prison.

New York health officials are warning people who use vaping products to be on the lookout for respiratory issues as it investigates pulmonary disease cases that appear to be tied to vaping.

A fire is under investigation at the Lafarge Cement Plant in Ravena.



1 Comment

  1. Coreen Klepacki

    I guess there’s been some updates on the Trump impeachment inquiry. It looks like Nanci Pelosi is still leading the charge. Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago she didn’t want to pursue impeaching the president? I think Congress is pretty confused about that.


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