While You Were Out: Aug. 20, 2019

Hello, CivMixers, I hope Tuesday has treated you well thus far.

I’m not sure how I missed this, but it’s National Bacon Lovers Day. (Apparently, it has been observed annual since 2000)?! Don’t worry! There’s still time to celebrate – maybe with a fabulous BLT with all the amazing fresh tomatoes I’ve been seeing shared on social media lately?

And since we’re on the subject, it’s also National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day and National Radio Day. FWIW.

If you’re looking around for something to do tonight, country singer Billy Currington will be taking over the home of the Tri-City Valley Cats for a night of fun and good music – the first time The Joe has hosted a concert of this magnitude.

We’re still looking at potential thunderstorms, but not until after midnight.

In the news…

President Trump confirmed that he is considering “various tax reductions,” including a payroll tax cut, to stimulate a weakening American economy.

Trump’s turnaround on the need for more gun control is the latest example of the president ultimately capitulating to the views of his populist white and working-class political base, and it came after a heavy lobbying effort by NRA officials after the back-to-back mass shootings in early August.

Trump continued his attacks on Palestinian American Rep. Rashida Tlaib, mocking her tears from the day before when she bitterly recalled Israeli security’s treatment of her family on visits to her ancestral homeland in the occupied territories.

State Attorney General Letitia James’s office announced a lawsuit attempting to overturn Trump’s so-called public charge regulation.

The Manhattan federal lawsuit — filed by James and the attorneys general of Connecticut and Vermont — seeks to block changes to the public charge rule from taking effect on Oct. 15, and argues that the rule is unconstitutional, saying it ignores “a century’s worth of case law.”

A decade after big banks needed government support to dig out of the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve is slowly, but steadily, making a series of regulatory changes that could chip away at new requirements put in place to prevent a repeat of the 2008 meltdown.

The Boy Scouts of America has been hit with more sexual abuse lawsuits thanks to the Child Victims Act – a state law allowing victims to bring new legal claims on old abuses.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the new license plates for New York drivers are required so E-ZPass can read them, and insisted they are not – as some state lawmakers claim – a money grab.

State GOP Chair Nick Langworthy says there’s no need to require New Yorkers to buy new license plates beginning in 2020 if their current plates are still readable and in good condition.

State Police arrested a man in Albany after they say he had a fake New York license plate on his vehicle. (It was printed on paper and placed under his license plate cover).

A law signed by Cuomo will waive the state fee for marriage licenses for active duty members of the armed forces and their spouses.

The digital billboards that had been plowing the East and Hudson Rivers over the last several months may soon be a thing of the past, as Cuomo signed legislation yesterday to ban them.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse pleaded guilty to a felony wire fraud count in U.S. District Court, admitting that he stole campaign funds for personal use and leaving his working-class city on edge with his pledge to remain in office through the end of the year.

Two scientists will share a $500,000 Albany Medical Center prize for work that has spurred advances in cancer research, immunology and regenerative medicine.

Colonie police are investigating after a man said he and the children he was with were threatened for being Muslims.

A fire at Albany’s Swinburne Park that was quickly brought under control Monday afternoon could have been set intentionally, city officials said.

Saratoga Springs expects its lightning-struck City Hall to reopen in March 2020.

The Saratoga Springs Police Department has released the identities of five people who were injured when a vehicle hit a hot dog cart and then a parked car on Monday.

Five employees from six bodegas in the city of Schenectady have been arrested in connection with what authorities say is a sweeping food stamp benefit fraud scheme.

Ellazar Williams, the 19-year-old left paralyzed in an officer involved shooting in August 2018, is filing an amended civil suit against the city of Albany and officers involved.

RPI has now installed seven electric vehicle charging stations on its campus.

The swimming beach at Moreau Lake State Park has been closed due to a harmful algae bloom in the lake, the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation said.

The NTSB is asking for the public’s help as it investigates the deadly plane crash in Dutchess County.

Fearing they could be overwhelmed with visitors, officials in the remote Nevada county that’s home to the Area 51 military base have drafted an emergency declaration and a plan ahead of events next month tied to the “Storm Area 51” internet drive.

Dublin, Ireland-based Endo Pharmaceuticals has reached a settlement to avoid being a defendant in the first federal trial on the drug industry’s accountability for a nationwide opioid crisis.

Albany Berkshire Ballet next month will hold auditions for local student dancers for its 45th annual Northeast tour of The Nutcracker.

Behold this year’s State Fair butter sculpture!

This is terrifying.

The 25th James Bond movie has a title: “No Time to Die.”

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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