While You Were Out: Aug. 23, 2019

Happy weekend, CivMixers! I hope you have lots of good thing planned, whatever it is that constitutes “good” in your world. Here are some headlines for you to peruse as you unwind for your day and/or prepare for whatever lies in store for you tonight…

President Trump, angered by Beijing’s decision to retaliate against his next round of tariffs and furious at his Federal Reserve chair for not doing more to juice the economy, said he would increase taxes on all Chinese goods and demanded that American companies stop doing business with China.

…and then the stock market took a dive.

David Koch, the billionaire conservative activist and philanthropist, who was lauded by the right and rebuked by the left, has died at the age of 79.

The U.S. Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 86, has completed radiation therapy for a tumor on her pancreas and there is no evidence of the disease remaining.

Illinois health officials are reporting what could be United States’ first death tied to vaping.

Facing global scorn over environmental policies that have contributed to a rash of fires in the Amazon, President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil said he was planning to send the military to contain the blazes.

Trailing badly in the polls and in fund-raising for 2020, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio hopes that an hour on CNN Sunday before the nation’s voters can change his standing in the Democratic presidential primary battle.

County governments headed into today under the assumption that the state was going to cut nearly 80 percent of their funding for early-voting sites this fall. But, the state Division of Budget stressed that counties will have access to the full $10 million promised earlier this year.

A massive fire on Myrtle Avenue in Albany left 14 families, 42 people – 22 adults, 20 children (ages 0-16) – seeking assistance from the Red Cross. Two people were hospitalized.

A video of a manager of Jos. A. Bank men’s store on Broadway apparently spitting on a man and telling him to go back to living in his van has led to a police investigation.

Niskayuna graduate Kate Fagan worked for seven years to make her name at ESPN as a writer and host. So industry insiders were surprised last fall when she walked away, choosing not to renew her contract. She said she did it to focus on her dad, who has ALS.

Rensselaer school officials have written to the state Department of Environmental Conservation requesting more oversight of the S.A. Dunn contrition debris landfill by additional state agencies.

Tacitus, Code of Honor, Tax head an interesting an mix of stakes horses and new faces in this weekend’s Travers, though much of the pre-race talk has been about who won’t be on the track, since the news came late and the names were as big as it gets.

The beach at Moreau Lake State Park has reopened after a harmful algae bloom was cleared and water tests show it’s okay to swim there.

The State Police have located a missing 5-year-old girl and her dog just several hundred yards from where they were reported missing in Franklin.

Speculation about the state Park police being absorbed into the State Police has returned, with efficiency and salary improvements being mentioned as potential benefits.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals will be able to build its final phase of its Tempel Lane campus after winning the unanimous support of the East Greenbush Town Board at its August meeting.

The NYC Department of Investigation is probing the elevator accident that fatally crushed a 30-year-old man as he tried to step into the lobby of his Manhattan apartment building, the agency said.

The stark official trailer for “Bombshell” is here, and gives viewers a first look at a near-unrecognizable Charlize Theron as Capital Region native Megyn Kelly, Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, and Margot Robbie as Fox News producer Kayla Pospisil.

A judge appointed a special prosecutor to look into why Chicago’s state’s attorney abruptly dropped the case against Jussie Smollett, leaving open the possibility that the former “Empire” actor could yet face charges in what police say was a phony attack he staged to get attention.

The TU recently reported incorrectly that a local restaurant, Ichiban, was the subject of a controversy after a former cook’s arrest by immigration agents. In fact, the cook, Xue Hui Zhang, worked at a different, now-closed Ichiban – located on 1652 Western Ave. in Guilderland – that had different ownership from the popular location on Central Ave., which remains open.

Disney Theatrical Productions today announced additional principal casting for the “Frozen” North American tour, which will launch in Schenectady prior to an official opening at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles this fall. The musical is coming to Proctor’s Nov. 10-24.

Vegan delicatessen Berben & Wolff’s plans a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. next Thursday at its new Troy location, 156 Fourth St.

Photo credit: Silvia Lilly.

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