While You Were Out: Aug. 30, 2019

Knocking off a little early today, CivMixers, to get a jump on the holiday weekend. Enjoy yourselves. Be safe. I’ll be seeing you back here bright and early Monday morning.

OH, and BTW: Even though it’s almost the official end of summer, we have a lot to look forward to. Some people – myself included – think fall is the best upstate season.

Headlines…

A military judge set Jan. 11, 2021, as the start of the joint death-penalty trial at Guantánamo Bay of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four men charged as plotters of the attacks that killed 2,976 people in the 9/11 attacks.

The US National Hurricane Center is concerned by Hurricane Dorian’s slow motion as it approaches Florida’s coast — saying it puts parts of the state “at an increasing risk of a prolonged, drawn-out event of strong winds, dangerous storm surge and heavy rainfall.”

In Dorian’s crosshairs: Walt Disney World and President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

A group of 10 Red Cross volunteers from eastern New York is heading down to Florida to lend a helping hand. More will be sent if need be.

United will keep the Boeing 737 Max planes out of commission until Dec. 19, just ahead of the busy holiday travel season. Previously, the airline said the aircraft would be off its schedule through Nov. 3, already a month longer than what was originally planned.

Trump said that the decision by the US Justice Department not to prosecute fired FBI Director James Comey for leaking memos showed fairness on the part of Attorney General William Barr.

The CDC warned people not to use vaping ingredients bought on the street, and to stop modifying either nicotine or cannabis e-cigarette devices, in an effort to curb the vaping-related lung sicknesses that have alarmed health officials in more than two dozen states this summer.

After Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand exited the 2020 presidential race this past Wednesday, fellow Democratic contender Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s campaign sent the Gillibrand team something to cheer them up: pizza.

State government buildings in Vermont’s Capitol complex in Montpelier were on lockdown today after a report of a person with a gun.

A reporter for The Wall Street Journal was forced to leave China today after authorities declined to renew his press credentials.

Add NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer to the list of New Yorkers terrified to bike to or from the Kosciuszko Bridge’s spacious new bike path.

The South Troy swimming pool will not open this summer after all.

A Rensselaer man is facing charges after he hit a police car while driving an unregistered all-terrain vehicle in Albany, police said.

Glens Falls Hospital is changing its approach to mental healthcare in Warren and Washington Counties. The hospital says it cannot meet the demand for outpatient behavioral health services and is looking for potential new providers.

Public drinking water in Watkins Glen, Montour Falls and Seneca County contains elevated levels of the cancer-linked PFAS class of chemicals found in dozens of stain-repellent household products like Teflon and Scotchguard, recent tests show.

Cuomo said the state would “hit the pause button” on a planned overhaul of the commercial fishing licensing system, saying regulators need more information and input to get it right.

A Montgomery County man who mistakenly shot a dog that he thought was a coyote faces a felony charge, State Police said.

If you regularly take your shoes off at home mainly because you’re worried about harmful bacteria from the outside getting inside and making you sick, scientists say you can probably relax.

SUNY Chancellor Dr. Kristina Johnson attended the State Fair for the first time, and talked up the Excelsior Scholarship program.

The upcoming romantic comedy “Silent Retreat” is filming in downtown Troy.

Speaking of Troy…the city will host a new weekday farmers market every Wednesday starting Sept. 4, according to a press release. The market will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the sidewalk on Broadway between Third and Fourth streets.

Six Flags Great Escape Resort has a new ride for 2020: the Adirondack Outlaw. The ride tops out over 16 stories above the park as riders whirl through 360-degree rotations.

Amtrak’s Great Dome car, a regular during fall foliage season the Adirondack between Albany and Montreal, has been retired.

Tevin Biles-Thomas, brother of Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Simone Biles, has been charged with murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault and perjury in connection a New Year’s Eve shooting that left three men dead at an Airbnb rental in Cleveland.

About 250 pigs have been causing a ruckus in a Vermont town the past month after they escaped from their enclosure, but most of them had been returned as of yesterday thanks in part to a trail of hot dog buns and good ol’ fashioned corralling.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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