While You Were Out: Sept. 20, 2019

I’ve got to cut and run early today because I’ve got a train to catch. Hopefully, you’re enjoying the last few hours of this mid-October Friday, CivMixers, whether you’re till toiling away in the office, or have managed to make it home a little on the early side.

Or, maybe you didn’t go in at all, because you wanted to participate in today’s Global Climate Strike events. They which took place all across the globe, and were collectively massive in scale.

…in NYC alone, the mayor’s office estimated the crowd at 60,000 people.

In other news…

Walmart will stop selling all e-cigarettes in its U.S. stores, citing regulatory uncertainty around the vaping devices after the White House announced plans to ban most flavors.

California and 22 other states – including New York – sued today to stop the Trump administration from revoking the authority of the nation’s most populous state to set emission standards for cars and trucks.

Facebook said it has suspended tens of thousands of apps as a result of an investigation into its software developer ecosystem that was launched following last year’s Cambridge Analytica scandal.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she has not changed her mind on pursuing impeachment but she is ready to change the law to restrain presidential power and to make it clear that a sitting president can, in fact, be indicted.

The president repeatedly defended himself against an intelligence whistleblower’s potentially explosive complaint, including an allegation of wrongdoing in a reported private conversation Trump had with a foreign leader.

Trump dismissed the complaint, which is said to involve his dealings with Ukraine amid mounting questions about his interactions with the country’s new government, as a “partisan” attack.

The final shutdown of Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island, where 1979’s terrifying partial meltdown became a landmark event in the life cycle of nuclear power in the United States, is imminent.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has ended his long-shot bid for the 2020 Democratic nod, making the announcement on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Trump wasted no time in mocking de Blasio after the mayor announced the end of his presidential run.

De Blasio may have ended his campaign, but the FEC still has some questions for him.

There’s still plenty for de Blasio to do before he’s term-limited out of his current job.

Uber today went to court in an effort to override de Blasio’s cap on the company’s growth, and his efforts to stifle traffic congestion by limiting how often Uber drivers can cruise empty on Manhattan streets.

Cachet Financial Services was not in compliance with industry standards or regulations when it reversed direct deposits from thousands of employees who were affected by the sudden closing of Clifton Park-based MyPayrollHR, according to the association that governs the electronic transfer of money.

Texas 2020 Democratic contender Beto O’Rourke lit into Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on gun control, accusing the New York lawmaker of doing “absolutely nothing” on the issue.

New York Republican Rep. Tom Reed has been diagnosed with pneumonia after taking a fall in a House office building yesterday. He plans to return to work on Monday.

Earthling visitors swarmed the state of Nevada to celebrate and hopefully encounter some of our galactic neighbors. Events associated with “Storm Area 51” are underway.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker re-issued a warning to New Yorkers today, urging them to refrain from vaping as the number of vaping-associated illnesses rise statewide and nationally.

New York state has received $2 million in federal grant funding for training and equipping bomb squads across the state.

With the National Transportation Safety Board getting ready to issue new safety recommendations as part of its ongoing investigation into last October’s limo crash in Schoharie, it remains unclear if the agency will push for tougher seat belt standards in limousines.

Sports wagering revenues for upstate casinos came back to earth a bit for the second week of the National Football League season, after setting record numbers for game one.

The Seneca Nation said it has been in communication with the New York State Thruway Authority this week regarding repairs on a portion of Thruway that crosses the tribe’s Cattaraugus Territory.

Although the state plans to draw up to 50 percent of its power from solar energy to power Empire State Plaza, those who fought hard to ensure plans didn’t include natural gas-fired turbines say the latest changes don’t go far enough.

The region’s first accredited urgent care center has opened in Guilderland’s Hamilton Square.

Recent changes to the state’s STAR rebate program are causing headaches for the very people it’s supposed to help.

Over 100 cyclists biked 100 miles around the Capital Region today to raise money and awareness about missing and exploited children.

Lawyers for a Maryland man convicted of murder in a case chronicled on the podcast “Serial” have filed an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.

Yankee star pitcher Domingo Germán will not return to the field for the remainder of the regular season or playoffs amid domestic violence allegations involving the mother of his two children.

Congratulations to Aloysia Jaques, the women’s basketball coach at Siena College, and her new husband, Marc Rybczyk, who wed recently after his successful battle with cancer.

Photo credit: Colleen Ryan.



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