Rise and Shine: Oct. 15, 2019

Happy Tuesday, CivMixers. Happy first day of the work week for those of you who were off yesterday.

It looks like it’s going to be a lovely day from a weather perspective, with a lot of sun and temperatures hovering around 60 degrees. Enjoy it while you can, because our friends at The Weather Channel are predicting rain – and a lot of it – for the next two days.

It’s a big day in politics, with the fourth 2020 Democratic presidential debate – hosted in part by the New York Times, the first time the Gray Lady has held one of these shindigs in more than a decade – on tap for this evening.

There will be a whopping 12 candidates on the stage, which will make this the biggest primary debate in history, which is kind of a big deal, but also promises to be something of a traffic control situation when it comes to moderating and keeping everyone in check.

Alongside the CNN anchors Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett, who are old hands when it comes to debate moderating, there will be NYT National editor Marc Lacey.

The Ohio debate is taking place on the campus of Otterbein University. It will feature the 10 candidates who appeared at last month’s matchup in Houston. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and Tom Steyer, a billionaire and former hedge fund investor, also made the cut.

It’s also the first debate since the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump got underway. And Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who was off the campaign trail for a number of weeks after suffering a heart attack, will be back and trying to convince voters that at 78 years old, he’s not too old to be commander-in-chief.

And here’s a little wrench in the works: Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg has indicated to associates in recent weeks that Joe Biden’s recent struggles against Sen. Elizabeth Warren are making him rethink his decision to stay out of the 2020 Democratic primary.

If politics isn’t your thing, there are a number of so-called “national holidays” being observed today, including Global Handwashing Day, (did you know: The CDC estimates that good handwashing habits could reduce diarrheal disease-associated deaths by as much as 50 percent?!), National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, and National I Love Lucy Day, which is no doubt a big deal for Jamestown, NY.

Actor/director Penny Marshall in 1943 has a birthday today. She’s turning 75, and shares her big day with Sarah Ferguson, duchess of York (59), chef Emeril Lagasse (also 59), and singer Richard Carpenter (72), among others.

Open enrollment for Medicare begins today and ends Dec. 7. During this period that those covered by the program — people 65 and older — can change their health plan and prescription drug coverage for 2020.

In other news…

The effort to pressure Ukraine for political help provoked a heated confrontation inside the White House last summer that so alarmed John Bolton, then the national security adviser, that he told an aide – Fiona Hill – to alert White House lawyers, Hill said.

Almost two thirds of Americans believe the Trump administration should cooperate with the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry, according to a new poll.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are examining Rudy Giuliani’s business dealings in Ukraine, including his finances, meetings and work for a city mayor there, as well as his bank records.

The House inquiry into whether Trump should be impeached has freshman Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi, of Utica, taking fire from constituents on both sides.

Trump signed an executive order imposing sanctions on Turkish officials involved in the country’s military operation in northeast Syria, his administration said.

The actor Chazz Palminteri called NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife racist over a decision to not honor a saint – Mother Cabrini, the patron saint of immigrants – with a statue. Then Palminteri’s friend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, stepped in.

De Blasio accused Cuomo of politicizing Mother Cabrini amidst ongoing local outrage directed at First Lady Chirlane McCray’s decision to not include a Cabrini statue in a project honoring historically significant New York women.

The Working Families Party called on supporters to back changing Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day — just hours after the 2020 Democratic candidate the group is backing, Massachusetts Sen. Warren, also called for the change

The Innocence Project has joined ranks with state lawmakers to fight a court challenge by New York’s district attorneys, who contend a law creating a commission to investigate their conduct is unconstitutional.

Billions of dollars to subsidize film and TV projects in New York hasn’t had a statistically significant impact on employment in the entertainment industry, according to a new study by University of Southern California associate professor Michael Thom.

New York City nail-salon employees are protesting what they say are poor working conditions, despite stricter state regulations aimed at improving safety.

The NYPD has classified an Oct. 10 death a homicide, bringing the number of homeless people who died violently in the city over the past two weeks to at least six.

A Queens man is suing a Manhattan nightclub for sex discrimination — because he had to pay an entry fee at its “Ladies Night” while women got in for free, according to a new lawsuit.

The MTA’s $51.5 billion plan to modernize New York City’s crumbling transit system will saddle it with $38 billion in debt — on top of the $44 billion it already owes, according to Moody’s credit agency.

Albany Police are investigating a homicide after they say a 20-year-old man was shot and killed on Second Street last night.

A Cohoes woman who was found dead in an Albany County jail cell last summer died after a transcription error caused jail medical staff to give her a lethal dose of medication, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.

In the race for the city of Saratoga Springs’ Commissioner of Public Safety, one thing is assured: the winner will make history. For the first time, the spot will be filled by either a woman or a person of color.

Residents in Troy’s Hillside North and South neighborhoods will be the top priority in a new study, not the 42,000 vehicles per day on Hoosick Street, the congested four-lane roadway that cuts the neighborhoods off from each other, city officials said.

The parents of Harry Dunn, a motorcyclist killed in a traffic crash that involved an American diplomat’s wife, took their case directly to U.S. audiences, holding a New York news conference at which they urged the woman to return to Britain.

WeWork, the shared-office company already coping with a failed public offering and a corporate shake-up, disclosed a new problem yesterday: possible formaldehyde contamination of hundreds of phone booths at some of the buildings it leases.

A contentious union organizing drive at the Brooklyn tech company Kickstarter has drawn in high-profile figures like the actor David Cross, the author Neil Gaiman and the cartoonist Matt Bors.

The city of Schenectady is poised to get a new downtown food co-op.

The Mohonasen Central School District is now home to the New York Power Authority’s largest solar farm.

Once a major contributor to the local economy, the old General Electric plant in Fort Edward is scheduled to start coming down next week.

The state DOT recently announced the beginning of an $11.7 million project, which includes the resurfacing of 37 miles of pavement along seven roads in the Capital Region during the next two years.

The power poles that towered over the ornamental town clock at the heart of the Glenville Town Center are finally gone, and the upgrades to and beautification of the town’s commercial corridor are nearly done.

After months of leaks, teases and rumors, we’ll see the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL today.

More than 135 shorts and features – almost half of them shot in New York – will unspool at six screens this weekend at the fourth-annual Adirondack Film Festival, set for Oct. 17-20 in Glens Falls.

Price Chopper and Market 32 supermarkets recalled its deli-sliced American cheese and any prepared foods made with that cheese because it may contain small metal fragments.

The use of the anesthesia propofol puts patients to sleep faster, brings them out more quickly and may help doctors find more precancerous polyps during a colonoscopy than the traditional means of sedation. But do those benefits justify the $300 to $500 extra cost per patient?

Major League Baseball will open its first permanent retail location in the U.S., the MLB Flagship Store, on the west side of Midtown Manhattan next summer.

Former MLB star Darryl Strawberry spoke recently about his struggle with addiction at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Albany – one in a long series of speaking events for Strawberry, who has spent years traveling the country to aid the fight against addiction.

One hundred dollars looks a lot different depending on where you are in the United States: In Mississippi, for example, it’s worth $117, while in New York, it’s worth about $86.

RIP Harold Bloom, the prodigious literary critic who championed and defended the Western canon in an outpouring of influential books that appeared on college syllabuses and best-seller lists. He died yesterday at a hospital in New Haven, CT at the age of 89.

Photo credit: George Fazio.



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