Rise and Shine: Oct. 25, 2019

Friday, where have you been all my life?

Good morning, CivMixers. It’s going to be “generally” cloudy with a slight chance of rain this evening and somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 degrees or so today, according to to The Weather Channel.

It’s National Breadstick Day and National Greasy Food Day, which I supposed could go together – depending on where and what you might be eating.

Singer Katy Perry is 35 years young today. Also celebrating birthdays: Actor Adam Goldberg (49), R&B singer Ciara (34), Barenaked Ladies singer Ed Robertson (45), Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith (58), and Princess Elisabeth of Belgium (18).

Artist Pablo Picasso was born on this day in 1881. (He died in 1973).

Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are among the scheduled speakers for the funeral being held today at New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore for the late Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, who worshipped there for nearly four decades.

In the news…

President Donald Trump said he’ll be going to Game 5 of the World Series, scheduled for Sunday in Washington, DC.

Asked if he’ll throw out the first pitch, he joked: “I don’t know. They gotta dress me up in a lot of heavy armor. I’ll look too heavy. I don’t like that.” (Apparently, the bulletproof vest is too bulky for his taste).

For more than two years, Trump has repeatedly attacked the Russia investigation, portraying it as a hoax and illegal even months after the special counsel closed it. Now, Trump’s own Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into how it all began.

New Jersey officials are moving to revoke the liquor license at one of Trump’s golf clubs, which they say continued to serve a man who was already intoxicated and got into a fatal car crash shortly after leaving the club in 2015.

The White House will order federal agencies to drop their subscriptions to The New York Times and The Washington Post as the administration escalates its battle with the two broadsheets.

Vice President Mike Pence took a swipe at Nike and the NBA in a speech criticizing China’s record on trade and human rights.

Presidential hopeful Joe Biden said in an interview that he would not allow any of his children to work in the White House if elected president.

According to the National Climate Assessment, the government report that summarizes present and future effects of a warming climate on the United States, fire – like the blazes we’ve seen of late in California – is a growing problem due to climate change.

A fire in the canyons north of Los Angeles yesterday forced the evacuation of 50,000 people as extreme winds drove flames into residential neighborhoods and threatened hundreds of homes.

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who has remained in the race for the presidential nomination even as her bid has failed to gain much traction in polls, announced that she would not seek a fifth term in Congress, fueling speculation that she’s preparing for a third-party White House bid.

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is facing much sharper scrutiny after last week’s debate when he pointedly challenged Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and struck clear contrasts with others.

While thousands of cities and counties have banded together to sue opioid makers and distributors in a federal court, another group of plaintiffs has started to sue on their own: hospitals.

NY-21 Rep. Elise Stefanik is critical of fellow GOP lawmakers who on Wednesday brought their cellphones into the secure facility where an impeachment-related deposition was taking place, but otherwise sidestepped any criticism of the Republicans who disrupted the House intelligence committee session for five hours.

Fewer reports of vaping illnesses are coming in, but U.S. health officials say they are not sure what to make of it.

The personal information and online browsing habits of New Yorkers aren’t as protected as they could be, according to an analysis of state digital privacy laws.

A newly approved law will require New York to provide inmates with information on HIV prevention when they are discharged from a prison.

Disbarred Slingerlands lawyer Albert Hessberg III says he stole more than $2 million from clients and his firm over a dozen years because he “desperately needed money” to pay for his family’s school tuition, income taxes and wedding expenses.

The incoming mayor of Cohoes said he will fire the company that negotiated a $170,000 personal injury settlement with Shawn M. Morse after the former mayor hired the company to work for the city, and then took campaign donations from the firm.

Police union leaders squared off with advocates seeking greater transparency from law enforcement during a legislative hearing at the Capitol examining a 43-year-old statute that has blocked public access to records on internal investigations and alleged misconduct by officers.

Under Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, NYC is aiming to build monuments at an unusually rapid rate to honor women, people of color and others previously overlooked. But the effort has become far more contentious than expected.

The state will dedicate $750,000 to erect a Big Apple statue honoring Mother Cabrini after de Blasio and McCray came under fire from Italian American and Catholic leaders for failing to recognize the patroness saint of immigrants as part of their “She Built NYC” program.

A trio of New York City lawmakers – Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Carolyn Maloney and Nydia Velazquez – aim to ban all tourist and ride-sharing helicopters flying in Big Apple airspace in the aftermath of deadly crashes.

NYC Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg pointed to an increase in SUVs and the gentrification of industrial areas to explain the alarming spike in cyclist deaths across New York this year.

The NYC homeless population ticked down slightly this year but remained at near-record levels as City Hall continues to spend billions on the crisis, new figures set to be released by the federal government show.

A judge has blocked the Hussain family from selling the Crest Inn Suites and Cottages in Wilton and three other Capital Region properties as the families of the Schoharie limo crash victims scramble to preserve potential assets in their civil lawsuits against the family.

The estate of another victim in last year’s deadly Schoharie limousine crash has filed a lawsuit against the limo company, its owner and operator, and Mavis Discount Tire.

If there are two things that seem fairly certain for today’s budget review session in Schenectsdy, it’s that Mayor Gary McCarthy will not get the 16 percent pay raise he wants, and city homeowners are likely to receive more than the .046 percent property tax cut presently on the table.

State Police are asking the public to be on alert for a Hamilton County man with dementia who is lost and may be driving to his former Long Island home. Police say 71-year-old Joseph T. Mundinger of Long Lake was last seen at 2:30 p.m. yesterday driving a tan 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 truck.

Albany Medical Center is poised to begin a new era post-Jim Barba, who reflects on his 25 years of leadership at the hospital in this interview.

A Clifton Park man and former Little League volunteer pleaded not guilty in federal court to charges that he sexually abused multiple children over a nearly 10-year period ending in 2008.

Dean Ackley, 60, a Warrensburg business owner and a member of the town board for 16 years, serving as deputy supervisor for a time, will soon be headed to prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing three boys ages 14 and 15.

Reps. Anthony Brindisi (a Democrat) and John Katko (a Republican), along with Minnesota lawmaker Angie Craig, introduced a bill called the Seeding Rural Resilience Act, which would include stress management training, create public service announcements, and bring together groups to find the best practices in responding to the rural mental health crisis among farmers.

New York state’s first farm meadery license has been issued to the Royal Meadery in Delmar. (Mead is an alcoholic drink made from honey).

Bethlehem Police are currently investigating several reported thefts from cars parked at the Elm Avenue Town Park.

One stretch of Albany Street in Schenectady will remain dry — for now at least. State regulators have denied a license for a controversial proposed liquor store in Hamilton Hill.

A virtual remembrance, an overseas concert and community service projects highlight the many plans for commemorating the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history on the Tree of Life shooting’s one-year anniversary this coming Sunday.

A Broadalbin woman drove drunk to the Mayfield state police barracks to pick up a man being processed himself for drunk driving this week, state police said.

The Westchester County executive, George Latimer, has signed an executive order creating an Arab-American Advisory Board.

Beware overuse of dry shampoo.

The Popeyes restaurant chain is bringing back its overwhelmingly popular chicken sandwich, but this time it’s calling in reinforcements by hiring an additional 400 employees and may dedicate up to two people per store.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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