Rise and Shine: Oct. 29, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers. It’s Tuesday, and we’ll never have another one just like it. That’s a helpful thing to keep in mind…for me, anyway.

It’s going to be cloudy today, with areas of patchy fog (watch out for that on your way to wherever it is you’re headed this morning). The temperature will hover at about 60 degrees, according to The Weather Channel, and it will be on the humid side.

On this day in 1929, “Black Tuesday” occurred. That was when the U.S. Stock Market crashed and sent the country spiraling into the Great Depression. Cheery, I know.

It’s National Cat Day, not to be confused with National BLACK Cat Day, which we observed just two days ago. It’s also National Oatmeal Day, National Hermit Day, and World Stroke Day, which seeks to raise awareness about the prevention and treatment of strokes, and not to celebrate their existence, in case you were curious.

It’s also International Internet Day, because on this day in 1969, Charley Kline, a young grad student on the UCLA campus attempted to send the first internet message to his colleague, Bill Duvall, at Stanford University in California. They partially succeeded in their attempt to send the word “LOGIN.”

Actress Winona Ryder is turning 48 today. She shares a birthday with actress, Gabrielle Union (46), actress Tracee Ellis Ross (47), and singer Randy Jackson (58).

Also born today in 1942 was Bob Ross, the iconic former host of public TV’s “The Joy of Painting,” who was known for his big hair and for saying things like: “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents. Sadly, he died in July of 1995 at the age of 52 after suffering from Lymphoma.

In the news today…

House Democrats moved quickly yesterday to bring their impeachment case against President Trump into the open, saying they would forgo court battles with defiant witnesses and would vote this week on procedures to govern nationally televised hearings.

A White House national security official who is a decorated Iraq war veteran plans to tell House impeachment investigators today that he heard Trump appeal to Ukraine’s president to investigate one of his leading political rivals – a request the aide considered so damaging to American interests that he reported it to a superior.

Trump shared a photograph yesterday of the “wonderful” dog who participated in the raid against Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State leader, but said the dog’s name remained classified.

Multiple Defense Department sources confirmed to Newsweek that the dog’s name is Conan.

Trump said the dog was “slightly” injured when the Islamic State leader detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and three children. But Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley said the animal has fully recovered and returned to duty with its handler.

The two blazes raging through dry vegetation at opposite ends of California fueled fears that the state’s vicious wildfire season was rapidly pushing its limit, straining the resources of fire departments that are already spread out battling 16 fires across the state and pushing fire crews beyond the brink of exhaustion.

By a 44-to-1 vote, the NYC Council agreed to suspend Councilman Andy King after years of harassment allegations against him for 30 days without pay, fine him $15,000 and appoint a monitor to oversee his office for the remainder of his term.

This marks the very first time in its history that the Council has voted to suspend one of its own members. King voted against the measure – and was the only one to do so, though two of his colleagues abstained.

A motion to expel King for his actions, which also included revelations that he retaliated against whistleblowers, abused his staff and misused city resources, was introduced by Queens Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, but was defeated by a vote of 34 to 12.

King said Council Speaker Corey Johnson was “still human” after denying that he had made a homophobic remark about the Manhattan lawmaker.

The state attorney general’s office is joining the chorus of district attorneys all over New York asking for state funds to implement changes to the pre-trial discovery laws championed by Democratic state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Sex-abuse survivors converged on pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion to lobby for an expanded Child Victims Act that would allow victims to launch claims outside of New York state.

The NYT picked up the Batavia taco truck/ICE workers story.

Brooklyn Democratic socialist state Sen. Julia Salazar has been in public office for nearly a year, but she still hasn’t secured a district office to meet her constituents.

Taking a cue from several other states, lawmakers in New York are proposing a ban on the use of drones for hunting. Drones — or unmanned aerial vehicles — aren’t equipped with rifles or shotguns, but can be used to spot and even flush game, ranging from deer to ducks.

Nearly two weeks after the Times Union revealed convicted child sex abuser Angel Garcia inexplicably remained on the street three years after the defrocked deacon should have been sent to prison, court officials and prosecutors cannot agree who is responsible for the blunder.

The new taxi service for Albany International Airport charges $2.50 per mile — but it will cost you a flat fee of $5 to climb into the car. It’s all part of trying to compete with ride-hailing services like Uber or Lyft, which charge a fee based on time of day and demand.

More than 114,000 students were homeless in New York City in the last academic year. Put another way, that’s one in every ten children in the city’s public schools, according to a report from Advocates for Children.

State lawmakers will hold a public hearing later this month to assess the effect another federal government shutdown will have on New York.

Energy from an offshore wind farm that LIPA contracted with in 2017 to supply power to the South Fork will cost slightly less than double that of two larger projects recently awarded by the state, according to information released Monday by the authority.

The Albany County legislature will vote on whether or not to ban the sale of flavored tobacco and e-cigarette products on Nov. 12.

The largest shopping center in Queensbury – the Aviation Mall – is hosting an emergency preparedness drill this morning.

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy presented the keys to the city to members of the “Frozen” cast. The show’s North America Tour is coming to Proctors on Nov. 10.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has a new, hockey-themed campaign ad.

Deputies need help in identifying three women who are suspects in a string of larcenies at restaurants throughout Saratoga County.

Police and school officials in the Town of Colonie are urging parents not to drop off candy-scavenging kids in other people’s neighborhoods this Halloween.

The topic of school safety took center stage in Saratoga Springs last night as the father of one of the Parkland, Florida school shooting victims spoke to a crowd.

A replica of Columbus’ Santa Maria — one of three ships in the navigator’s North America discovery fleet — got stuck in a sand bar off the coast of Brooklyn yesterday afternoon.

A Maryland man pleaded guilty in the slayings of five employees at an Annapolis newspaper, and a jury is expected to hear testimony next month about whether he was not responsible by reason of insanity.

RIP Kay Hagan, a former bank executive from North Carolina who served one term in the US Senate. She died yesterday of encephalitis, or brain inflammation, which was caused by the Powassan virus, at the age of 66.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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