Rise and Shine: Oct. 30, 2019

Happy pre-Halloween Hump Day, CivMixers.

It’s Wednesday, and it’s going to be on the warm side for late October, with temperatures in the mid-60s and the humidity somewhere around 79 percent, according to The Weather Channel. Winds will be light and variable, and there’s a slight chance of rain.

On this day in 1938, Orson Welles triggered a widespread panic with his radio dramatization of a martian invasion, based on H.G. Wells’ book “War of the Worlds.” (It was fake news at its finest! There’s a whole book about that).

It’s also the birthday of First Daughter Ivanka Trump, who’s turning 37 today. She shares her big day with model Ashley Graham (31), actress Nia Long (48), actor Matthew Morrison (40), and actor Henry Winkler, AKA “The Fonz” from the icon sitcom “Happy Days,” who’s a whopping 73 years young. (And I am SO. OLD!)

In the news…

Defying White House orders, an Army officer serving with President Donald Trump’s National Security Council testified to impeachment investigators that he twice raised concerns over the administration’s push to have Ukraine investigate Democrats and Joe Biden.

House Democrats unveiled legislation authorizing the next phase of the impeachment inquiry against Trump as Democrats move to nullify complaints from Trump and his Republican allies that the impeachment process is illegitimate and unfair.

Several swing-district Democratic lawmakers – including New York Rep. Anthony Brindisi, who says he’s still on the fence – will be on the hot seat tomorrow when they have to declare publicly where they stand on impeachment in the vote formalizing the inquiry into Trump called by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Freshman Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar refused to back a resolution that recognized the slaughter of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during WWI as a “genocide,” saying the issue “should not be used as cudgel in a political fight.” She voted “present” on the measure.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is slamming a proposal from the New York State Democratic Party that would essentially crush the chances of almost any third party – particularly the Working Families Party, which has endorsed her 2020 bid – to get a spot on the ballot in the next election.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, meanwhile, cast himself as merely an observer of the process that’s unfolding, saying: “This is politics on steroids and everyone has their own politics and their own advantages and they’re trying to maximize their political advantage and disadvantage their opponent.”

American officials sounding the alarm about foreign efforts to disrupt the 2020 election include multiple countries – not just Russia – in that warning.

Rising seas could affect three times more people by 2050 than previously thought, according to new research, threatening to all but erase some of the world’s great coastal cities.

Petitions to disarm individuals deemed a threat to themselves or the public are pouring into New York’s court system since the state’s so-called “red flag” law went into effect on Aug. 24.

Hoping to minimize the risk of traumatic brain injury in developing brains and degenerative impacts later in life, a cohort of New York lawmakers is looking to ban children 12 and under from playing tackle football — a sport that by some estimates averages more than 500 hits to the head per child per season.

The NYC Council is expected to pass a bill today banning the sale of the controversial French delicacy by all New York City restaurants and vendors on the basis of animal cruelty.

About 35 percent of working adults in the United States aren’t getting sufficient sleep, and their job demands and stress may have something to do with it, according to a new study.

A decades-old effort to build a fire station on the east side of Saratoga Springs took a big step step forward yesterday.

…The state’s Franchise Oversight Board has given NYRA the okay to work out a deal with the city on a two-and-a-half acre parcel off Henning Road, not far from the Oklahoma Training Track.

Though Ballston Spa Supervisor Tim Szczepaniak said it can’t be done, residents who hooked into a Goode Street water line built to accommodate a new town hall for $9,100 once again demanded a refund.

A 10-year-old girl was raped, tortured and beaten as she was sold for sex at two Big Apple motels while staff turned a blind eye to her obvious abuse, a bombshell $10 million lawsuit – the first of its kind in New York – filed in Brooklyn federal court claims.

BST & Co. will offer a free seminar for General Electric Co. employees affected by the recent pension freeze next Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at BST’s headquarters, 26 Computer Drive West.

The 36th annual Breeders’ Cup, called by some the Super Bowl of horse racing, is scheduled to be run at picturesque Santa Anita as a spate of horse deaths has cast a pall over the industry.

A grand jury has failed to indict former New York Giants safety Kam Moore on domestic violence charges stemming from an alleged love-triangle brawl outside his New Jersey home, according to legal documents and law enforcement sources.

The criminal charges against Nauman Hussain stemming from last year’s limousine crash that killed 20 people will go to trial, a judge ruled.

Peter Luger’s owners and staff are not taking a brutal New York Times zero-star review lying down, telling The NY Post they won’t be beholden to food trends and the whims of The Gray Lady.

By and large, NYT readers were happy with critic Pete Wells’s takedown (via a zero-star review) of the Brooklyn steak house.

Hall of Fame wrestler Hulk Hogan experienced a scare yesterday when a private plane he was on made a rough landing in Iceland.

The Arena Bowl champions the Albany Empire and five other franchises are closing local business operations. However, there’s no word yet on whether the league will suspend operations completely.

Six dogs rescued from a South Korean dog meat farm were brought to the Montgomery County SPCA yesterday.

A very young Shiba Inu named Coco survived being hit by a car in Schenectady and getting stuck in its bumper and riding around there for almost an hour.

…the “miracle dog,” as some are calling Coco, injured one of her legs, and will likely eventually need surgery by a specialist.

When Argyle residents head to the polls next week, they’ll vote on four questions allowing the sale of alcohol in restaurants, grocery stores, liquor/wine stores, and/or taverns, potentially ending the town’s “dry” status.

Legislation signed into law by Cuomo clarifies the process governing poll watchers on Election and another bill that is meant to ensure polling sites are properly staffed based on the location’s needs.

A set of outdoor steps in the Bronx has become a tourist attraction in recent weeks since the release of the movie “Joker.”

Los Angeles prosecutors have rejected a sexual battery case against actor Kevin Spacey because the accuser has died.

RIP actor-comedian John Witherspoon, who memorably played Ice Cube’s father in the “Friday” films, who has died at the age of 77.

Sean Harden, the 11-year-old Cohoes boy who passed away from sepsis, and Josh Woodward, the firefighter who survived the illness after months of fighting, are proof of how the often lethal illness can happen to anyone.

A local philanthropic foundation, the Wright Family Foundation, has awarded Proctors Collaborative a grant that will, after a 1-1 match, give it $2 million to solidify its role as a regional arts and cultural organization.

U.S. agriculture officials said a rule that allows farmers to legally grow hemp will be finalized this week, a move that many states have awaited for months so they can begin widespread hemp production.

Head to your nearest Taco Bell this afternoon to take advantage of their “Steal a Base Steal a Taco” promotion.

Seventy-two women in Britain’s Parliament condemned the “outdated, colonial undertones” of newspaper coverage of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, in an open letter released yesterday that echoed attacks made by Prince Harry against British tabloids this month.

The Washington Nationals overcame the Houston Astros in Game 6 of the World Series, prolonging the series and the baseball season an extra day.

John Legend and Kelly Clarkson replaced lyrics in the iconic song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” that some considered an allusion to date rape. Gone: “Say, what’s in this drink?” New: “It’s your body, and your choice.”

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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