While You Were Out: Oct. 4, 2019

If your weekend celebrations aren’t already well underway, CivMixers, here are some headlines from the day’s news to peruse while you’re trying to decide what to do next – even if that entails pouring out a large adult beverage and settling in for a nice chillax session on the couch.

In the news…

The chairmen of three House committees today requested documents from Vice President Mike Pence for the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, asking him to turn over a wide-ranging batch of material that could shed light on Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine, and any role that Pence played in it.

Trump said he will formally object to Congress’ impeachment inquiry even as he acknowledged that House Democrats “have the votes” to proceed.

Iranian hackers reportedly targeted Trump’s re-election campaign – a sign of how cyberattacks could become a fixture of the 2020 presidential election.

Freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib said Democratic lawmakers were trying to figure out how to arrest White House officials who ignore congressional subpoenas.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign has fired its national organizing director, Rich McDaniel, after an investigation into allegations of what it called “inappropriate behavior.”

…This news came the same day that the Warren campaign reported having raised $24.6 million in the most recent fund-raising quarter, a total that offered further evidence of the senator’s steady rise to the top of the Democratic primary field.

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent in September, the lowest level in nearly five decades, even though employers appeared to turn more cautious and slowed their hiring.

Trump celebrated new unemployment numbers — the lowest in the US since 1969 — and called the American economy since he took office “a miracle.”

A Treasury Department inspector general’s office is investigating the department’s handling of House Democrats’ request for President Trump’s tax returns.

CNN says it has rejected two advertisements submitted by Trump’s re-election campaign because they weren’t factual, but will run a third ad that was submitted yesterday.

The U.S. Department of Justice is preparing to weigh in on a legal challenge to a New York state law that allows illegal immigrants to apply for a driver’s license.

A vandal has damaged two Lucy statues in Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron. Both the so-called “Scary Lucy” statue and the newer bronze likeness of Lucille Ball have blue marks scrawled across their surfaces.

On Oct. 6, 2018, 20 lives were tragically cut short in a limo crash in Schoharie. In the year since, loved ones and friends continue to keep the victims’ memories alive, choosing to remember how they lived rather than how they died.

The Reflections Memorial will be unveiled this weekend at the site of the limo crash on Route 30A next to the Apple Barrel Country Store.

New York Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez was criticized by Trump and other Republicans for her measured response to a woman’s suggestion to “eat the children.”

Police were hunting for Myah Autry, the woman who taunted a lion at the Bronx Zoo, to slap her with a trespassing charge — as she took to social media to perform a bizarre rap and taunt them.

Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis ordered the sentencing hearing for defendant Keith Raniere, co-founder of the alleged sex-cult NXIVM, to be held on January 17, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

Raniere is trying to stop the federal government from seizing a Delaware corporation that legally owned the rights to the ideology of his cult-like self-improvement organization.

A satirical advertisement that says “Need A Lawyer? Call Crazy Rudy” has been spotted on a New York City subway train.

A bill that would require the State Liquor Authority to build and maintain a publicly available database of on-premise liquor licenses was approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a move cheered by lawmakers who backed the measure.

Assemblyman Dave DiPietro says he has received “hundreds” of calls and emails in support of his bill proposing to split the state into three regions: New York, Montauk, and New Amsterdam.

Employees at a Delmar nursing home may be losing their health benefits soon because their employer, Good Samaritan Nursing Home, has not made contributions to their benefits in months.

Thousands of law enforcement members joined family and friends this morning in Orange County for the funeral of fallen NYPD Officer Brian Mulkeen, who was killed last weekend during a friendly fire incident in the Bronx.

State lawmakers and the good-government organization Common Cause today launched a push to raise awareness of the state’s new early voting law, which is set to be in effect for the first time this month.

A new mini-ambulance will be deployed along the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail that runs along the old Delaware and Hudson train tracks.

Over a decade, New York taxi industry leaders — fleet owners, brokers and financiers — steadily seized control of Chicago’s medallion market and squeezed it for huge profits, ultimately helping to leave it in tatters and the lives of immigrant drivers on the edge of ruin.

Bar owners and alcoholic beverage makers say Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy’s bid to close taverns by 2 a.m. could have a devastating ripple effect on their industries that could cause money trouble right down to the farmers who grow apples for cider.

Firefighters extinguished a two-alarm fire this afternoon that sent smoke billowing over a South Troy industrial area and the nearby residential neighborhood around Monroe and First streets.

Rensselaer County has teamed up with an Albany health insurer and local telemedicine company to provide virtual emergency medical care to its Medicaid population.

County Supreme Court Judge Peter Lynch’s decision to stay a man’s state prison sentence while he appealed his conviction on a gun charge led to a web of jurisdictional and legal questions after the man was accused of opening fire this week on homes in Arbor Hill.

The Schenectady location of Slidin’ Dirty — a company that began as a food truck and grew into a bricks-and-mortar operation starting in Troy — has closed after a little more than two years in business.

If you filed for – and received – a six-month extension on your taxes – the deadline for submitting them is Oct. 15.

Syracuse native and NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps is returning from training in Europe that could lead her to become the first woman on the moon.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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