Rise and Shine: Nov. 22, 2019

Friday has finally arrived, CivMixers.

In anticipation of Thanksgiving next week, it’s National Cranberry Relish Day. I don’t know about you, but cranberry sauce is one of my favorite things on the Turkey Day table. But I know it can be a divisive dish.

I like the jellied, canned kind that comes out in an easily sliceable cylinder. This is very lowbrow of me, I know. But as a person of very few vices, I need to maintain at least one of two. Hopefully my foodie friends will still speak to me after learning this revelation.

The good folks over at the Syracuse Post-Standard have done a significant public service by taste-testing 19 varieties of cranberry sauce – from chunky relishes to the translucent jellies that slither onto a plate still marked with the can’s ridges that serve as a cutting guide.

(Spoiler alert: The winner is gourmet and a little pricey).

We’re looking at high temperatures in the mid-40s and rain ending this morning. There could, however, be wind gusts of up to 25 mph. Hold on to those umbrellas. Temperatures are going to be dropping through the weekend, and there’s likely to be a mix of precipitation Sunday.

Model Haley Beiber is turning 22 years old today. Also celebrating on this day: actress Scarlett Johansson (34), actor/environmental activist Mark Ruffalo (51), actress Jamie Lee Curtis (61), and tennis great Billie Jean King (75).

Two weeks of public impeachment hearings in D.C. ended yesterday. Democrats have concluded that in the face of White House refusal to cooperate, it is better to press ahead and simply address the refusal of key witnesses to testify as a plank in a possible article of impeachment alleging obstruction of Congress.

The White House and the U.S. Senate Republicans, all but certain that the House will move to impeach Trump, are divided over whether to embrace a lengthy trial that could give his allies a chance to mount a defense of his conduct before a polarized nation, or to move quickly to dispense with charges against him.

Democrats are anticipating a busy December that will be filed with proceedings before the House Judiciary Committee, including public hearings and a markup, and a likely vote to impeach Trump on the House floor by Christmas Day

In other news…

Google’s decision to limit campaigns from targeting users based on political affiliation or voter record was aimed at addressing concerns about invasion of privacy and the exploitation of voters through hyperspecific targeting. But the policy will most likely have little impact on the thornier challenge of disinformation.

Donald Trump Jr.’s book “Triggered,” published Nov. 5, topped the best-seller list thanks in part to a big order – close to $100,000 – from the Republican National Committee.

WeWork said it was laying off 2,400 employees around the world, weeks after huge losses at the co-working company brought it close to financial collapse. The layoffs are equivalent to nearly 20 percent of the 12,500 employees WeWork said it had at the end of June.

Prince Andrew was forced to cancel an upcoming trip to the Middle East this week because of the growing scandal over his ties to Jeffrey Epstein, reports in the UK said Thursday.

Former President Barack Obama warned Democrats against adopting “purity tests” in the presidential primary and said any adversity the candidates face in the contest will make whoever emerges an even stronger nominee.

The New York City Council agreed to ban all flavored e-cigarettes and e-liquid vaping products – including menthol – amid heightened concerns about the use of such products, making the Big Apple the most populous jurisdiction in the country to impose such a ban.

Beginning next year, midsize and large buildings will not only have to report how energy-efficient (or not) they are, they will also be required to post letter grades issued by NYC, based on the data the buildings submit.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s panel tasked with erecting a statue to honor Mother Frances Cabrini has narrowed in on two potential sites — one in Battery Park and the other in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Brooklyn Democratic Assemblywoman Mathylde Frontus, who was elected to replace a politician busted for stealing Superstorm Sandy money, has raised ethics questions herself after trying to score $100,000 for a think tank that doesn’t exist.

Albany Medical Center was alone in the Capital Region for making a state list of health care facilities known to have cared for a person infected by or colonized with the deadly, drug-resistant fungus known as Candida auris. But the hospital said that person actually only visited during the 90 days prior to their diagnosis.

Under a proposal being seriously considered by a commission rewriting state campaign laws, loyalists to New York’s Democratic Party would have the opportunity to unilaterally kill off minor political parties every four years.

Law enforcement and prosecutors across the state voiced a myriad of concerns over sweeping changes to New York’s criminal justice system, ramping up an on-going debate over reform funding and implementation as the changes take effect at the beginning of 2020.

Social media posts were at the center of two bullying incidents at Shenendehowa High School this week, including allegations that a 14-year-old student secretly photographed a fellow ninth-grader in the gym locker room in a state of undress and shared the images on social media.

The City Council gave its first round of approval Mayor Patrick Madden’s plan to turn control of the 1 Monument Square site to the mayoral-appointed Troy Local Development Corp. in a 4-1 bipartisan vote last night.

Police are investigating a shooting that occurred last night at a South Troy housing complex.

The Albany Water Board will vote this morning on whether to approve a 2.5 percent rate increase for water and sewer in the city.

About 50 people came out last night to the Saratoga Springs City Center to air their ideas and concerns about parking with outgoing Public Safety Commissioner Peter Martin, who aims to issue a request for proposal by mid-December to hire a consultant who will formulate a city-wide parking plan.

A western New York man convicted of leaving menacing phone messages for two prominent Republican members of Congress was sentenced to five years in prison, prosecutors said.

New York local governments are doing well in the years following the Great Recession, according to an audit by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office.

Syracuse police have made an arrest in connection with multiple incidents of graffiti at Syracuse University.

An investigation is underway in Western New York after a 4-year-old came to school with marijuana in his backpack.

Several films shot upstate were shown to the public in Glens Falls last night.

The annual Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park is open for business in Albany.

In offering tribute to Toni Morrison, speakers from Oprah Winfrey to Fran Lebowitz yesterday each shared a very different, but equally special portrait of the late Nobel laureate, who died in August at 88.

Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 700,000 SUVs because of electrical faults that can affect engine startups. This affects the fuel pump relay in certain Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango models from 2011 to 2013.

A New Jersey food company has recalled more than 75,000 pounds of packaged salad after seven people were hospitalized with E. coli, the US Department of Agriculture announced.

The makers of Cheese Nips are recalling select boxes that may contain pieces of plastic.

Netflix suffered a brief outage yesterday.

Visitors to the New York Public Library’s exhibit of never-before-seen items owned by the late, reclusive author of “The Catcher in the Rye,” J.D. Salinger, are being forced to surrender their cellphones so they can’t take photos.

The head coach of the Yale women’s soccer team left the university this week after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced from when he coached at a nearby college in Connecticut a decade ago. It was the second time in a year that the team’s head coach had left because of a scandal.

In his first public remarks since abruptly resigning from Fox News last month, the anchor Shepard Smith called for a steadfast defense of independent journalism and said he would personally donate $500,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists – a nonprofit group that advances press freedoms around the world.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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