Happy day-before Thanksgiving, CivMixers, which is otherwise known as Wednesday.

This week’s Hump Day is doing double duty as Friday for many of us this short holiday week. It’s also, as mentioned briefly yesterday, the biggest party night of the year – the night when everybody goes to get their ya-yas out before having to spend all the next day with family.

This means it’s a night to be extra cautious out there on the roads. Please party responsibly.

A full day with your family can be…well, trying, especially if you’ve got relatives with whom you don’t see eye-to-eye on things like, say, impeachment.

There are quite a few resources and articles available offering advice about how to handle these sorts of delicate dinner situations – and whether you should even broach topics like politics at all. Here’s one. Here’s another. And here’s one that deals with how to talk to your kids about Thanksgiving.

Also, in case you didn’t know: Deep frying a turkey is dangerous.

If you’re venturing out this evening, bring an umbrella, because there’s rain in the forecast later in the day into the evening. It’s also going to be very mild for this time of year, with temperatures in the mid-50s, according to The Weather Channel.

And for your Turkey Day forecast (because there will be a brief holiday break for CivMix…but more on that later), expect clouds and wind – a lot of wind.

On this day in history, in 1978, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and openly gay city supervisor Harvey Milk are assassinated by former supervisor Dan White. If you don’t know about that, you really should. Click here to learn more.

In today’s birthday news: Bill Nye (AKA “the Science Guy”) is turning 63 and actor Jaleel White is 43.

Martial arts expert and film star Bruce Lee was born on this day in 1940, and died in July 1973. Also born on this day in 1942: Rocker and guitar hero Jimi Hendrix, who died of an overdose in September 1970.

In the headlines…

Two White House budget office officials resigned this year partly because of concerns about President Trump’s decision to hold up congressionally approved security assistance to Ukraine, a third aide at the office told impeachment investigators, revealing dissent within a key agency about Trump’s refusal to release the money.

At least a half-dozen companies that make or distribute prescription opioid painkillers are facing a federal criminal investigation of their roles in a nationwide addiction and overdose crisis.

A White House official says Trump has given the $100,000 he would be paid in the quarter to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, which oversees federal public health offices and programs, including the surgeon general’s office, to help tackle the nation’s opioid epidemic.

A new analysis of more than a half-century of federal mortality data found that the increased death rates among people in midlife extended to all racial and ethnic groups, and to suburbs and cities.

The fertility rate in the United States fell in 2018 for the fourth straight year, extending a steep decline in births that began in 2008 with the Great Recession, the federal government said.

Long Island Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice is backing Pete Buttigieg for president, giving the South Bend, Indiana, mayor his third congressional endorsement.

New York City lawmakers voted to ban flavored electronic cigarettes after a lawsuit halted a statewide ban.

The state’s mid-year update highlights a budget crisis not seen in New York in nearly a decade. A gap in the general fund shows an estimated negative $6.1 billion next fiscal year, which could rise to as much as $8.5 billion by 2023.

The latest State Energy Plan, created by NYSERDA, will not be ready by the end of this year, even though state law calls for a report to be issued every four years. The last one was issued in 2015.

A disagreement over garbage fees was not enough to scrap the City of Troy’s 2020 proposed $74.7 million budget, which was approved by five of the six attending council members last night.

The Port of Albany is the only nonprofit in the city willing to make multi-year payments for a portion of the property taxes that the port’s tax-exempt status legally protects it from having to pay.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand teamed up with her former 2020 rival and a senator from Hawaii to introduce legislation this week that would increase federal support for existing affordable housing programs.

Voters will now be able to provide their email address to be notified about upcoming elections and changes in election laws.

In a 6-1 decision, the state’s highest court ruled that doctors can be charged with homicide offenses in some cases if their patients die of an overdose.

A man was found dead inside an SUV parked near the Albany Police Department’s South Station, the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

One by one more than a dozen Bethlehem residents spoke at last night’s town board meeting in support of saving the dive tank at the local pool.

Customers of DiBella’s Subs, including shops in the Capital Region, are being urged to check their credit and debit card bills after the company was hit with what authorities said was a highly sophisticated cyberattack carried out between March 22 and Dec. 28, 2018.

Greg McGee of the Albany Police Officers Union told the Eagle Hill Neighborhood Association that morale is at an all-time low with his members, while Albany police dispatchers are understaffed and overworked.

Since 2008, the 150-year-old Harrower Pond Dam has received four notices from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for being a “high hazard” dam. But no one wants to fix it.

A new ride called the Adirondack Outlaw that is proposed for the Great Escape is creating some controversy in Queensbury.

A group representing construction companies has sued New York state and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority over rules that penalize contractors for delays and cost overruns.

Gloversville will not be fielding a varsity girls’ basketball team this season due to low numbers, high school athletic director Mike DeMagistris said.

City of Schenectady residents are becoming increasingly rattled by a budding serial arsonist setting fires in broad daylight.

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday days away, the FBI is warning consumers to pay close attention when making holiday purchases. Gift card scams, robo-calls, pop ups online and more are awaiting unsuspecting consumers.

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a Maryland man’s bid for a new trial based on information uncovered by the hit podcast “Serial.”

New York State’s enhanced drivers license meets all REAL ID requirements, despite some TSA agents telling New York travelers it doesn’t.

The Yankees have hired Rachel Balkovec as a minor-league hitting coach. Balkovec is believed to be the first female full-time hitting coach hired by a major league organization.

The last offspring of April the Giraffe is heading to Texas from his birthplace at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville.

Kicker quote of the day, can you guess who said this: “If it takes criticism from Chelsea Handler and Rosie O’Donnell versus standing up for my district, I choose to stand up for my district every day of the week.”

Photo credit: George Fazio.