Brrrrrrr. I guess winter is coming early this year, CivMixers.

As we wrap up this Tuesday, we’re looking at temperatures heading down into the teens – THE TEENS, I SAID! What is this? February?!

Anyway, this kind of cold can be dangerous. A number of Code Blue alerts have been issued as a result through Sunday. If you’re in need of shelter, please seek it.

Also, please don’t forget to take precautions where pets are concerned.

In the headlines…

Google announced a partnership with the Catholic health care system Ascension aimed at modernizing its information system and providing new tools for doctors, in the tech giant’s latest foray into the health industry.

…this followed a report yesterday that Google had access to thousands of patient health records without doctors’ knowledge.

As hundreds of immigrants and their allies rallied outside, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in a case that will decide the future of a program that allows more than 700,000 young adults who came to the country illegally as children to live and work in the United States.

The court’s conservative majority appears ready to side with the Trump administration in its efforts to shut down a program protecting about 700,000 young immigrants known as “Dreamers.”

The Roman Catholic bishops of the United States elected a Hispanic immigrant as their president for the first time by elevating Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, who has long vowed to defend immigrants amid their fears of deportation.

Testimony in the colorful trial of Roger Stone – featuring talk of dognapping and Godfather references – wrapped up today with a top Trump campaign official telling jurors that Stone tried to contact Jared Kushner to “debrief” him about hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Although Mike Bloomberg has not yet announced a 2020 Democratic presidential run, he turned up in Arkansas today to personally file paperwork to appear on the state’s primary ballot, fueling frustration among many Democrats who see him as another billionaire trying to swoop in and buy an election.

President Trump reportedly has discussed dismissing the intelligence community’s inspector general, Michael Atkinson, because Atkinson reported a whistle-blower’s complaint about Trump’s interactions with Ukraine to Congress after concluding it was credible.

A 17-year-old boy whose lungs were irreversibly damaged by vaping received a double-lung transplant at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, a lifesaving measure taken when a patient’s own lungs are diseased or damaged beyond repair and there is no other hope of survival, doctors said.

Former President Jimmy Carter was recovering today from surgery to relieve pressure from bleeding on his brain. His spokeswoman said there were no complications from the procedure at Emory University Hospital.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo exercised the nuclear option against National Grid, informing the company of his intent to revoke its operating certificate for downstate New York following a monthslong moratorium on new gas hookups that has left thousands scrambling for service.

National Grid, which supplies gas to 1.8 million customers in New York City and on Long Island, said it would review Cuomo’s letter and respond accordingly.

Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola says he’s undeterred by the failure of Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns’s lawsuit against the measure known as the Green Light law. He’s forging ahead with his own: Filing an injunction this week to block the measure from taking effect, which he hopes his challenge will have more success.

A growing number of Republican state lawmakers are raising red flags on sweeping bail reform measures set to take effect in January, and are calling for repeal of the changes, or at least postponing their effective date.

State Sen.Jim Tedisco and Assemblywoman MaryBeth Walsh, both Republicans, have proposed a bill that seeks a one year delay on bail reform, so that statewide hearings can be held to hear from criminal justice experts, police, and victims.

New York’s court system says it plans to expand the gender options on jury documents in an effort to be more inclusive of people who do not identify as male or female.

LGBTQ veterans who were booted from the military without an honorable discharge due to their sexual orientation will have their benefits as veterans living in New York restored, based on a measure signed today by Cuomo.

The NYPD’s transit chief insisted to MTA higher-ups that the recent high-profile incidents involving cops in the subways, including the arrest of a churro peddler, could have been avoided if the defendants had only cooperated.

Effective tomorrow, anyone who wants to purchase tobacco or electronic cigarettes in New York must be 21 years of age or older.

A Capital Region law firm has entered the fray surrounding the impeachment inquiry of Trump. And it is all because of a purported effort on the GoFundMe website to raise money for the whistleblower at the heart of the matter.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has betrayed a promise to improve special education services for struggling city kids and their parents, protesters charged at a City Hall rally today. State Sen. Simcha Felder, a Brooklyn Democrat, called the situation a “crisis.”

University at Albany President Havidán Rodríguez has been appointed executive director of the State University of New York’s Hispanic Leadership Institute.

Road repairs in parts of Warren County are at a standstill. A second round of November snowfall is causing problems for crews.

The four upstate commercial casinos that opened legal sportsbooks just before the current football season have earned just over $6 million in revenues since then. That’s a lot of money, but it’s far short of what it could be, and less than in states with fewer restrictions on sports betting.

The closure of the Cascades Inc. tissue converting plant in Waterford will eliminate 96 local jobs, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filed with the state Labor Department. The Waterford plant, and another in Kingman, Ariz., will be closed effective March 27, 2020. The closure was announced Oct. 30.

Medical marijuana products are set to become exempt from Massachusetts’ four-month vaping materials ban.

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek got choked up yesterday when he read the final response from a Brown University student who wanted to show support as he battles pancreatic cancer.

Photo credit: George Fazio.