While You Were Out: Nov. 27, 2019

A few holiday-related housekeeping matters before we get to the headlines on this Thanksgiving Day eve, CivMixers.

Due to the holiday, we are going to take a brief break from posting new content. We’ll be back bright and early Monday morning to recap the holiday weekend that was with your “Rise and Shine” update.

I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing, food-filled holiday with friends and loved ones. I, for one, am thankful for all of you and the ability to continue to have an outlet for writing and covering local news. Speaking of which…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged New Yorkers to prepare for a storm system that will bring snow, rain and high winds across much of the state beginning early today and lasting through the Thanksgiving holiday.

Online ride-hailing service Uber has partnered with the group Mothers Against Drunk Drivers to offer free or discounted rides to all New York state residents outside New York City tonight.

The USDA released a guide on how long you need to cook your turkey in the oven.

Law enforcement agencies will be increasing DWI patrols tonight, for one of the biggest drinking nights of the year.

The state inspector general’s office released its three-page report this afternoon — the eve of Thanksgiving — outlining its investigation into allegations that details of a closed-door meeting of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics had been improperly shared with Cuomo.

The SpongeBob SquarePants balloon could be the first to be yanked from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade if conditions get too gusty — because it’s just so large, police officials said.

The woman suing Hunter Biden for paternity was a stripper at a Washington, DC, club he frequented around the time he was dating his brother’s widow, sources told The NY Post.

Pete Buttigieg’s high-flying presidential campaign said it would refund the donations it received from two lawyers who represented Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his contentious Senate confirmation hearings.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has been released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after recovering from surgery to relieve pressure on his brain caused by bleeding from a fall.

Massachusetts became the first state to ban the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes, after the Republican governor signed a bill Wednesday that responds to recent deaths linked to e-cigarettes and attempts to reduce their appeal to young people.

A trio of environmental groups is joining the state’s lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency in efforts to get the federal agency to enforce Good Neighbor obligations that would force Midwestern coal plants to reduce emissions.

In an announcement that was anticipated, though the pre-holiday timing was somewhat discomforting, the Arena Football League released a statement this afternoon, indicating that it is ceasing operations immediately and has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection.

Taxes, penalties and fees coupled with code violations continue to mount for the hulking former Central Warehouse that punctuates the City of Albany landscape with no changes in sight.

The passenger who was rendered quadriplegic when John Cole wrecked his sports car two years ago says the owner of the Cole’s Collision auto repair chain went to state prison today without apologizing to her.

Memorial service plans have been announced for the late NewsChannel 13 anchor Ed Dague. In accordance with his wishes, there will be a private, family memorial service for him.

Contract talks between the MTA and its largest labor union are back on after a two-week hiatus marked by threats of a holiday work slowdown.

Early voting appears to be a hit with New Yorkers.

Wegman Partners, a prestigious legal head-hunting firm in New York, was hit with a $155,000 civil penalty by the city over allegations of workplace sexual harassment.

Employees at Tesla’s solar panel factory in Buffalo, New York describe a workplace beset with racism and discrimination complaints filed with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the state’s Division of Human Rights.

The Cobblestone Lunch Shoppe opened this week 37 Maiden Lane in downtown Albany, taking over for Sandwiches to Go, which closed in March after 38 years in business.

Sushi master Masayoshi Takayama’s vaunted Columbus Circle restaurant is New York’s most expensive restaurant.

An Amsterdam man who moved home after a successful career as a reality TV producer in California wants to reopen the city’s only movie theater, and he’s getting a lot of community support.

Spork collector? Yes.

Honestly, I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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