While You Were Out: Dec. 23, 2019

Just a quick check in as the Christmas countdown continues. Also, I neglected to wish you all a Happy Festivus! (Is that even the appropriate salutation for an anti-commercialization day?) Anyway, whatever, I’m getting that in under the wire.

Of course, holiday or no, the news continues to occur. And so, the headlines…

Boeing’s CEO, Dennis A. Muilenburg, is resigning amid ongoing problems at the company over the troubled Max 737 aircraft.

…The company has been mired in the worst crisis in its 103-year history since the crashes of two 737 Max jets killed 346 people. The plane has been grounded since March, and Boeing has faced cascading delays as it tries to return the Max to the air.

A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced five men to death and three to prison terms over the killing of the Saudi dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last year, the kingdom’s public prosecutor said.

President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi exchanged tweets today over her holding up delivering articles of impeachment to the GOP-controlled Senate until a fair impeachment trial can be guaranteed.

One of the biggest pay raises in 10 years is heading to the troops. According to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, of Tennessee, the funding for that raise is part of a bill recently signed by Trump.

Hunter Biden is the subject of multiple criminal investigations related to “fraud, money laundering and a counterfeiting scheme,” it’s claimed in court documents filed today in his Arkansas paternity case.

An American service member was killed in combat in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said, without providing further details, while the Taliban claimed they were behind a roadside bombing in northern Kunduz province that killed the U.S. soldier.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to complete a study of suicide among farmers, ranchers and other agricultural workers.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have allowed federal judges to perform wedding ceremonies because many of them are Trump’s appointees.

Cuomo today unveiled the 12th proposal of his 2020 State of the State agenda – making the “New York Buy American” Act permanent.

The governor today signed into law the “Safe Way Home Act,” which provides survivors of sexual assault no-cost transportation from medical facilities where they received initial care in the wake of an assault to their home, shelter or other safe location.

Dozens of lawmakers are calling on New York’s Department of Health to establish minimum staffing regulations for the state’s hospitals and nursing homes once it completes a study on the topic due at the year’s end.

New York is set to stop requiring fingerprints from individuals applying for public assistance.

While undocumented immigrants can now apply for a drivers license without much hassle, lawmakers and advocates want to ensure they get a fair shake when it comes to car insurance.

A new law effective Jan. 1 mandates coverage of drugs prescribed for IVF services under large group health insurance policies in New York.

A report by New York lawmakers finds a lack of transparency and mounting debt among the state’s economic development entities.

Actor Edward Norton will give his account of the deadly fire on the set of his “Motherless Brooklyn” when he is deposed in February, according to new court papers.

The 19-year-old driver of a 2013 Tesla Roadster was seriously injured early today when the car was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer on the Thruway, State Police said.

Calling NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio “corrupt,” education advocates said that they have no confidence he can reform yeshivas and called on city and state officials to intervene.

Ellis Medicine will no longer offer outpatient surgeries out of its McClellan Street Health Center.

The city’s incoming Commissioner of Public Safety, Republican Robin Dalton, will reappoint Democrat Eileen J. Finneran to her previous post as the department’s deputy commissioner.

Shoddy snow removal at the top of Travers Meadows development over the past two winters is prompting the town to try to take over the roads so residents don’t have to face a third snowy season of difficult driving and walking.

The six-week-old baby boy from Cohoes, who died after police say he ingested meth, was laid to rest today.

A Ballston Spa woman is facing felony charges under Leandra’s Law after she allegedly was driving drunk with two children in the car.

Siena graduate forward Elijah Burns of Troy was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week this afternoon.

The de Blasio administration said it is pumping another $21 million into addressing the city’s homeless crisis.

RIP Baba Ram Dass, the 1960s counterculture spiritual leader who experimented with LSD and traveled to India to find enlightenment, returning to share it with Americans, who died at the age of 88.

RIP Johanna Lindsey, whose best-selling romance novels told stories of unbridled passion, revenge, submission and abductions among aristocrats, debutantes, pirates and fearless heroines. She died on Oct. 27 in Nashua, N.H. at the age of 67.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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