While You Were Out: Dec. 24, 2019

An early pre-Christmas Eve roundup of headlines so you can get on to the festivities…assuming you haven’t already.

Just a bit of a programming note: There will be no morning memo or “Rise and Shine” tomorrow as we mark the holiday. We’ll be back at it on Thursday. Until then, we wish you and yours the happiest and most joyful Christmas possible.

For more than 60 years, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been tracking Santa’s whereabouts on Christmas Eve with satellites and radar.

The Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany expects over 3,000 guests to feed this Christmas.

Is it weird that I look forward to “The Lives They Lived” every year?

President Trump said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is doing a “disservice” to the country with the House’s approval of two articles of impeachment and “hates all of the people that voted for me and the Republic Party.”

Progressive firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ripped into Trump in a recent interview, saying he’s “afraid of strong women” and “Latino women.”

Trump said he hasn’t thought about pardoning Roger Stone but said the Republican dirty trickster underwent “tough” treatment at the hands of federal prosecutors.

Queen Elizabeth II filmed her annual Christmas speech next to a table full of photos of the royal family — but disgraced Prince Andrew, along with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, were noticeably missing.

The Bloomberg 2020 campaign admitted that it inadvertently used inmates at an Oklahoma prison to make calls on his behalf through an arrangement made by one of its vendors.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a long-sought ban on firefighting foam that included a suspected carcinogen in its ingredients.

Unemployment in the Capital Region stood at 3.2 percent in November, the state Labor Department reported today. The rate was up from 3.1 percent in November 2018 but down from 3.4 percent this past October.

The union representing state forest rangers says they would forgo a raise if the Cuomo administration would hire more of them in order to relieve what they say is understaffing.

This past year the Capital Region said goodbye to Saratoga Springs doyenne Marylou Whitney, who died at the age of 93 on July 19.

An 83-year-old Queensbury man was killed Monday as he tried to cross Corinth Road around 5:15 p.m.

Warren County Sheriff deputies are investigating after a man robbed the Sunoco gas station on Route 9 in Lake George.

Neil Woodworth is retiring after 30 years with the Adirondack Mountain Club.

Just in time for the New Year, the widow of an Albany police officer will be granted health insurance coverage she was previously denied.

Cops are investigating after a 17-year-old British grammar school pupil died suddenly on a trip to New York City.

The teen suspected of fatally stabbing Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors is believed to have skipped town to hide out with relatives down south.

Pop icon Justin Bieber will be bringing his just-announced tour to the Times Union Center in 2020.

RIP Elizabeth Spencer, a grande dame of Southern literature who bravely navigated between the Jim Crow past and open-ended present in her novels and stories including the celebrated novella “Light In the Piazza,” who died at the age of 98.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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