While You Were Out: Dec. 31, 2019

Happy and healthy New Year from all of us here at CivMix to you and yours.

We’ll be signing off a bit early today….some of us are not as young as we used to be, and need to “pre-game” with a long nap in order to make it to midnight in tact. As noted earlier in the day, there will be no “Rise and Shine” tomorrow. (Beauty rest is a top priority for the senior set). We’ll be back bright and early on Thursday to round up the first headlines of the new year.

Are you making any New Year’s resolutions? If so, you’re in good company.

In the meantime, here are some end-of-year news stories to tide you over:

Watch out, Central New York: Whiteout conditions lasting up to half an hour are expected to make driving conditions perilous on New Year’s Eve.

The state lowered the speed limits to 45 mph on Interstate 81, the Thruway and other major highways today due to forecasts calling for snow squalls and high winds.

…those squalls could make themselves known – in a somewhat weaker state – here in the Capital Region.

Thousands of bundled-up revelers have begun streaming into Times Square on New Year’s Eve, ready to bid adieu to 2019 and ring in the new decade.

A mixture of wind, ice, sleet and rain knocked out power to thousands of customers in the region – and many remained in the dark today.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called a bombshell New York Times report that revealed new details about the Trump administration’s hold on congressionally mandated military aid to Ukraine a “game changer.”

The first phase of a U.S.-China trade agreement will be inked at the White House in mid-January, President Donald Trump announced, adding that he will visit Beijing at a later date to open another round of talks aimed at resolving other sticking points in the relationship.

New York is getting rid of its sub-minimum wage in certain industries. The order from the Department of Labor impacts 70,000 people across the state, including nail salon workers, hairdressers, dog groomers, and more.

Democratic lawmakers privately worry the pushback against bail and discovery reform that takes effect tomorrow will hamper their pursuit of a raft of additional criminal justice bills when they return to the State Capitol in January, including a measure to allow people with felony convictions to vote and serve on a jury.

The man charged with stabbing five people during a Hanukkah celebration in New York began boot camp to enter the U.S. Marine Corps but was separated from the service a month later for “fraudulent enlistment,” military officials said.

Troubling surveillance footage shows a group of assailants punching and hurling a chair at an Orthodox Jewish man in Brooklyn, the latest in a spate of anti-Semitic attacks on city streets.

Albany Memorial Hospital’s 151-year history as a standalone operation will come to an end tomorrow, as it merges with Samaritan Hospital in Troy.

Famed golfer Dottie Pepper paid off the school lunch debt for more than 50 children at Dorothy Nolan Elementary School in Wilton, ensuring the youngsters will enter the new year without having to worry about how they need to pay for food they had already eaten.

The bodies of an elderly couple were found in the wreckage of a Schroon River Road home this morning after fire leveled the building, officials said.

An NYPD officer who made a racist threat to a black woman while in a drunken rage in Nashville, NC is still on the job, though more than 10,000 people have signed a petition demanding his ouster.

State Police say their detectives are investigating the death last week of a skier at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington.

New York farmers filed a last-minute lawsuit this week to block the state from implementing a landmark farm labor law tomorrow.

No one was injured but seven people were forced out of their home by a fire that did extensive damage to a home on Santa Fe Street in Schenectady yesterday.

Actress Sharon Stone says her Bumble account has not been restored after she was kicked off the dating app — but the company says that it has.

Actor Kevin Spacey has settled the sexual assault lawsuit filed against him by an anonymous massage therapist who died earlier this year, according to newly filed court papers.

The sudden removal of a State Supreme Court justice is prompting questions about his conduct. Currently, it’s not clear what prompted the investigation into Justice Matthew Rosenbaum.

Even as more states allow medical marijuana, traveling between states with cannabis can leave patients in legal limbo. Here are some tips on how to travel with medical marijuana.

The U.S. Navy will allow a senior officer who was removed as president of the Naval War College to retire at his current rank, the service said, though the terms of his retirement could change depending on the results of an open investigation.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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