Happy Monday and Happy Three Kings Day, CivMixers!
Epiphany, or the 12th day of Christmas, falls on January 6 and marks the official end to the festive season for many Christians. The six Sundays that follow Epiphany are known as the time of manifestation. The 12th Night (Epiphany) also marks a visit to the baby Jesus by three Kings, or Wise Men.
“Celebrated most in Spain and Latin America, but also across Europe, ‘El Dia de los Reyes,’ as it’s called in Spanish, marks the adoration of baby Jesus by the three kings, otherwise known as the three wise men, or Magi. Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar travelled by horse, camel, and elephant, in order to present the baby Jesus with symbolic gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”
January 6th is the beginning of Carnival season which ends the day after Mardi Gras (FAT TUESDAY) on Ash Wednesday. Think of Mardi Gras as the last hurrah before Lent begins.
This is the time to eat “king cake,” otherwise known as a “Galette des Rois” in France and “Rosca de Reyes” in Spain. Traditionally, there’s a small figurine of a baby (symbolizing Jesus) hidden somewhere in the cake, which is often in the shape of a ring. The person who gets the slice of cake with the baby in it gets to wear a paper crown.
On this day in 1838, Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail demonstrated their telegraph machine in New Jersey.
In 1861, the mayor of NYC proposes that his city become free and trade with both the North and the South.
In 1907, Maria Montessori opened her first (Montessori) school in Rome.
in 1925, Paavo Nurmi, a runner nicknamed the “Flying Finn,” set an indoor record, 4:13.6 for the mile and 14:44.6 for the 5,000 meter dash.
In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his “Four Freedoms” speech (freedom of speech and worship; freedom from want and fear) during his US State of Union address.
In 1964, the Rolling Stones launched their first tour as a headline act (with the Ronettes).
In 1979, The Village People’s Y.M.C.A became their only UK No.1 single. At its peak, it sold over 150,000 copies a day.
We’re in for some snow showers this morning. Otherwise, it will be cloudy with temperatures perhaps hitting just over 40 degrees, according to The Weather Channel.
English actor Rowan Atkinson (perhaps best known for his work as “Mr. Bean”) is celebrating his 65th birthday today. He shares his big day with: Actor Eddie Redmayne, who is also English, (38); model Irina Shayk (34), comedian Kate McKinnon (36), English food writer and cooking show host Nigella Lawson (60), TV host Julie Chen (50), and Eric Turmp (36).
Joan of Arc, who is identified by the interwebs as a “war hero,” was also born on this day in 1412. She was burned at the stake in 1431.
In case you weren’t able to stay awake last night (like yours truly), the biggest stars in TV and film gathered in Beverly Hills, CA for the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards.
Notoriously controversial host Ricky Gervais wasted no time laying into the Hollywood elite vying for a big win, calling them out for their relationship to large corporations like Apple, Amazon and Disney.
In an emotional speech made on the eve of her birthday, McKinnon openly discussed her sexuality and said the only thing that made being a lesbian less scary when she was younger was seeing Ellen DeGeneres on TV.
DeGeneres received the Globes’ new TV special achievement trophy and turned her spotlight into a very personal stand-up routine, gently mocking traditional award show speeches and ultimately thanking “the power of television.”
Here’s a list of all the winners.
Here’s who made one of the many “best dressed” lists.
In (mostly) non-Hollywood news…
A week after a man stabbed five people at a rabbi’s home during a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, Gov. Andrew Cuomo highlighted that the state is making $45 million available for a grant program that helps protect religious organizations from hate crimes.
He promoted the funding at the “No Hate. No Fear.” march in New York City, where thousands gathered to show support and speak out against hate-fueled attacks following a rise in anti-Semitic crimes across the state.
The march, organized by a broad swath of Jewish groups, kicked off at 11 a.m. in Manhattan’s Foley Square and made its way toward Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn. The multicultural crowd included a contingent from Ohio and a bishop from Brooklyn, as well as Jews from across North Jersey and New York’s Rockland County – sites of two mass anti-Semitic attacks over the past five weeks.
An interfaith vigil was held at Congregation Gates Of Heaven in Schenectady, where faith leaders, elected officials and community members came together yesterday to pray, sing and say they will not tolerate any type of anti-Semitism.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio intervened in the prosecution of an accused anti-Semitic attacker — leading to her lock-up in a psych ward — because she was generating negative publicity for his administration.
The consequences of the American killing of a top Iranian general rippled across the Middle East and beyond, with Iran all but abandoning a landmark nuclear agreement and Iraqi lawmakers voting to expel American forces from their country.
President Trump insisted that Iranian cultural sites were fair game for the U.S. military, dismissing concerns within his own administration that doing so could constitute a war crime under international law. He also warned Iraq that he would levy punishing sanctions if it expelled American troops in retaliation for the U.S. airstrike.
At Fort Bragg, some 3,500 soldiers in the United States Army’s 82nd Airborne Division were ordered to the Middle East in one of the largest rapid deployments in decades.
As Congress reconvenes today, the specter of escalating hostilities with Iran and a searing debate over the justification behind the president’s action will take center stage on Capitol Hill. The unexpected turn of events has added a volatile new element to the pitched fight over Trump’s impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate.
In total, Democratic presidential hopefuls spent nearly $30 million on the airwaves in Iowa and New Hampshire in 2019, according to Advertising Analytics, an ad tracking firm. Not a single candidate has run a negative ad on television targeting other Democrats.
Former Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee, a onetime governor of Rhode Island, has filed to run for president as a Libertarian.
Presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg may have backed off supporting stop-and-frisk, but he plans to double-down on another controversial policy from his time as New York Mayor — expanding charter schools.
Political firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a critic of Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden’s moderate policy positions, said she and the former vice president wouldn’t even be in the same party in any other country.
Disgraced former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is expected to be in a New York court today as his lawyers and a judge handle the final preparation for his trial on charges of rape and sexual assault.
For all the expectations about Weinstein’s high-profile trial, the jurors will be hearing a narrow legal case, with an already-fraught back story and a highly unpredictable result.
Newly revealed photos show Jeffrey Epstein’s face frozen in death and the torn strip of orange prison bedsheet he allegedly used as a noose to hang himself.
If he wants to run for mayor, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will have to explain why he didn’t vote to expel a girlfriend-beating former colleague, Hiram Monserrate, from the state Senate, critics said.
The NYPD will crack down on abuse of city-issued parking placards with beefed-up fines and violations starting today.
Republicans in the Democrat-dominated state Assembly will start the legislative session with a new leader after Brian Kolb, who spent the last 10 years running the minority conference, said he would step down from the post three days after he was charged with driving while intoxicated near his home in upstate Ontario County.
Cities across the United States and around the world have long vied to establish themselves as worthy rivals to Silicon Valley. New York City is certainly not anywhere close to overtaking the Bay Area as the nation’s tech leader, but it is increasingly competing for tech companies and talent.
State officials offered Amazon.com Inc. $800 million more in incentives than was previously known to win its second-headquarters contest and were even prepared to pay part of some employees’ salaries if the tech company developed a campus in New York.
Food deliverers in New York City are facing a crime wave: Since September, at least 24 e-bikes have been reported stolen.
A new report from NYPIRG finds New York hospitals rank among the lowest nationwide for safety and quality of care – even when compared with hospitals in other major urbanized states.
Cuomo’s most recent State of the State proposals include several regional initiatives and new state services to help low- and middle-income New Yorkers navigate their finances.
Cuomo says the state will spend $14 million to rebuild the mid-station lodge at Whiteface Mountain.
The governor hopes to provide $9.4 million for repairs and upgrades at a wastewater treatment plant to safeguard the health of the Adirondack’s largest lake, Lake George.
News10 reached out to several county sheriffs and jail superintendents to look at the number of inmates released since the new bail and discovery laws went into effect on January 1. More here and here.
New York crime laboratories, many of which are already backlogged and only able to test evidence in a low percentage of criminal cases, could be stretched further by new speedy trial and pre-trial discovery reforms that went into effect this month.
Multiple prosecutors said they fear the inability of the labs to test evidence in all misdemeanor and lower-level felony cases — notably drug cases — will trigger widespread dismissals of criminal charges across the state, especially in the rural counties that rely on state-run forensic labs.
Chris Churchill: “The bail system, as it has long existed, has always worked for the rich and the powerful.”
Joe Seeman, a longtime-Saratoga County activist, said he will run for state Assembly to represent the 112th district, challenging Republican incumbent Mary Beth Walsh.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office sent out a notice urging New Yorkers to check on details about fees and expiration dates on gift cards.
A Code Blue Alert was issued Saturday morning in Albany county and is expected to last until Thursday January 9.
The Warren County Board of Supervisors in December voted to move toward abandoning the stretch of railroad the county owns between Hadley and North Creek. While that sounds like the tracks may soon vanish, that isn’t necessarily the case.
Schoharie County’s young economic development organization later this month will hold the first in a series of forums seeking to address the opportunities and challenges that face the county and its economy.
A Hudson Falls man was charged with felony strangulation after Saratoga County Sheriff deputies said he choked a person until they became unconscious during a domestic incident.
Fifteen-year-old Metro New York, one of NYC’s two freebie daily papers, will disappear following the sale of assets to Schneps Media, which already owns the other freebie paper amNew York.
Five people were killed and about 60 were injured on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early yesterday morning, when a loaded bus went out of control on a hill and rolled over, setting off a chain reaction that involved three tractor-trailers and a passenger car.
Photo credit: George Fazio.