Somehow, Monday always manages to come around again. So, here we are, CivMixers. It’s Monday. We might as well face it together.
Did you Oscars last night? I did not. For those of you in the same boat, here’s a brief recap:
The social thriller “Parasite” won best original screenplay, best international film, best director, and best picture, the latter a history-shattering win as the first non-English language film to win the top prize in the Oscars’ 92-year history.
…actually, it’s the first South Korean film to win both international and best film honors, and the director, Bong Joon-ho, is the first South Korean to win in the “best director” category.
Actress Natalie Portman wore a black and gold dress accompanied by a black cape that was embroidered with the names of women directors who didn’t get a nod in the top directing category.
Lin-Manuel Miranda introduced a song medley at the 92nd Academy Awards, and it appeared it was just another compilation of songs in movies that have had an impact. But then…Eminem came on stage to perform “Lose Yourself” and received a standing ovation from the crowd.
…Director Martin Scorsese was spotted falling asleep during Eminem’s performance.
Renée Zellweger — in a remarkable career comeback — was named best actress for playing a broke and broken Judy Garland in “Judy.” Joaquin Phoenix won best actor for his performance as a deranged outcast in “Joker.” It was his first Oscar.
Things got political at times.
When you get to work, consider giving your computer a good cleaning.
…but be careful getting there. We’re having some weather this morning – rain and snow, which will change to all rain in the afternoon, when the temperatures get up into the low 40s, according to The Weather Channel.
On this day in 1855, our country’s citizenship laws were amended so all children of US parents born abroad would be granted US citizenship.
In 1870, the YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) was formed in New York City.
In 1897, The New York Times began using the slogan “All the News That’s Fit to Print.”
In 1940, “Tom & Jerry,” a cartoon created by William Hanna & Joseph Barbera, was debuted by MGM.
In 1949, Arthur Miller’s play “Death of a Salesman” opened at the Morosco Theater in New York City.
In 1966, the book “Valley of the Dolls” by Jacqueline Susann was published by Bernard Geis Associates in the US, and went on to sell over 31 million copies.
In 1974, Judy Ikenberry won the first US women’s marathon with a time of 2:55:17.
In 1990, South African President F. W. de Klerk announced Nelson Mandela would be freed on Feburary 11th.
In 2005, His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales announced his engagement to Camilla Parker Bowles.
Actress Chloë Grace Moretz is turning 23 today. She shares a birthday with: Actress Emma Roberts (29), actress Elizabeth Banks (46), and actress Laura Dern (53).
In the headlines…
The problems that beset the Iowa Democratic Party’s first state caucus of the presidential race ran far deeper and wider than one bad app.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., clashed throughout the day yesterday, in a combative display of their determination to treat the upcoming New Hampshire primary as a two-person race, with former Vice President Joe Biden continuing to struggle.
One day after deaths from the mysterious new coronavirus exceeded the death toll from SARS, the authorities announced a chilling new statistic, a record number of deaths in a single day.
A gunman was arrested after he ambushed police officers in the Bronx twice in 12 hours, authorities said, wounding two in attacks that brought outrage from officials who blamed the violence on an atmosphere of anti-police rhetoric.
…The shooting spree touched off a political firestorm about policing in New York, bringing into question the circumstances that allowed the man, whom two police officials identified as Robert Williams, to attack the officers.
The NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association said its members are declaring “war” on NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio after a gunman tried to assassinate cops in two incidents over less than 12 hours.
NYPD Department Commissioner Dermot Shea said an anti-police protest group that created subway chaos last month is at least partly to blame for the pair of attempted assassinations of Bronx officers over the weekend.
President Trump is expected to propose today a $4.8 trillion budget that will include billions of additional dollars for his wall along the southern border and steep cuts to safety net programs like Medicaid, disability insurance and housing assistance.
New York City is planning to take an aggressive step aimed at thousands of the most dangerous drivers — requiring people who rack up multiple speeding or red-light camera violations to take a driving-safety course or risk the seizure of their vehicles.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was in Washington, D.C. for the National Governors Association’s annual winter meeting, shared a stage with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday to discuss the political sphere, national infrastructure and the working relationship between state and federal leaders.
Cuomo and Trump went back and forth on Twitter on Saturday after the president said that Cuomo had canceled a meeting with him to discuss the recent suspension of New Yorkers from the federal Trusted Traveler Program.
Hudson Valley state Sen. Peter Harckham’s struggles with substance abuse have shaped his views on opioid addiction and the legalization of marijuana.
Some New York sheriffs are pushing back against requests to make their counties “Second Amendment Sanctuaries.”
Did your Spectrum Internet suddenly stop working? How about your phone service and cable? You’re not alone: Spectrum reported service outages from Upstate New York to Maine. (Service has since been restored).
Double-whammy for some: A winter storm knocked out power to thousands in the Capital Region and beyond.
Pet stores may be the target of pending legislation in Albany, but animal advocates acknowledge their chief objective is cut into the finances of commercial breeding operations that are based mostly in the Midwest. To do that, they are taking the backdoor route: via New York pet shops.
The Capital Region may be home to state government but business leaders have little use for the bureaucrats, lawmakers and politicians who inhabit the Empire State Plaza and adjacent Capitol building, according to this year’s Siena poll of business leaders.
Joyce Mitchell, who helped two convicted murderers escape from an upstate maximum-security lockup, was seen with her devoted hubby enjoying takeout food in the first photos of her since she was sprung from prison.
The village of Green Island is grieving the death of a 17-year-old Heatly School student after he and three friends were hit by a car on State Route 787 late Saturday night.
…All classes at Heatly School in Green Island are canceled today as a result of the crash. The school building will be open and counselors will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., for any student who needs them. A vigil is planned for tomorrow evening, with details to be determined.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will visit Addictions Care Center of Albany today to announce bipartisan legislation that would provide families with the tools they need to support their loved ones living with addiction.
New York state’s efforts to implement the nation’s first congestion pricing zone in Manhattan are facing a hurdle: the plan requires federal approval.
St. Pius X Catholic School in Loudonville says it’s high achieving students will be offered automatic early admission to Siena College if the students maintain academic excellence after graduation and throughout high school.
A British Airways flight from New York to London this weekend clocked in at less than five hours, the fastest time by a subsonic jetliner for that particular trans-Atlantic route. Flight 112, a Boeing 747, reached a top speed of 825 miles per hour over the North Atlantic.
Photo credit: George Fazio.