Good morning, and welcome to Tuesday that is masquerading as Monday on this four-day workweek.
Looks like we’re in for some weather this morning, starting with snow showers that will eventually switch over to rain. Total accumulation to expect is about an inch, according to The Weather Channel, and temperatures will be in the low 40s.
The rest of the week into the weekend is looking fairly clear, so we just have to make it through this one rough spot. (BTW, there’s a winter weather advisory in several counties to the northwest of the Capital Region).
Today is National Drink Wine Day, in case you’re looking for a reason to celebrate.
On this day in 1856, the Know-Nothings political party convened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to nominate its first presidential candidate – former President Millard Fillmore.
In 1885, Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was first published.
In 1879, sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi was awarded a patent for his design for the Statue of Liberty.
In 1932, Sonja Henie won her 6th straight World Women’s figure skating title in Montreal, Canada.
In 1965, Frank Gifford announced his retirement from football for a career in TV broadcasting.
In 1970, five of the “Chicago Seven” defendants were found guilty of intent to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic national convention. The convictions were later overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Nov. 21, 1972.
In 1981, 20-year-old Edmonton center Wayne Gretzky became the first player in NHL history to score five career hat-tricks before age 21.
In 2001, NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt died during the Daytona 500 stock car race.
In 2009, Switzerland’s largest bank, the Union Bank of Switzerland, has admitted helping U.S. taxpayers hide money from the I.R.S, and has agreed to pay $780 million in fines and restitution.
Famous birthdays being celebrated today include: Actress Molly Ringwald (52), TV show hostess Vanna White (63), personal trainer/TV host Jillian Michaels (46), artist Yoko Ono (87), actor Matt Dillon (56), John Travolta (66), and rapper Dr. Dre (55).
Speaking of Molly Ringwald, the director John Hughes, who was responsible for those iconic teen movies she starred in back in the 1980s – like “The Breakfast Club,” “Pretty in Pink” and “Sixteen Candles” – was born on this day in 1950.
Hughes died at the age of 59 in 2009 after suffering a heart attack during a visit to New York City. He had been married to his high school sweetheart, Nancy Ludwig, for his entire adult life. The couple had two sons and two grandchildren.
In the news…
Apple yesterday became one of the first companies to reveal how the coronavirus that has gripped China was affecting its business, saying it was cutting its sales expectations for this quarter, which a month ago it had projected to be robust.
The director of a hospital in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the epidemic, died today after contracting the new coronavirus – the latest in a series of medical professionals to be killed in the outbreak.
The Boy Scouts of America, an iconic presence in the nation’s experience for more than a century, filed for bankruptcy protection early this morning, succumbing to financial pressures that included a surge in legal costs over its handling of sexual abuse allegations.
There are discussions at Bloomberg News about what a President Bloomberg could mean for a news organization already grappling with a perceived conflict of interest. The candidate’s presence looms large for the 2,700 journalists at his financial data company.
Bloomberg’s campaign mounted a direct offensive against a Democratic opponent for the first time, as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders shot back by accusing the billionaire of trying to buy the presidency.
A brawl broke out at a Sanders rally in Colorado when a supporter of the Vermont senator reportedly confronted another man for wearing a T-shirt that read “Black Guns Matter.”
After eluding the law for decades, eccentric New York real estate heir Robert Durst is finally set to stand trial for the murder of his best friend in California nearly 20 years ago. Jury selection is expected to begin tomorrow.
After nearly dethroning Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy in a primary election last year, Democrat Thearse McCalmon, 26, now has her sights set on GOP Sen. Jim Tedisco’s seat in the state Legislature.
Steve Englebright, a top Assembly Democrat from Long Island, said he wants the controversial bail reform law revised to bar dangerous criminal defendants from being released pending trial.
Retiring GOP Sen. Betty Little has had a good relationship with Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, even as her fellow Republicans attacked him.
A car chase that never topped 5 mph ended yesterday morning when the fleeing car his a police cruiser in Troy, police said.
A new Milton law that limits the ability of homeowners to rent their properties on AirBnB and other short-term rental platforms is causing controversy.
The Albany Police Department is cautioning people to park in well lit areas and keep items inside cars out of sight around Washington Park after 15 vehicles were vandalized over the weekend.
Environmental Advocates of New York says a 2008 $80 billion investment estimate by the state is outdated and unable to keep pace with the needed upgrades or repairs to some of the oldest water infrastructure in the nation.
Healthcare provider Nascentia Health says it has been forced to lay off dozens of its staff in Syracuse and elsewhere around upstate because of state Medicaid spending cuts that will cost it $400 million in revenue this year.
The cattle call is over for the scrum of private developers, non-profits, quasi-governmental agencies and Schenectady residents chomping at the bit for a chunk of $10 million in state economic development grant funding.
Construction workers, many of them undocumented, continue to die on the job in New York City, despite safety regulations. The families left behind have little recourse to fill the financial void created by such tragedies.
After 53 years as a federal judge in Brooklyn, Jack B. Weinstein is retiring at the age of 98. He still has a stubborn belief in the American future.
Six trustees, among them the prominent designer David Rockwell, have resigned from the board of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to protest the removal of the museum’s director, Caroline Baumann, following an investigation into issues including her 2018 wedding.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio chided the NYPD for trying to use a post-9/11 anti-terrorism law to determine who leaked crime scene photos to a New York Post reporter.
Four Brooklynites are eyeing a suddenly open NYC Council seat after Councilman Rafael Espinal resigned two years before his term ended, kicking off a special election process in the 37th District, which covers Cypress Hills, Bushwick, East New York and Brownsville.
Billy Joel’s bid to stable a dozen horses on his Long Island estate has some neighbors concerned about smelly manure, and the local government isn’t horsing around as it weighs the issue.
Former Syracuse University volleyball star Carrie Urton McCaw, 44 and Lesley Drury Prather, 40, who played for the University of Louisville, were on their way to a volleyball tournament Friday morning with the two kids when their car was hit “head on” by a Ford F-250. None of them survived.
Ryan Newman is in serious condition after a horrific crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500.
Photo credit: George Fazio.