Another day in the 50s. It appears as if the warmer weather has truly come to stay, at least during the day. With weather that doesn’t require a coat, hat, scarf, gloves, etc. the rain that has started to fall is easier to take. Slightly easier that is. Anyway, time to catch you up on what you might have missed today.
1) Eight tornadoes hit Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee early on today, leaving at least 22 dead in Nashville, TN and its surrounding areas. There are currently an additional 30 people injured, more missing and 48 buildings ruined. All totals are expected to go up as the Tennessee Emergency Department and local first responders continue searching the devastation left in its path.
The tornado touched down around 1 a.m. local time, which may account for the sheer volume of injured and deceased residents, as the majority of people would have been in bed asleep. Thousands of people are still without power, and the debris and devastation are left as the door to door searches for more of the missing are taking precedence over the start of any cleanup.
Even as Tennessee begins the long, arduous journey to recovery and rebuilding, polling stations opened across the state and those who were able to show up to vote did in this year’s primaries on Super Tuesday, along with those in 13 other states.
2) USA Gymnastics (UASG) has offered an unpopular and much-criticized deal to the 517 (plus) gymnasts currently embroiled in a lawsuit against the organization.
The lawsuit challenges USA Gymnastics’ actions – or lack thereof – regarding the severe and systematic abuse of young girls entrusted to them for over 20 years by Larry Nassar. You’ll recall that he was the official doctor to Olympic teams from 1996 to 2016, countless National teams and anyone who participated in the required national training camps at the Karolyi Ranch.
Included in the settlement language is the agreement that upon acceptance of the proposed settlement, the survivors will release multiple other people and organizations from any liability. This would release the US Olympic and Paralympic Committees, Bela and Marta Karolyi (former national coaches and runners of the aforementioned Karolyi Ranch) and former USAG CEO Steve Penny.
The amount named in the settlement is $215 million. In order for it to be approved, the 517 gymnasts would have to vote on it and agree to all its caveats.
3) A 50-year-old male attorney from Westchester County is the second person confirmed to have the coronavirus in New York. He lives in New Rochelle and works at a law firm in midtown Manhattan, and his co-workers are now being tested due to their close contact with him. He is in severe condition and is being treated at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.
The man is said to have underlying respiratory issues, which made him particularly susceptible to the coronavirus. But he didn’t get tested until recently when those problems became more significant in recent days. He traveled to Israel at the beginning of January, but was symptom-free for much of the month after that.
State Health Officials are working with their counterparts in both NYC and Westchester County to trace the patient’s travel over the past month. He has children in school, one of which has voluntarily closed. A synagogue in New Rochelle has also been closed in connection with this case.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo also confirmed that there are two families in Buffalo being observed and tested for the coronavirus and said that he and top health officials expect dozens of cases throughout the state before the virus outbreak subsides.
4) Saint Rose College will be looking for a new president as the current one is leaving at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. The 11th overall president of Saint Rose, Dr. Carolyn Stefanco, was put into the position in 2014. There has been no reason for her departure released yet.
Before coming to Saint Rose, Dr. Stefanco had a long and successful career in academia. She received a certificate in Women’s Studies and her B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, her M.A. from Binghamton University in Women’s History and her History Ph.D. from Duke. She worked as an Assistant Professor, a tenured professor, department chair, deans and Vice President at different institutions before stepping into her current role at Saint Rose.
The Board of Trustees has announced it will assign an interim president after Dr. Stefanco leaves and will open the posting on the position nationwide.
5) Anyone who is currently in the market for a job should take note of tomorrow’s Schenectady Job Fair, being held by the Capital Job Development Group.
The event is being hosted at Proctors and will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking tickets from the garage will be validated at the registration desk. The validations are being donated by LAZ parking.
Along with employer booths, there will be different workshops available throughout the day.
Photo credit: George Fazio.