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  1. Capitol Rioters Drag Officer Down Steps, Beat Him With American Flag in Viral Videos  Newsweek
  2. Officer Who Defended Capitol During Riots Dies of Apparent Suicide  The Daily Beast
  3. Video shows Capitol mob dragging police officer down stairs. One rioter beat the officer with a pole flying the U.S. flag.  The Washington Post
  4. Capitol insurrection should spark end to America’s warped, white supremacist way of policing | Will Bunch  The Philadelphia Inquirer
  5. Who dropped the ball in securing Capitol?  Boston Herald
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» Why Are Journalists and Surveillance Researchers Helping the FBI to Catch Capitol Rioters? – The New Republic
11/01/21 13:22 from Mike Nova’s articles on Inoreader
Why Are Journalists and Surveillance Researchers Helping the FBI to Catch Capitol Rioters?   The New Republic

» New York Daily News: Army psychological warfare officer investigated over role in Capitol Hill assault
11/01/21 13:22 from Mike Nova’s articles on Inoreader
Officials said Emily Rainey had already resigned her commission at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, where investigators were reviewing the Army captain’s involvement in the melee that left five people including an officer from the Capitol P…

» New York Daily News: ’Parlor’ app downloads skyrocket as ‘Parler’ is taken offline
11/01/21 13:22 from Mike Nova’s articles on Inoreader
Parlor — with an o — suddenly gained popularity on Apple and Google app stores New York Daily News

» BrooklynVegan: Gary Numan preps new album ‘Intruder’ (listen to the title track)
11/01/21 13:22 from Mike Nova’s articles on Inoreader
Synthpop pioneer Gary Numan will release ‘Intruder,‘ his 18th solo album, on May 21. Continue reading… BrooklynVegan

» New York Daily News: Florida man who took Pelosi’s lectern during Capitol riots to appear in federal court: report
11/01/21 13:22 from Mike Nova’s articles on Inoreader
The man who carried Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern from the House of Representatives during the riot at the Capitol last week is slated to appear in federal court Monday in Tampa, where he faces felony charges. New York Daily News

» BrooklynVegan: Elea Tenuta (Heavy Vegetable, Thingy), rest in peace
11/01/21 13:22 from Mike Nova’s articles on Inoreader
Eléa Tenuta, who was in ’90s bands Heavy Vegetable and Thingy with Rob Crow, lost her battle with breast cancer last week. Continue reading… BrooklynVegan

» New York Daily News: Florida ex-principal claims school district discriminated against her alcohol addiction in new lawsuit
11/01/21 13:22 from Mike Nova’s articles on Inoreader
“Dr. Williams was qualified to perform the essential functions of her job with a reasonable accommodation and had in fact successfully performed the essential functions of her position as a teacher and then a principal for 36 years,” rea…

» “Brooklyn College” – Google News: House preps impeachment; GOP blocks ouster-by-Cabinet call – News 12 Brooklyn
11/01/21 13:22 from Mike Nova’s articles on Inoreader
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» New York Daily News: SEE IT: Anti-masker screams at flight attendants, gets escorted out of plane
11/01/21 13:22 from Mike Nova’s articles on Inoreader
An angry anti-masker was caught on video screaming at an American Airlines crew and her fellow passengers during a flight from Charlotte, N.C., to Washington, D.C., Sunday night. One of the videos shared on social media showed the maskle…

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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: Russian FSB Possibly Tied to SolarWinds Hack


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Emergency and disaster management briefing for January 11, 2021: Naval divers have found aircraft debris and human body parts from the crash of Flight SJ182 in Indonesia; Central Texas received up to six inches of snow on Sunday; new information allegedly points to the Russian FSB in the SolarWinds hack; ensuring the well-being of people with disabilities is critical during disaster response; 20 people, include 12 children, were rescued after their sailboats capsized off Santa Cruz Harbor; vog is forecast as trade winds return amid the ongoing eruption of the Kilauea Volcano; an earthen dam in Berea, Ohio, is undergoing emergency repairs to prevent its possible failure; and record high temperatures forecast for Southern California increase fire weather concerns.

1) Four minutes after takeoff out of Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia, Flight SJ182 disappeared off radar. The Sriwijara Air flight, operated by a Boeing 737-500, departed Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Saturday and was carrying 62 souls on board when it crashed into the Java Sea. Naval search teams have located debris, along with human body parts, that are suspected to be from the downed aircraft.

2) Central Texas received several inches of snow Sunday afternoon, which knocked out power to thousands of customers across the region. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a winter storm warning through midnight on Sunday, for at least six counties, noting that up to six inches of snow could fall in the region. The unusual snowfall prompted school closures on Monday, although warming temperatures beginning on Monday are likely to melt the snow quickly.

3) New information regarding the SolarWinds hack suggests that the malware used may be tied to a hacking group known as “Turla.” According to Kaspersky — a Moscow-based cybersecurity firm — the backdoor used by the hackers was likely done on behalf of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB). Estonian authories pointed out the connection, and Kaspersky noted that three characteristics of a hacking tool, “Kazuar,” appear to have been present in the SolarWinds hack.

4) When disasters strike, those with disabilities may face life-threatening circumstances, such as a loss of power for life-sustaining medical equipment. Ensuring their well-being is critical during response efforts, and research shows that they are disproportionately affected by a disaster. It is imperative to ensure planning efforts include listening to the needs of those with disabilities, and also to bring community, health, and support workers to disaster planning tables, as they have a wealth of information on how to best support those with disabilities.

5) Multiple sailboats capsized outside the Santa Cruz Harbor on Sunday afternoon amid dangerous and rough surf. The incident occurred when four boats were struck by a large wave, tossing 20 people — including 12 children — into the ocean. Rescue crews and surfers were able to quickly rescue everyone from the dangerous waters, and no injuries or deaths were reported.

6) Increased vog from the Kilauea Volcano is expected over West Hawaii areas due to trade winds that have returned to the region. According to the Vog Measurement and Prediction Project at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the vog will affect North and South Kona districts, along with Ka’u. SO2 (sulphur dioxide) emissions also remain elevated, and lava activity is ongoing, but confined within the Haleamaumau crater. 

7) An earthen dam in Berea, Ohio, is undergoing emergency repairs to prevent its possible failure. The Coe Lake dam has been eroding slowly over time, and a 100-foot section recently opened up, allowing water to flow back and forth between Baldwin Creek and Coe Lake. The back-and-forth flow has increased the erosion, which has reduced the lake by nearly 14 inches or about 10 million gallons. The reservoir is the backup water supply for the city, and the emergency repairs will be followed up by a more extensive repair at a later date.

8)Record high temperatures are set to move into Southern California later in the week, increasing the fire danger risk. Mild Santa Ana winds moved into the area on Sunday and were expected to last into Tuesday, slightly elevating the fire risk. Offshore winds are predicted through the end of the week with the temperature increase, which is likely to elevate fire concerns throughout the region once again.

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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: Legalized Marijuana in New York: This Could Be the Year


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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo renewed his vow on Wednesday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in New York, proposing a new office to regulate the market and licensing opportunities for communities most affected by the disparate enforcement of drug laws.

“I think this should have been passed years ago,” Mr. Cuomo said during a video briefing. “This is a year where we do need the funding and a lot of New Yorkers are struggling. This year will give us the momentum to get it over the goal line.”

The pledge marks Mr. Cuomo’s third attempt at legalizing marijuana; similar efforts have unraveled each year since Democrats took control of the Legislature in 2019, mostly as a result of disagreements over how to distribute the lucrative tax dollars from marijuana sales and the licenses to sell the drug.

But the push to legalize marijuana is likely to have far greater momentum in 2021, given the profound fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

Indeed, New York State leaders kicked off the new legislative session on Wednesday with a singular, once-in-a-generation challenge: how to rescue a state in a pandemic-driven crisis.

Tax revenues have dried up, leading to an estimated shortfall of nearly $63 billion over the next four years. The fiscal straits have given new wind to measures that could raise revenue, like increasing taxes on the rich, allowing mobile sports betting and legalizing marijuana.

This year will also see Democrats enjoy a supermajority in both chambers, after the party expanded its majority in the State Senate in November, giving legislators the option of aggressively pursuing left-wing measures without fear of a veto from Mr. Cuomo, a centrist Democrat.

Here is a look at some key themes for the legislative session, which runs through mid-June.

Did New Jersey force New York’s hand to legalize pot?

Democratic lawmakers in New York have prophesied the legalization of weed for the past two years. Each year, their high hopes have crashed against the messy realities of lawmaking in the state capital, Albany.

But legalization may gain momentum since more states have legalized weed, placing New York under added pressure to tap into the potentially billions of dollars in economic activity derived from cannabis sales.

In November, voters in neighboring New Jersey approved the legal use of recreational marijuana, heightening the prospects that it would become one of the largest marijuana markets in the country.

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“People know it’s a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ as it relates to marijuana legalization,” Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic majority leader, said in an interview.

Robert Mujica, the governor’s budget director, said Mr. Cuomo’s legalization proposal could generate about $300 million a year in tax revenue, though much of that money would not materialize until rules and regulations were fully implemented years down the road.

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Part of the logjam had centered around what to do with the revenue from pot sales. Many progressive lawmakers support steering tax proceeds to low-income and minority communities disproportionately affected by the war on drugs. But during negotiations last year, Mr. Cuomo wanted the executive branch to have more control over the revenue.

“That is still the sticking point that we have not discussed or resolved,” said Liz Krueger, a Democrat from Upper Manhattan who sponsored a legalization bill in the Senate. “I think governors always want that.”

Will the pandemic break the governor’s pledge of no new taxes?

One thing that everyone can agree upon is that the state needs money. The triple whammy of lost jobs, lost taxes and big bills related to the coronavirus response have left budget holes that can be solved only one of four ways: raise, cut, borrow or beg.

Of those, the progressive branch of the Legislature has a clear preference: new taxes on the wealthy, an idea that has previously been met with strident opposition from Mr. Cuomo, who posits that such taxes would drive high-earners out of the state.

But the desperate times have seemingly softened his position, with the governor suggesting in December that new taxes could be in offing.

“We are trying to avoid any additional pain for so many New Yorkers that have obviously already borne the brunt of a lot of the pandemic,” Ms. Stewart-Cousins said. “That will take us looking at taxing millionaires and billionaires and it’s a matter of shared sacrifice and being part of the solution.”

On Tuesday, a collection of groups seeking new taxes gathered outside the governor’s office in Manhattan, pushing six different tax bills that target high-earners and corporations. Several tax increases on the wealthy have previously passed the Assembly — nominally the more liberal of Albany’s two chambers — but may have new momentum in the Senate, too, where Ms. Stewart-Cousins has expressed general support for tax plans.

And with Democrats on the brink of reclaiming control of Congress, begging may not be quite as necessary; Mr. Cuomo was optimistic about the possibility of a cash infusion from Washington to help close the state budget gap.

Want to gamble? It could be a lot easier soon.

For gamblers, New York has often been in the shadow of New Jersey, where Atlantic City dominated the East Coast casino market for decades, and where, more recently, mobile wagering interfaces have allowed gamblers to place sports bets anywhere inside the state.

New York legalized sports betting in 2019, but only on the premises of state-licensed casinos. That deal prompted frustration from supporters of such betting, including State Senator Joseph Addabbo, the chairman of the Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, who sees the expansion of gaming as a big revenue winner.

“We’re that disabled car in the right lane watching the other cars fly past us,” Mr. Addabbo said on Wednesday. “New Jersey is taking our money.”

But that could change with new support from Mr. Cuomo, who announced on Wednesday that he planned to push for mobile betting in his State of the State address next week.

What other major changes might be considered?

New York became a national laughingstock when election officials last year took longer than almost any other state to count a deluge of absentee ballots prompted by the pandemic, delaying results in some key races for weeks.

This year, lawmakers could spearhead efforts to reform the Board of Elections and may take up legislation to speed up the counting process. Proposals have also been floated to improve voter registration. And come November, voters may get to vote on a constitutional amendment to expand absentee voting to all voters permanently, as opposed to just during a public health emergency.

Another hot-button issue surrounds the aftermath of the mass protests last summer following George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis. They propelled the Legislature to approve a bevy of changes to police practices, including a ban on the use of chokeholds and the repeal of a decades-old law that kept police disciplinary records secret. (Even so, police departments are still finding ways to shield those records.)

But activists and liberal lawmakers are pushing for an even more far-reaching criminal justice agenda for 2021 that includes some past proposals, like restricting the length of time people in prison can be placed in solitary confinement and making certain people older than 54 eligible for parole regardless of their crime or sentence.

The first day of the session was, well, different.

The day, usually a pompous affair when the halls of the State Capitol are packed with lobbyists and activists, was far more subdued this year.

With the Capitol closed to the public, the stately building was eerily quiet and empty, with vacant offices and a skeleton crew of staff and security personnel. Most lawmakers participated remotely, sworn in from their living rooms or district offices.

Carl E. Heastie, the speaker of the Assembly, and Ms. Stewart-Cousins were re-elected to their posts in mostly empty chambers on Wednesday. Mr. Cuomo, a third-term Democrat, on Monday will lay out his 2021 agenda in the State of the State address, which he said would be held virtually.

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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: Governor Cuomo Announces Proposal to Legalize and Create an Equitable Adult-use Cannabis Program as Part of the 2021 State of the State


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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a proposal to legalize and create a comprehensive system to oversee and regulate cannabis in New York as part of the 2021 State of the State. Under the Governor’s proposal, a new Office of Cannabis Management would be created to oversee the new adult-use program, as well as the State’s existing medical and cannabinoid hemp programs. Additionally, an equitable structure for the adult-use market will be created by offering licensing opportunities and assistance to entrepreneurs in communities of color who have been disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs. Once fully implemented, legalization is expected to generate more than $300 million in tax revenue. 

“Despite the many challenges New York has faced amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it has also created a number of opportunities to correct longstanding wrongs and build New York back better than ever before,” Governor Cuomo said. “Not only will legalizing and regulating the adult-use cannabis market provide the opportunity to generate much-needed revenue, but it also allows us to directly support the individuals and communities that have been most harmed by decades of cannabis prohibition.”

The Governor’s proposal builds on years of work to understand and decriminalize cannabis for adult use. In 2018, the Department of Health, under Governor Cuomo’s direction, conducted a multi-agency study which concluded that the positive impacts of legalizing adult-use cannabis far outweighed the negatives. It also found that decades of cannabis prohibition have failed to achieve public health and safety goals and have led to unjust arrests and convictions particularly in communities of color. 

In 2019, Governor Cuomo signed legislation to decriminalize the penalties for unlawful possession of marijuana. The legislation also put forth a process to expunge records for certain marijuana convictions. Later that year, the Governor spearheaded a multi-state summit to discuss paths towards legalization of adult-use cannabis that would ensure public health and safety and coordinate programs regionally to minimize the cross-border movement of cannabis products.

Building on that important work, the proposal reflects national standards and emerging best practices to promote responsible use, limiting the sale of cannabis products to adults 21 and over and establishing stringent quality and safety controls including strict regulation of the packaging, labeling, advertising, and testing of all cannabis products. Cannabis regulation also offers the opportunity to invest in research and direct resources to communities that have been most impacted by cannabis prohibition.

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