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The cause of the iconic Ric Ocasek of the Cars ‘ shocking Sept. 15 death has been disclosed. Ocasek died of cardiovascular disease, according to an autopsy report published by the New York City medical examiner’s office on Monday. Ocasek was seventy-five.

The particular cause of death was identified as hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, or atherosclerosis, a plaque build-up in the arteries that can cause the heart muscle to harden and/or narrow. Also a contributing factor was pulmonary emphysema.

The autopsy results coincide with the Ocasek family’s two touching social media posts that gave greater insight into the final hours of the singer-songwriter. The first article, by Paulina Porizkova, Ocasek’s wife (from whom he friendly segregated in 2018), claims the new wave pioneer died in his sleep after surgery.

“Ric recovered very well after surgery at home. Our two children, Jonathan and Oliver, and I made sure that he was comfortable, ordering food and watching television together, “wrote Porizkova. “When I brought him his Sunday morning coffee, I discovered him still asleep. To rouse him, I touched his cheek. It was then that I realized he had peacefully passed on during the night. The excellent outpouring of love we enjoy. We, his family and friends, are totally and utterly devastated by his untimely and unexpected death and would appreciate the privacy of mourning in private. “Jonathan and Oliver also tweeted their father’s final sketch through the formal account of the Cars, a talented mixed media artist who frequently exhibited his drawings, picture collages and paintings.

“Our father has been a prolific doodler. His passage was sudden, unexpected and heartbreaking. We discovered the last doodle on his sofa yesterday. He couldn’t have understood what that would mean to us. We enjoy him so much. “The charming pen-and-paper sketch by Ocasek reads,” Keep laughing. Porizkova also went to Instagram to thank the supporters who left flowers and vigil candles outside Manhattan townhouse in Ocasek.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Governor Kathy Hochul signed off on the “Less Is More” Act in New York City this morning. The legislation aims to reduce the number of people who are behind bars due to “technical” parole violations. 

“Today we’re taking on an aspect of our criminal justice system that’s too often overlooked. The antiquated system of the parole system,” Hochul said.

Supporters say too many New Yorkers are incarcerated for “technical” parole violations like consuming alcohol or missing a curfew, and that this will change that. It will also reward those who don’t violate conditions of supervision with “earned time credits.”

“It’s a bill that now incentivizes success and what we’ve done for I think far too long in our state is work with a punishment model,” said All of Us Community Action Group Co-Founder Shawn Johnson.

The bill was carried in the Senate by now Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin. “When you look at how we incarcerate in New York State, I believe we incarcerate way beyond the need for public safety and a lot of it is fear-driven and based in old models and tactics,” Benjamin said.

Meanwhile, in a statement, Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt who voted against the bill said, “Under One-Party Rule, violent crime has been on the rise across the state. It began with Democrats’ so-called “bail reform” in 2019 – and it will undoubtedly become worse with this new law signed today.”

The bill takes effect in March of 2022. The Governor also announced today that almost 200 people serving time at Rikers Island for “technical” parole violations will be released. 

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Recovery loans available to small businesses hurt by Glenwood Canyon disaster

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Businesses hurt by natural disasters and the subsequent closures of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon are eligible to apply for disaster relief loans.

Gov. Jared Polis, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness announced the loans Friday in a news release.

The governor’s Aug. 3 disaster declaration for the area prompted availability of the loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.

“The closure resulted in loss (of) revenues between 50% and 75% for hundreds of small-town businesses; and reduced outdoor recreation business due to the closure of Glenwood Canyon and resultant loss of access to portions of the Colorado River,” Polis said in a Sept. 10 letter to the SBA.

The loans are for businesses in Garfield, Eagle, Mesa, Pitkin, Rio Blanco and Routt counties that have suffered because of flooding, mudslides, rockslides and the summer traffic closures through Glenwood Canyon.

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Dear Abby: Couple’s communication lines are crossed

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Dear Abby: I love my wife very much, but we are, unfortunately, having a communication/interpretation issue. She is inquisitive and asks a lot of questions. I become defensive when I’m questioned. Sometimes I feel it shows a lack of confidence or trust in me. My wife says I am being too sensitive.

There are times when I infer a negative tone where there is none, and others when I believe my perception is spot-on. Sometimes, I suspect she’s unwilling to accept any answer that does not match her own thinking. She comes from a family where correcting each other, even over the smallest thing, is common. She’s an educator, so in some ways, it’s part of her job.

My wife seems unable to use alternative phrasing that is less likely to trigger a defensive response. When we have conflict over this, it seems I am always the one who has to give ground. When I try to explain my feelings, it only makes things worse. When I choose to be more assertive, it results in more escalation. I am blessed with a spouse who is independent, strong-minded and outspoken. How can I develop a thicker skin so I won’t feel like I am second-guessed at every turn? When should I speak up?

— Misunderstood in Texas

Dear Misunderstood: NOW would be a good time to speak up. When you do, tell your wife — the educator — that you feel second-guessed at every turn, and it’s time to enlist the help of a licensed marriage and family therapist so you two can improve your communication skills. If she’s willing, it could be helpful for your marriage. If she isn’t, then go without her to help you figure out whether you really are “too sensitive.”

Dear Abby: My best friend, whom I’ve known most of my life, has a 7-year-old grandson. The boy, “Cody,” is spoiled, rude and makes obnoxious comments to adults. They’ll make plans to visit us on a weekend evening when my wife and I want to chill out. While they are here, Cody gets loaded up on sugar, snoops through rooms and picks up breakable objects while watching us to see our reaction. He also does calisthenics and runs around while he’s here. He makes snotty comments to us that my friend encourages and thinks are funny. As much as I love my friend, how do I tell him that his grandson is no longer welcome?

— In a Conundrum

Dear In a Conundrum: Has it occurred to you that Cody may have problems more serious than a sugar buzz? The behavior you describe can be symptoms of ADHD and/or learning disabilities. If Cody hasn’t been evaluated by a medical professional, he should be. If you truly love this friend, suggest it and tell him why. If he ends your relationship because of it, you will no longer be subjected to Cody’s unfortunate behavior. On the other hand, if my concern is on target, you could change that boy’s life for the better, because he doesn’t act out only at your house.


Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at DearAbby.com.

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Upstate class disruption caused by social media threat during rally over masking

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GRANADA, N.Y. (WROC) — The Gananda Central School District sent students home early during a protest or rally outside one of its schools on Wednesday. On Thursday, district officials said a digital threat was to blame.

The school says that someone planning to attend the rally made a social media threat that was intercepted by law enforcement. The district reportedly was not planning an early dismissal, said Superintendent Dr. Shawn Van Scoy, but was forced to take the threat seriously due to “the ever-changing circumstances we continually find ourselves in.”

The protest was organized by the Wayne County Chapter of Moms For Liberty, after a parent, Laine Mulye, was accused of fighting with the district employee. According to Macedon Police, Mulye assaulted a bus monitor during an intense argument over her son trying to get on the bus without a mask, despite district policy. Mulye allegedly encouraged her son to punch the bus monitor during the altercation.

Mulye has been charged with harassment in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child.

Check out the full statement from the district:

Yesterday, on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, the school day was disrupted when a social media threat was intercepted by law enforcement from an individual that was planning to attend a rally in the community for the support of Autism Awareness. Law Enforcement and the District received this information midday which led to a complete change in plans. In an effort to maintain our student and staff safety, we made the decision to release all students early ahead of the protest.

“As I have stated in the past, the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority,” states Superintendent Dr. Shawn Van Scoy. “I want to thank the quick actions of our local law enforcement, our staff, and our parents yesterday. We were not planning an early dismissal, however, it was the best option we had under the ever changing circumstances we continually find ourselves in. Threats are not tolerated in any way, shape, or form.”

Students returned to classes at all schools as usual on Thursday, September 16, 2021.

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Smart glasses made Google look dumb. Now Facebook is giving them a try.

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By Mike Isaac, The New York Times Company

SAN FRANCISCO — On Saturday, after a 3-mile hike through the Presidio, I stood in a throng of tourists looking at the Golden Gate Bridge. As the crowd snapped photos of the landmark, I decided to join in.

But instead of reaching into my pocket for my iPhone, I tapped the side of my Ray-Ban sunglasses until I heard the click of a shutter. Later, I downloaded the photos that my sunglasses had just taken to my phone.

The process was instant, simple, unobtrusive — and it was powered by Facebook, which has teamed up with Ray-Ban. Their new line of eyewear, called Ray-Ban Stories and unveiled Thursday, can take photos, record video, answer phone calls and play music and podcasts.

It all made me feel that I was being dragged into some inevitable future dreamed up by people much more techie than me, one in which the seams between the real world and the technology that supports it had all but vanished.

For years, Silicon Valley has chased a vision similar to that of a William Gibson novel, where sensors and cameras are woven into the everyday lives and clothes of billions of people. Yet the tech companies that have pursued these ideas have often failed to achieve them, as people have shunned wearable computers — especially on their faces.

Remember Google Glass, the smart glasses that Google co-founder Sergey Brin introduced while jumping out of an airplane? That project foundered, with bars in San Francisco at one point barring Glass-wearers — also pejoratively known as “Glassholes” — from entry. Later came Snap’s Spectacles, smart glasses that focused more on fashion and the novelty of recording 10-second video clips. That product, too, never really broke through.

Now Facebook is aiming to usher in an era when people grow more comfortable sharing their lives digitally, beginning with what is in front of their faces.

“We asked ourselves, how do we build a product that helps people actually be in the moment they’re in?” Andrew Bosworth, head of Facebook Reality Labs, said in an interview. “Isn’t that better than having to take out your phone and hold it in front of your face every time you want to capture a moment?”

Bosworth rejected claims that Facebook was picking up where others had left off. “This product has not been tried before because we’ve never had a design like this before,” he said, adding that Facebook and Ray-Ban were focused more on the fashion of eyewear than the tech inside the frames.

“Eyewear is a very specific category that changes the way you look,” said Rocco Basilico, chief wearables officer at Luxottica, which owns Ray-Ban and wants to expand into the wearables market. “We started this product from the design, and we refused to compromise on that design.”

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Grasso’s Garage: Jeep Wrangler plugs it in with the 4XE

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In the world of rapidly changing vehicles, consumers continue to explore all options, but when it comes to a hybrid or electric vehicle, ears start to perk as interest grows. In Grasso’s Garage, we recognize this change and look forward to the idea of an American engineered plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Well, that time has come and Jeep takes the most recognized vehicle in America and plugs it in.

Just in case you were unsure what model we were talking about, it’s the Wrangler of course, but this time, the Wrangler 4XE. Loaded in Sahara trim and a black sunrider soft top, we had to enjoy the fall-like weather and throw the doors off and cruise around town like a real owner would. Painted in Firecracker Red, this 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo PHEV engine was a real delight to drive. Coming in with 25 miles of pure electric power, the Wrangler 4XE really hits the fuel mileage category nicely increasing our weekly tester to 27.2 mpge.

Black leather seats, UConnect infotainment, regenerative charging, what more could you ask for? With the 4XE stripped, I folded the roof back and off a group of friends and I went to an off-road haven in upstate New York. With over 16 miles of trails and total seclusion with no cell phone service or GPS mapping, there was no worry in my mind that the Jeep 4XE wouldn’t live up to the task and it did it so well. With the electric system taking over in most places as speeds were slow and the terrain was rough at best, the animal sightings were in full force. This allowed us to see bears, deer and various birds as we explored their environment. Similar to our recently tested diesel version, we really appreciate the quietness of the engine and increased fuel/electric mileage but on top of that, the ability to not scare the environment was really special.

Riding on 20-inch black painted aluminum wheels, the ride was similar to other Wranglers and useability. It can tow, store, carry and most importantly in my opinion, look awesome in any weather condition or environment. We enjoyed the heated seats, SiriusXM radio, easy-to-use navigation, and best in automotive, UConnect infotainment system.

Warranty for the 4XE includes the standard 5 year / 60,000 mile powertrain warranty and an impressive 10 year / 100,000 mile hybrid system and battery warranty. This confirms that Jeep is serious and confident about their semi-transition to electric.

I know I say this a lot, but we love the Wrangler and in any model, trim or PHEV. And to confirm, there will always be a space in Grasso’s Garage for one.

Jeep Wrangler 4XE

MSRP: $47,995

As tested: $54,030

MPG: 49 MPGe / 20 gasoline only / 26.2 as tested

 

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Niskayuna town board will appoint Chief of Police

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NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – On Friday, September 17, the Town of Niskayuna will appoint a Chief of Police during the Livestream official ceremony of the Boards special meeting.

“I look forward to building stronger the relationship with our Police Department and supporting them in their duty to protect and to serve our residents,” said Supervisor Yasmine Syed. “I have every confidence that our newly appointed Chief of Police has the right mission and vision to lead the department amidst the unique challenges faced by nearly all Police Departments but particularly ours.”

The Town of Niskayuna was restricted to promoting from a mandatory “Certification of Eligibles” list provided by the County Civil Service Commission.

“I want to thank everyone who interviewed for the position of Chief and I look forward to working collaboratively with the Supervisor, the new Chief, and the entire Department to move our community forward,” said Councilwoman Denise Murphy McGraw.

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Your batteries are due for disruption

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By Cade Metz, The New York Times Company

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The new Whoop fitness tracker straps around the wrist a lot like any other health monitor or smartwatch. But you can also buy a sports bra or leggings equipped with this tiny device, which can be a sliver of electronics stitched into the fabric of clothes.

Squeezing a fitness tracker into such a svelte package was no small feat, said John Capodilupo, Whoop’s chief technology officer. It required a whole new kind of battery. The battery, built by a California startup, Sila, provided the tiny fitness tracker with more power than older batteries while maintaining the same battery life.

While that may not sound earth-shattering, Sila’s battery is part of a wave of new battery technologies that could lead to novel designs in consumer electronics and help accelerate the electrification of cars and airplanes. They may even help store electricity on the power grid, lending a hand to efforts to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

New kinds of batteries may not dazzle consumers like new apps or gadgets. But like tiny transistors, they are at the heart of technology advancement. If batteries don’t improve very much, neither do the devices they power.

Companies like Enovix, QuantumScape, Solid Power and Sila have been developing these batteries for more than a decade, and some hope to move into mass production around 2025.

Sila’s CEO and co-founder, Gene Berdichevsky, was an early Tesla employee who oversaw battery technology as the company built its first electric car. Introduced in 2008, the Tesla Roadster used a battery based on lithium-ion technology, the same battery technology that powers laptops, smartphones and other consumer devices.

The popularity of Tesla, coupled with the rapid growth of the consumer electronics market, sparked a new wave of battery companies. Berdichevsky left Tesla in 2008 to work on what eventually became Sila. Another entrepreneur, Jagdeep Singh, founded QuantumScape after buying one of the first Tesla Roadsters.

Both saw how lithium-ion batteries could change the car market. They saw an even greater opportunity if they could build a more powerful type of battery.

“Lithium-ion batteries had just gotten good enough, but they plateaued,” Berdichevsky said. “We wanted to push the technology further.”

Around the same time, Congress created ARPA-E, for Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, to promote research and development in new energy technologies. The agency nurtured the new battery companies with funding and other support. A decade later, those efforts are beginning to bear fruit.

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Editorial: Policy with China must reflect U.S. values

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Human freedom has many threats, as we are reminded every day.

The struggle for freedom is never finished. It is iterative and incremental. Where freedom is won, it can be lost again.

Today, surveying the world around us, there is much to worry about. And among the first worries we register now is a regressing China.

Twenty years ago, we had reason to believe that China would join the world of free nations by expanding human rights and democratic self-determination as economic freedom and personal prosperity began to bloom. China officially joined the World Trade Organization on Dec. 11, 2001, after enduring the Asian Financial Crisis of the late 1990s, preceded by decades of struggle and desperation under Mao’s despotically insane economic and social policies.

A series of reform-minded leaders advanced China with actual great leaps forward, creating an economy that could not only feed but actually enrich its people. Those people, we expected, would seek and win political freedom to match their newfound economic self-determinism.

We were only half right. While the Chinese people have sought greater freedom, the Chinese Communist Party has retrenched in its devotion to oppression in the name of self-preservation.

In the person of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the CCP is grossly expanding its authoritarian control over the lives of the Chinese people. And its expansionist vision on the foreign stage should be a cause for grave concern.

The list of crackdowns and violations of human rights are too numerous to detail here. We note as among the worst offenses the elimination of a free and democratic government and press in Hong Kong and the ongoing oppression and even elimination of Uyghur people in Xinjiang province. But, as The Washington Post pointed out in a recent article, Xi’s policies are diminishing freedom in just about every area of Chinese life.

The Chinese Communist Party cherishes a vision of cradle-to-grave control of human life, with the ancillary belief that this can occur in an economically prosperous society. Just follow the rules and nobody gets hurt, it suggests.

The vision is as fundamentally misguided about human nature as Mao’s grotesque Great Leap Forward programs. But it may be more sustainable in the short run as a way of doing business. And, given China’s current economic might and influence in the developing world, it could be expanded either by force or coercion.

It is popular now to suggest that America is damaged goods, that our role on the world stage is so diminished we are no longer an effective advocate of freedom. After the shameful retreat from Afghanistan, there is, sadly, some truth to this. And to no one is that sweeter than Xi Jinping.

That is why it is crucial for every American, and especially for the American president, to remember that America’s central idea — its reason for being — is the elevation of human freedom and of the God-given rights that codify that freedom. We need a clear foreign policy that acknowledges China as it is, not for what we wish it to be.

It matters for us, and it matters for the world.

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(NEXSTAR) – The Transportation Security Administration has officially recorded more than 10,000 cases of COVID-19 among its employees since the beginning of the pandemic.

The TSA recorded its 10,000th case during the first week of September, a representative for the agency said. As of Friday, total confirmed cases of COVID-19 among employees had risen to 10,243.

Of those total cases, the TSA recorded 27 deaths, not counting two deaths among screening contractors. Most of the remaining workers who had been infected — 9,728 employees — had already recovered, according to the TSA.

Still, 515 employees were said to be suffering from active COVID-19 infections as of Friday. Per the TSA’s current policy, employees with active infections are placed on paid administrative leave while they recover.

In addition to providing its overall tally of COVID-19 infections, the TSA has listed every U.S. airport where an infected employee was stationed, and whether they worked in a screening or non-screening capacity. The agency also included the date of each airport’s most recent case.

As of Sept. 17, the U.S. airports with the highest number of recorded cases among TSA employees included:

  1. Miami International Airport (MIA): 513 total cases
  2. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): 452 total cases
  3. John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City: 440 total cases
  4. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL): 370 total cases
  5. Orlando International Airport (MCO): 356 total cases
  6. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR): 355 total cases
  7. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD): 341
  8. Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW): 333 total cases
  9. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL): 279 total cases
  10. McCarran International/Las Vegas Airport (LAS): 257 total cases

A complete list of the airports where TSA has recorded an infection among workers can be found at the agency’s website.

Being a federal agency, the TSA is required to mandate that all workers be vaccinated for COVID-19 by Nov. 22, per an executive order signed by President Joe Biden earlier this month. The TSA has also continued to urge employees to get their shots, most recently in a statement issued on the passing of Robert Logan, Jr., a TSA officer at Boise Air Terminal (BOI) in Idaho who became the latest employee to die of COVID-19.

“The 27th employee to pass away following a COVID-19 illness, he will be fondly remembered for his dedication to the transportation security mission and greatly missed by his colleagues,” the agency wrote.

“TSA continues to urge all employees to get vaccinated and follow CDC guidance, including face mask recommendations. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Logan’s family, friends and colleagues.”

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