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Following weeks of violence and a crippling 11-day war in Gaza, the United States and the international community want to negotiate with Palestinians in order to restart peace efforts.

However, when US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits on Tuesday, he will meet with Palestinian leaders who have been sidelined by demonstrations and outmanoeuvred by the militant Hamas group — and who seem to be more hated by Palestinians than at any point during their long rule.

The Palestinian Authority is no closer to statehood than it was when Mahmoud Abbas, now 85, was elected president after Yasser Arafat’s death in 2005, and Palestinians are even more fragmented. When it seemed that his splintering Fatah faction would face an embarrassing loss, Abbas called off the first elections in 15 years last month.

The PA, on the other hand, retains strong strategic relations with Israel and is strongly committed to the principle of a two-state solution. Internationally, this is seen as the best way to end the crisis, despite the fact that no meaningful peace negotiations have taken place in more than a decade.

The Islamic terrorist group Hamas claimed a landslide victory in the previous elections in 2006 and seemed to be on track to do so again. However, it rejects Israel’s right to live and is classified as a terrorist group. Protests in Jerusalem and elsewhere are largely devoid of leaders.

“The choice is to negotiate with Hamas or an extremely unrepresentative and defunct governing — kind of governing — authority with almost no legitimacy,” Tahani Mustafa, a researcher at the Crisis Group, an international think tank, said.

Israel and the United States seem to be following the second path, with officials in both countries stating that they intend to reinforce the PA at the detriment of Hamas, a strategy that has been tried and failed several times since Hamas took power in Gaza from Abbas’ forces in 2007.

Many Palestinians now see the PA as part of an ingrained and deeply intolerable regime of Israeli dominance that stretches well beyond the occupied West Bank, where the PA administers large population centres under Israeli influence.

Their rage erupted last month with demonstrations and clashes in Jerusalem that spread throughout the city, attracting Palestinian Israeli residents and sparking the Gaza conflict.

It was on full display during Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the volatile holy site at the centre of the recent protests, as thousands of Palestinian worshippers chanted “Dogs of the authority, get out!” in response to a sermon delivered by a PA-appointed mufti.

This was in stark contrast to the raucous rallies organised in support of Hamas and Mohammed Deif, the mysterious leader of the group’s armed wing, at Al-Aqsa and elsewhere.

Unlike the Palestinian Authority, which made harsh statements condemning Israel’s policing of Al-Aqsa and Jewish settlers’ efforts to expel thousands of families from a local neighbourhood, Deif issued an ultimatum. When time ran out, Hamas launched long-range missiles, disrupting an Israeli parade commemorating the group’s claims to the capital.

This sparked a disastrous Gaza war, killing over 250 civilians, the vast majority of whom were Palestinians, and wreaking havoc on the devastated region.

However, it also allowed Hamas to present itself as a cunning guardian of Jerusalem, to which all sides in the Middle East conflict have strong emotional relations, and to claim victory over the much more powerful Israel.

According to Mkhaimar Abusada, a political science professor at Al-Azhar University in Gaza, support for Hamas has grown despite widespread dissatisfaction with the PA.

“At the end of the day,” he added, “Israel is the one that demolished these buildings.” “We endure as a result of Israeli colonisation, as a result of Israeli tyranny… The Palestinians will not hold Hamas responsible.”

Hanan Ashrawi, a former senior Palestinian official and veteran of the peace process who defected from the Palestinian leadership last year, blamed Israel in part for the PA’s demise, claiming that Israel “sabotaged” efforts at a two-state solution, including by widening settlements.

“The more this occurred, the more (Palestinian leaders) became seen to be powerless in the face of Israeli violations,” she added. “Israel has acted with complete impunity to make it more difficult for Palestinians.”

Israel claims that it has made several plans for a Palestinian state in the majority of the West Bank, Gaza, and east Jerusalem — areas it won in the 1967 war — that have been refused over the years. The Palestinians, negotiating from a point of vulnerability, said that the concessions were insufficient.

According to Khalil Shikaki, a renowned pollster who has been surveying Palestinian public opinion for more than two decades, Hamas’ support usually increases during times of conflict before returning to normal when things calm down. However, he claims that the Palestinian Authority’s credibility problem is legitimate.

“The most recent war between Israel and Hamas has shown that the emperor is completely naked,” he added.

Shikaki claims that Hamas was able to prove that it protected Jerusalem because no one else — not Abbas, Arab nations, nor the international community — was willing to do so.

“In terms of success, this storey is simply brilliant, and Hamas got away with it because Abbas has zero prestige among Palestinians,” he said.

That won’t stop Abbas from inviting Blinken to the presidential palace in Ramallah this week as the Palestinian king, despite the fact that he governs less than 40% of the West Bank and his presidential mandate expired more than a decade ago. His forces have no foothold in Gaza and are unlikely to return anytime soon now that the elections have been cancelled.

As a result, it is largely anticipated that any reconstruction funds will be channelled into the United Nations and Qatar. As one of the most substantive Israeli-Palestinian agreements signed in recent memory, they were already sending assistance to Gaza and carrying out humanitarian initiatives there.

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ALBANY. N.Y. (NEWS10) – On Saturday, Pearl-Palooza also feature a new art gallery “Etrice Gallery,” to the Capital Region’s Art Scene, which opened on July 15, showcasing some of its finest artists.

The Etrice Gallery is a museum-style gallery that focuses on street art, creating a platform for a variety of mediums to include a regular representation of two and three-dimensional work, in addition to fashion and live performance events.

The gallery provides a space for a diverse roster of creative artists meet and greets, poetry, and curated music events.

Gallery owner Davion Brink credits his mother for getting him interested in the Arts Brink said, and wanted to bring a new kind of creativity to the Capital Region.

For more information on the gallery’s calendar events, Arts, and music visit the Etrice Gallery website.

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New characters live ‘The Wonder Years’ in ABC reboot

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As a widely beloved, much-honored series gets a reboot, others live “The Wonder Years.”

Though the original show’s “Kevin Arnold” still is on board — since his portrayer, Fred Savage, is an executive producer now — Dean Williams is the central character, played by Elisha “EJ” Williams, in the new ABC version that premieres Wednesday. The program still charts a youngster’s coming of age in the late 1960s with his adult self as narrator (Don Cheadle’s voice this time), but the formerly suburban setting has been changed to Montgomery, Ala.

“When you think of this time period in Black America, you don’t really think of middle-class Black people,” fellow executive producer Lee Daniels said. “You think ‘impoverished’; you think of what the media portrayed us to be. This really sits with me and Saladin (K. Patterson, also an executive producer, who developed the new ‘Wonder Years’) because we are around the same age. This is our story, a story that hasn’t been told to America.”

Elisha “EJ” Williams stars in a new version of “The Wonder Years” premiering Wednesday on ABC.

As the 12-year-old whose eyes that time is reflected through, star Williiams noted his mission is “giant, just trying to figure out how (people) maneuver, as well as just trying to learn what they learned in that time. Obviously, as history goes on, you’re going to learn about what happened in those days. Now that I’m playing a character who lived in those times, it’s more of an, ‘OK, well, what is going on?’ than an, ‘OK, I remember our teacher telling us about it.’ ”

Dule Hill (who also worked with Patterson on “Psych”), Saycon Sengbloh and Laura Kariuki play Dean’s family (in the slots Dan Lauria, Alley Mills and Olivia d’Abo first had), while Milan Ray portrays Keisa, who is to Dean who the original iteration’s Winnie (Danica McKellar) was to the long-admiring Kevin. Cheadle succeeds Daniel Stern as the comedy-drama’s literal voice.

As suggested by his involvement in the new show, 1988-93 “Wonder Years” star Savage (often a TV director now) is comfortable with the changes to the initial concept, which earned the Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding comedy series for its first season.

“There’s a lot of elements of this show that feel very comfortable and familiar, to me and to an audience as well,” Savage said. “We’re maintaining a similar tone, a similar blend of comedy and truth, the same idea of a narrator looking back on his youth with the wisdom of age … but there are things that are incredibly unique about this show. The fact that it’s a brand-new family and brand-new characters allows us to maintain some of the things we loved about the original, while also telling a wholly unique and new story.”

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Amsterdam holds their 5th annual ItaliaFest

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AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The City of Amsterdam held it’s annual Italiafest on Bridge Street on Saturday.

“You just have to love good food and good company, this festival is for you,” says NYS Assemblymember Angelo Santabarbara. You should probably come to the festival on an empty stomach, that’s what Amsterdam Native Rocco Natale did. He won the spaghetti eating contest, he also won in 2019. “I usually fast during the day, so I did my normal routine just fasting and then I eat whatever I want for dinner and it’s worked two times in a row,” says Rocco.

ItaliaFest had live music, games, rides and wine tasting…something for the whole family to enjoy. Italiafest has been an event many people have been waiting for. “Judging visually from what I see, this may be the best turnout they ever had for this festival for any festival on the south side,” says Assemblymember Santabarbara.

The even brought the community together and shinned some light on the local businesses. “They are great businesses, a lot of these people a lot of these names have been in our city for 100 years. It’s a very historical neighborhood with a lot of historical people who have been in these businesses for years. Today is a great celebration for them as well,” says Amsterdam Mayor Michael Cinquanti.

Mayor Cinquanti says this event is what the community needed. “It has been such a long time for us to be able to put an event on like this and to see all these people here and everyone enjoying it it does our heart good. It’s a great thing for our city and it’s a great thing for the people of our city.”

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‘Evan Hansen’ star brings powerful show to big screen

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Julianne Moore knew the minute she saw Ben Platt’s electrifying performance on Broadway in “Dear Evan Hansen,” a Tony Award was coming.

“Let me say,” Moore said, sitting next to Platt for a Zoom interview, “I was there very early in the process because I like to see Broadway musicals too.

“Ben was downstage center and he started singing two minutes into it and he was exquisite, intelligent. Different than anything I’d seen on a Broadway stage. Ever.

“I turned to my daughter, I said, ‘Oh my God! I’ve never seen anything like this!’ I really did. Then I said, ‘He’s going to win the Tony!’ My daughter is 14. She said, ‘Shut up Mom.’

Moore plays Evan Hansen’s mother in Friday’s film version.

“It’s a beautiful show. But when you say ‘a career-defining performance,’ what Ben brought to it is so original and electric that suddenly everyone is, ‘Oh my God.’ That’s really special.”

A high school story, “Evan” expands from tragedy to a communal understanding. Following the suicide of Connor (Colton Murphy), a classmate, socially anxious high school senior Evan Hansen (Platt) is mistakenly considered the boy’s only friend by Connor’s mother and sister (Amy Adams, Kaitlyn Dever).

Platt, who turns 28 the day “Evan Hansen” opens nationally, has been here from the start. When did he realize this was life-changing for him?

“Just doing it in the first place, I already felt like a dream was coming true because since I was 6 years old my greatest dream was to get to originate a role that was entirely original.

“I realized this was going to be something a little bit larger than that average experience when we started in Washington, D.C.

“We all love the piece but there’s no way to anticipate the kind of emotional reaction this always seems to have. Audiences were not only moved but were tangibly altered by it, and consistently.

“No matter what the walk of life, there was just consistent tears and sharing of real difficult conversations afterwards. People were coming back, bringing their parents. It’s such a powerful icebreaker.

“Now I’m just incredibly grateful I’ve been afforded the opportunity to finish that journey and be the one to carry him over to the kind of final Evan resting place that he will live in always.

“Which is this film version. I know that’s a very rare opportunity for someone who performs onstage. So I feel really lucky.”

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(NEXSTAR) – TikTok is removing videos that show students bragging about stealing items from their schools after the trend started to take off earlier this month.

The “devious licks” trend, as it’s known on social media, had resulted in students stealing items from their schools, or, in some cases, literally ripping off fixtures of their school’s bathrooms, according to educators in numerous districts. Videos later posted by some of the students showed them removing the ill-gotten goods from their backpacks, bragging about the “devious licks,” or thefts, they were able to get away with.

Other times, the students are simply destroying school property, an act also attributed to the trend by educators in some districts.

“We’ve seen students ripping soap dispensers off of the walls and throwing them across the bathroom,” Ben Fobert, the principal of Mountain House High School in Mountain House, California, said in a statement provided to KTXL. “We’ve also seen paper towel dispensers completely ripped off of the walls. Students have ripped off the dividers between urinals in the boy’s bathrooms.”

In addition to warning students against such behavior, some schools, like Cram Middle School in North Las Vegas, have had to send letters to parents or otherwise notify the community after connecting a spate of stolen items and vandalism to the social-media trend.

“Please, check your child’s cell phone. Check their social media accounts. See what they’re doing,” Cram Middle School’s principal, Gary Bugash, told KLAS. “That will help us here in our education system.”

TikTok confirmed Wednesday that it was in the process of removing videos connected to the “devious licks” trend, which are in violation of the platform’s community guidelines.  

“We expect our community to create responsibly – online and [in real life],” the company wrote on Twitter. “We’re removing content and redirecting hashtags & search results to our Community Guidelines to discourage such behavior. Please be kind to your schools & teachers.”

As of Thursday morning, however, TikTok has not been able to scrub all videos pertaining to the trend, as some users began using similar but slightly different hashtags to continue sharing the clips.

TikTok’s efforts to remove the “devious” videos come shortly after the platform announced that it was banning videos related to the “milk crate challenge,” which tasked social-media users with ascending and descending an unsecured makeshift staircase made from milk crates. The trend soon prompted warnings from doctors, police, and even whole municipal health departments, one of which warned participants to “check with your local hospital to see if they have a bed available for you” before attempting the dangerous stunt.

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Grossman: Where climate change is concerned, history’s irrelevant

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Climate change made the floods in the Northeast from Hurricane Ida worse.

So proclaimed stories in major media: CNN, The Washington Post, ABC News and many others. Get used to it, scientists and politicians told reporters. “More storms (like this one) are coming more frequently,” the governor of New Jersey opined, “with (even) more intensity.”

In August 1955, before it is said that humans began having a major impact on the climate, I (a little boy) was awakened by a sound truck coming through our Waterbury, Conn., neighborhood proclaiming, “Do not use your gas unless it is an extreme emergency.”

I soon learned from my father, who couldn’t get to work that morning, why that truck woke me. The whole of the Naugatuck Valley was flooded, he reported. Water several feet high rushed through the valley destroying nearly everything in its path. From a hilltop vantage point near my grandparents’ house, I watched in amazement and horror as trees, roofs, houses, cars and much more came rushing along the streets that bordered the usually placid and polluted Naugatuck River.

The flooding occurred from the remnant of Hurricane Diane. There was flooding from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts. Nearly 400 people died and the cost of damage was in the (inflation-adjusted) billions.

Of course, one-off disasters occur as we know so this was a once-in-a-hundred-year storm, right?

No. There had been an even more devastating Northeast hurricane only 17 years before. That storm, unnamed, killed 600 people. According to The New York Times, in Bridgeport, Conn., just down the road from Waterbury, “the streets were turned into torrents.”

In fact, just the year before Diane, Hurricanes Edna and Carol spread devastation to the Northeast, even as far as Canada.

This isn’t ancient history. It tells us that really bad hurricanes and floods resulting from them have happened recently, in the lifetimes of many of us. Dangerous storms have spread devastation over large swaths of the country, killed people and destroyed property. But somehow we’re supposed to believe that it’s all new, all because of human-caused climate change.

Of course, it’s undeniable that the world is warming and it’s quite likely that human activity is a significant reason for it. But is it really causing historically more extreme weather, more often?

Not if you go farther back in history than some people want to go. A historic study of Atlantic hurricanes from 1900 to 2019 shows that, in fact, the frequency of hurricanes making landfall in the U.S. has declined, albeit slightly. The intensity isn’t rising either.

But for some people. history only covers the years 1980 to last year. In that time period, storm intensity has risen, but only to the level of the 1940s and 50s.

Scientists and politicians should be careful of using recent bad experiences to make predictions about how the climate will behave. They are almost always wrong. James Hansen, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, for example, predicted New York City’s Westside Highway would be underwater by the early 2000s. It isn’t.

Still, here’s a safe prediction: There will be more bad hurricanes in the future — as there has always been in the past.


Peter Z. Grossman is the author of several books on energy. This column provided by InsideSources.

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I have a bonus family. My husband has two kids and I have two kids. We’ve added a son three years ago. We have tried your suggestion of a family discussion to air differences, but things seem to spin out of control. What’s good ex-etiquette?

Family discussions are great ways to problem-solve, but bonusfamilies must be careful that they remain a forum for conflict resolution and not just venting sessions. If the discussion is filled with “you always do this” or “you never do that,” the conversation is bound to spin out of control.

Why? Because it’s human nature to hear two words first and lose sight of the gist of the observation — always and never. Once those words are entered into the discussion, people are on the defense and not listening.

Anytime you air your differences or are looking for a solution to a problem with someone, stay away from the blame game. Teach family members to use “I messages” to explain how they feel. There’s a very simple model you can follow that really works in discussions.

Using “I FEEL,” not “you always”:

  • State the feeling.
  • State the offending behavior.
  • State the effect it has on you.
  • State what you would like to see.

So, “you always yell at me for no reason!” — something that kids say all the time — becomes “I feel hurt (feeling) when you raise your voice (offending behavior). I feel like I want to cry and I don’t want to listen (the effect it has on you) and I wish you would just talk to me without yelling at me (what you want to see).”

Now you are talking about you, not blaming them.

The family discussion model I often suggest — sitting down with rules your family has devised specifically for your family — was born out of necessity. When my husband and I wanted to talk to the kids about whatever we saw needed to improve, we approached it from a “we’re all in this together” approach.

The family discussion worked really well. The amusing thing was when the kids called a family discussion on us. We were floored. We had no idea something we were doing — working too many hours — was bothering them.

When my daughter was 8 and my bonusdaughter was 9, they put their heads together and called a family discussion. They very clearly stated their case and said what they would like to see (cut back on the work hours).

So take a look at your approach. Are you using the family discussion model as a problem-solving tool, or a way to complain? You may have to tweak what you are doing for it to work for your specific needs. Try to stay flexible. That’s good ex-etiquette.


Dr. Jann Blackstone is the author of “Ex-etiquette for Parents: Good Behavior After Divorce or Separation,” and the founder of Bonus Families, bonusfamilies.com. This column provided by Tribune News Service.

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Chief concerns

With our war in Afghanistan declared over we need to resolve now some of our most serious domestic issues. We cannot allow them to fester, draining our will, our resources and our future well being.

These include developing a rapid means to vet all incoming displaced refugees from Afghanistan for threats of virus infection or terrorism. The same programs should apply to all refugees entering at our southern border.

We also need to enact solutions for defense of life and property from storms and wildfires. Assist those in need from the devastating effects of the ongoing pandemic. Improve domestic energy production so we can be free of imported needs and can be sustained with our own energy sources

Our future well being depends on both our executive and legislative bodies overcoming their opposing attitudes and working together for the common good of all Americans.

— Bob Sweeney, Warwick, R.I.

Opposing views

When I saw the headline on Jeff Robbins’ column  ( “On 9/11 anniversary, Bush warns of extremists within”, Sept. 14) I thought for once he and I were in agreement. We both thought George Bush’s speech in Shanksville, Pa., was exceptional. However, I thought Bush was referring to the violent extremists who have been rioting in Portland, Ore., Minneapolis, Seattle and other cities around the nation. Silly me, Jeff Robbins assumed he was referring to the protesters in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6. It just goes to show that right and left we do see the world through completely different lenses. I wonder if we will ever find common ground again.

– Margaret Michaud, Marblehead 

Get to work

It’s time to get Americans off the couch. In the article (“Instead of working hard, many hardly working”) by Stephen Moore, he notes that the Labor Department reported a record 10.9 million jobs open in America. There are 8 million unemployed Americans. Welfare needs to be tied to employment. Work provides a person with self-worth and a road out of the welfare trough. The U.S. Postal Service has a plan to hire 100,000 more workers. Amazon wants to increase its workforce by 125,000. It’s time to add a work requirement to welfare.

— Don Houghton, Quincy

Gen. Milley’s motives

The president is commander in chief and the military is subservient to the president. But what is undiscussed in your editorial is whether a rage-filled president, perhaps mentally unhinged as the speaker of the House, third in line of presidential succession, is reported to have said, is a competent commander in chief. The founders never anticipated a defeated president going rogue and entreating his vice president to cancel the Electoral College tabulation that finalizes the quadrennial presidential sweepstakes. And the founders never anticipated that a defeated president would, with a wink and a nod, encourage his supporters to delay the tabulation by attacking the Capitol. The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff was in uncharted and heretofore unanticipated territory when Donald Trump accosted our constitutional prerogatives. The speaker of the House, convinced that Mr. Trump was “crazy,” conferred with Gen. Milley and asked him to secure our nuclear weapons because of a fear that the defeated president would do great harm to our nation and, perhaps, to international order. Mr. Trump disdained the legal and peaceful course for a defeated candidate and attempted an insurrection. Gen. Milley was the patriot, not the defeated president.

— Paul Bloustein, Cincinnati, Ohio

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NEW YORK (WWTI) — Governor Kathy Hochul updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress combating COVID-19 on Saturday.

“We are continuing to partner with localities and health providers to make sure the vaccine is accessible in every part of the state,” Governor Hochul said. “We know the vaccine works, and we know that by not taking it you are many times more vulnerable to the most severe symptoms of COVID-19. If you still need to get your shot, you need to do so for your safety and the safety of everyone around you.”  

Saturday’s data is summarized briefly below: 

  • Test Results Reported – 197,275
  • Total Positive – 5,368
  • Percent Positive – 2.72%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 3.07%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 2,382 (-13)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 322
  • Patients in ICU – 557 (-10)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation – 312 (-2)
  • Total Discharges – 197,629 (+303)
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 27
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 44,133
  • Total deaths reported to and compiled by the CDC – 56,184
  • Total vaccine doses administered – 24,621,870
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours – 58,712
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days – 366,081
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose – 79.9%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series – 72.1%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 82.4%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 73.9%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose – 67.6%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 60.7%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 69.7%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 62.3% 

Each region’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows: 

Region Wednesday, September 15, 2021 Thursday, September 16, 2021 Friday, September 17, 2021
Capital Region 4.26% 4.21% 4.12%
Central New York 5.37% 5.03% 4.99%
Finger Lakes 4.95% 4.94% 4.93%
Long Island 4.06% 3.97% 3.92%
Mid-Hudson 3.54% 3.41% 3.36%
Mohawk Valley 4.64% 4.64% 4.55%
New York City 2.12% 2.06% 2.07%
North Country 5.63% 5.80% 5.85%
Southern Tier 3.37% 3.20% 3.33%
Western New York 5.02% 4.96% 4.75%
Statewide 3.16% 3.09% 3.07%

Each New York City borough’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

Borough in NYC Wednesday, September 15, 2021 Thursday, September 16, 2021 Friday, September 17, 2021
Bronx 2.23% 2.16% 2.03%
Kings 2.34% 2.32% 2.36%
New York 1.59% 1.55% 1.55%
Queens 2.20% 2.15% 2.16%
Richmond 2.76% 2.58% 2.62%

Yesterday, 5,368 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 2,349,893. A geographic breakdown is as follows: 

County Total Positive New Positive
Albany 28,164 91
Allegany 3,967 21
Broome 21,486 117
Cattaraugus 6,645 23
Cayuga 7,782 22
Chautauqua 10,674 52
Chemung 8,889 52
Chenango 4,133 21
Clinton 5,529 65
Columbia 4,580 22
Cortland 4,745 18
Delaware 3,005 15
Dutchess 33,516 79
Erie 98,209 146
Essex 1,922 8
Franklin 3,419 43
Fulton 5,216 12
Genesee 5,983 24
Greene 3,897 21
Hamilton 407 3
Herkimer 5,924 19
Jefferson 7,326 41
Lewis 3,131 8
Livingston 5,117 15
Madison 5,318 16
Monroe 77,364 168
Montgomery 5,013 35
Nassau 205,391 372
Niagara 21,932 51
NYC 1,048,613 2,082
Oneida 25,440 80
Onondaga 45,229 128
Ontario 8,428 23
Orange 54,147 102
Orleans 3,577 11
Oswego 9,438 36
Otsego 4,122 12
Putnam 11,742 37
Rensselaer 13,126 42
Rockland 50,497 56
Saratoga 18,254 68
Schenectady 15,123 52
Schoharie 2,050 9
Schuyler 1,255 2
Seneca 2,432 10
St. Lawrence 8,715 69
Steuben 8,233 54
Suffolk 225,877 512
Sullivan 7,740 23
Tioga 4,360 16
Tompkins 5,841 46
Ulster 16,195 50
Warren 4,625 23
Washington 3,854 17
Wayne 6,836 32
Westchester 140,204 179
Wyoming 3,877 9
Yates 1,379 8

Yesterday, 27 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 44,133. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

County New Deaths
Bronx 1
Broome 1
Chautauqua 1
Erie 1
Genesee 1
Kings 3
Manhattan 3
Monroe 3
Nassau 1
Oneida 1
Onondaga 2
Otsego 1
Queens 3
Steuben 1
Suffolk 2
Sullivan 1
Tioga 1

Yesterday, 32,739 New Yorkers received their first vaccine dose, and 28,154 completed their vaccine series. A geographic breakdown of New Yorkers who have been vaccinated by region is as follows:

People with at least one vaccine dose:

Region Cumulative 
Total
Increase over past 24 hours
Capital Region 739,975 973
Central New York 578,299 678
Finger Lakes 749,730 989
Long Island 1,827,790 5,206
Mid-Hudson 1,426,860 2,720
Mohawk Valley 288,379 324
New York City 6,454,852 19,557
North Country 268,149 465
Southern Tier 384,105 500
Western New York 818,109 1,327
Statewide 13,536,248 32,739

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Region Cumulative 
Total
Increase over past 24 hours
Capital Region 680,188 1,025
Central New York 536,367 597
Finger Lakes 698,347 895
Long Island 1,617,264 4,954
Mid-Hudson 1,264,941 2,554
Mohawk Valley 266,763 419
New York City 5,713,998 15,521
North Country 241,761 460
Southern Tier 354,514 492
Western New York 751,291 1,237
Statewide 12,125,434 28,154
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‘Muhammad Ali’ gets the Kens Burns treatment on PBS

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‘Muhammad Ali’ gets the Kens Burns treatment on PBS

It’s not a stretch to say that Muhammad Ali was one of the most consequential men of the 20th century — in and out of the boxing ring. Consequently, he’s getting the Ken Burns treatment in a multi-part documentary upcoming on PBS.

“Muhammad Ali,” a four-part, eight-hour documentary produced by Burns (“Baseball,” “The Civil War”) and airing Sunday through Wednesday (8 p.m. on GBH), looks at the life of the three-time heavyweight champion, whose lightning speed, agility and smarts thrilled the sport’s fans and whose outspokenness and principled stands on human rights, racial and religious biases and the war in Vietnam inspired people around the world and challenged notions of the roles athletes and celebrities play in society.

“Muhammad Ali” premieres Sunday on PBS (check local listings).

The film covers all the bases in the life of the man born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., from his childhood in Louisville, Ky., and personal life that included four marriages to his conversion to Islam, his complex relationships with Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam, his refusal to enter the military during the war, the consequent prison sentence and loss of his first heavyweight title.

And then, of course, there were the rivalries (Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, George Foreman) and the fights (Rumble in the Jungle, Thrilla in Manila) before his retirement, post-boxing life and death from Parkinson’s in 2016.

Along the way, we learn that Ali was a man of many contradictions, one of incredible wit, kindness and generosity who could be exceedingly cruel to opponents he didn’t like. And his famous boasts of “I am the greatest” were at times counterbalanced by humility, which he notably exhibited after losing to Frazier in 1971.

“He basically has been bragging about it,” Burns explains. “He’s been ragging, I think, irresponsibly and inexcusably about Joe Frazier and using the terms that white racists use to describe Black men. And he loses. … And the next morning, he is completely quiet and silent and self-contained and talking about how everyone has losses. ‘I’m here as an example to remind people that the death of a loved one or the loss of a job or a loss of a title is just what life does.’

“And it might appear to be an opposite of all the braggadocio but the braggadocio … plus that humility is exactly the same thing. It is communicating to all of the people of the world who feel like everything is stacked against them, particularly people of color.”

Burns, who produced the documentary with Stephanie Jenkins and writers/directors Sarah Burns and David McMahon, often talks about his documentary subjects being examples of “history firing on all cylinders.” In the case of Ali, he says, this one was “a souped-up engine.”

“He’s one of the few people from the past that I’d want to hang out with,” Burns said. “I think certainly Lincoln, Louis Armstrong and Muhammad Ali. … He is a kind of uber-American in every sense of the word.”

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