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American Red Cross asking for blood donations as they experience emergency blood and platelet shortage



American Red Cross asking for blood donations as they experience emergency blood and platelet shortage

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The American Red Cross is asking people to donate blood because they are experiencing an emergency blood and platelet shortage. They must collect 10,000 additional blood products each week over the next month for the blood supply to recover and meet hospital and patient needs.

Blood donor turnout has reached the lowest levels of the year as many people delayed giving blood because of a return to the workplace and in-person learning, as well as a recent surge in COVID cases. As cases spiked in August, blood donor participation decreased about 10%, but blood product distributions to hospitals have remained strong, significantly outpacing blood donations in recent weeks.

The national Red Cross blood inventory is the lowest it’s been at this time of year since 2015, with less than a day’s supply of certain blood types in recent weeks. The supply of types O positive and O negative blood, the most needed blood types by hospitals, dropped to less than a half-day supply at times over the last month − well below the ideal five-day supply.

“Fall is typically a time when the blood supply rebounds as donors are more available to give
than during the busy summer months, but this year has presented a unique and serious
challenge,” said Dr. Pampee Young, chief medical officer for the Red Cross. “While it’s clear the
pandemic continues to weigh heavily on our minds, the Red Cross asks the public to remember
donating blood and platelets is essential to the many patients that rely on lifesaving transfusions
every day.”

Albany County:


  • 9/30/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Red Cross of Eastern New York, 33 Everett Rd.
  • 10/6/2021: 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Empire State Plaza, Concourse Level, Between Logan’s & Patsy’s Barber
  • Shop
  • 10/6/2021: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Northern Rivers Family of Services, 60 Academy Road
  • 10/13/2021: 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Empire State Plaza, Concourse Level, Between Logan’s & Patsy’s Barber
  • Shop
  • 10/15/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Red Cross of Eastern New York, 33 Everett Rd.


  • 10/5/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 16 Elsmere Avenue
  • 10/13/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Delmar Reformed Church, 386 Delaware Avenue


  • 9/29/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 400 Old Loudon Road
  • 9/30/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Latham Fire Department, 226 Old Loudon Road
  • 10/15/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 400 Old Loudon Road


  • 9/29/2021: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sarazen Student Union, 515 Loudon Road, Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy


  • 10/2/2021: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Slingerlands Fire Department, 1520 New Scotland Road


  • 9/28/2021: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Watervliet High School, 1245 Hillside Dr

Fulton county:


  • 10/8/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Gloversville Fire Department, 5 Frontage Street


  • 10/7/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fulton County YMCA, 213 Harrison St

Montgomery County:


  • 10/7/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Masonic Temple, 34 Division St


  • 10/12/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Johns St Marks Church, 143 Church St

Rensselaer County:

East Greenbush

  • 10/4/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Rensselaer Elks, 683 Columbia Turnpike

Hoosick Falls

  • 10/5/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Baptist Church of Hoosick Falls, 80 Main Street


  • 10/6/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Healthcare Association of New York State, One Empire Drive


  • 9/27/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Troy Hilton Garden Inn, 235 Hoosick Street
  • 10/15/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Troy Hilton Garden Inn, 235 Hoosick Street

Saratoga County:

Ballston Lake

  • 9/28/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Clifton Park Elks, 695 Macelroy Rd

Ballston Spa

  • 10/4/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ballston Spa Elks, 10 Hamilton Place
  • 10/8/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ballston Center ARP Church, 58 Charlton Rd

Burnt Hills

  • 9/29/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Burnt Hills United Methodist Church, 816 Route 50

Clifton Park

  • 9/27/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., King of Kings Lutheran Church, 1593 Crescent Rd.
  • 10/7/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Halfmoon Town Hall, 2 Halfmoon Town Plaza
  • 10/12/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Shenendehowa United Methodist Church, 971 Rt. 146


  • 9/28/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Malta Ambulance, 2449 Rt. 9


  • 10/6/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Hemstreet Park Fire Dept, 137 N Linden Street


  • 10/14/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Vischer Ferry Fire District, 360 Riverview Rd

Saratoga Springs

  • 10/1/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saratoga Regional YMCA Wilton Branch, 20 Old Gick Rd
  • 10/5/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saratoga City Center, 522 Broadway
  • 10/13/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Empire State College, 2 Union Ave.


  • 10/7/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Mary’s Church, Division and 6th streets

Schenectady County:


  • 10/11/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 547 Saratoga Road


  • 10/9/2021: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Niskayuna Reformed Church, 3041 Troy Schenectady Rd


  • 10/6/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Proctors, 432 State St
  • 10/11/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., St Madeleine Sophie Church, 3500 Carman Rd

Schoharie County:


  • 10/13/2021: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Fusion Community Church, 375 North Grand Street

Warren County:

Glens Falls

  • 9/30/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Christ Church, 54 Bay Street
  • 10/5/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Glens Falls National Bank, 333 Glen Street
  • 10/13/2021: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street

Lake George

  • 9/28/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Holiday Inn Lake George, 2223 Canada St.


  • 10/1/2021: 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., The Great Escape, 89 Six Flags Drive

Washington County:


  • 10/12/2021: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Hartford Fire Department, Rt 149 and Rt 40

Hudson Falls

  • 10/12/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Post 574, 72 Pearl Street

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Texas drag race driver slams into spectators, killing 2 kids



Texas drag race driver slams into spectators, killing 2 kids

KERRVILLE, Texas (AP) — A driver lost control during a Texas drag racing event on an airport runway and slammed into a crowd of spectators, killing two children and injuring eight other people, authorities said.

A 6-year-old boy and an 8-year-old boy were killed in the crash Saturday afternoon at an event called “Airport Race Wars 2” at the Kerrville-Kerr County Airport, police said in a news release. The organized event was attended by thousands and involved drivers speeding down a runway as they competed for cash.

The driver “lost control and left the runway, crashing into parked vehicles and striking spectators who were observing the races,” Kerrville police said.

The injured victims were taken to various hospitals, including a 46-year-old woman who was listed in critical condition. The majority of the other injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, although the condition of a 26-year-old man was unknown, authorities said. A 4-year-old boy and a 3-month-old girl were taken to a hospital for precautionary evaluations.

Authorities have not released the identities of the two children who were killed at the event about 60 miles (97 kilometers) northwest of San Antonio.

The Kerrville Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website promoted the event as an “action packed, family-friendly day” in which fans could watch the “fastest drag cars compete for over $8000 in total prizes.”

Upward of 3,500 people were in attendance, according to Louis Amestoy, a freelance journalist who was at the event.

The race was an eighth of a mile (0.2 kilometers) long, and water-filled plastic barriers lined the course. But Amestoy said they didn’t extend past the finish line, leaving no protection between spectators and cars as they were slowing down at the end of the race.

Spectators could get within about 15 feet (4.6 meters) of the track, and many watched the race from lawn chairs in the absence of stands. Organizers reminded people to stay in the grass and off the asphalt, Amestoy told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

The driver was nearing the end of the strip when the car veered off course, Amestoy said.


Associated Press writer Bryan Gallion contributed to this report from Roseland, New Jersey.

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Let computers do it: Film set tragedy spurs call to ban guns



Let computers do it: Film set tragedy spurs call to ban guns

NEW YORK (AP) — With computer-generated imagery, it seems the sky’s the limit in the magic Hollywood can produce: elaborate dystopian universes. Trips to outer space, for those neither astronauts nor billionaires. Immersive journeys to the future, or back to bygone eras.

But as a shocked and saddened industry was reminded this week, many productions still use guns — real guns — when filming. And despite rules and regulations, people can get killed, as happened last week when Alec Baldwin fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins after he was handed a weapon and told it was safe.

The tragedy has led some in Hollywood, along with incredulous observers, to ask: Why are real guns ever used on set, when computers can create gunshots in post-production? Isn’t even the smallest risk unacceptable?

For Alexi Hawley, it is. “Any risk is too much risk,” the executive producer of ABC’s police drama “The Rookie” announced in a staff memo Friday, saying the events in New Mexico had “shaken us all.”

There “will be no more ‘live’ weapons on the show,” he wrote in a note, first reported by The Hollywood Reporter and confirmed by The Associated Press.

Instead, he said, the policy would be to use replica guns, which use pellets and not bullets, with muzzle flashes added in post-production.

The director of the popular Kate Winslet drama “Mare of Easttown,” Craig Zobel, called for the entire industry to follow suit and said gunshots on that show were added after filming, even though on previous productions he has used live rounds.

“There’s no reason to have guns loaded with blanks or anything on set anymore,” Zobel wrote on Twitter. “Should just be fully outlawed. There’s computers now. The gunshots on ‘Mare of Easttown’ are all digital. You can probably tell, but who cares? It’s an unnecessary risk.”

Bill Dill — a cinematographer who taught Hutchins, a rising star in her field, at the American Film Institute — expressed disgust in an interview over the “archaic practice of using real guns with blanks in them, when we have readily available and inexpensive computer graphics.”

Dill, whose credits include “The Five Heartbeats” and “Dancing in September,” said there was added danger from real guns because “people are working long hours” on films and “are exhausted.”

“There’s no excuse for using live weapons,” he said.

A petition was launched over the weekend on for real guns to be banned from production sets.

“There is no excuse for something like this to happen in the 21st century,” it said of the tragedy. “This isn’t the early 90′s, when Brandon Lee was killed in the same manner. Change needs to happen before additional talented lives are lost.” Lee, the actor son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, was killed in 1993 by a makeshift bullet left in a prop gun after a previous scene.

The petition appealed to Baldwin directly “to use his power and influence” in the industry and promote “Halyna’s Law,” which would ban the use of real firearms on set. As it stands, the U.S. federal workplace safety agency is silent on the issue and most of the preferred states for productions take a largely hands-off approach.

Hutchins, 42, died and director Joel Souza was wounded Thursday on the set of the Western “Rust” when Baldwin fired a prop gun that a crew member unwittingly told him was “cold” or not loaded with live rounds, according to court documents made public Friday.

Souza was later released from the hospital.

The tragedy came after some workers had walked off the job to protest safety conditions and other production issues on the film, of which Baldwin is the star and a producer.

In an interview, British cinematographer Steven Hall noted that he worked on a production this year in Madrid that involved “lots of firearms.”

“We were encouraged not to use blanks, but to rely on visual effects in post (production) to create whatever effect we wanted from a particular firearm, with the actor miming the recoil from the gun, and it works very well,” he said.

He noted, though, that special effects add costs to a production’s budget. “So it’s easier and perhaps more economic to actually discharge your weapon on set using a blank,” said Hall, a veteran cinematographer who has worked on films like “Fury” and “Thor: The Dark World.” But, he said, “the problem with blanks is, of course … something is emitted from the gun.”

Besides financial concerns, why else would real guns be seen as preferable? “There are advantages to using blanks on set that some people want to get,” said Sam Dormer, a British “armorer,” or firearms specialist. “For instance, you get a (better) reaction from the actor.”

Still, Dormer said, the movie industry is likely moving away from real guns, albeit slowly.

The term “prop gun” can apply to anything from a rubber toy to a real firearm that can fire a projectile. If it’s used for firing, even blanks, it’s considered a real gun. A blank is a cartridge that contains gunpowder but no bullet. Still, it can hurt or even kill someone who is close by, according to the Actors’ Equity Association.

That’s why many are calling to ban blanks as well, and use disabled or replica guns.

“Really there is no good reason in this day to have blanks on set,” director Liz Garbus wrote on Twitter. “CGI can make the gun seem ‘real,’ and if you don’t have the budget for the CGI, then don’t shoot the scene.”

Megan Griffiths, a Seattle-based filmmaker, wrote that she often gets pushback when demanding disabled, non-firing weapons on set.

“But this is why,” she said on Twitter. “Mistakes happen, and when they involve guns, mistakes kill. … Muzzle flashes are the easiest & cheapest visual effect.”

“Why are we still doing this?”


Associated Press writers Lindsey Bahr, Lynn Elber in Los Angeles, Hillel Italie in New York and Lizzie Knight in London contributed to this report.

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Massachusetts hiker collapses and dies in New Hampshire



Massachusetts hiker collapses and dies in New Hampshire

FRANCONIA, N.H. (AP) — A hiker collapsed on the Lonesome Lake Trail in Franconia and died Saturday, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said.

The department was notified Saturday morning that a hiker was receiving CPR on the trail. The 53-year-old man from Beverly, Massachusetts was hiking with a partner when he suddenly collapsed one mile from the trailhead.

Two emergency medical technicians were hiking the same trail and immediately started performing CPR, but they could not revive the hiker.

Conservation officers and rescue volunteers from the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue team brought the hiker back to the trailhead. The man’s name was not released publicly because his family was still being notified.

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