The Daily Primer 5/30/17

The Daily Primer 5/30/17

Welcome back to the grind. We hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend. Its Tuesday and that means a new food piece from B.A. Nilsson. Check out his story on Superior Merchandise Co. in Troy. You’ll also want to dig into Luke Stoddard Nathan’s examination of the government’s case against developers and former members of the Cuomo administration in the Buffalo Billion scandal. 

Tune in to our social media channels this week for a number of major ticket giveaways! We’re going to try to make your summer a little bit better. 

Now take a look at what our writers are talking about today. Want to chat? Hit them up on Twitter!


Jaya Sundaresh @jayaist

How immigration detention creates a shadow prison systemPRI

Important look at the system of mass incarceration erected by ICE in this country, which criminalizes and penalizes people who have committed no crime.

Eighty years after Jim Crow, NY farmers still fighting for rightsTimes Union

It’s good to remember that abuse of a primarily immigrant agricultural workforce doesn’t just happen in other states, or isn’t a historical relic, like something out of a Steinbeck novel. It’s good to remember that this happens right here, in Upstate New York.

Dilma Rouseff on Her Ouster, Brazil’s Political Crisis & Fighting DictatorshipDemocracy Now

The former President of Brazil, who was ousted in a legislative coup, in conversation with Amy Goodman. A worthy counterweight to the recent 60 Minutes report on Brazil’s political crisis.

After 2016 Assault, Coptic Christian Grandmother in Egypt Fights for JusticeNPR

Heartbreaking story out of Egypt detailing the horrors of the discrimination faced by the Coptic Christian minority.

White flight followed factory jobs out of Gary, Indiana. Black people didn’t have a choiceThe Guardian

Fascinating in-depth piece out of Gary, investigating a slice of the Midwest working class that didn’t vote for Trump — the black working class in Gary, Indiana. Those interested in political change would be wise to pay attention to this investigation.


Katie Cusack @katicusackk


Aleppo after the fallNew York Times Magazine

A heavy-hitting feature on life in Aleppo today: the historic city that has been reduced to rubble, the tragedy of life lost and how those who have remained continue to survive with constant threat hanging overhead.

Inside the marijuana showdown at the Canadian borderMen’s Journal

Authorities have been barring travelers who admit to smoking weed–regardless of whether they are heading to a recreationally legal state.   

Why are Millennials prioritizing good food over buying property and cars?  — National Post  

Millennials are more likely to spend money on food than material goods. This article suggests the pricey, healthful food choices offer a sense of control.  

A look at major drug-pricing proposalsThe New York Times

As prescription drug prices–both brand-name and generic–continue to rise, a number of bipartisan proposals to combat the issue have been put on the table. Take a look at them here.  

After Portland killings, mayor wants to cancel ‘alt-right’ ralliesNBC News

Mayor Ted Wheeler calls for federal support to ban ‘alt-right’ rally out of respect for Friday’s murder victims. Wheeler says that despite the First Amendment, hate speech is not protected. Rally organizer Joey Bishop and Oregon ACLU dispute.  

Luke Stoddard Nathan @lukestdnathan

Albany port on verge of major expansionAlbany Business Review

“The port commission has scheduled a special meeting Tuesday to award bids for electrical, mechanical, structural and fire protection work, enabling General Electric and Dresser-Rand to ship larger equipment in and out of Albany, New York. If contracts are awarded, work could begin in July.”

Land near GlobalFoundries chip fab eyed for large battery projectTimes Union

Key Capture Energy, a clean energy firm, is now surveying and studying “a parcel of land for a possible ‘energy storage facility’” near the sprawling chip fab in Malta.

Drug Lobbyists’ Battle Cry Over Prices: Blame the OthersThe New York Times

“A civil war has broken out among the most powerful players in the pharmaceutical industry — including brand-name and generic drug makers, and even your local pharmacists — with each blaming others for the rising price of medicine.”

New Jersey Candidates Trumpet Transit Dreams. On Revenue, They Mumble.Bloomberg

How will our neighbor pay for much-needed upgrades to its transit system? Gubernatorial candidates have yet to offer a satisfying answer, Bloomberg reports.

David Howard King @davidhowardking

Albany DA won’t probe controversial stipends paid to 8 state senatorsNY Daily News

Albany County DA David Soares has generally avoided policing Albany over the years. Some thought he might go after the IDC and Senate Republicans to benefit his supporters at the Working Families Party. Looks like that won’t happen.

In Albany, Stipends Known as “Lulus” Feed Culture of ScandalNew York Times

A look at how lulus are used in the legislature and why they are criticized.

Rensselaer County DA ends practice of not prosecuting some Walmart shopliftersTimes Union

Law enforcement didn’t take kindly to DA Joel Abelove’s attempt to reduce court overcrowding, so he abandoned it.

Albany designer’s streetwear is catching onDaily Gazette

This native of Nigeria got his break when one of his sneaker designs went viral in his sophomore year at Albany High School.

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