Daily Primer 6/15/17

Daily Primer 6/15/17

Today is Illuminate Albany at The Fuze Box. Come out to hear SPAC president and CEO Liz Sobol discuss what brought her to the area and her connections to the arts. You’ll also be treated to a free performance of avant-garde free jazz by KBT3. 


Don’t forget, we’ve got The Stir at Troy Kitchen coming up next week with a performance by Sime Jesus. 

Jaya Sundaresh @jayaist 

Three Capital Region communities selected for anti-blight initiativeTimes Union

Albany, Schenectady, and Saratoga are getting a whole lot of money for blight removal. It’s up to us to see how it’s spent.

ICE nabs teenager hours before his senior prom, days before his graduation ceremonyThe Washington Post

They couldn’t have allowed him to stay in the country just a few months longer?

Incarceration is Skyrocketing in Rural AmericaWired Magazine

We talk about mass incarceration as if it’s a problem that plagues urban communities — a new report from the Vera Institute of Justice shows that it is increasingly being felt in rural ones as well.

Republican Senator unilaterally moves to restrict press access at the CapitolThinkProgress

Another shot is fired on the war on journalists.

Religious Liberals Sat Out of Politics for 40 Years. Now They Want in the Game.The New York Times

A stirring (and long) piece about the religious left, and Rev. William Barber.

Katie Cusack @katiecusackk 

8th World Wonder’ May Lie Below Volcanic Lakeshore — National Geographic

Pink and white cascading terraces of silica sinter quartz may be hidden under a layer of volcanic ash.

CDTA reveals 38 locations for bike-share program Times Union

This summer 160 bikes will be distributed amongst the 20 Albany sites, as well as the seven sites in both Troy and Schenectady as well as the four in Saratoga Springs.

Amid protests in Venezuela, medical students become vital to survivalNBC News

Medical students have started the Green Helmet program with volunteer aid programs in 11 cities around the country.

U.S. led airstrikes in Syria killed hundreds of civilians, UN panel says — New York Times

NYC will spend $100 million on green rooftops and tree planting to help beat extreme heatGothamist

“Mayor Bill de Blasio echoed that sentiment in a statement, noting: ‘Climate change is a dagger aimed at the heart of our city, and extreme heat is the edge of the knife. This is a question of equity; hotter summers, exacerbated by climate change, are a threat that falls disproportionately on communities of color and the elderly.’”

Luke Stoddard Nathan, @lukestdnathan

Churchill: Nepotism lives, and pigs aren’t flyingTimes Union

Chris Churchill critiques the ostensible reasons the Albany County legislature voted down an anti-nepotism law.

Trump Administration Quietly Rolls Back Civil Rights Efforts Across Federal GovernmentProPublica

The Department of Justice has directed attorneys not to seek consent decrees as part of settlements, ProPublica reports. Consent decrees are a kind of ongoing supervision of a matter by the courts.

Port Authority’s search for a CEO has failed, says its chairmanCrain’s New York

“Naming a CEO was a key recommendation made by a special Port Authority panel in 2014 to overhaul the agency’s management structure and reduce political infighting.”

Tax-evaders exposed: why the super-rich are even richer than we thoughtThe Guardian

“The higher one moves up the wealth distribution, the higher the probability of hiding asset

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