Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Don’t pack the gloves, scarves and hand warmers just yet—another cold blast is on its way and snow may not be too far behind.Long Island was treated to a gorgeous day Saturday as temperatures mostly hovered around 50 degrees, allowing for a much-needed reprieve from this snowy and downright freezing winter.Similar temperatures are expected Sunday with party sunny skies in the forecast.But Mother Nature it seems has had it out for LI all winter so prepare for another chilly week.The mercury Monday night will drop to around 22 degrees and Tuesday will hover around freezing. But forecasters at the National Weather Service are predicting a 60-percent chance of snow overnight into Wednesday, though its still early to estimate snowfall amounts.Expect gentler skies Thursday and Friday, but temperatures should remain below freezing, particularly during the evening hours.
– Advertisement – Updated – Advertisement – Mr. Biden, a Scranton native whose pitch to Democrats was always that he could woo back white working-class voters, fell short of that goal. Although he slightly narrowed margins in rural counties compared with Hillary Clinton in 2016, Mr. Trump, who barnstormed through the state’s most conservative regions, brought out even more of his base.- Advertisement – In Washington County in southwest Pennsylvania, a region that benefited economically from fracking for natural gas, Mr. Biden won a slightly larger share of the vote than Mrs. Clinton did, 38 percent versus 35 percent. But with overall turnout up significantly, Mr. Trump won 9,300 more raw votes this year than he did in 2016, while Mr. Biden added only 7,650 additional votes. The pattern appears to have repeated across central Pennsylvania.“There was no dropoff” for Mr. Trump from 2016, said Rob Gleason, a former chair of the state Republican Party, who lives in Cambria County in central Pennsylvania. “It’s pretty fantastic.” If the race comes down to the wire, the fate of thousands of provisional ballots set to be counted next week might also be in play. Many voters who requested mail-in ballots but decided to vote in person instead and did not bring their mail ballots with them to be “spoiled,” or rendered unusable, were given provisional ballots, said Bethany Hallam, a member of the elections board of Allegheny County. At least one Republican lawsuit was filed to throw out certain provisional ballots, and Ms. Hallam expects more are coming.Mr. Trump “sent his entire legal team to Pennsylvania to try to invalidate legal votes in whatever way possible,” Ms. Hallam said.No matter who ends up winning the battle for Pennsylvania, the geography and the closeness of the race revealed a state pulling ever further apart along regional and partisan lines. Suburbs outside Philadelphia and Pittsburgh that once leaned Republican have become treacherous for the party under Mr. Trump, while blue-collar counties, where Democrats used to win election after election, have moved to the populist right. Nov. 4, 2020, 6:36 p.m. ET Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, condemned Mr. Trump’s legal challenges.“Our election officials at the state and local level should be free to do their jobs without intimidation or attacks,” Mr. Wolf said in a statement. “These attempts to subvert the democratic process are disgraceful.”- Advertisement –
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Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI’d like to give a different perspective on Gary Guido’s May 10 letter on “Trump’s “present to cost us all plenty.”Gary gave a somewhat detailed example related to gas prices and how they’ve increased since 2016 and how they affect family income today. Oil/gas prices are affected by U.S. oil domestic policy, geopolitical events and OPEC, which all presidents have to contend with. Readers, you can do your own research on how OPEC affected the price of oil/gas from 2012 through 2018 and you’ll see why, as Gary mentioned, the price of gas was about $2.10 per gallon in 2016 and is what it is today.Also, if we assume there’s inflation (wage inflation and consumer price inflation) in the market, then people five to six years ago were making less than today and consumer prices were less than today. In Gary’s example, I didn’t see where he mentioned wage inflation, which could offset consumer price inflation.Regarding tax changes, which include changes to the standard deduction and exemptions: For a family with $75,000 income, my calculations indicate a family would pay less under the new tax law and have more in their pocket.Can we now take Gary’s conclusion about President Trump and apply it to President Obama, when in 2012 the price of gas was about $3.50 per gallon?JERRY SMITHRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census
The fire that was burning on the water surface at the site of the sunken Iranian tanker Sanchi has gone out, China’s Oceanic Administration said in an update on Monday.However, Chinese authorities have discovered various oil slicks at the site which have been extending northward from the position of the wreck.There is an 18.5 km long, 1.85-7.4 km wide condensate leak zone around the area, the agency said.Monitoring activities at the site continue and the agency said it was collecting water samples from the site for inspection purposes.Nevertheless, the exact extent of the pollution and environmental impact of the accident is yet to be determined.“There is also the possibility of a fuel oil spill. Given that the fuel tanks in these sorts of vessels are located close to the engine room, it is likely that the fuel tanks have remained intact since the initial collision on January 6. “As the fuel oil cools, it will become more viscous which will help to slow or even prevent leaks. In this scenario, it is possible that we will see chronic low volume leakage over a period of time at the seabed. The impact would remain relatively local,” Paul Johnston from Greenpeace International’s Science Unit in the University of Exeter, UK, said.What is more, according to Greenpeace experts from East Asia and Japan, the explosion and sinking of the Sanchi occurred in an important spawning ground for many commercial species such as the bluefin leatherjacket and the swordtip squid. The area is also on the migratory pathway of many marine mammals, such as humpback whale, right whale and gray whale.The Sanchi was carrying 136,000 tons of condensate oil, which is very volatile, meaning that much of the substance will have been consumed in the fire and that most of the spilled condensate will evaporate into the air.A proportion of condensate spilled will dissolve into the water, and this will be locally toxic until it dilutes enough to be broken down by natural processes, probably quite quickly, Greenpece explained.Any condensate that does spill may produce a surface sheen, though that may be hard to see or detect in current weather conditions, which will evaporate, dissolve or disperse quite quickly.Based on the estimates of China’s Ministry of Transport less than 1 percent would remain on the sea surface 5 hours after the collision.“Now that the tanker has sunk, it is important that operations now shift from salvage and recovery, to assessment of the impacts of the potential condensate spill. An assessment of how much condensate has been spilled must be conducted as soon as possible and appropriate containment and clean-up measures adopted,” Greenpeace stressed.The Sanchi sank on January 14, 530 km from Shanghai and 310 km from Naha, Japan.The hope of finding any survivors of Sanchi’s 32 crew members has diminished, according to Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO).Three bodies have been recovered from the vessel and are yet to be identified.World Maritime News Staff
In two weeks we will know who will have that infamous one-game playoff to move to the next round in the World Series chase. I like the idea of an expanded playoff, because when you play 162 games and you have one of the top records in baseball, you should be rewarded–especially the way the National League Central has gone this year. At one point these 3 teams–Pirates, Cardinals, and Reds–had the best 3 records in all of baseball. However, when you just play one game of “winner take all”, 162 games seems like a lot of wasted effort. I know they don’t want to play in November, but there has to be a way of making this first round 2 out of 3 and still getting the rest of the playoff games in. If you can’t play 7 games in 10 days or less, I think there is something wrong with your training program. I feel there are too many days off, especially when you get down to the final round. At least in this system, you do get to decide it on the field playing a contest rather than some arbitrary formula for picking the one team that is going on. We have seen this too many times in other sports. Especially by some high school athletic associations. A few years ago a 10-0 football team in Cincinnati did not make the playoffs because of their weird formula, and a team with a 4-6 record did. The reason was that the 10-0 team didn’t play a tough enough schedule. What a crock! Let’s hope the Reds win this one game if that is the situation they are in and get a chance to redeem last year’s debacle.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — With all the smartphones, tablets, computers and video games around, it’s easy to forget that there is life beyond a screen. It’s Screen-Free Week, a time to rediscover some of the joys of being unplugged.Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, said turning off screens can shift the focus to more engaging activities, which can improve well-being and relationships.“We want to get people to stop looking at those screens and start looking at each other,” he said, “because we have so much to offer each other.”While the idea of having their children go screen-free might send parents into a panic, Golin said they might be surprised with the result.“Kids are much more imaginative at coming up with activities than we give them credit for these days,” he said. “So if we can start to break that habit – as the second we’re bored we reach for the tablet or we turn on the video-game system – we’d be amazed at the ways that kids can entertain themselves.”Excessive use of screens is linked to attention problems, poor school performance, sleep problems and emotional difficulties among children. Because children are always watching their parents, Golin said, it’s important that good habits are practiced in the home.“So that means when we’re having conversations, we’re not distracted looking at our phones,” he said. “That means we’re not bringing our devices to the dining room table. We’re absolutely not glancing at our phones when we’re on the road because our children will be driving someday and we don’t want to be modeling that behavior as well.”Experts discourage screen time for children younger than age 2, and for other children no more than two hours a day of educational programming. But research shows that 8- to 18-year-olds spend about seven hours using screen media every day.
Do you remember when the Olympics were for the young amateur athletes? This, obviously, is not the case today. Most of the people who will compete this summer are being paid (some very handily) in their sport making them professionals. The basketball team will likely be all professional players who make millions. Only high school age or younger are truly amateurs in the Olympics today.Recently, Sugar Ray Leonard voiced his opposition to this practice in an article of Sports Illustrated. I am with him. I liked it a lot better when the athletes were truly amateurs. Today in order to compete you must use the professionals.This will not keep me, however, from watching and enjoying the competition. We are all rooting for Chris Giesting and Bryce Timonera to be a couple of those athletes.
Brookville, In. — A Napoleon woman is behind bars following an investigation into a stolen credit card in Franklin County.A report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says the card was reported stolen on August 5, 2017 and had been used several times in the Greensburg area. An acquaintance of the victim, Elizabeth Whipple was located in Brookville and arrested for felony fraud and misdemeanor theft.If convicted Whipple could spend up to 2 ½ years in prison and be required to pay a $10,000 fine.
By Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. – Following on the heels of this past weekend’s Inaugural Freedom Tour non-wing Sprint Car double, action continues with this Saturday’s championship chase action at Dodge City Raceway Park featuring all five of the track’s regular classes.And it’s time to pack the track’s spacious grandstands, as all residents of Dodge City who can provide proof of residence receive free admission to the Aug. 31 racing action that gets under way at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s tilt will include the headliner IMCA Xtreme Motor SportMods along with IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Thunder Cars on the 3/8-mile clay oval with the Hornets on the inner asphalt oval.With only the September 28 Jerry Soderberg Championship Memorial Event remaining after this Saturday night, the championship point battles are hanging in the balance with Austin Allen, Jeff Kaup, Billy Phelps, Matt O’Hair and Jarett Lunow leading their respective divisions into the night. Allen carries a 27-point advantage over Jon Herring Jr. in the Modified title chase with Jesse Smith just another eight points back in third as Kevin Gray and Ryan Heger round out the current top five in points.Cole Traugott picked off his first DCRP score in Modified action this past Saturday night to become the seventh different winner of the season through 10 events. With seven winners in 10 United Wireless SportMod events as well, April 20 winner Kaup has opened up a 65-point advantage with Toby Witthuhn moving into second. Only 23 points separate the drivers ranked second through fourth, Witthuhn, Matthew Crowell and Austin Walker, with Josh Appel rounding out the current top five. Although he isn’t one of the eight drivers to win in the initial Stock Car features, Phelps has built up a 118-point advantage over Marlin Hogie. Hogie is 20 points ahead of Brett Copeland in the battle for second with Justin Temaat and Michael Pepper filling out the top five.The Thunder Cars feature the tightest points battle with O’Hair just four points ahead of Dustin Walker. Lunow holds down the top spot in Hornet action with four wins in five tries. With the Hornets taking to the track for the first time since June 15, Lunow has a 30-point advantage over Brandon Bogner. Admission to Saturday’s action for those not residents of Dodge City is $10 for adults with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.