Much appreciative of veterans’ photosI wish to thank The Daily Gazette for printing on Nov. 11 all the pictures of the veterans. I am especially thankful for a picture of my father and me. He died in Normandy in 1944 and I am a disabled veteran. So if only on paper and my heart, “We’re back together again.”Joe DruzbaSchenectady Joining CCA will help cut costs, emissionsI’m writing in support of the city of Schenectady joining the Capital District MEGA Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) for cleaner and cost-effective energy for residents.As a local volunteer for the Capital District CCA steering committee, I’ve learned that joining with our neighboring communities in the MEGA CCA can provide the greatest benefits for energy cost savings and reduction of carbon emissions.By joining with the MEGA Aggregation which is already at over 40,000 households, Schenectady residents would have significantly greater benefits than going it alone.A CCA enables communities to link together to get affordable, wholesale, “green” electricity for all of its residents and small businesses. This allows us to have a say in where our energy supply comes from. Together, we can choose a much higher percentage of renewable energy.When the majority of residents are plugged into renewable energy, it has a tremendous effect on reducing carbon emissions. Cutting carbon emissions on a grand scale makes CCA one of the most impactful actions we as citizens can do to combat climate change.CCA is a program authorized by the state Public Service Commission and supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).Pamela BuonoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTonko out of touch with family issuesPaul Tonko has been mooching off the public since 1976. He lives a pampered life and can’t relate to upstate families. Tonko’s out of touch with the realities of family life.Tonko has never put a child on the bus for the first day of school. He’s never rushed a child to urgent care in the middle of the night or taught a child how to stand up to a bully.He’s never worried for the safety of a young daughter using the girls’ locker room or girls’ bathroom, because boys are allowed to enter.In fact, Tonko thinks it’s OK for biological males to use the girls’ bathroom. He ignores cases of kindergarten girls being raped in bathrooms. Tonko’s policy protects criminals and endangers girls.While upstate families worry about finding stable employment and raising children in a culture hostile to families, Tonko worries about what lapel pin to wear at the next Washington, D.C., cocktail party: rainbow or pink for abortion? What a tough life he has.Tonko can’t relate to parents’ concerns and doesn’t care about upstate families. As a mom, I want to vote for someone who understands my concerns. That’s why I’m voting for Liz Lemery-Joy.Jennifer RichardsBurnt Hills
Broward County Sheriff’s deputies say a person who was found dead Saturday morning was a Coral Springs firefighter.Authorities have identified the man as 39-year-old Christopher Allen Randazzo of Pompano Beach.They found his body on Saturday morning around 6 a.m., after responding to a medical distress call at an apartment complex at 4520 El Mar Drive in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.The sheriff’s office says homicide detectives are also involved in the investigation.Television cameras showed the building on El Mar Drive cordoned off with crime scene tape.This is a developing story.
Tech experts are offering some advice on how to protect one’s data and devices in airports and other locations during the holidays.They are cautioning the public against using public charging stations, due to an increase in identity theft cases.“You don’t know what’s inside of that you don’t know what cord they’re using there’s a lot of unknowns there,” says Experimac General Manager Josh Barnes.He adds that companies sometimes stock the stations with cheap cables, and, “The fake chargers could actually electrocute your phone.”Android users face an additional danger of having data stolen from their phones.The growing cyber threat, also known as Juice Jacking, poses a risk to smartphones, tablets and computers. In under a minute, a virus can be transferred to unsuspecting users’ devices. The virus then exports sensitive data and passwords directly to the scammers.Barnes recommends that people use their own portable power banks or plug their own chargers into outlets.
Shortly before midnight Boca Raton city council members unanimously approved a lease deal with Brightline a.k.a. Virgin Trains to build a new train station in the city.The train station and parking garage will be built on a portion of city-owned property just east of the Boca Raton Public Library next to N. Dixie Highway.More than 60 people spoke about the project with the majority of them supporting it. Some had concerns about traffic and safety.The mayor says he looks forward to seeing how the station will help the city grow.“We’re going to reap the benefits that other cities and other mayors have universally told me across the board that their cities have seen. We’re looking forward to receiving them as well,” said Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer.
Former President Barack Obama said Monday that “the world would be a better place if every country was run by women.”“Now women, I just want you to know you are not perfect, but what I can say pretty indisputably is that you’re better than us,” the two-term president said at an Obama Foundation event in Singapore.“I’m absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything… living standards and outcomes,” he told the crowd.Obama, who served as president between 2009 and 2017, also told the Singapore audience that the world’s problems were caused by “old men not getting out of the way.”“If you look at the world and look at the problems it’s usually old people, usually old men, not getting out of the way,” Obama said, as reported by BBC.“It is important for political leaders to try and remind themselves that you are there to do a job, but you are not there for life, you are not there in order to prop up your own sense of self importance or your own power,” he continued.The remarks will surely be seen as a betrayal to former vice president Joe Biden who served faithfully under Obama for eight years but is still yet to receive an endorsement from him. Perhaps Obama is signaling a third presidential run for Hillary Clinton.Biden, 77, earlier this month claimed he didn’t need Obama’s help, telling reporters: “Everyone knows I’m close with him. I don’t need an Obama endorsement.”But the former Delaware senator is lagging in key states such as Iowa ahead of its Feb. 3 nominating contest and has not raised the same campaign funds as other top-tier candidates.
A Broward County man is facing federal charges for allegedly threatening to kill President Donald Trump in response to killing Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, according to court records.Chauncy Devonte Lump,26, was reportedly on Facebook live as “Blackman vs America” and making threats to the President.A Facebook employee reached out to Broward Sheriff’s Office and told them that Lump was seen in the video saying “he killed my leader, and I have to kill him. I am ready for Donald,” and “the Feds are watching. I am not afraid of the Feds.” “Please tell me where is Donald Trump. I need to find the Donald and if I don’t find him I have to blow up Broward County,”In the video he was also holding what appeared to be a loaded AK-47, according to the arrest report.Lump told Broward officials that the threats were a “joke.”He was arrested and is facing a federal charge along with a county charge of making a false bomb report.Lump’s was set at $100,000 and is ordered to appear in court on Friday.
A 26-year-old Pennsylvanian man has been arrested after he reportedly struck a woman over the head with a baseball bat because she refused to get him a cheeseburger.According to the report, the incident occurred on Wednesday on the 600 block of Bedford Street in Johnstown.Officials say the suspect Michael Felton, began arguing with the victim about getting him a cheeseburger and when she refused, he retrieved a bat and struck her with it.The victim was taken to the hospital where she was treated for a head injury, while Felton was taken into police custody on charges of aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person.It is unclear how the victim and the suspect know each other.
It has been 17 years since the last “Bad Boys” movie came out.The new “Bad Boys for Life” movie is hitting theaters nationwide January 17th starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.After playing Miami cops in the movie,Will Smith and Martin Lawrence now have real police badges. They were both named honorary police officers and received the key to the city from Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina.“They’ve earned their police badges and are always welcome here in Miami,” Miami police tweeted. Jan. 12 was also named as Bad Boys for Life Day in the city.
The following events will be taking place in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day:Palm Beach County:The city of Lake Worth Beach will host a candlelight march at 5 p.m., beginning at Lake Worth City Hall at 7 N. Dixie Highway. There is also a unity interfaith breakfast at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church on South E Street and 10th Avenue South from 7:30 to 9 a.m. For more information: (561) 586-1600 or lakeworth.orgRoyal Palm Beach’s 16th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, hosted by the Caribbean Americans for Community Involvement, will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at Royal Palm Beach High School, 10600 Okeechobee Blvd. Seating is limited and the event is free. For more information: (561) 791-9087.The city of West Palm Beach will have its annual MLK Breakfast and Essay Contest Awards at 8 a.m. Monday at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd. For more information: (561)822-2222 or www.wpb.orgDelray Beach will host an MLK walk beginning at 2 p.m. Monday at the Delray Beach Community Center . It will then travel along Atlantic Ave down historic 5th Avenue, pass the Spady Museum and end at Pompey Park. Lineup will be at 1:30 p.m. In addition, a Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast begins at 8 a.m. Monday at Delray Beach Golf Club.Boca Raton will be hosting a ceremony and celebration featuring speeches, performances and a march. The events will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning at MLK Jr. Memorial, 200 NE Ruby St., and ending at Sanborn Square. For more information: (561) 393-7807 or www.myboca.usBelle Glade will hold its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Memorial Celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at Belle Glade City Hall, located at 110 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. For more information: (561) 996-0100 or www.belleglade.gov.comThe South Florida Fair will include a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at 3 p.m. Monday at the Community Stage, with live music and speeches. Free with fair admission. For more information: (561-793-0333) or www.southfloridafair.comBroward County: From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, the City of Deerfield Beach will have its annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade and picnic, also at the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex. Both events are free and open to everyone. For more information: www.Deerfield-Beach.comAs for Fort Lauderdale, a parade will depart at 9 a.m. Monday from Lincoln Park, 600 NW 19th Ave. and march to Esplanade Park, 400 SW Second St. A celebration of unity and multicultural festival holiday celebration will kick off at Esplanade Park at 10 a.m., when the parade arrives, until 2:30 p.m.For a full list of Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in and around Fort Lauderdale, visit KingHolidayCelebration.com.The city of Miramar will have a free Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade and celebration event on Monday at Lakeshore Park, 8501 S. Sherman Circle. The parade will go from 11 a.m. to noon and the celebration will go from noon until 4 p.m. For more information: MiramarFL.gov or (954) 602-3178.In partnership with Baptist Health, the city of Plantation will be hosting a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jim Ward Community Center, located at 301 NW 46th Ave. For more information: www.Plantation.org.From everyone at 850 WFTL, have a safe Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.
Fox News host Sean Hannity will interview President Trump in a piece that will air just before the Super Bowl next week.Trump expects to be in Palm Beach County for the big game. He typically hosts a Super Bowl party at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.The interview is expected to be taped in the White House, according to SI.com.It is not unusual for a president to be interviewed immediately before the Super Bowl. According to The Hill, the network that carries the Super Bowl traditionally airs interviews with the sitting president. Rights to the game work on a rotating basis between CBS, NBC and Fox, with Fox running the game this year.Hannity says he intends to ask the commander-in-chief about the Senate impeachment trial, as well as the state of the U.S. economy and the recent Trump-ordered killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.The game, between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers, begins at 6:30 p.m. The interview will be included in Fox’s pregame show and will air at around 3:30 p.m.The Federal Aviation Administration last week issued an advisory that flight restrictions will be in place from January 31 to February 2.