Headlines for Wednesday August 1 2012 - Daily Hudson Valley News

Headlines for Wednesday August 1 2012

Aug 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Headlines Off The WALL

TED CRUZ – A REPUBLICAN WITH THE BACKING OF TEA PARTY ORGANIZATIONS — WON A RUNOFF ELECTION IN TEXAS TO DETERMINE A CANDIDATE FOR AN OPEN SEAT IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. CRUZ HAD FAILED TO GET ENOUGH VOTES BACK IN MAY DURING THE TEXAS PRIMARY IN ORDER TO AVOID TUESDAY’S RUNOFF ELECTION AGAINST LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR DAVID DEWHURST. CRUZ ALSO HAD THE BACKING OF THE LONE STAR STATE’S GOVERNOR RICK PERRY AND NOW MAY HAVE THE UPPER HAND IN THE UPCOMING NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTIONS AGAINST FORMER STATE REPRESENTATIVE PAUL SADLER, A DEMOCRAT. G-O-P SENATOR KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON IS RETIRING AT THE END OF HER CURRENT SIX-YEAR TERM.

INDIA IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY HAS EMERGED AS A MAJOR CENTER OF GLOBAL MANUFACTURING, COMMERCE AND FINANCE. IT’S ALSO NOW HOME TO OVER A (B) BILLION PEOPLE. AND AS MANY AS 620 (M) MILLION OF THEM WERE WITHOUT ELECTRICITY IN WHAT IS ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS — HISTORY’S MOST MASSIVE BLACKOUT. THREE GRIDS ACROSS NORTHERN AREAS OF THE SUBCONTINENT AND TWENTY INDIAN STATES FAILED AT ONE POINT. A SPOKESPERSON WITH THE CONFEDERATION OF INDIAN INDUSTRY TOLD OF THE LOSS OF HUNDREDS OF (M) MILLIONS OF DOLLARS DUE TO THE BLACKOUT. THE CAUSE OF IT HAS BEEN BLAMED PARTLY ON STATES DRAWING TOO MUCH POWER FROM THOSE THREE GRIDS. THAT IDEA IS BEING CHALLENGED BY SOME, BUT WHAT IS CERTAIN IS THAT LOSSES FROM THE BLACKOUT COULD HAVE BEEN GREATER HAD THEY HAPPENED IN MUMBAI, BANGALORE AND HYDERABAD WHERE FINANCIAL AND GLOBAL OUTSOURCING OPERATIONS ARE CENTERED. ALL AREAS AFFECTED BY THE BLACKOUT HAVE SINCE HAD THEIR POWER RESTORED.

ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST COLORFUL — AND CONTROVERSIAL — WRITERS HAS DIED. GORE VIDAL, SUFFERING COMPLICATIONS FROM PNEUMONIA PASSED AT HIS HOLLYWOOD HILLS HOME TUESDAY EVENING AGED 86. VIDAL WAS BORN IN ORANGE COUNTY AT WEST POINT IN 1925, THE SON OF AN AVIATOR WHO WOULD LATER SERVE PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT AS DIRECTOR OF AIR COMMERCE. VIDAL’S MATERNAL GRANDFATHER, T.P. GORE WAS FOR MANY YEARS A SENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA, AND VIDAL’S LONG INVOLVEMENT WITH POLITICS BEGAN AT HIS SIDE AS THE SENATOR WAS LEGALLY BLIND. AFTER SERVICE IN WORLD WAR TWO, VIDAL’S EARLY NOVELS INCLUDED “THE CITY AND THE PILLAR,” WHICH IN 1948 CAUSED A STIR BECAUSE OF ITS GROUNDBREAKING FRANKNESS ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY. WRITING UNDER PSEUDONYMS IN THE 1950S, VIDAL WROTE FOR THE STAGE AND SCREEN AND PRODUCED A TOTAL OF 25 NOVELS AND MORE THAN 200 ESSAYS. HE WAS ALSO A SOMETIMES ACTOR, AND COUNTED THE KENNEDYS, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, PAUL NEWMAN AND JOANNE WOODWARD AMONG HIS INNER CIRCLE OF FRIENDS. IN 1960, THE YEAR OF J-F-K’S PRESIDENTIAL BID, VIDAL, THEN LIVING IN A GRAND HOUSE ALONG THE HUDSON IN DUTCHESS COUNTY MADE AN UNSUCCESSFUL RUN FOR THE 29TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL SEAT AND LATER RAN FOR SENATE IN CALIFORNIA DURING 1982, ALSO WITHOUT SUCCESS. SOME OF VIDAL’S OTHER MAJOR LITERARY WORKS WERE HISTORICAL NOVELS, SUCH AS THE TITLES “BURR” AND “LINCOLN” ALONG WITH THE GENDER-BENDING BOOK “MYRA BRECKENRIDGE” WHICH BECAME A FILM IN 1968.

ON THE ISSUES OF WHO THEY WOULD VOTE FOR TODAY AND ON THE CURRENT PRESIDENT’S TAX PROPOSALS, A SIZABLE NUMBER OF VOTERS IN A NEW POLL OUT WEDNESDAY (8/1/12) IN THREE BATTLEGROUND STATES SHOWS BARACK OBAMA WITH AN EDGE WHERE BOTH ARE CONCERNED. THE BREAKDOWN IN THE QUINNIPIAC/NEW YORK TIMES/CBS NEWS POLL HAS MR. OBAMA LEADING MITT ROMNEY BY SIX-POINT MARGINS IN OHIO AND FLORIDA AND EIGHT POINTS IN PENNSYLVANIA. SINCE 1960, NO CANDIDATE HAS WON THE U-S PRESIDENCY WITHOUT WINNING IN AT LEAST TWO OF THOSE THREE STATES, AND OBAMA WAS THE WINNER IN ALL THREE FOUR YEARS AGO. ON THE QUESTION OF WHETHER VOTERS POLLED SUPPORTED THE OBAMA PLAN FOR INCREASED TAXES ON HOUSEHOLDS MAKING MORE THAN 250-THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR, THE PLURALITY WAS EVEN GREATER — IN OHIO, 60 TO 37 PERCENT OF RESPONDENTS FAVORED THE PRESIDENT’S TAX PROPOSAL; 58 TO 37 PERCENT IN FLORIDA AND 62 TO 37 PERCENT APPROVING OF THE TAX PLAN IN THE KEYSTONE STATE.

THERE’S BEEN TALK OF THE NEW YORK STATE POLICE WANTING TO LOCATE A CRIME LAB AT STEWART AIRPORT IN EASTERN ORANGE COUNTY. AND AT A TUESDAY GATHERING OF THE STEWART AIRPORT COMMISSION, THE GREEN-LIGHTING OF THAT PROPOSAL WAS ONE OF SEVERAL TOPICS DISCUSSED. PASSENGER FLIGHTS — LIMITED THOUGH THEY ARE — REMAIN AN INTEGRAL PART OF STEWART’S DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS. BUT THERE’S ALSO BEEN TALK IN RECENT MONTHS ABOUT A GREATER ROLE FOR THE AIRPORT AS A POSSIBLE HUB FOR TRANSPORTING AIR CARGOES IN THE FUTURE. THE PORT AUTHORITY, WHO’VE BEEN RUNNING STEWART FOR NEARLY FIVE YEARS NOW, WILL BE HOLDING A MONTHLY MEETING OF ITS BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS THIS AFTERNOON IN MANHATTAN. AND ONCE IT’S OVER, MORE ABOUT WHAT MAY BE COMING DOWN THE ROAD FOR STEWART AIRPORT COULD BE CONFIRMED.

ON THIS FIRST DAY OF AUGUST, THERE WILL BE A THIRD DAY OF HEARINGS IN THE FACT-FINDING PROBE BY A COMMITTEE OF ORANGE COUNTY LAWMAKERS TO GET THE SKINNY ON WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON WITH THE GOVERNMENT CENTER. NOTHING HAS BEEN GOING ON INSIDE FOR ALMOST A YEAR NOW, SAVE FOR INSPECTIONS OF THE BUILDING’S INTERIOR BY PUBLIC WORKS OFFICIALS AND THE COUNTY’S HIRED CONSULTANTS. COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIANA HAS STATED THAT THE BUILDING NEVER AGAIN BEING OCCUPIED SO LONG AS HE’S IN OFFICE, CITING POTENTIAL DANGERS TO THE COUNTY’S WORKFORCE WHO ONCE SPENT THEIR DAYS INSIDE. BUT SAFETY AND HEALTH CONCERNS ALONE ARE NOT ALL THAT MUST BE CONSIDERED AS DIANA AND THE LEGISLATURE MUST AGREE ON A COURSE OF ACTION TO EITHER REPAIR AND RENOVATE THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT CENTER COMPLEX OR REPLACE IT WITH NEW CONSTRUCTION. ACCESS TO THE BUILDING AND ACCESS TO ALL THE INFORMATION NEEDED TO MOVE FORWARD ON THAT COURSE OF ACTION ARE WHAT THE SPECIAL INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN SEEKING. AS DAY THREE OF HEARINGS GETS UNDERWAY THIS MORNING BEFORE THE GOVERNMENT CENTER PANEL, IT’S UNCLEAR IF THE COMMITTEE’S SUBPOENA POWER WILL BE USED OR CHALLENGED AS IT WAS DURING EARLIER HEARINGS ABOUT THE VALLEY VIEW NURSING HOME.

ON THE SUBJECT OF VALLEY VIEW, ORANGE COUNTY IS HARDLY ALONE IN FACING A DILEMMA OVER THE FUTURE OF ITS COUNTY-OPERATED NURSING HOME. IN UPSTATE FULTON COUNTY, THE DECISION TO DIVEST HAS ALREADY BEEN MADE FOR A 167-BED FACILITY NEAR GLOVERSVILLE. THE PRICE? THREE-POINT-FIVE-TWO (M) MILLION. THE BUYER? THE CENTERS FOR SPECIALTY CARE, BASED IN THE BRONX AND ONE OF THE FOUR CONTENDERS LINING UP TO PURCHASE VALLEY VIEW FROM ORANGE COUNTY. THE NUMBER OF BEDS MAY BE SMALLER AND THE PRICE-TAG SMALLER IN FULTON COUNTY, BUT THE SALE OF THE FULTON CENTER FOR REHABILITATION AND HEALTHCARE HAS PROVEN TO BE AS CONTROVERSIAL AND EMOTIONAL AN ISSUE AS VALLEY VIEW IS HERE IN ORANGE COUNTY. FULTON ALSO MUST COUGH UP 2 AND A HALF (M) MILLION DOLLARS FOR THINGS LIKE HEALTH INSURANCE FOR ITS EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS COMPENSATION COSTS.

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Headlines provided by Bob Schaeffer for WALL Radio 1340 AM
Mark West in the Morning with Bob Schaeffer and Chris Mitchell

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