Headlines For Wednesday August 8 2012 - Daily Hudson Valley News

Headlines For Wednesday August 8 2012

Aug 8th, 2012 | By | Category: Headlines Off The WALL

ON THE SURFACE OF MARS, THE ROBOTIC PROBE CURIOSITY CONTINUES TO BE A SOURCE OF NEW DISCOVERIES IN THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE AND THAT PLANET IN PARTICULAR. HERE ON EARTH, THINGS ARE A BIT DIFFERENT TO SAY THE VERY LEAST. CHANGES IN THE CLIMATES OF THE POLAR REGIONS, THE OCEANS AND THE CONTINENTS ARE NOTED AND CONTINUE TO BE DEBATED: ALONG WITH ARGUMENTS OVER THE EXISTENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE, THERE ARE DISPUTES BETWEEN NATIONS ABOUT BOTH HOW TO MEASURE AND DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM. OR AT LEAST THERE HAD BEEN, IT SEEMS UNTIL U-S ENVOY TODD STERN REMOVED ANY REMAINING DOUBT, ISSUING A STATEMENT WEDNESDAY TO THE EFFECT THAT AMERICA IS STILL SUPPORTIVE OF COMMON GOALS IN THE REDUCTION OF GLOBAL WARMING. THE DOUBTS AROSE BECAUSE OF STERN’S INSISTENCE ON A DEGREE OF FLEXIBILITY IN IMPLEMENTING AGREEMENTS ON CLIMATE CHANGE DRAFTED BY THE UNITED NATIONS. STERN HAS ALREADY SEEN FIT TO CLARIFY STATEMENTS HE MADE EARLIER THIS MONTH BEFORE STERN CAME OUT SOLIDLY BEHIND THE U-N BLUEPRINT IN HIS STATEMENT TO THE MEDIA TODAY.

ATTORNEYS GENERAL PAST AND PRESENT IN NEW YORK STATE HAVE MADE WALL STREET AND BIG BANKS A SPECIAL TARGET. A NEW AGENCY OPERATING OUT OF ALBANY, THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES IS TAKING A SIMILAR PATH IN TRYING TO WEED OUT WRONGDOING AND MALFEASANCE. BUT IT SEEMS THAT THE FINANCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS STEPPING ON SOME TOES IN WASHINGTON BIG-TIME. THE PROBLEMS CAME UP BECAUSE OF A NEW YORK STATE PROBE OF BRITISH BASED MULTINATIONAL STANDARD CHARTERED. ON MONDAY, DEPARTMENT HEAD BENJAMIN LAWSKY ANNOUNCED AN AMBITIOUS INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGATIONS THAT STANDARD CHARTERED PLC WAS A PLAYER IN MONEY LAUNDERING TRANSACTIONS WITH IRAN AMOUNTING TO MORE THAN 250 (B) BILLION. THAT BOLD MOVE HAS TAKEN ABACK OFFICIALS WITH BOTH THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT AND FEDERAL RESERVE. THE FEDS SAY THAT LAWSKY’S QUEST COULD COMPLICATE TALKS INVOLVING BOTH AGENCIES TO ARRANGE SETTLEMENTS STEMMING FROM THOSE TRANSACTIONS.

AS THE LATE JOHNNY CARSON MAY HAVE PUT IT IN ONE OF HIS ‘TONIGHT SHOW’ OPENING MONOLOGUES, “HOW HOT WAS IT?” 2012 IS ALREADY ON TRACK AS THE WARMEST ON RECORD FOR THE NORTHEAST UNITED STATES, THIS ACCORDING TO RESEARCHERS AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY. CORNELL’S NORTHEAST REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER SAYS THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF THIS YEAR WAS PEGGED AT 49.9 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT. THOSE CORNELL SCIENTISTS ARE CONFIRMING WHAT YOU AND I HAVE WITNESSED WITH A MILD WINTER STRETCHING INTO A MILD SPRING AND A SWELTERING SUMMER AT LEAST SO FAR IN THIS CORNER OF THE NATION. IF THERE’S ANY CONSOLATION TO BE FOUND, IT MAY BE IN THE FACT THAT WHILE DRY, THE NORTHEAST HAS BEEN SPARED THE DROUGHT AND WILDFIRE WOES WHICH HAVE PLAGUED THE COUNTRY’S MID-SECTION. AND THE JURY IS STILL OUT ABOUT WHETHER THE RECORD WARMTH CAN BE ATTRIBUTED TO WARMING TEMPERATURES OR CLIMATE CHANGE AROUND THE GLOBE.

NICOLETTE SIMONS, A 31-YEAR-OLD WOMAN FROM THE TOWN OF GOSHEN FACES SEVERAL ADDITIONAL CHARGES AFTER LEADING POLICE ON A CHASE THAT BEGAN WHEN SHE FLED AFTER COPS TRIED TO SERVE HER WITH AN ARREST WARRANT AND ENDED WITH SIMONS CRASHING HER CAR IN WAYWAYANDA. GOSHEN POLICE HAD ARRIVED AT SIMONS’ HOME TO SERVE A WARRANT AGAINST HER ON FORGERY CHARGES. IT WAS THEN THAT SIMONS ESCAPED, GOT INTO HER ACURA AND DROVE OFF, POLICE GIVING CHASE. THAT PURSUIT LED TO SIMONS’ OVERTURNING HER CAR A FEW MILES AND A FEW MINUTES LATER ON COUNTY ROUTE 12. SIMONS WAS FIRST TAKEN TO ORANGE REGIONAL BEFORE BEING TRANSPORTED TO WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER. WHILE HURT BADLY ENOUGH TO HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO WESTCHESTER, SIMONS’ INJURIES ARE NOT LIFE-THREATENING. A GOSHEN POLICE OFFICER SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES AFTER BEING DRAGGED SOME DISTANCE DURING THE WOMAN’S ESCAPE.

IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN WHAT TODAY’S HEARING BY THE ORANGE COUNTY LEGISLATURE’S PANEL INVESTIGATING THE VALLEY VIEW NURSING HOME MAY BRING IN THE WAY OF NEW DEVELOPMENTS. BUT FOR NOW, THE PROCEEDINGS WHICH BEGIN THIS MORNING AT 9:30 IN THE EMERGENCY SERVICES CENTER AUDITORIUM WILL BE THE NEXT-TO-LAST HEARINGS SCHEDULED SO FAR IN THE VALLEY VIEW PROBE. CONFLICTING INFORMATION AND A LACK OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE FINANCIAL STRAINS OF OPERATING THE NURSING HOME ON COUNTY GOVERNMENT ARE WHAT PROMPTED THE INVESTIGATION. BUT SO FAR, THERE HAS BEEN NO COOPERATION FROM EITHER COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIANA OR VALLEY VIEW ADMINISTRATORS IN ANSWERING SUBPOENA REQUESTS. ATTORNEYS REPRESENTING BOTH HAVE SUCCEEDED IN ARGUING THAT THEY NOT BE REQUIRED TO TESTIFY UNDER OATH BECAUSE OF THE RISK OF PERJURY AND OTHER STATED CONCERNS. THE SALE OF THE COUNTY OWNED PUBLIC NURSING HOME TO ONE OF FOUR PROSPECTIVE PRIVATE BUYERS IS PENDING. AND MORE HEARINGS BY THE VALLEY VIEW PANEL WILL HAPPEN AGAIN LATER IN THE WEEK, THIS FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT ONE P.M.

IN SULLIVAN COUNTY TUESDAY, SENTENCE WAS PASSED ON A MEMBER OF THE MONTICELLO CHAPTER OF THE BLOODS STREET GANG CONVICTED IN MARCH FOR THE SHOOTING ONE YEAR AGO THAT LEFT ANOTHER MAN PARALYZED. DAQUAN GRAY, NOW TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF AGE IS TO SERVE A TERM OF 65 YEARS IN PRISON FOR THE SHOOTING OF CHRISTOPHER SANTIAGO AT A VILLAGE APARTMENT COMPLEX IN AUGUST 2011.

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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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