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New York Today: New York Today: Terrorism Crisis Mode for a Principal. Again.

Weather.init(); }()); And just like, that our “hotumn” is back. Temperatures could jump to 70 today and the sun will put in lots of face time. Still, throw on a jacket this morning — it should hover around 60 for the a.m. commute. In the News • Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno of New Jersey has struggled to move out of the shadow of her boss, Gov. […]

New York Today: New York Today: What Makes a New York Bagel?

Weather.init(); }()); Crisp mornings, like today, are for hot coffees and warm bagels. By this afternoon, it could warm up to 71. Continue reading the main story The weekend looks even better: lots of sun and temperatures reaching the mid-70s. Yum. In the News • Despite the city’s bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, Mayor Bill de Blasio urges New Yorkers to buy local. [New York Times] Photo Mayor Bill de Blasio has stuck to most of his routines, like working out at his Y.M.C.A. in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Credit Kirsten Luce for The New York Times • Former President Barack Obama visits New Jersey to show his support for Philip D. Murphy, who is running for governor. [New York Times] • Michele Marsh, an anchor on flagship stations in New York City for more than two decades, has died. […]

Going Around Trump, Governors Embark on Their Own Diplomatic Missions

But under the Trump administration, that has begun to change: Leadership at the state level has taken on an increasingly global dimension, as governors assert themselves in areas where they view Mr. Trump as abandoning the typical priorities of the federal government. They have forged partnerships across state and party lines to offset Trump administration policies they see as harmful to their constituencies.Continue reading the main storyUnsettled by the president’s skepticism of foreign trade, governors have made newly pointed appeals to international businesses and consumers, at times gently rebuking the White House for presenting an inhospitable face to the world.After Mr. Trump rejected the Paris climate agreement, a dozen governors announced a state-level coalition to carry out the pact in a partial form, with Gov. […]

A big earthquake hit Oklahoma’s oil hub, and the oil industry likely has itself to blame.

Responding to the mass arrests of protesters last week, Greenpeace called on President Obama to “revoke all permits and halt construction of the pipeline,” send Justice Department observers to protect the civil rights of protesters, and order North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple to remove the National Guard from protest encampments along the pipeline’s planned route.

The Sierra Club, the nation’s largest green group, made the same demands in slightly more cautious terms.

The issue is now resonating beyond the environmental movement. CREDO Action, a progressive advocacy network, has gathered 386,000 signatures for a petition telling Obama to stop the project and 184,000 signatures on their petition asking Obama to prevent Gov. Dalrymple’s suppression of Native American pipeline opponents.

The push to stop the pipeline is likely to intensify after the election. On Nov. 15, CREDO will join with anti-fossil fuel and environmental justice organizations such as 350.org and the Indigenous Environmental Network for a day of action at Army Corps of Engineers offices around the country.

Protesters from Standing Rock have recently begun taking their demands directly to Hillary Clinton, who has avoided taking a position for or against the pipeline.

Read Grist’s previous coverage of the fight over the proposed pipeline.


Governor Says 5 Cases of Zika in Miami Beach

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Aug. 19, 2016 | 1:19Gov. Rick Scott of Florida said on Friday that five cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed in Miami Beach. He asked the Centers for Disease Control for more kits to fight the mosquito-borne illness.Related: article: Pregnant Women Advised to Avoid Travel to Active Zika Zone in Miami Beach […]

New York Joins California In Leading On Clean Energy

For a glimpse of what New York’s just-announced clean energy standard could mean to the state’s economy, look West. New York’s plan to get 50 percent of its energy from renewables by 2030, announced Monday by Gov. Cuomo, matches the renewable standard set by California in 2015. It will make New York a major leader for clean energy (only tiny Vermont and Hawaii have higher standards than New York and California), setting an example for other states. Look to the other side of the continent at California, and the positive impacts of a 50 percent renewable standard are undeniable. Solar panels are now ubiquitous from San Francisco to San Diego. Deserts are dotted with wind farms and solar arrays. […]

Rhode Island: House Budget Would Significantly Change Medical Marijuana Program

Important news out of Rhode Island. See the legislative alert I received below: In February, Gov. Gina Raimondo proposed an annual state budget that included several amendments to Rhode Island’s medical marijuana program, including hefty new fees that alarmed patient advocates. On Tuesday, the House Finance Committee approved a budget proposal with many of Gov. […]