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Weekend in review

Sep 08, 2015 5:31 am
Some of the stories that made the news Fri., Sept. 4 through Mon., Sept. 7.

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Scott Waldman reported at Politico New York the groundwater in at least three upstate towns is contaminated by pollutants that General Electric dumped into the Hudson River for decades, according to a new federal report. The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees said Thu., Sept. 3, the company's practice of dumping PCBs and volatile organic compounds into the river exceeded state groundwater standards in Hudson Falls, Fort Edward, and Stillwater over a prolonged period of time. GE may be required to compensate the public for the loss of groundwater. A spokesman for General Electric said the company already has addressed the drinking water issues. Hudson Falls and Fort Edward have not used groundwater, which tested for high levels of the cancer-causing compounds, as a drinking water source since the late 1980s. Stillwater has not used its well since 2011. The report comes as Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to entice General Electric to move its corporate headquarters to New York from Connecticut.

Matt Spillane is reporting at lohud [dot] com former state education commissioner Tom Sobol has died. He was 83. Sobol was born in Minneapolis and raised in Boston. A graduate of Harvard, he began his education career as a teacher at Newton High School in Massachusetts. He worked as an administrator in various New York districts before serving as education commissioner for seven years, from 1987 to 1995. He then returned to the classroom as a professor at Columbia University's Teachers College. His wife, Harriet Sobol said of her husband, "He was a very unusual man in that he was extremely modest. He knew his role was important, but he never felt important."

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Robert Gavin reported in the Times Union a federal judge has agreed to delay the sentencing of a Columbia County man convicted of assisting a local member of the Ku Klux Klan in an intricate scheme to massacre Muslims. Eric Feight, of Stockport, had been scheduled to be sentenced September 17 by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Gary Sharpe. He will now be sentenced December 16. Feight's attorney was granted a 90-day delay to review transcripts of co-defendant Glendon Scott Crawford's trial, which he believes could be helpful to his client. Feight provided Crawford with a remote control device that Crawford planned to use with a mobile, radiation-emitting X-ray to quietly execute intended victims with radiation poisoning. Crawford was convicted August 21 of terrorism charges. Feight pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorists in January 2014.

Charlie Holmes reported in the Register-Star the inclusion of The New York Times bestseller “Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan on the Common Core suggested reading list for English Language Arts has met with some concern by the New York State Farm Bureau. The book was the subject of a recent piece by Farm Bureau president, Dean Norton, and published in the bureau newspaper, "Grassroots." And the bureau’s managing director for the Foundation for Agriculture Education said the book paints farming in a very negative light. The bureau is not suggesting the book be removed from the list. Instead, they are advocating for the inclusion of alternative points of view. Norton has written to Governor Andrew Cuomo requesting “additional readings be added to the curriculum that enhances the way in which agriculture is examined by the students.”

The Daily Freeman admitted it made a mistake with its initial reporting of the traffic deaths of four young men from Kingston, which included some criminal records. "An early Web version of an Aug. 27 followup story on the deaths included the criminal records of some of the victims. The information was deleted from the story a little less than two hours later and did not appear in print. The Freeman posted an apology on its Facebook page,” the paper reported. Freeman Managing Editor Tony Adamis plans to apologize to protesters who will gather outside the newspaper’s office in Kingston at 3 p.m. Tue., Sept. 8. The Ministers’ Alliance of Ulster County, the End Jim Crow Action Network, Kingston Council of Churches, Citizens Action of New York and Midtown Rising are organizing the protest.

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