Early this year, a Report was issued by the White House Council on Women and Girls with the startling finding that one in five of our nation’s female students have been sexually assaulted. Since that time, this oft-repeated statistic has been called everything from “appalling” and “tragic” to “overblown” and “inaccurate.” Wherever an individual falls on that continuum of reactions, I think all would agree that even one incidence of sexual assault is too many.
The city of Springfield, Massachusetts is considering a new three-year agreement with a non-profit organization that promotes downtown activities.
The city council is reviewing a proposal to continue to make $70,000 annual payments to the Business Improvement District, or BID. Springfield BID executive director Christopher Russell said the organization offers a number of programs including sidewalk sweeping, graffiti removal and marketing special events from fees paid by downtown property owners.
Wednesday’s snowstorm left more than 100,000 Hudson Valley residents without power. The hardest-hit areas included Dutchess and Ulster Counties, and Central Hudson Gas & Electric customers numbered about 45,000 of the estimated total.
A New York congresswoman has written to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about assessing potential dangers from a proposed pipeline expansion near Westchester County-based Indian Point.
Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey penned a letter to the NRC chair, asking that the Commission require Indian Point-owner Entergy Nuclear to further assess the risk of an accident from the proposed Algonquin Incremental Market, or AIM, project.
In the NFL on Thanksgiving Day football, Detroit beat Chicago 34-17. Calvin Johnson caught 11 passes for 146 yards and a pair of second-quarter touchdowns for the Lions. Elsewhere Philadelphia defeated Dallas 33-10. Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Mark Sanchez threw for a touchdown and ran for another. Meanwhile Richard Sherman picked off two passes as the Seattle Seahawks stifled the San Francisco 49ers 19-3.