Thursday news roundup

Coffee break: cappuccino. Photo: Baha’i Views / Flitzy Phoebie, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

There’s finally some  negotiation in Washington today. House Speaker John Boehner says he’s willing to pass a temporary extension of the debt ceiling. But that won’t affect the government shutdown.

Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been sentenced to 28 years in prison on corruption charges.

Ontario writer Alice Munro has won the Nobel Prize in literature. She’s the 13th woman and the first Canadian to win the prize.

In Empire State news:

Last week New York’s Attorney General has subpoenaed personal information on New Yorkers who use Airbnb, the online housing marketplace. Airbnb  has filed a motion in New York State Supreme Court, saying the request was too broad, and that they won’t hand over the information.

Six leading global technology companies will invest $1.5 billion to create ‘Nano Utica,’ a nanotechnology research hub in Utica, modeled after a similar effort in Albany. Governor Cuomo’s office says the project could create 1000-plus jobs.

And news in our northern corner of the world:

The Plattsburgh Press-Republican reports that new buses and trolleys are coming to Essex County — most of them to Lake Placid.

Police will have a major presence at the upcoming Phish show at Glens Falls Civic Center, according to the Glens Falls Post Star. “I think there will be a better handle on it this time,” Civic Center general manager Jeremy Huelsing told the paper, referring to the band’s legendary Glens Falls Halloween concert in 1994. No sneaking through the roof hatches this year, it seems.

Stay tuned tomorrow for these stories on the 8 O’Clock Hour:

A legal wrangle over the amendment to expand casino gambling in New York State.

For 35 years, Art Sennett taught ceramics at SUNY Potsdam. He inspired generations of students to work with clay. Art’s retired now. But he’s still passionate about making pots.

North Country gardener Ellen Bieberman gives us a tour of her challenging growing climate in Vermontville.

Also, live music-in-the-morning with the Alexander String Quartet.  The San Francisco-based ensemble has been in residence this week at St. Lawrence University and will share some chamber music  from the Peterson-Kermani Concert Hall.

And John Warren has the latest outdoor conditions for the Adirondacks – now is the time for fall leaf peeping – for the Columbus Day/Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.

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