Tonight, LGBTQ+ groups from around Berkshire County will gather to observe the Third Annual Berkshire Trans Day of Remembrance at St. Stephens Church in Pittsfield. The internationally recognized event began in 1999 in Allston when Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender woman, memorialized the murder of a fellow transgender woman. It’s the first of three related events happening in the Berkshires this month. Kenneth Mercure is the director of the Berkshire Rainbow Seniors group and is on the board of the Berkshire Stonewall Community Coalition. He spoke with WAMC.
Brock Nelson's second goal of the game 2:55 into overtime capped a frantic comeback to lift the New York Islanders over the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 to extend their points streak to 15 games. The Islanders trailed by two late in the third period before goals by Josh Bailey and Ryan Pulock in the final 4:29 of regulation forced overtime.
The U.S. National Luge team has been training in Sochi and will compete in the first World Cup races of the season in Austria this weekend. The team has close ties to New York’s North Country. During a conference call, several of the athletes talked about their training, working through injuries and expectations for the sliding season.
Sean Penn won Academy Awards for Best Actor for his performances in “Mystic River” and “Milk.” He is also a novelist. His debut novel was “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” and he’s followed it up with the sequel “Bob Honey Sings Jimmy Crack Corn,” where he follows the exploits of Bob Honey, a septic tank entrepreneur turned international mallet-wielding assassin.
New York’s attorney general is suing Juul, the nation’s largest manufacturer of electronic cigarettes, saying the “deceptive and misleading marketing of its e-cigarettes” has contributed to the youth vaping epidemic in New York.
Former Cohoes Common Councilor and Albany County Legislator Ralph Signoracci has been sentenced to a year of probation and 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty to stealing campaign contributions.
WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union who is expected to testify tomorrow in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Two White House officials who listened to Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky are scheduled to appear before the House today.
WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about a recent audit reviewing how New York agencies inform victims' families about instances of neglect and abuse in state facilities.
The Knicks coasted to a 123-105 win over the Cavaliers as Julius Randle scored 30 points and Marcus Morris Sr. added 23. Randle had 15 points in the first quarter as the Knicks built two 16-point leads before settling for a 32-20 advantage at the end of the period. Randle also nailed a 3-pointer to cap a 24-8 run that put New York ahead, 60-39 with 2:26 left in the first half.
Mayors across New York are the latest to express concerns about the bail reform and other criminal justice changes that take effect in January. The mayors say they don’t have the resources or the money to properly carry out the new laws.
Antibiotics save lives and are critical tools for treating a number of common and more serious infections, like those that can lead to sepsis. However, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 30% of the antibiotics in U.S. outpatient settings are prescribed unnecessarily. Any time antibiotics are used, they can lead to antibiotic resistance, a growing and urgent threat to the public’s health.