Buffalo shooter let some people see plans just before attack
Shortly before police say he opened fire, the white gunman accused of killing 10 Black people at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket allowed a small group of people to see his long-simmering plans for the attack, which he had been chronicling for months in a private, online diary.
Energy-thirsty Bitcoin miners seek ways to dump fossil fuels
With the cryptocurrency industry under increasing pressure to rein in the environmental impact of the massive amounts of electricity it uses to power computers verifying transactions, some companies mining bitcoin are looking to switch to renewable energy.
NY lieutenant governor resigns after arrest in federal probe
New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin has resigned in the wake of his arrest in a federal corruption investigation, creating a political crisis for Gov. Kathy Hochul seven months after she selected Benjamin as a partner to make a fresh start in an office already rocked by scandal.
AP source: Bills hire architect to design proposed stadium
In a sign the Buffalo Bills are closing in on a stadium deal, the team hired Populous architectural firm to draw up designs for its proposed new facility, a person familiar with discussions confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bills and their parent company, Pegula Sports and Entertainment, have not announced the decision. The move comes as the team is in negotiations with the state and county to reach an agreement that would commit hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds to build a stadium across from the Bills’ existing facility in Buffalo’s suburb of Orchard Park.news.yahoo.com
1st NY pot sales permits will go to people with convictions
The first licenses to sell recreational marijuana in New York will go to people who were casualties of the war on drugs, state officials said Wednesday. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, is set to announce the planned regulations for “social equity” applicants Thursday. The plans were first reported by The New York Times.news.yahoo.com
NY Gov. Hochul expects Bills stadium deal to be done soon
An agreement that would commit hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds to build a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills is approaching completion, with New York Gov. Kathy Hochul confident a deal will be struck before the end of the month. One outstanding issue she specifically mentioned was the length of the lease to ensure the franchise’s long-term presence in the Buffalo region. “There are issues to work through, but I feel very confident that they’ll be resolved in time to have conversations during the budget process,” Hochul said.news.yahoo.com
New York to lift statewide school mask mandate by March 2
New York's statewide masking requirement in schools will be lifted by March 2, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Sunday, citing a dramatic drop in COVID-19 infections and new federal guidelines. Hours later, New York City Mayor Eric Adams said he's considering lifting vaccine mandates on restaurants, bars and theaters by early next week if infections and hospitalizations continue their downward trend. A mask mandate on the city's approximately 1 million schoolchildren could also be lifted, Adams said in a statement.news.yahoo.com