links for 2010-12-02

  • Tuesday, the Pentagon released a comprehensive assessment of the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy – detailing the impact of the policy. It found that more than 2 thirds of all soldiers felt it would have little impact morale, or troop cohesion.
  • Lugging around a few extra pounds? One of the largest studies to look at health and weight finds that you don’t have to be obese to raise your risk of premature death. Merely being overweight carries some risk, too.
  • A new state law requires doctors to ask every patient between 13 and 64 years old if they want to be tested for HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS.
  • State budget officials said the final numbers aren't yet in and they weren't commenting on specifics, but CSEA spokesman Stephen Madarasz said the union has heard that two hourly, part-time guides and two permanent full-time guides will be cut.
  • Rep. William L. Owens beat his Republican challenger, Matthew A. Doheny, by 1990 votes, or 1.1 percent, according to certified results from the county Elections Boards.
  • Rep. William Owens, D- Plattsburgh, made a resolution in the House of Representatives today honoring the men and women of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum.
  • Gov. Paterson – or Dave from Harlem as he is known in radio talk – held court for more than five hours on one of his favorite radio stations
  • David Branshaw opened with a 1-under-par 71 on Wednesday in the first round of the PGA Tour's national qualifying tournament.
  • SUNY Oswego marked World AIDS Day by hanging quilts up at the Campus Center. Five large quilts displayed several names of people who have died from the disease.
  • House Republicans have temporarily blocked legislation to feed school meals to thousands more hungry children.
  • Just hours after the head of the Federal Communications Commission said he would push ahead with rules to prohibit broadband providers from blocking or discriminating against Internet traffic flowing over their networks, the battle lines are being drawn.