links for 2011-01-05

  • As he prepares for his first State Of The State Address, Gov. Cuomo says the stars may have finally aligned to fix Albany, reports our Ken Lovett: “I believe there’s actually an opportunity for us; I believe change comes when the planets line up, and I believe the planets have lined up,”
  • Gov. Cuomo is rolling out more appointments and nominating Joseph Martens, the current president of the Open Space Institute, to take over as the new Commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
  • Two people are waking up to find themselves millions of dollars richer.
  • Village residents overwhelmingly decided Tuesday not to dissolve the village into the town of Whitestown.
  • Frogs, snakes, mice, spiders, crocodiles and likely other reptiles and amphibians are now too close for human comfort in Queensland, Australia, where recent severe floods transported these creatures in and around homes
  • The United Soccer Leagues announced an ownership group headed by former Rochester Rhinos and Cleveland Crunch standout Tommy Tanner will lead the team into the inaugural season the new indoor professional soccer league.
  • The system, made up of nine video cameras mounted on a remotely piloted aircraft, can transmit live images to soldiers on the ground or to analysts tracking enemy movements. It can send up to 65 different images to different users; by contrast, Air Force drones today shoot video from a single camera over a "soda straw" area the size of a building or two.