Regional Briefs – June 6, 2017

AAA Calls for NY Legislation For Safer Child Car Seats

ALBANY – Auto club AAA is calling on New York to update car seat laws to require children under 2 to be in a rear-facing seat, WCBS reported. Infant car seats are required for children under age 4, but state law doesn’t specify forward- or rear-facing seats.

Judge Arrested and Hauled Out of Courtroom in Handcuffs

ROCHESTER – A judge was arrested Monday and taken out of her courtroom in handcuffs for missing a court appearance for a drunk driving conviction, The Associated Press reported. Leticia Astacio will be allowed to return to her judgeship after a court date Thursday.

Power Grid Operator Expects Manageable Summer Demand

ALBANY – The operators of New York’s power grid expect electricity demand this summer to be manageable, The Associated Press reported. Air conditioners drive up electricity demand. Operators forecast peak demand this summer to be over 33,000 megawatts.

Convenience Store Dawa to Change Name After Wawa Suit

PATERSON, N.J. – A New Jersey convenience store called Dawa agreed to change its name after a lawsuit from rival Wawa, The Associated Press reported. “Dawa” means “welcome” in Korean while Wawa is derived from the Lenape tribe’s word for Canada goose.

New York Times Ends Position of Public Editor

NEW YORK – The New York Times is ditching its public editor position, created in 2003 in the wake of a plagiarism scandal. Liz Spayd, current public editor, has been critical of The Times’ leftward slant, which she blamed for missing the wave which elected Donald Trump to the presidency last year.