SDB Late Late Evening News for 062411: Better late than neverPosted: June 24, 2011
Good Late Late Evening! So sorry for being late on tonight’s evening news reads. All week I have been having problems with our DSL service. Today it was down until 8:15pm. Anyway, the new cable is installed and so far it is working pretty good. So, on with the show.
This is definitely exciting, Gawker has a live video feed here: New York State Senate to Vote on Gay Marriage Tonight
will vote on same-sex marriage this evening. It’s unclear what time the vote will take place, but it could happen any minute now. After they work through several other bills, at least.The New York State Senate
NYT’s has an image of so protestors at the capital, that are against the vote. New York State Senate to Vote on Same-Sex Marriage – NYTimes.com
Nathaniel Brooks for The New York Times
ALBANY — The State Senate will vote on same-sex marriage, the Senate majority leader said Friday afternoon, setting the stage for a final decision on a measure that could make New York the largest state where gay and lesbian couples can wed. The exact timing for a vote was unclear, though it was expected to occur Friday night.
Expect the vote some time tonight, I would not doubt if it comes later rather than sooner.
Some good news in Indiana for Planned Parenthood: NationalJournal.com – Judge Rules For Temporary Halt in Indiana Abortion Fight – Friday, June 24, 2011
A federal judge has temporarily halted enforcement of Indiana’s controversial law stripping Planned Parenthood of Indiana of any Medicaid funding, the American Civil Liberties Union said late Friday.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt keeps Medicaid funds going to Planned Parenthood, which has 9,300 Medicaid patients in Indiana, the group said.
Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a law in May that would cut off federal funding from Indiana clinics that perform abortions. The law was primarily aimed at Planned Parenthood clinics.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick said the federal government could not endorse the law because it restricts access to a range of important family planning services. Federal money cannot be spent directly on abortion services anyway, but most clinics that offer abortion also offer other family planning and health services, from breast cancer screening to birth control advice.
However, Indiana said it would implement the amendment.
Judge Pratt found that there was merit to Indiana Planned Parenthood’s argument that the new law violates the U.S. constitution and federal law. She told Indiana to hold off on its decision to take funds away from Planned Parenthood while the case moves forward in court.
Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana had this to say about Judge Pratt’s ruling.
“This ruling means we can continue providing Pap tests, breast exams, STD (sexually transmitted disease) testing and treatment and birth control to both existing and new Medicaid patients. It also means that we have avoided the difficult decision to close health centers and lay off staff members while the permanent injunction we are seeking is pending.”
Sad news today, Peter Falk who had been suffering from Alzhiemers died today, he was 83. Appreciation: Peter Falk, 1927-2011 [updated] – latimes.com
Just one more thing.
Peter Falk, who died Friday at age 83, was an actor of great and invisible skill who played many parts over a five-decade career. He was a late bloomer but quickly embraced on the stage and screens big and little — by 1962, he had been Oscar-nominated twice, for gangsters respectively chilling and comical in “Murder, Inc.” and “A Pocketful of Miracles,” and won an Obie playing Eugene O’Neill opposite Jason Robards.
Later, he acted troublesome characters for director John Cassevetes in “Husbands” and “A Woman Under the Influence,” was brilliantly funny as a reckless CIA agent in “The In-Laws,” and narrated, grandfather-to-grandson, “The Princess Bride.”
But of all his roles, the one he played the longest will be the one longest remembered: Lt. Columbo of “Columbo,” of all American television detectives certainly the greatest, and the greatest in a time of great television detectives, including James Garner’s Jim Rockford and Telly Savalas’ Theo Kojak.
I loved the little part he had in It’s a Mad Mad Mad World…he was one of the taxi cab drivers at the end of the movie.
Third Cab Driver: Can’t you see I’m talking on the phone? Huh? Give me two minutes! Now listen to me, Sir, I…
[Looks back at Melville]
Melville Crump: Will you take us to Santa Rosita state park?
Third Cab Driver: What’s the matter, what happened to you? What was ya, in some kind of initiation?
Melville Crump: We had an accident. We fell into yellow, alright? Hurry up!
His delivery and timing was perfect. RIP
Anyway, I will let you all know if the bill passes in NY.