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People prepare for outages ahead of windstorm; governor urges folks to be on alert



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The weather Saturday looked like a mild winter day. Some people were taking their cars through the car wash.

Inside the Wegmans on Calkins Road in Henrietta, some folks were doing more than their weekly shopping and stocking up on the basics. An employee told 13WHAM he was re-shelving bread every 30 minutes.

“We’ve been told to expect to lose power for a couple of days, so we’re making sure we have enough food for that,” said Karen Wolgast of Henrietta.

Wicked winds are expected Sunday. By late afternoon, wind gusts could get up to hurricane-force, causing a potential for widespread power outages.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-New York) stopped at the National Guard hanger by the Rochester airport urging people to be alert and ready. He said the cold temperatures with the high winds could make for a bad combination.

“If you wait for the storm to develop to start your actions, it’s too late,” said Gov. Cuomo. “The only prudent course is to be prepared, do the coordination, get ready, and that is exactly what we’re doing here.”

With the anniversary of the 2017 March windstorm coming up, some folks can’t help but think about the damage that storm caused.

“It was pretty substantial,” said Joe Macko of the Town of Ogden.

Macko said he’s not yet worried about this storm.

“You just hope for the best, prepare if anything happens that you weren’t expecting,” he said. “You just roll with the punches.”

At Black’s Hardware in Irondequoit, owner Todd Black said he sold a couple dozen flashlights Saturday.

“They’ve been flying off the shelves. We had all these hooks full of different kinds of flashlights,” Black said. “People have been stocking up on batteries.”

Kevin McCoy of Irondequoit picked up an extension cord for his generator.

“A lot of trees and powerlines that run between the trees, so I’m concerned we’re going to lose power for a few days, so I just want to be ready for it,” said McCoy.

If you plan on running a generator, make sure it is outside your home or garage so that carbon monoxide doesn’t build up.

For individuals who lose power, County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said they plan on opening shelter’s throughout the county


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9-year-old genius to graduate university




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(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem




Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.


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