More links of note today:
– Two members of the Kodak board who represented KKR’s stake in the company and were supposed to help lead a turnaround resigned today. From the Wall Street Journal:
The men obtained their seats after KKR helped Kodak with a fresh injection of funds needed to weather the recession.
Kodak is again seeking funds as an expensive turnaround burns through its cash. The resignations signal KKR isn’t planning to step in this time.
Messrs. Chen and Clammer are young and tech-focused, the type of directors Kodak needed as it tried to make the transition from an analog film company to one that focused on digital products, people familiar with the matter said.
– The Democrat and Chronicle obtained the police report of Airport Director Susan Walsh’s arrest. Excerpt from article:
…she explained the vehicle was not hers and asked him to help her.
“I asked her what she wanted help with and she looked up and me and said, ‘You know what I mean,’ ” the officer, Michael Brandenburg, wrote in his report. “As she was speaking, I could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath and her speech was mumbled and slurred. I also observed that her eyes were glassy, bloodshot and watery.”
– Rochester has had 29 homicides so far this year. It’s one of the less violent years in the city’s recent history. In the early ’90s we had several years with more than 60 homicides. I crunched some numbers in a 13WHAM News post.
Links of the Day:
– Airport Director Susan Walsh was charged with drunk driving after getting into a crash in East Rochester in her county vehicle. She took over as head of the airport after Dave Damelio resigned over spending on cigars and strip clubs. Walsh has been placed on leave.
From the Democrat and Chronicle:
Reached on his cell phone, Airport Authority Chairman James Vazzana acknowledged the charges against Walsh and the fallout from them, but declined to comment.
“At this point in time I have no details, so obviously there is nothing I can say,” Vazzana said. “I haven’t seen (the county’s statement), and until I see it I have nothing to say.”
Asked specifically how the incident reflected on the Airport Authority, which has spent the year attempting to overcome a public relations nightmare brought on by news reports of its former executive director spending lavishly on alcohol, cigars and strippers, Vazzana said he had to step into a meeting and hung up.
– Thieves have stolen dozens and dozens of sewer grates in Rochester. This was a huge problem in Syracuse, too. I just can’t figure out how someone walks away with a giant grate weighing 100 pounds and no one notices.
– The New York Times has a truly disturbing report on inappropriate drugging of developmentally disabled people in state care.
– Richard Gere is coming to Rochester! (An Officer and a Gentleman is one of my favorite movies.)
– Save the Sticks! There is further proof standard vehicles rock.