Hochul and Owens will not be attending the convention; new fronts in the war on big soda

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Briefing: Credico. (Jimmy Viellkind via timesunion.com)
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Events

Tonight: 6 p.m. NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman raises money at the Grand Hyatt. [Flickr]

Tonight: 7 p.m. RNN has footage from an NYPD stop-and-frisk training session. [RNN]

2012

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At least half a dozen Democratic officials, now including Reps. Kathy Hochul and Bill Owens of New York, are skipping the Democratic convention. [Dan Hirschhorn]

NY-08

"Obama can and should intervene on behalf of Mr. Jeffries." [Observer]

NY-13

Clyde Williams said this race is not about Rep. Charlie Rangel's 2010 ethics problems. [James Arkin Harkin]

City Hall

"Soda Ban in New York Spreads to Boston, Worries Local Restaurants" [HuffingtonPost]

An L.A. Councilman proposed limited access to soda in parks and libraries, part of a "national war on soda" kicked off by Michael Bloomberg. [Kathleen Miles]

A Massachusetts mayor proposed banning free refills, "taking inspiration" from Bloomberg. [Leigh Remizowski]

"NYPD Convenes Possibly Useless Panel on Stop-and-Frisk" [Margaret Hartmann]

Albany

Randy Credico smoked pot in the Capitol. [Jimmy Vielkind]

A very innocent reporter said it smelled like weed. [Nick Reisman]

Andrew Cuomo told Republicans in the State Senate to be more moderate and stop listening to extremists. [Nick Reisman]

A former State Senate majority leader threw out the first pitch of a minor league baseball game. [Adam Sichko]

"New York’s inmates are no longer allowed to receive mail containing maps that would aid in their escape from prison." [Laura Nahmias]

Outrage

The Catholic League's Bill Donohue, who gets lots of attention for saying things about Jews, misrepresented an Ed Koch quote in a nasty email to a rabbi. [Rosie Gray]

Media

Another bad review for Aaron Sorkin's "Newsroom." [Hank Stuever]