Heavy traffic expected over holiday weekend

If you're planning to do some traveling this holiday weekend, you may want to plan ahead.The Nevada and Arizona Department of Transportations are anticipating heavy traffic in the Virgin River Gorge and Las Vegas over the Fourth of July weekend.ADOT is is urging motorists traveling through the Virgin River Gorge to allow for extra travel time and to be cautious of existing work zone through the gorge, an ADOT release said."ADOT is expecting additional holiday traffic beginning on Thursday afternoon," said Dustin Krugel, statewide public information officer. "Fourth of July weekend is typically one of the most busiest weekends of the year as far as travel and drivers need to be prepared."The ADOT release said drivers should be alert for construction equipment and personnel due to the $27 million bridge project ADOT is working on.ADOT is working on a major reconstruction project on Virgin River Bridge No. 6 (milepost 16), located about 20 miles south of St. George, Utah, that includes replacing the bridge's superstructure (girders, deck and railings), as well as widening the roadway through the narrow passage of the gorge.No construction will take place in the gorge this weekend but the highway is currently narrowed to one lane in each direction through the work zone until the project is completed in 2016.Krugel said gorge traffic should return to normal Monday.Delays of up to two hours have been reported on previous holiday travel weekends through the gorge, ADOT said, which is nearly 100 miles northeast of Las Vegas.NDOT said an additional 330,000 visitors are expected in Southern Nevada over the weekend."We anticipate heavy traffic along Interstate-15, U.S. Highway 95 and the Strip resort corridor during Fourth of July weekend in Las Vegas," said NDOT spokesman Tony Illia. "Motorists should allow additional travel time to reach their destination. Also, stay sober and alert while driving, keeping distractions to a minimum." Follow Brandon on Twitter, Continue Reading

‘Safe House,’ Denzel Washington takes top honors for holiday weekend box office, beating out ‘The Vow,’ ‘Ghost Rider’

Movie-goers elected Denzel Washington over the fiery Nicholas Cage in a tight President’s Day holiday weekend at the box office. Washington’s “Safe House” earned $24 million in its second weekend to narrowly edge out last week’s box office champ, the romantic comedy “The Vow,” and Cage’s “Ghost Rider” to take the top spot. Universal’s thriller is projected to finish the four-day holiday stretch with $28.5 million. “This is a testament to both Denzel and (co-star]) Ryan Reynolds,” Nikki Rocco, president of distribution for Universal, told the News. “Adults want to see this kind of movie.” Sony pictures had a nice consolation prize with its films, finishing in the second and third spots. “The Vow,” a three-hanky weeper starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, finished with $23.6 million and is projected to finish $27.4 million over four days. The numbers are close enough between “Safe House” and “The Vow” that there is still a chance that their spots could be swapped when final numbers roll in Monday. Audiences, however, seemed to be less in love with Sony’s “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” the second movie starring Cage as the motorcycle-riding Marvel super hero with a flaming skull. While industry insiders had predicted earlier in the week that the film would ride off with the top spot in its debut weekend, the film couldn’t get into second gear, finishing third with $22 million ($25.5 million projected for the four-day weekend.) “I thought the marketing campaign was good and this is time of year that a comic book movie like 'Ghost Rider' usually dominates,” said Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for Hollywood.com. “It suddenly got highly competitive out there during a usual sleepy time at the box office.” Overall, it was a great weekend to be a movie Continue Reading

Jennifer Aniston and ex Brad Pitt narrowly miss one another while out for a movie in Hollywood over the holiday weekend

Talk about a close call! Jennifer Aniston narrowly avoided what would have been an awkward run-in with ex-husband Brad Pitt at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood over the weekend. While Aniston, 42, was at the popular movie theater with beau Justin Theroux, her famous ex had a larger entourage in attendance: his children with partner Angelina Jolie. According to X17online, Pitt took kids Shiloh, Zahara, Pax and Maddox to see the 2 p.m. showing of Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo.” Once the family flick ended, the brood reportedly made their way to the parking garage just minutes after Aniston and Theroux entered the movie theater for a later movie. "Justin and Jennifer skipped the popcorn and went straight in. Like five minutes later, Brad and the kids came out of the theater," a source told X17. "They just missed each other!" Sounds like one near-miss Aniston can be thankful for over the holiday weekend. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Sara Gilbert, musician Linda Perry spotted holding hands over the holiday weekend

Now THAT'S something to talk about - shortly after "The Talk" co-host Sara Gilbert split with longtime girlfriend Allison Adler, she was spotted around town with a new gal on her arm. Gilbert, 36, was photographed hand-in-hand with musician and producer Linda Perry over the holiday weekend as the two left a grocery store in West Hollywood. To further fan the rumor mill, Perry, 46, took to Twitter the day before Thanksgiving to give a shoutout to Gilbert. "Grocery shopping with @THEsaragilbert," Perry tweeted. "Her contribution: breaking the balsamic vinegar trying to figure out if she had spotted Bill Cosby." The former lead singer of 4 Non Blondes is the songwriter and producer behind such hits as Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" and Pink's "Get the Party Started." Gilbert, who starred in TV sitcom "Roseanne," had been dating Adler for 10 years prior to their split, but has lost no time getting back in the game. The two were also spotted together at the 40th Anniversary gala for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center earlier this month. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

America’s ready to get away for the holiday weekend and here are ways to save some money

We can't wait. After a long, bitter winter and dreary spring, we can't wait to get away on this Memorial Day weekend- despite ever-rising airfare and gas prices that make us wince when we fill the tank. AAA says nearly 35 million of us will be traveling this holiday weekend, mostly by car. Nearly 2.93 million of us will fly - 11.5% more than last year and despite airfares that are 14% higher. Traveling with the kids makes a vacation even more expensive. Here are a few ways to get the most bang out of your vacation buck this weekend and through summer: 1. If you're driving, choose a place closer to home so you won't spend as much on gas. AAA's Fuel Cost Calculator, found on aaa.com, can help. 2. If you're flying, book a package. You can save as much as 20% when you book air, hotel and car rental together. 3. Stay at a place with a kitchen so you can eat in at least once a day. Check sites like homeaway.com, itrip.net and istopover.com for short-term travel rentals. You'll get more space - and more bathrooms - for less money than a hotel. Opt for an apartment in a city and you can explore neighborhoods as well as take in the local sights. 4. Go camping. Even if you're not the outdoor type, you can't beat the experiences you'll have with your kids - and you won't find a more affordable getaway. Many campgrounds now are like resorts with pools, organized activities, Wi-Fi and more. 5. Swap houses. There are plenty of agencies to help but you can also do it on your own. Suggest a swap with friends or family who live elsewhere and would welcome a New York getaway. 6. Join forces with extended family or friends. You'll not only be able to split costs on lodging and food but on child care as well. This is especially good for parents who wouldn't otherwise get a break from their children, much less any adult conversation. 7. Head to Ski Country. Ski resorts from New England to California have as much to do in the summer (mountain biking anyone?), and Continue Reading

TV Marathon features ‘Law and Order,’ ‘Golden Girls,’ ‘Cake Boss’ among other holiday weekend fare

Nothing says America quite like apple pie, baseball and Betty White. So celebrate (the day after) the Fourth with a good old-fashioned "Golden Girls" marathon, or any of these other blocks of programming. If you threw a raucous party to mark the birthday of our country, you might need a little help cleaning up. Tune in to the Style Network as early as 6 a.m. for episodes of "Clean House." Host Niecy Nash and her crew may have some tips you haven't thought of sprinkled throughout these eight episodes. At 8 p.m., the network switches to a marathon of "Run's House" that lasts until tomorrow. A "Cake Boss" marathon also gets cooking at 6 a.m. on TLC. The series stars Buddy Valastro, owner of Carlo's Bake Shop in Hoboken, and his family, and focuses on their lives running the successful business. The network is airing nearly every episode of the series, so if you've been missing out, now's your chance to catch up. It wouldn't be holiday weekend television without a couple of marathons for "Law & Order" and its spinoffs. "Criminal Intent" bows at 6 on USA with 12 episodes, and the original hits TNT from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. At 8 a.m., A&E kicks off an 11-episode run of "Hoarders," a series about people who have literally become buried in their belongings - from furniture to food, and sometimes just trash. At 1 p.m., the network airs one episode of "Intervention," then it's back to cleaning up the clutter till 7. Also at 8 a.m., Hallmark Channel begins an all-day run of "Golden Girls," including the one in which Dorothy, Blanche and Rose each secretly pose nude for a Hungarian sculptor. In keeping with the classics, TV Land will air a block of "Bewitched" from 8 to 4:30. A "True Life" marathon, including the episodes "I'm Obese," "I'm at Fat Camp," "I'm Happy to Be Fat," "I'm Out," "I Live a Double Life," "I Am Celibate," "I'm Relocating for Love" and "I'm Dating Someone Older" begins at 9 a.m. on MTV. Mike Rowe of "Dirty Jobs" gets down to Continue Reading

Expect city-wide traffic and scorching temperatures for July 4th holiday weekend

Go fourth and celebrate! New Yorkers are expected to hop in their cars and drive in droves to escape the city over the July 4th holiday weekend, set to be scorching hot. AAA's Robert Sinclair has a message to those trying to beat the rush - you should've left already. "It'll be busy, busy, busy," Sinclair said, adding that AAA is predicting car travel to jump 20% in the Mid-Atlantic region. He gave a warning to folks from Long Island, Queens or Brooklyn heading north - avoid the Throgs Neck and Whitestone bridges, which have closed lanes. The best way to beat holiday traffic may be to skip the drive altogether and stay in the city for fun and fireworks. There's plenty going on tomorrow with a red, white and blue flair - from the 100th annual parade through Staten Island's flag-lined Travis neighborhood, to the Macy's fireworks show along the Hudson River. Teen dreamboat Justin Bieber - despite being Canadian - will do his best to headline. In Coney Island, the 95th Annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest is still sure to be a stomach-churning 12 minutes even though six-time champ Takeru Kobayashi isn't eating this year. Local vendors hope the chow fest, coupled with the weekend heat wave, will mean big business. "I think it's gonna be real big. It was dead as a doornail last year," said Robert Cicero, 43, owner of John's Deli on the Boardwalk. The steaming forecast - with the mercury set to rise to 95 degrees tomorrow and even higher Monday, according to forecasters - may mean area beaches are the only bearable place to be. "I'll be here every day," said Sunset Park daycare worker Sonya Martinez, 24. "I mean, I don't have air conditioning." With Vinnie Rotondaro Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

It’s a family affair in New York for Michael Douglas, Will Ferrell over holiday weekend

Working men Will Ferrell and Michael Douglas both took the holiday weekend off to hang out with their little ones. Ferrell - who has been shooting "The Other Guys" in the Big Apple - was spotted on Saturday with his brood, Magnus and Mattias, brunching at Chelsea Market and taking a walk through the Meatpacking District. Further downtown, Douglas, who is in the city shooting "Wall Street 2," gave his daughter Carys a lift through the West Village. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Dominic Carter’s lawyers lose bid to keep ex-NY 1 anchor out of jail for holiday weekend

Disgraced NY1 anchor Dominic Carter will spend the holiday weekend behind bars after a hs lawyers lost bid to free him while his domestic-violence conviction is appealed. A day after he was sentenced to 30 days, Carter appeared in Rockland County Superior Court on Friday shackled and wearing an orange jumpsuit. Defense lawyers Martin Gotkin and Julia Kuan asked the judge to release Carter on bail while he appeals the "excessive and severe" sentence. When the judge asked for paperwork, Gotkin said they didn't have time to prepare it, so Judge William Nelson sent them packing. "I want to see it in writing," Nelson said. "It doesn't have to be 17,000 pages, but I have to see something." That put Carter back in jail until his lawyers file the papers - and court is closed until Tuesday because of the observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. Gotkin then attempted to get Carter out of lockup on medical grounds. "My client suffers from high blood pressure. He's a diabetic. He needs his medication," said Gotkin. "I'll see to it," Nelson said. The ex-TV newsman was found guilty of misdemeanor attempted assault in November, stemming from an October 2008 incident in which his wife initially claimed he kicked, punched and choked her. Carter was sentenced Thursday by Ramapo Town Justice Arnold Etelson, who gave Marilyn Carter a green "Attitude Makes the Difference" sticker and told her to put it on her bathroom mirror. He gave the ex-TV newsman a magazine article about how actor Matt Damon has stayed humble despite his worldwide fame - in contrast to Carter's courtroom boasts that he was a "high-profile journalist" with lots of influential friends. Etelson also barred the Carters from seeing each other for two years unless a psychiatrist deems the interaction would be safe. Carter turned to his wife and daughter when he arrived in court yesterday and said softly, "Thanks for coming." Marilyn did not respond and she refused to answer Continue Reading


SKY-HIGH GAS PRICES, expensive airline tickets and rising hotel room rates are casting some gray clouds over summer travel. The industry will see a less than 1% rise from a year ago in travel over Memorial Day Weekend - the smallest increase in recent years, AAA told the Daily News. Unlike last year, when Americans continued to hit the road even as gas prices spiked, now they're thinking twice with it at $2. 93 a gallon nationwide, 75 cents above where they were in 2005. Gas is well over $3 a gallon locally. Rental car rates are up a jarring 19%, adding $6 to the average daily car rental rate - the highest it's been in six years. Hotel rates will be up 5% over the holiday weekend. And don't expect any bargains from the airlines. Air travelers can expect to pay 10% more than they paid last year. As a result, air travel will be up, but only by 1. 5%, the Travel Industry Association and AAA said. It all adds up to a challenging summer for budget-minded travelers. Michael Goddard, director of finance for Thompson Corp., said he knew he'd be paying more as he plotted out his summer travel plans, which include trips to Italy and Washington, D. C. His method for finding the lowest airfare: "I never book immediately. I'll wait and go back over the next four to five days to check the same flight," the 30-year-old New Yorker said, acknowledging the risk he takes in the price shooting up. Don't give up your dream summer of strolling through Rome or driving along the California coast. With early and wise planning, cheap and fun vacations are still within your reach. summer Vacation tips Shop around using "meta-search" sites to find rock-bottom prices, said Budget Travel magazine editor Erik Torkells. The next generation of travel bargain-hunting is here: Comparison shopping sites like Kayak. com and SideStep. com search the Web for the lowest fares. But unlike Expedia. com or Orbitz. com, they don't actually sell tickets or book hotel Continue Reading