Cops plan holiday weekend DWI crackdown

By Newsday Staff Updated December 29, 2017 4:04 PM Police officers on Long Island will be “out in full force” this holiday weekend, cracking down on drunken and impaired drivers, authorities say. “As part of the continuing effort to keep Suffolk County roadways safe and free of intoxicated drivers, the Suffolk County Police Department will have additional officers on patrol on New Year’s Eve,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini and Chief of Department Stuart Cameron said in a statement. Nassau police are increasing patrols throughout the weekend “to keep roadways safe and free from intoxicated and impaired drivers,” Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Nassau acting Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said in a statement. STOP-DWI grant money will be used by both departments to subsidize the patrols, police said. Continue Reading

Cops: Holiday weekend DWI crackdown

By Newsday Staff December 29, 2017 2:43 PM Suffolk County police say officers will be “out in full force” cracking down on drunken and impaired drivers this holiday weekend. “As part of the continuing effort to keep Suffolk County roadways safe and free of intoxicated drivers, the Suffolk County Police Department will have additional officers on patrol on New Year’s Eve,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini and Chief of... To Continue... Already a Newsday or Optimum customer ? Log in Get unlimited digital access $1 for 4 Weeks $0.99/Week Thereafter Subscribe There's more to the story! Start your FREE 4-week trial to continue reading. No credit card required. GET STARTED Continue Reading

Best Movies To See In Theaters Over Christmas Weekend 2017

Although Christmas is a joyous time where you will hopefully receive lots of amazing presents, the holiday season is all about getting out into the world and spreading cheer. However, for those who are interested in getting out of the house without putting in too much effort, seeing a movie over Christmas weekend is the perfect thing to do. Christmas falls on a Monday this year, which means there will be an entire weekend in which you’ll be forced to wait until you can rip into your awesome gifts. Whether you need to kill the anticipation, escape your relatives or are simply interested in catching the latest flick, check out the best movies to see over the Christmas weekend below. Opening Friday, Dec. 22 “Pitch Perfect 3” (PG-13) “Pitch Perfect 3” will be playing in theaters over Christmas weekend. Photo: Universal Pictures The Bellas are back for one last a cappella showdown. After being thrust into the real world, the ladies quickly find out that life after college isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. However, when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, the college grads come together for another adventure full of laughs and awesome music. “Father Figures” (R) After spending their lives believing their father was dead, fraternal twin brothers discover that their dad is still alive and their mother was involved with several rich and famous men prior to their births. Determined to find their biological father, the men set off on a hilarious journey to track down the mystery patriarch while learning all about their mother’s past. “Downsizing” (R) When the world becomes overpopulated, scientists discover a way to shrink humans to five inches tall to solve the problem. Tired of their stressful lives, one man and his wife decide to throw caution to the wind and start over in the new downsized community. However, when a major decision is made, life for the married couple Continue Reading

DUI task forces begin holiday weekend patrols Thursday in metro Phoenix

The Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety will wrap up the year with one last deployment of DUI task forces for the last holiday of 2017, beginning Thursday night. The task forces are designed to deter and apprehend impaired drivers on the road, said Director Alberto Gutier.Police departments across the Valley regularly deploy DUI task forces between Thanksgiving and New Year's. MORE: DUI arrests in Arizona rose during Thanksgiving weekend, data show So far in 2017, there have been 23,000 DUI arrests, Guiter said Thursday.Twenty police agencies from the East and West valleys will come together Thursday night in metro Phoenix, according to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.An estimated 150 police officers will patrol all Valley highways, including Loops 101, 202 and 303, until early Friday, Guiter said.Participatingpolice departments include Mesa, Salt River, Scottsdale, Wickenburg and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.There will also be a DUI checkpoint set up in Pima County, Gutier said.On New Year's Eve, the East Valley DUI task force will patrol from Scottsdale to the San Tan Valley area. Officers also will be on the road in the West Valley, including Avondale, Goodyear, Tolleson and Peoria.More than 40 officers from multiple agencies will be on the lookout for impaired drivers, and other officers will be on regular patrol duties, according to Gutier. Gutier said law-enforcement agencies want people to enjoy themselves on holidays, they just don't want them to drive if they will be drinking.The American Automobile Association offers a Holiday Safe Ride Program, which offers a one-way tow and ride for free up to 10 miles. The service is offered to anyone, including those who aren't members of AAA.Any distance longer than 10 miles will have a standard towing charge per mile after the initial 10, said Michelle Donati, Continue Reading

Outdoor notes: Pheasants released for holiday weekend; Archery on tap at Platte River

LINCOLN — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will release rooster pheasants at 14 wildlife management areas in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The 14 areas are: Oak Valley (Madison County), Wilkinson (Platte County), Sherman Reservoir (Sherman County), Pressey (Custer County), Branched Oak (Lancaster County), Yankee Hill (Lancaster County), Twin Oaks (Johnson County), Hickory Ridge (Johnson County), Cornhusker (Hall County), Peru Bottoms (Nemaha County), Kirkpatrick Basin North (York County), Schilling (Cass County), Arrowhead (Gage County), and George Syas (Platte County). Kirkpatrick Basin North, Schilling, Wilkinson and Peru Bottoms are non-toxic shot only, but otherwise all normal regulations apply. The pheasants will be released to increase hunting opportunities over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The pheasant season runs through Jan. 31, 2018. Permits, including the nonresident two-day hunt permit, may be purchased at Archery on tap at Platte River The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will hold a day of free archery Dec. 2 at Archery on Fire at Platte River State Park. All ages and experience levels are welcome for this event, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Roger G. Sykes Outdoor Heritage Education Complex. Equipment and instruction will be provided. Archery, 3-D archery, crossbows and tomahawk throwing will be available. There also will be campground games, kids’ crafts and a pellet gun shooting gallery. All activities are offered at no cost. A park entry permit is required. Christmas in the Woods at Ponca Ponca State Park will hold weekly seasonal activities as part of its Christmas in the Woods celebration. Christmas in the Woods will take place Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16, and give people a chance to do seasonal crafts, attend an outdoor program or ride on a decorated and lighted hayrack. The park will also hold its annual snowman building contest from Nov. 25 Continue Reading

Everything you need to know about the Christmas Holiday weekend

Saturday’s storm system gives us weather like Dixie’s sunny shores. However, it will begin to feel a lot like Christmas, just in time for the holiday. A few rain showers will continue to lift through New Jersey this morning, aided by a warm front. Rain showers taper off and end mid- to late morning. I do not believe that we will have much in the way of totals. In fact, those of you in Cape May County may very well end up dry. Once the warm front moves north, two things will happen. First, it completely dries out. In fact, sunshine is not out of the question as we move into the “warm sector.” Secondly, temperatures soar. A high temperature of 61 Saturday makes us feel like Savannah, Georgia, not South Jersey. After dark, a cold front will push in. A line of showers will develop during the evening and fall for most of the night. Keeping with the springlike temperatures, a rumble of thunder is not ruled out! We should see some sun, not rain for sunrise on Christmas Eve. High pressure quickly pokes its head in, giving us seasonable temperatures and a mix of sun and clouds. Then, all attention turns to Christmas Day. The setup remains the same — a coastal low develops off the Virginia/North Carolina coast, with a piece of energy moving through the Midwest. They will meet up Sunday evening, ramping up after midnight Christmas Day. Rain showers break out at first. However, as colder air moves in, a mix or changeover to light snow is expected for a few hours. Flakes may fly for Santa’s arrival at night, but if you open up Christmas gifts in the morning, all will be calm. So, will we have a white Christmas? The technical definition is 1 inch of snow on the ground. It is highly unlikely that happens. Following the holiday, the gates to the Arctic open up yet again. This time, it should last for the rest of 2017. Highs only in the upper 20s to mid-30s are expected, with lows in the teens. No storms are on the radar for Continue Reading

Bitcoin Gains 24% Over a Strong Holiday Weekend

After a dismal and volatile week leading up to Christmas weekend, bitcoin and other leading cryptocurrencies have rebounded strongly. Since Friday, bitcoin has vaulted nearly 25%, and the rest of the "big five" digital currencies have also experienced strong gains. Here's a look at the five largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization and how much each has changed over the past 24 hours, as well as over the long holiday weekend. Cryptocurrency Name (Code) Price in U.S. Dollars Day's Change Change Since Friday, December 22, 2017. Bitcoin (BTC) $15,875 16.6% 23.9% Ethereum (ETH) $742.40 4.8% 19.4% Bitcoin Cash (BCH) $2,810.30 3.2% 28.3% Ripple (XRP) $0.99 1.3% 7.6% Litecoin (LTC) $279.74 2.3% 11.1% Bitcoin has recovered by more than 50% from its $10,400 low hit during extremely volatile Friday trading. A common question people who aren't too familiar with cryptocurrencies is "why are there so many?" In other words, why isn't bitcoin enough? If bitcoin is so popular and has so many advantages, why do we need Ethereum, Ripple, and others? And this question certainly makes sense -- in fact, there are 1,366 different cryptocurrencies currently tracked by While many of these are small, there's a good reason why several have emerged as major players in the cryptocurrency market alongside bitcoin. In fact, Ethereum has a massive $74.7 billion market cap, and bitcoin cash, ripple, and litecoin, which make up the rest of the top five, combine for more than $100 billion in market value. The short answer is that while bitcoin does have several key advantages over traditional means of payment Continue Reading

NFL Week 16: NFC South teams at center of football’s holiday weekend

When the Pro Bowl rosters were announced on Tuesday night, the New Orleans Saints had six players selected. The Saints hadn't had that many Pro Bowlers since 2009, when seven New Orleans players were invited.None of the Saints' all-stars played in the Pro Bowl at the end of the 2009 season, though, because they played in the Super Bowl instead."When you have team success, I think it enhances or allows more players to have those opportunities," New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. "I think typically that's been the case."The Saints have not only been successful enough to have six Pro Bowlers, they've been successful enough to be in position to clinch the NFC South title in the 16th week of the NFL's 2017 regular season. A more immediate goal -- and one that doesn't depend on the result of any game other than the Saints' outcome against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday -- is securing a playoff berth.New Orleans is one of five teams that can lock up a postseason position merely by winning in Week 16. All five can't do it, though, because the Falcons are one of the others.Atlanta trails the Saints by one game with two games to play. The Falcons beat New Orleans 20-17 on Dec. 7. But the Saints played that game without Alvin Kamara, one of their two Pro Bowl running backs.Former Alabama standout Mark Ingram and Kamara, a rookie who spent a redshirt season with the Crimson Tide but never played for Alabama, have given New Orleans a Boom and Zoom combination in the backfield. They're the first pair of running-back teammates to make the Pro Bowl together since Terry Metcalf and Jim Otis of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1975."It's special just what we've been able to accomplish numbers-wise, considering we're splitting time together," Ingram said. "I think it's a great honor. It's very humbling and gratifying."It's a testament to our teammates. You can't have two running backs from the same backfield go in if you don't have a good team, if you don't have a good offensive Continue Reading

Eight people killed in British motorway crash during holiday weekend

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Eight people died when two lorries and a minibus collided on one of Britain's main motorways early on Saturday at the start of a busy bank holiday weekend, police said.Four others were injured in the collision just before 3.15 a.m. (0230 GMT) in the southbound lane of the M1 motorway near the English town of Newport Pagnell, 50 miles (80 km) northwest of London, the force added."All of the deceased were travelling in the minibus. The four taken to hospital were also travelling in the minibus of whom one is a child," said Thames Valley police, adding that the vehicle was believed to have travelled from the Nottingham area. Two men, the drivers of the two lorries, were arrested and remained in custody. Both are being held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, while one of them has an additional count of driving with more than the permitted alcohol level. (Reporting by Elisabeth O'Leary; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Helen Popper)(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2017. Click For Restrictions Continue Reading

The best (and worst) days for holiday travel 2017

When experts name the “best” days to travel, they usually name the days airfares are lowest — which often aren’t optimal for most people once you factor in personal convenience and schedule constraints. There’s typically a reason why these ones are the slower travel days.All you really need to conclude the best days for holiday travel this year is a calendar. And while this talk is usually about “best” days, it’s better to work backwards: Focus on identifying the worst holiday travel days (read: busiest and most expensive) based on the days of the week, and try to fly on one of those outlying days.Here are the flying days to keep in mind for holiday travel 2017. ThanksgivingBy now, just about everybody has heard this conventional travel wisdom: Thanksgiving weekend is the busiest time of the year for airlines. The worst days to fly are the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (this year, Nov. 22) and the following Sunday (this year, Nov. 26).For the few days before the 23rd and the few days after the 25th, low-fare seats will be scarce. So, the further away from these days you can travel, the better. Low-fare seats are often more available on Thanksgiving Day and the next day, when everyone is relaxing after the Thursday meal and/or looking for Black Friday shopping deals.Canadian Thanksgiving is on Monday, Oct. 9, so the worst days will likely be Friday, Oct. 6, and Tuesday, Oct. 10. And just the same, the few days leading up to and following those days will be busy. Christmas and New Year’sThe biggest year-end holidays fall on Mondays in 2017, making for a plethora of “worst” holiday travel days. For Christmas they’re Friday, Dec. 22, plus the 23rd and 24th. For New Year’s avoid Friday, the 29th, and Tuesday, Jan. 2. Travel on the interim days is usually down a bit from these peak days, because many travelers like to combine the two three-day weekends into a 10-day holiday to use up those Continue Reading