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Five things to know for your New Day — Friday, November 28

It’s Friday, and here are the “5 things to know for your New Day.”


No power, no problem:

Storm-related power outages hit across the Northeast, leaving some chopping breadcrumbs by flashlight, cooking turkeys on the grill and watching Netflix on phones. Many New Englanders were without power. In New Hampshire, more than 133,000 customers were still in the dark this morning.


A day of kindness:

Ferguson streets were deserted early today after a Thanksgiving Day that mixed kindness with sadness, heartbreak with hope. Gone were the blazing buildings, set on fire during the most contentious nights of protest this week. So were the stone-faced National Guard troops, standing in a single file, facing angry protesters. Instead of hurling insults at them, residents brought them turkey and other treats.


Rescued after being buried alive:

Two little boys have something to be thankful for following their rescue after spending hours under a pile of snow in New York. The boys, ages 9 and 7, were building a fort Wednesday evening when a snowplow came through, covering them with a heap of snow and trapping them.


More women, more fallout:

The University of Massachusetts Amherst and its alumnus Bill Cosby have split ways amid allegations of sexual assault and rape. At least 15 women have spoken out to various media outlets accusing the comedian of sexual misconduct.


Plunging below $70:

Oil prices came crashing down yesterday to trade below $70 per barrel after OPEC announced it was leaving oil production levels unchanged. Crude trading in the U.S. fell by roughly 7% to just below $69 — a level not seen since May 2010.

Ray Rice Fast Facts

(CNN) — Here’s a look at the life of suspended NFL running back Ray Rice.

Personal: Birth date: January 22, 1987

Birth place: New Rochelle, New York

Birth name: Raymell Maurice Rice

Father: Conrad Reed

Mother: Janet Rice, special education teacher

Marriage: Janay (Palmer) Rice, (March 28, 2014-present)

Children: Rayven (daughter), February 2012

Education: Attended Rutgers University 2005-2007

Other Facts: Rice’s father, Conrad Reed, was accidentally killed in a drive-by shooting when Rice was one year old.

Myshaun Rice-Nichols, a cousin and father figure to Rice, was killed in a car accident when Rice was eleven years old.

Selected three times for the Pro Bowl (seasons 2009, 2011 and 2012).

Founded the Ray Rice Charitable Fund to support underprivileged children in Baltimore and his hometown of New Rochelle, New York.

Key events in the Ray Rice story.

Timeline: April 26, 2008 – Selected in the second round, 55th overall, in the NFL draft by the Baltimore Ravens.

July 2012 – Signs a five-year, $35 million contract with the Ravens.

February 3, 2013 – Rice earns his first Super Bowl win when the Baltimore Ravens defeat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, 34-31.

February 15, 2014 – Ray Rice and his fiancée, Janay Palmer, are involved in an early-morning fight on an elevator in an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino. Atlantic City police say Rice and Palmer struck each other with their hands and refused medical treatment at the scene. The couple is arrested and taken to the Atlantic City Police Department holding facility. Each is charged with simple assault.

February 19, 2014 – TMZ releases video of Rice dragging Palmer out of the elevator in which the incident occurred.

March 27, 2014 – Rice is indicted by an Atlantic County grand jury on a charge of third-degree aggravated assault. The charge against Palmer is dropped. Rice and Palmer are married the next day.

May 1, 2014 – Rice pleads not guilty to aggravated assault and applies for a program for first-time offenders that could clear him of charges in one year.

May 20, 2014 – Rice is accepted into the diversionary program.

May 23, 2014 – The Ravens hold a news conference with Rice and Palmer. Rice apologizes for “the situation my wife and I were in.”

July 24, 2014 – The NFL announces a two-game suspension for Rice.

July 31, 2014 – Rice tells reporters at a Ravens news conference that the violent incident is not representative of who he is. “You know that’s not me,” he says. “You know that’s something I have to live … with the rest of my life.” He calls his actions “inexcusable.”

August 1, 2014 – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the media for the first time after Rice’s suspension while in Canton, Ohio, for the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremonies. He defends his decision: “I take into account all of the information before I make a decision on what the discipline will be. In this case, there was no discipline by the criminal justice system. They put him in that diversionary program.”

August 28, 2014 – Amid criticism for Rice’s punishment, the NFL announces a new, harsher policy for domestic violence and other violent conduct. In a letter, Goodell admits that he got the Rice punishment wrong, without mentioning him by name.

September 8, 2014 – TMZ releases surveillance footage from inside the elevator showing Rice punching Palmer. Hours later, the Ravens terminate Rice’s contract and Goodell announces Rice’s indefinite suspension from the NFL. The league claims it had not seen the video from the elevator’s interior until it was released by TMZ.

September 10, 2014 – The NFL announces that former FBI Director Robert Mueller will lead an independent inquiry into the league’s investigation and how it gathered evidence in the case. Two NFL owners who are attorneys — John Mara of the New York Giants and Art Rooney II of the Pittsburgh Steelers — will oversee the independent investigation.

September 16, 2014 – The NFL players’ union announces it has filed an appeal of Rice’s indefinite suspension by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

October 21, 2014 – Sources say Rice has officially filed a wrongful termination grievance against the Baltimore Ravens.

November 5-6, 2014 – Former U.S. District Judge Barbara Jones, a neutral arbitrator, presides over Rice’s indefinite suspension appeal hearing in New York.

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      Ferguson’s Thanksgiving mixed with kindness, sadness

      FERGUSON, Missouri (CNN) — National Guard members were on duty in Ferguson, Missouri, on Thanksgiving but the people who came up to them only wanted to spread goodwill, bringing turkey and other treats.

      CNN affiliate KSDK reported that dozens of citizens visited one post at a shopping center.

      “We just all have to make sure that we are taking care of one another,” Terry Pimmel told the station. “That is our mission.”

      Gov. Jay Nixon also stopped by to see the troops.

      Other volunteers bundled up and painted boards that cover the holes where windows used to be in buildings trashed during recent protests, according to CNN affiliate KMOV.

      “We came out here because we thought that anything would be better than just blank plywood,” Avi Ryan, 13, told KMOV.

      Some members of the family of Michael Brown, who was fatally shot in August by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, gathered at his father’s place for their first holiday dinner since Brown’s death.

      There was a chair left empty at the dining room table of Michael Brown Sr., a photo posted to Twitter by Ferguson Action showed.

      A shirt with the words “Gone (Too) Soon” was draped over the chair and Brown Sr. wore a shirt that said, “Justice.

      Small protests overnight

      Perhaps it was the biting cold, or maybe it was because of Thanksgiving. But Ferguson was much calmer early Thursday than it had been the previous two days.

      A few dozen protesters showed up outside police headquarters in Ferguson late Wednesday night. And standing under a “Seasons Greetings” sign stretching over the road, they fired obscenities at National Guard members who stood on watch outside the police department’s offices.

      But there were no incidents, no confrontations between the two sides. Police made two arrests, and no injuries or damages were reported.

      A protest organizer told CNN that even though the numbers were small early Thursday, demonstrators will return night after night as they have done since the summer when Michael Brown, a black teen, was shot dead by Darren Wilson, a white police officer.

      Nationwide, protests continued, but they too were peaceful for the most part. In Los Angeles, police arrested 130 protesters on misdemeanor charges of failure to disperse. In Oakland, California, police arrested 35 people for a variety of charges related to protests.

      At the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on Thursday morning, seven were arrested after several people broke through barriers near the parade route to protest Monday’s grand jury decision not to indict Wilson, New York police said.

      Wilson’s future

      For his part, Wilson is in talks to leave the Ferguson Police Department and may give up being an officer altogether.

      “It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when,” Wilson’s attorney, Neil Bruntrager, told CNN’s Don Lemon late Wednesday.

      “Realistically, he can’t go back to being a police officer. He knows that. There’s no illusion about any of this.”

      Wilson has said he killed the 18-year-old Brown out of fear for his life during their encounter on August 9. He maintains he hasn’t done anything wrong.

      Though he hasn’t said much, Wilson sympathizes with Brown’s family, his attorney said.

      “His remorse and his sadness about what happened is there, and it’s real,” Bruntrager told CNN.

      “But in respect to the Browns, he’s been very careful to sort of stand back. He knows that whatever he says, it’s not going to be read as he means it.”

      The Browns’ dismay

      Brown’s parents don’t believe Wilson’s version of events, telling CNN’s Sunny Hostin their son would never have taunted the officer nor reached for his weapon

      “He’s a murderer,” Brown’s father said, referring to Wilson.

      “He understood his actions. He understood exactly what he was doing. You know, he didn’t have a second thought, a pushback thought, or nothing. He was intending to kill someone. That’s how I look at it,” Brown said. “He was going to kill someone at that point.”

      Michael Brown’s mother said hearing that a grand jury had decided not to indict the officer who killed her son felt like getting shot.

      “We heard this and it was just like, like I had been shot. Like you shoot me now — just no respect, no sympathy, nothing,” Lesley McSpadden told Hostin on Wednesday. “This could be your child. This could be anybody’s child.”

      Investigation continues

      Back in Ferguson, a one-mile stretch of West Florissant Avenue, the site of previous protests, was closed to cars and pedestrians, with authorities saying the burned-out buildings on the route are crime scenes.

      One of those buildings is Flood Christian Church, where Michael Brown Sr. is a member.

      The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is leading an investigation into the fire that destroyed the church, a spokesman said.

      Investigators have found that someone broke into the church, and the fire began in a foyer near the doors that were breached, the ATF spokesman said.

      The church is some distance away from the strip of stores that burned Monday. Other nearby structures were untouched, which is cause for suspicion, the spokesman said.

      Also Wednesday, Ferguson police were looking for clues as to who stole an AR-15 that was locked in a rack and plucked from a police car torched by rioters this week.

      “They took the entire rack from the car,” St. Louis County police Sgt. Brian Schellman said.

      CNN’s Moni Basu reported from Ferguson, and Steve Almasy and Saeed Ahmed wrote from Atlanta. CNN’s Sara Sidner, Faith Karimi, Jason Hanna and Evan Perez contributed to this report.

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      Thanksgiving power outages hit the Northeast

      (CNN) — Storm-related power outages hit across the Northeast, leaving some chopping breadcrumbs by flashlight, cooking turkeys on the grill and watching Netflix on phones.

      Many New Englanders were without power — but this was nothing new for the state.

      Tens of thousands spent Thanksgiving just as others did in New England when Turkey Day was first observed in the 17th century: without electricity.

      In New Hampshire, more than 133,000 customers were still without power early Friday.

      “They’re saying it will be a multiday event,” said Fallon Reed, the assistant operations chief for the New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management.

      In Maine, there were as many as 110,000 customers without electricity on Thanksgiving morning, but milder Turkey Day temperatures allowed for workers to cut that number down by more than two thirds by night’s end.

      Central Maine Power Co. reported that less than 32,000 customers had no power, while Emera, the state’s second-largest utility company, reported that less than 1,000 customers were without electricity after a Wednesday nor’easter dumped more than a foot of snow across a dozen Maine cities, WMTW reported.

      “Heavy, wet snow brought down power lines and tree limbs interrupting service to thousands of people throughout Maine,” Emera posted on its website. “Crews will remain in the field through the overnight hours and into Friday until all customers are fully restored.”

      Despite the setback, the heartiest of New Englanders wouldn’t let the lack of electricity prevent them from enjoying the heartiest of meals. Lots of Mainers took to Twitter either to poke fun at or moan about the weather. Most showed remarkable resilience and seemed reluctant to let the weather ruin the holiday.

      “Power is out at parents house in Maine, so my mom is chopping breadcrumbs with a flashlight,” Brooklyn copy editor Kelly Gordon tweeted. She later told CNN that the meal turned out perfectly. “My mom would never let no lights (or) no heat keep her from Thanksgiving prep work,” she said.

      CNN’s Eliott C. McLaughlin and Teri Genova contributed to this report.

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      Holtsville, NY – Special memories will be made and new family traditions will begin at the Brookhaven Wildlife and Ecology Center on November 28th. It will be a fun-filled event for the entire family as visitors will be able to walk through lighted Christmas displays inside the Ecology Site building while sipping fresh, hot cocoa. The excitement will continue to grow as residents exit the building and gather outside to hear Highway Superintendent Daniel P. Losquadro announce Santa’s arrival by helicopter. Shortly after Santa’s arrival, Superintendent Losquadro will lead the crowd in a countdown to the annual lighting of the Christmas tree.

      “It is going to be fantastic bringing in the holiday season with the residents of Brookhaven Town,” Superintendent Losquadro said. “This event is special because it brings together friends and families and offers something everyone can enjoy. I want to thank April Perry and the employees at the Ecology Site for their hard work toward making this possible.”

      “This annual Christmas tree lighting is a great way to kick off the holiday season, and the best part is when you see the excitement and joy on the faces of the children,” said Supervisor Romaine. “Thanks to Superintendent Losquadro and the Highway Department for making it possible and I want to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season.”

      Beginning on Saturday, November 29th visitors will be able to tour a full indoor Holiday Spectacular display at the Ecology Site for a general admission of five dollars per person. The green houses, located in the back of the Ecology Site building, will be converted into winter wonderland displays. Children three and under are free. The Holiday Spectacular will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 29th and Sunday, November 30th, Friday through Sunday from December 5th through December 7th, December 12th through December 14th and December 19th through December 21st.

      The Ecology Site is located at 249 Buckley Road in Holtsville. Gates for the festivities on November 28th will open at 5:30 p.m. Please make plans to arrive early, as Santa will be appearing at approximately 6:00 p.m. For further information, please call (631) 758-9664.

      Maureen Rossi Joins Talk Radio As The Non Profit Voice On LI News

      Smithtown resident and community activist Maureen Rossi is the new host of The Non Profit Voice on LI News Radio.   103.9 is Long Island’s only all-talk radio station with news, traffic, weather and feature programs.

      Found on the FM dial, the Non Profit Voice is produced by Ron Gold of Marketing Works and highlights various non-profits around Long Island every Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m.  

      Rossi says she is thrilled to be doing the show.  “I was a guest on The Non Profit Voice several times talking about the Island’s opiate and heroin epidemic,” she explained.  Rossi is a founding member and Chairwoman of Kings Park in the kNOw, a non-profit that works to shine a light on and eradicate the regions youth opiate and heroin epidemic.   “Being a guest was a very positive experience; now I am so happy to be hosting, its enormous fun and I get to learn about all the non-profits that serve this great Island we live on,” she added.

      Last Saturday Rossi celebrated National Down Syndrome Month with a provocative interview with the Executive Director of ACDS Michael Smith and a member of his staff, Mary Lynn Dinu.  Dinu is also the mother of a nine year old son who happens to have Down Syndrome.  A lively beautiful child in Spider Man pajamas, Rossi invited him into the studio after the show to play with the equipment; he was able to hear himself on the radio speakers in the airport.   “Is it wrong to have so much fun at work,” she asks laughingly. 

      The LI News Radio news department is the largest in Suffolk County, keeping the Island informed locally and state-wide.  Rossi says the website is extremely well done with a news ticker and breaking news.  “It’s a very modern take on news, lots of it, short blips of data, the site is a great news source in addition to the station,” she explained.

      Being in the news business for twenty years, she says she is a self-proclaimed news junkie.  “I am a huge fan of the station and listen daily in my home-based office in Kings Park while I work,” shared Rossi.

      She said there have been many political guests since the station was launched in December 2013 and she particularly enjoys the political coverage because she has interviewed most of the elected officials as a journalist.  “If you want to have your finger on the pulse of what’s happening on Long Island, LI News Radio is the place to be,” she ended.

      Fire Sale: Why Amazon’s Much-Hyped Phone Flopped

      (NEW YORK) — Amazon’s much-hyped Fire phone didn’t even create a spark in the smartphone market. Four months after its debut, the device, which featured what Amazon called “breakthrough” technology, is now selling on Amazon for 99 cents with a contract — placing it at about the same price point as a fast food hamburger.

      Where Amazon went wrong was creating a device geared toward drawing in new Amazon shoppers, according to Patrick Moorhead, principal technology analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy. He said the smart phone and Amazon were a classic case of a “brand mismatch.”

      “I think that Amazon was more interested in monetizing its buyers than actually delivering a compelling experience,” Moorhead told ABC News.

      The Fire phone is equipped with a feature that allows users to identify almost any product — from a book to a game or a container of kosher salt. It then directs users to Amazon to make purchases.

      The 3-D display, ideal for game play, was touted by Amazon as another breakthrough feature of the phone. From Moorhead’s perspective, it’s one place the company had a chance to shine but executed the technology entirely the wrong way.

      “I could imagine on a 10-inch tablet playing some really cool 3-D games, but their display was too small,” he said. “It was the wrong platform.”

      Reviews of the Fire phone, which averages about 2-stars on Amazon, range from “extremely sad and dissatisfied” and “I wanted to love you” to “five stars.”

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      Scoreboard Roundup – 10/26/14

      (NEW YORK) – MLB: World Series: San Francisco Giants 5 – Kansas City Royals 0 (Giants Lead Series, 3-2)

      NFL Week 8: Detroit Lions 22 (6-2) – Atlanta Falcons 21 (2-6)

      Cincinnati Bengals 27 (4-2-1) – Baltimore Ravens 24 (5-3)

      Kansas City Chiefs 34 (4-3) – St. Louis Rams 7 (2-5)

      Houston Texans 30 (4-4) – Tennessee Titans 16 (2-6)

      Seattle Seahawks 13 (4-3) – Carolina Panthers 9 (3-4)

      Miami Dolphins 27 (4-3) – Jacksonville Jaguars 13 (1-7)

      New England Patriots 51 (6-2) – Chicago Bears 23 (3-5)

      Minnesota Vikings 19 (3-5) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13 (1-6) – Overtime

      Buffalo Bills 43 (5-3) – New York Jets 23 (1-7)

      Cleveland Browns 23 (4-3) – Oakland Raiders 13 (0-7)

      Arizona Cardinals 24 (6-1) – Philadelphia Eagles 20 (5-2)

      Pittsburgh Steelers 51 (5-3) – Indianapolis Colts 34 (5-3)

      New Orleans Saints 44 (3-4) – Green Bay Packers 23 (5-3)

      NHL: Winnipeg Jets 2 (3-5-0, 6pts) – Colorado Avalanche 1 (2-4-3, 7pts) – Overtime

      Los Angeles Kings 5 (6-1-1, 13pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (4-4-0, 8pts)

      Chicago Blackhawks 2 (5-2-1, 11pts) – Ottawa Senators 1 (4-2-1, 9pts)

      San Jose Sharks 4 (5-4-1, 11pts) – Anaheim Ducks 1 (7-2-0, 14pts)

      Vancouver Canucks 4 (5-3-0, 10pts) – Washington Capitals 2 (4-2-2, 10pts)

      NASCAR: Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Martinsville Speedway.  Jeff Gordon finished second.

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      Horror Film “Ouija” Takes First Place at Weekend Box Office

      (LOS ANGELES) — Just in time for Halloween, the horror film Ouija took first place at the box office.

      Ouija, which is rated PG-13, brought in over $20 million in its first weekend in theaters. It stars Olivia Cooke, Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith, Bianca Santos, and Ana Coto.

      In second place was John Wick, which also opened on Friday. The action film, which earned $14.15 million, stars Keanu Reeves as a former hit man who comes out of retirement.

      Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to

      1. Ouija: $20.006 million
      2. John Wick: $14.15 million
      3. Fury: $13.0 million
      4. Gone Girl: $11.1 million
      5. The Book of Life: $9.8 million
      6. St. Vincent: $8.06 million
      7. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: $7.02 million
      8. The Best of Me: $4.7 million
      9. The Judge: $4.345 million
      10. Dracula Untold: $4.302 million

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