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Ray Rice wins appeal, reinstated immediately

newsday.com — Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens sits on the bench against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half of their preseason game at AT&T Stadium on Aug. 16, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Ronald Martinez Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice won his appeal and was reinstated immediately, the NFL players' union announced Friday.

Early struggles a familiar tune for Nets

newsday.com — EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Even though he's seen this script before and served as one of the lead actors, Joe Johnson can't believe he's in the midst of yet another sequel. A slow start. Frustrating losses mounting up. Nerve-wracking fourth-quarter play. It all sounds so familiar.

Dionel Ramirez of North Amityville run over, killed by own stolen car in North Bay Shore, police say

newsday.com — Suffolk County police said Friday they found the car stolen by a thief who used it to run over and kill its owner, a North Amityville man who had been in Bay Shore picking up food donations for the needy.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @candiceruud: Police have found Dionel Ramirez's car after a carjacker stole it&drove off, striking and killing Ramirez: http://t.co/bZD…

'A Christmas Carol' and other vintage Christmas films to play in four Long Island locations

newsday.com — Get ready for some ho-ho-ho's -- and some ha-ha-ha's -- courtesy of Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies. The two are pairing up to deliver a trio of holiday presents to movie fans at theaters in Westbury, Stony Brook, Holtsville and Farmingdale over the next two weeks with big-screen showings of three Yuletide perennials -- the 1938 version of "A Christmas Carol," the 1945 screwball comedy "Christmas in Connecticut" and the 1954 musical chestnut "White Christmas."
Nov 28, 2014

'A Christmas Carol' and other vintage Christmas films to play in four LI locations: nwsdy.li/1rC1vpn

Black Friday protestors push for better wages at Walmart

newsday.com — While shoppers searched for Black Friday deals, protestors with worker advocacy groups rallied outside two Long Island Walmarts to push for better wages and benefits for employees. Outside the Walmart in Centereach, eight protestors laid out pies, bread, clothes, shoes and toys on folding tables in the parking lot.

Maki rolls on Long Island: 4 tasty picks

long-island.newsday.com — Seems as though Long Islanders can't get enough fancy fish rolls. Still, it's hard to

Tanger Outlet Center slashing being probed, Riverhead police say

newsday.com — Riverhead Town Police are investigating a slashing incident early Friday at the Tanger Outlet Center, a department spokesman said. A man, 18, received cuts to his face and abdomen outside the Lids store at the outlet center at about 1:52 a.m., the spokesman said.
Nov 28, 2014

Tanger Outlet Center slashing being probed, Riverhead police say nwsdy.li/1CoZocS

Reading's ugly Christmas tree getting Charlie Brown treatment

newsday.com — Nation News In this photo taken on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, residents look on duing the Christmas tree lighting in Reading, Pa. Photo Credit: AP / Ben Hasty READING, Pa. - A much-maligned public Christmas tree in Pennsylvania is getting the Charlie Brown treatment.
Nov 28, 2014

Love this: Town in Pa gives its ugly Xmas tree the Charlie Brown treatment nwsdy.li/1vtcp07

Ryan McDonagh returns for Rangers today

newsday.com — PHILADELPHIA - Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh, sidelined since Nov. 1 with a separated shoulder, is back in the lineup Friday against the Flyers, coach Alain Vigneault said before today's matinee. "He's 100 percent," said Vigneault, who added that with the busy upcoming schedule, the defenseman's minutes will be monitored.

Guitarist parlays YouTube success to stage

newsday.com — Andy McKee is no longer just a YouTube guitar sensation. Fifty million views later, the

Holiday gifts for gardeners for Christmas, Hanukkah

newsday.com — Looking for a gift your family and friends will really dig? Here are 9 items

Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle is just happy to contribute to his new team

newsday.com — It was a night of reunions during the Rangers' 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Florida on Wednesday night. There was Martin St. Louis, who was held without a shot or point in his return to Tampa. There was former Rangers captain Ryan Callahan, who scored twice against his old team for the second time in 10 days.
Nov 27, 2014

RT @therealarieber: Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle is just happy to contribute to his new team nwsdy.li/127sT1Z

Nov 27, 2014

Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle is just happy to contribute to his new team nwsdy.li/127sT1Z

NYPD analysis: Stop-and-frisk activity down as serious crime declines

newsday.com — The New York Police Department reported a 79 percent decline in stop-and-frisk activity through the third quarter of this year, as serious crime declines in the city and the NYPD continued to pull back on the strategy, figures show. Through Sept. 30, police performed 38,456 stops, compared to 179,065 through the same period of 2013.
Nov 27, 2014

NYPD analysis: Stop-and-frisk activity down as serious crime declines nwsdy.li/1xMxCPB

Nov 27, 2014

RT @chayesmatthew: EXCLUSIVE: 79% drop in stop-frisk, NYPD says. Via @newsday nwsdy.li/1FxqKd6

Nov 27, 2014

RT @Newsday: EXCLUSIVE: Stop-frisk activity dropped by 79% in NYC, with no increase in serious crime, the NYPD said nwsdy.li/1xMxCPB

PA: Passenger at Kennedy Airport arrested after weapons found in baggage

newsday.com — A Kennedy Airport passenger who indicated he was flying to a movie shoot was arrested after several weapons, including a rifle and a machete, were found in his checked luggage, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Thursday.
Nov 27, 2014

Passenger at Kennedy Airport arrested after weapons found in baggage nwsdy.li/1ClxQVJ

Nov 27, 2014

RT @Newsday: A man was arrested at JFK airport with a rifle, machete and pistols in his bag, the @PANYNJ said nwsdy.li/1ClxQVJ

Nets still lack an identity and need to click as a team

newsday.com — Further proof wasn't necessary, not with the overwhelming evidence that's been collected in this roller-coaster month. It's not as if there weren't enough examples to cite throughout the Nets' underwhelming start, but barely sliding past a team that might challenge the NBA's all-time worst single-season record was the latest proof.
Nov 27, 2014

Nets still lack an identity and need to click as a team nwsdy.li/127HGtB #Nets

Rex Ryan says Jets need to run the ball more to be effective

newsday.com — Do the Jets have a true identity on offense? Well, it depends on the day. "It changes from week to week," Eric Decker said Wednesday. "You think Denver would be a passing team, but against Miami they ran the ball really well [in last Sunday's 39-36 win]. So there's no concrete identity.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade photos through the years

newsday.com — Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a New York tradition unlike any other. Take a look

Black Friday 2014 on Long Island

long-island.newsday.com — Follow along live as Black Friday unfolds on Long Island.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @Newsday: We're following #BlackFriday on Long Island today: Check live updates on all the deals, all the madness nwsdy.li/1vsPCBw

Mastic Beach man mourns goats in dog attack

newsday.com — William Barbaro had planned to take his goats with him to Maine and start a new life. Now his vision of a family farm is in disarray: Four of the goats were attacked, he said, and killed by a pair of pit bulls Friday.
Nov 27, 2014

Don't ask why, but I just found a story I wrote 4 years ago about a dog-on-goat attack. nwsdy.li/1yhyRsQ @chayesmatthew @pxwhittle