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LI Now Live: Jan. 10, 2014 Live

Water main break in Plainview being repaired

Earlier today, at 11 a.m., a water main broke on Washington Avenue in Plainview, causing students at Howard B. Mattlin Middle School to be evacuated to a nearby school for the remainder of the school day, according to the Plainview Water District. Repairs are expected to be completed in the next 6-8 hours, and water service will be restored, according to a statement from Joel Kessler, chairman of the water district.
— Questions? Call the customer service hotline at 516-931-6469.


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Selden — accident on Old Town Road at Hawkins Road.

Hauppauge — accident on Motor Parkway between Washington Avenue and LIE in Brentwood.

North Bellmore — accident on Newbridge Road southbound near Camp Avenue.

CONSTRUCTION: In Smithtown, long-term construction of new road layout on Route 347 westbound between Mount Pleasant Road and Hauppauge Road (Route 111).


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Headlines

Here's a look at today's top local stories.

Flavor Flav arrested on LI: Rapper Flavor Flav was arrested Thursday morning after State Police troopers caught him speeding and driving with a suspended license on the Meadowbrook State Parkway in Hempstead, police said. Read the story at newsday.com.

Charges in burglary ring: A West Babylon man now faces state charges after federal authorities in November called him the leader of a high-tech burglary ring that stole $10 million in goods and cash from homes and businesses. Read the story at newsday.com.

Mixed-use apartments open: Plans to revitalize downtown Patchogue reached a milestone Thursday when the mixed-use New Village complex leased its first apartment. Read the story at newsday.com.

Ex-supervisor's wife hired: The North Hempstead Town Board has hired the wife of former town Supervisor Jon Kaiman to be deputy commissioner of finance, with an annual salary of $78,000. Read the story at newsday.com.

Arrest on gas theft charge: Long Beach man used an alias to purchase more than $90,000 worth of gasoline for his business but never paid for the fuel, Nassau County police said. Read the story at newsday.com.

Today's cover story: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie apologizes for "Bridgegate," but said he had no idea what was going on until Wednesday morning and then immediately started taking action. 


Long Islander's teen friendship with TV star: The unlikely friendship between a teenager from Levittown and one of America's most popular TV comedians began nearly 40 years ago with a trip to the local library and culminated with a recently published book about the experience. Check out John Hanc's feature in Newsday.

Bynes' case dismissed: In entertainment news, Amanda Bynes' NYC bong-tossing case has been dismissed, with conditions.

Looking for a movie to watch this weekend? Here's the film review of 'The Legend of Hercules' by Newsday's Rafer Guzman.

Don't get scammed: Watch out for scam emails posing as PSEG Long Island.

Vernon Wells leaves Yankees: In sports news, the outfielder is leaving the sports franchise.


Weather

Overcast with ice pellets and rain in the late morning and into the afternoon. High of 45 degrees with 5 to 10 mph winds. There's 30 percent chance of rain. Tonight, there's a 50 percent chance of rain with fog rolling in. Low of 43 degrees. A flood watch will be in effect for Saturday. 

Patchy freezing rain is expected to fall across the area into early this afternoon. This will create slippery conditions on untreated surfaces. Motorists should exercise extra caution when commuting and be alert for these slippery conditions.


On the Agenda

Set your calendar, as these local meetings will be taking place over the next few days.

CENTRAL ISLIP
HOMECOMING SELECTIONS: The Central Islip Board of Education on Monday will continue discussions about adopting a homecoming king and queen selection policy after a female student was elected king last year. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Alfano Building. Follow Sarah Armaghan’s Twitter updates at @ArmaghanS.

SMITHTOWN
ZONING BOARD: The Smithtown Town Zoning Board meets Tuesday to make a decision about the zoning request for the proposed Whisper Landing assisted living development. The 7 p.m. meeting will be at the Eugene A. Cannataro Senior Citizen Center. Check newsday.com for Lauren R. Harrison’s coverage.

NORTHPORT
BUDGET HEARING:
The Northport Village Board on Tuesday will hold a hearing and vote on the proposed 2014-15 budget. The $18,837,596 proposal is about $4.7 million more than this year’s budget The 6 p.m. meeting will be at Village Hall. Follow Mackenzie Issler’s Twitter updates at @mackissler.


Developing


The New York State Assembly is holding a public hearing right now to discuss the policies, planning and finances of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The hearing will discuss the MTA's mass transit operations, future plans and passenger safety measures. Newsday's Alfonso Castillo has the latest.







Top Tweets


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@NewsdayTowns has compiled 51 yearbook photos for some of Long Island's most famous folks. Can you figure out who they are in our then-and-now gallery? Give it a shot here.



Time capsule

A look at Newsday history:

Newsday's John Jeansonne was in Detroit for the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but the most compelling story for the Jan. 10, 1994 paper involved a skater who wasn't on the ice. Nancy Kerrigan had been placed on the Olympic team after being unable to compete when an assailant struck her on the right knee with a metal pipe. Kerrigan at the time was unsure if she'd be able to compete in the Olympics, but ended up winning a silver medal at the Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway. The 1994 U.S. champ, Tonya Harding, was eventually stripped of her title after her role in the attack became clear. Check out the full story at newsday.com.


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