1) If you're trying to get away for the weekend, don't forget to check out Newsday Westchester's travel update for info on schedule changes and problems. Metro-North is scrambling the train schedules to provide more than 20 Friday afternoon getaway trains from Grand Central Station. But that means fewer trains in the evening. And don't rule out the possibility of further flooding problems on Hudson Valley roads, as thunderstorms remain in the picture through Sunday. The update has it all.
2) Speaking of the weather, it won't be quite as bad as Thursday's in the Hudson Valley -- when a But don't expect beach weather, either. By Friday morning a cold front will have moved through, dropping temperatures into the high 50s or low 60s. Rain and thunderstorms will likely linger through Sunday. The weekend won't be a total wipeout, though. Expect a really nice Memorial Day, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the low 70s.
3) Officials in London on Friday will continue to investigate the brazen slaying of an off-duty soldier Wednesday -- and possibly charge and release the names of the two suspects who were hospitalized after being shot by police. In a video taken shortly after the killing of Lee Rigby, 25, a man with bloody hands and holding a butcher knife is seen saying, "We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you." Two men told The Associated Press that the man in the video was Michael Adebolajo, a former Christian who converted to Islam.
4) Summer movies continue to hit the theaters in force, with the release on Friday of "Fast & Furious 6." Also "Epic," directed by Katonah resident Chris Wedge opens in theaters. "Epic" is an animated movie that follows a teenage girl who shrinks and joins a tiny civilization of Leaf Men in their quest to defend the health of the forest. Wedge spoke one on one about the film with Newsday Westchester's Chris Serico.
5) The Miami Heat will look to move a step closer to repeating as world champions Friday night, when they face the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals. In Game 1 on Wednesday, LeBron James made a layup as time expired in overtime to lift Miami to a 103-102 victory.