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Is it possible for New York City to reach the Vision Zero goals?

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Due to 250 volunteers that came together, Mayor de Blasio established the NYC’s Vision Zero Campaign already in 2014. Originally this initiation came from Sweden where it has been existing since 1997. The main goal is to reduce the number of traffic accidents by redesigning the streets. The NYC was one of the first American cities that adopted this undertaking.

Although unfortunately, traffic fatalities do still occur, their number has been decreased since the Vision Zero was implemented.

When Bill de Blasio and the DOT started their work to put in place the Vision Zero guidelines, they faced a lot of obstacles, including the government and the legislation, the neighborhoods’ residents and many other. In particular, some people believe that death in car accidents is a part of our life and we have to accept it, but if we are going to think like that, nothing will change.

Since then, the DOT has established the bike lines in each borough, including main highways, re-regulated the system of traffic signals and implemented some other redesigns.

According to the statistics, the Vision Zero is working. As it has been recently announced, the number of traffic fatalities has been consecutively decreasing over the past four years in a row.

Nevertheless, the supporters believe that there could be done much more, but in that case the prolonged process of obtaining the public approval is the main reason of low-speed changes. Thus, the DOT has to do a better job engaging the city community.

Whatever the case may be, although some significant steps have already done, there is a long way still to go.

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PG-13 ‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ meant for fanboys (and Fred Savage faithful) of a certain age

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Here’s one way to tell if a movie billed as “family-friendly” actually isn’t: We can’t describe many of its jokes in our publication.

“Once Upon a Deadpool” (in theaters nationwide Wednesday) is the PG-13 re-edit of the critically acclaimed, R-rated “Deadpool 2.” This updated film – which incorporates previously deleted scenes, a new “Princess Bride” storytelling framework and additional post-credit scenes – is really for fanboys over the age of 13, not children. At one point, Deadpool even says right to the camera: “Trust me, we all saw the first movie.”

It’s also for the Fred Savage faithful.

In “Once Upon a Deadpool,” Ryan Reynolds’ title character ties down Savage (playing himself), now a 42-year-old actor and sitcom director. Savage is forced to revisit his famous 1987 “Princess Bride” role as a sweet bedridden boy listening to a story. This conceit works well as a plot device because it allows filmmakers to cut problematic sequences – or, as Deadpool says, to tell the story “through childlike innocence.”

This time around, however, Savage isn’t a young boy trying to cut off kissing scenes (“I don’t think that’s gross anymore”), but a critical listener who hilariously opines about “lazy writing.”

For example, Savage asks: If, after being sliced, Deadpool’s top half grows legs, wouldn’t his bottom half grow a head and re-enter the plot later?

Deadpool has no response.
The rest of the movie is a retread, albeit with less gore, limited nudity, a bunch of bleeped f-words (and bleeped words that aren’t dirty) and also Juggernaut’s theme song from “Deadpool 2” that repeats the lyrics “holy s—balls” over and over. All of the main characters are there, along with the same cameos by Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, which, as Deadpool says, were done against their will, just like Savage’s movie appearance.

“I like to think of it as ‘unsolicited location enhancement,’ ” Deadpool says.
Some of the new scenes could be tricky to explain to kids. Deadpool is called out for dressing “like a registered sex offender,” and the Merc with a Mouth implies at one point that a container of white liquid hand soap is actually, um, body fluid.

But for Deadpool fans of a certain age who want to rewatch the still very good “Deadpool 2,” the Savage plot device is a welcome addition. By the end, fans might find themselves tearing up along with the former “Wonder Years” star, who cries and says, “I was caught off guard because the movie is completely garbage.”

And just so you aren’t caught off guard: True comic fans will definitely need tissues after seeing one of the new post-credit scenes, which we won’t spoil here.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2018/12/11/once-upon-deadpool-fun-but-not-family-friendly/2282473002/

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry live wax figures are creeping people out

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Ho, ho — huh?!

New live wax figures of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are helping to get the festivities started at Berlin’s Madame Tussauds museum this holiday season. But some fans of the royal couple think the figures are creepier than they are cute.

The replicas, which were unveiled on Tuesday, are really two actors impersonating Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, by wearing silicone masks that look like the duo.
The pair don festive Christmas sweaters and busy themselves decorating a Christmas tree and opening gifts, among other yuletide activities.

The actress portraying the royal mom-to-be even sports a baby bump beneath her grey elf sweater, and, as you can imagine, some cradling of the fake bump takes place, too.
To get folks excited about the new figures, the museum brought them along to meet shoppers at a local holiday market in the city last week.

Reactions to the live figures on social media have been mixed, to say the least.

“The Harry and Meghan live wax figures are back and scarier than ever,” one Twitter user wrote next to a gallery of pics.

“I find this so incredibly creepy … on many levels,” wrote another.

One predicted photos of the faux Harry and Meghan would “haunt me in my sleep.”

Meanwhile, another Twitter user found a diplomatic way to sidestep giving a critique.

Source: https://www.today.com/popculture/meghan-markle-prince-harry-live-wax-figures-are-creeping-people-t145005

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‘Green Monday’ brings back some great Black Friday deals

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday were the best times to find deals on pretty much anything on your holiday shopping list. But retailers will always come up with another shopping holiday to tempt you. Alas, “Green Monday” is a thing.

Green Monday offers some repeats of Black Friday favorites — plus a few new deals. If you already accomplished the majority of your holiday purchases, there’s little reason to dive in, but it can’t hurt to make sure you’ve run through your checklist.

Here are the best deals that we’ve seen so far today. We’ll be adding more (and striking through items that are sold out) throughout the day.

Source: https://www.theverge.com/good-deals/2018/12/10/18134346/green-monday-black-friday-deals-tech-games-smart-home-phones

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