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Listen Up: A Closer Look at Top Stories for Friday, March 30

Friday, March 30, 2018 

Friday is here! We're looking at a more spring-like day today with a high the low 60s in the city. March, however, will go out like a lamb as there is a chance of showers. As always, get the latest forecast at

1. Police Are Cracking Down on Distracted Driving 

New York and New Jersey are taking part in the national "U Drive. U Text. U Pay" initiative. 

The program hopes to stop the distracted driving epidemic that has lead to wrecks, accidents and even deaths. Officers will be handing out hefty fines if they find drivers are behind the wheel while they are distracted. 

April is National Distracted Driving Month. According to 3,179 people were killed in distracted driving crashes in 2014 alone nationwide.

Read more here.

2. New York Mets Legend Rusty Staub Dies on Opening Day

Opening Day was Thursday across Major League Baseball, but it came with some sad news for all Mets and baseball fans out there. 

Rusty Staub, a legend with the New York Mets, died at the age of 73 after his battle with an illness. A 23-year veteran and six-time All-Star, Staub to this day remains one of the team's most popular players in history. 

He played for the Mets from 1972-1975 and again in 1981-1985. Staub was beloved by fans not only for his playing ability, but also for his charitable work off the field.

Read more here.

3. Sarah Jessica Parker Endorses Cynthia Nixon for NY Governor

Sarah Jessica Parker has thrown her support behind her former "Sex in the City" co-star Cynthia Nixon's bid for governor of New York. 

"A mother. An activist. An advocate. A fighter. A NY'er. A dear friend. Running for Governor of our great state. My sister on and off screen, you have my love, support and vote," Parker wrote on social media.

Nixon, who is also a public education advocate, announced her run a few weeks ago. 

Read more here.

4. Annual Easter Bonnet Parade Will Step Off on Easter Sunday

It's time to dust of those over-the-top spring hats. 

The annual Bonnet Parade will step off on Easter Sunday and will show off your headwear along Fifth Avenue before visiting local bars to celebrate. 

The procession begins at 10 a.m.

Read more the parade and the route here.

For the latest entertainment news and things to do, tune in to New York Live, Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. on NBC 4 New York. 

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