It’s Friday — but not just any Friday. It’s that glorious Friday right before thanksgiving. One of those brief, glorious moments where it’s socially acceptable to eat turkey until you can’t stand up and then sleep it off in sweat pants.

It will be a particularly good weekend for RZR Skate Blades, a trio of Hamiltonians who design and manufacture hockey skate blades that are stronger than the typical blade. They won the top prize at the Lion's Lair gala Thursday night.

Read about how brothers Mike and Chris Verticchio and Nick Montecchia won a total of $63,000 in services to advance their budding business.

It’s also a PA day for elementary and secondary school kids today in both the public and catholic boards. Bask in that four day weekend, kids.

DayStarter Commute

After a majorly snarled day in the city yesterday caused by two accidents on the 403, police are reporting these incidents on Hamilton roads:

  • A vehicle collision at York Boulevard at Dundurn Street North. No further information available. 6:37 a.m.
  • A collision at Fiddlers Green Road and Brook Road East. 7:21 a.m.

No delays on GO Transit lines connected to Hamilton. Here’s a look at ongoing construction projects happening in the city right now:

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DayStarter weather

It’s a cool, clear morning in Hamilton this Friday, but still no signs of a chilly fall yet. Today’s high is 19 C and mostly sun. It will dip down to 9 C overnight before bouncing back to 20 C on Saturday.

DayStarter City News

Sources say The Ontario Civilian Police Commission is finally set to release its findings on Coun. Terry Whitehead on the Police Services Board. Whitehead has been suspended for months over allegations of misconduct. Watch for updates.

For a wrap of the day's national and international headlines, here's the CBC AM Express with World Report host David Common:

DayStarter internet

Here is a puppy fighting a crab. You’re welcome:

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A month after basking in the enormity that was Supercrawl, head down to James Street North for the October art crawl. Yes, you may not see Passion Pit, but there will still be a host of great art, food and music just like there is every month.

And if heading to the movies tonight is more your thing — Tom Hanks’ new movie Captain Phillips is opening to rave reviews. It’s the story of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates.

Watch the trailer: