An apology to Newark; An amazing recovery

Behind The News
December 7, 2007 1:34:28 PM PST
Thanks for all your feedback on my jury duty writings last night. I was pleased to see that so many people agreed with me about giving meaningful work to all the people called to jury duty who are asked to sit on their duffs for hours and days at a time. The one suggestion folks took exception with: cleaning the courthouse bathrooms. IT WAS A JOKE PEOPLE!

Seriously, thanks for all the feedback.

Should be quite a scene in Newark tonight, when ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose takes a tour of New Jersey's most populous but perhaps not most popular city.

It's an eat-crow kind of tour for Mr. Melrose who trashed the city during last month's opening of The Rock, the Devil's new arena. Melrose liked the arena. The city -- not so much, and he did more than just suggest that fans who venture outside the arena might be in physical danger.

The uproar was deafening. Now Melrose is going "to see Newark for myself," accompanied by a host of officials. "I want to see if my remarks were unjustified, somewhat unjustified or totally unjustified," he said, sounding like he was about to respond to some kind of poll. "I want my remarks to be totally unjustified."

No one can fault him for turning his attitude around; public ridicule can do that.

We'll be there for the tour, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, for anyone who thinks the proliferation of Starbucks hasn't affected this country, consider this: McDonald's is now offering to help its franchisees install machines to make lattes, mocha drinks and other specialty beverages to compete with Starbucks. McDonald's will spend more than $1 billion -- 40% of the costs to remodel the restaurants to put in the new coffee machines.

We're also following the amazing recovery of Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everitt, who was feared to be permanently paralyzed after a horrible injury during the season opener. Now, Everitt is walking on his own. Scott Clark is on the story for us tonight.

And Tappy Phillips and 7 On Your Side tonight come to the rescue of 500 local newlyweds who are out thousands of dollars and have no wedding pictures. Turns out there's a new way they can get their pictures. Tappy shows us -- and them -- how, at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast for the weekend, which includes some snow and ice.

I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20.

BILL RITTER


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