One Storm Down, But What's Ahead?; Prison Break Makes Headlines

Behind The News
December 17, 2007 1:23:06 PM PST
Excuse me, why are people complaining when we DON'T get the snow storm from hell? What a conundrum this business of weather forecasting is. We tracked these two storms all last week -- and in fact said it was going to mostly be a rain event for the New York metro area late in the week. And it was, save for the scattering of snow flakes that for many people made for a holiday feel on a pre-Christmas Sunday.

But man-oh-man have I gotten my you-know-whats busted today from some people out there. Hey, what happened to the big storm, Bill Ritter?

It moved north and west, that's what happened. And good for us that it did, pal.

Maybe people just hear some of what they want to hear, or watch one newscast and don't watch the next -- a drag for them for so many reasons, not the least of which is that the weather does change. And tracking storms is a process. With that in mind, Lee Goldberg is tracking the weather for the week -- and the winds that are sweeping the area, making for some cold temps tonight. His AccuWeather forecast is at 11.

Also at 11, we'll have the latest on the history that was made today in New Jersey, when Gov. Jon Corzine signed into a law a bill abolishing the death penalty.

New Jersey is the first state in more than 40 years to ban capital punishment, and the move today takes 8 men off death row. At the Colisseum in Rome tomorrow night, where deadly fights and executions were once de rigueur, they're dimming the lights to applaud the move.

Speaking of prisoners in New Jersey, the escape of two inmates from a county jail in Elizabeth is making national headlines. They escaped from holes they made in the walls - holes they covered up by putting up pictures of bikini-clad women.

They then jumped over a 25-foot-high fence and broke out of what is supposed to be the most secure area of the Union County jail.

Right.

The escape of Jose Espinosa, who was waiting to be sentenced for manslaughter, and Otis Blunt, who was facing robbery and other charges, has now sparked a huge manhunt and a review of jail security.

We'll have the latest, tonight at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Marvell Scott, in for Scott Clark, with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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