Dealing with anger, E-Mail me about Pedro Martinez...

Behind The News
February 8, 2008 12:58:06 PM PST
What to do with anger? It's one of those life-long questions that most of us figure out, in one form or another. But some of us don't. Clearly.

You see those people every where and every day. Most of the time it's benign, but sometimes it's not.

When that happens, we call it news.

It happened last night in a St. Louis suburb. A man who, it turns out, was angry over the how he was treated by the City Council and angry over the ticketing by police of his brother's commercial vehicles, clearly hadn't figured out how to deal with his anger.

He walked into a Council meeting and opened fire. He killed five people, including cops and Council members, and wounded the Mayor.

Are we all capable of getting angry? Of course. Are we all capable of doing what this guy did? Hardly. But I wager that we all know, or suspect, one or two people who might be.

Is there one or more at work? I suspect there might be. (Don't we all have our secret candidates for going postal?)

The Mayor of that town tonight is in critical condition.

We covered this story as it broke last night at 11. We will update it tonight.

We also broke the story last night of Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez, shown on videotape in his native Dominican Republic, throwing a rooster into a ring to start a cockfight. Throwing the other rooster was Martinez's idol, Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal. Cockfighting is legal in that country; it is illegal in this country, and I suspect most of the people who pay very good money to watch Martinez throw baseballs at Shea Stadium would find cockfighting repugnant.

Animal rights activists are demanding an apology. But it's sparked an interesting debate: Since he did nothing illegal, is it a story? I'd be interested to hear your opinion - Bill.S.Ritter@ABC.Com.

Also at 11, a story about another New York Met. This time it's pitcher Ambiorix Burgos, who is involved in a nasty dispute with his landlord. The landlord says Burgos- who has since been shipped to the minors -- owes him thousands of dollars in rent from a lease that lasted longer than Burgos' time in the majors. What to do? The landlord called Tappy Phillips and got 7 On Your Side.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's weekend AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20.

BILL RITTER


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