Explosions at home and in the Mideast

Behind The News
March 6, 2008 12:53:32 PM PST
How to explain the world, especially to our children? How to explain that in the course of 10 hours -- someone threw an explosive device into the military recruiting office in Times Square; a suicide bomber blew up himself and 7 young people at a seminary in Jerusalem, and some folks in Gaza took to the streets in celebration; and two improvised explosive devices strapped to suicide bombers on a crowded sidewalk in Baghdad killed as many as 54 people and injured about 120 others.Nuts.

Totally nuts.

We're following all three bombings for Eyewitness News at 11, and tracking the efforts of the NYPD to catch the bike-by bomber, who attacked the Times Square facility at about 4 a.m. The modus operandi of this bomber, frighteningly similar to two other bombings here - the Mexican Consulate five months ago, and the British Consulate in 2005.

Jim Dolan is covering the story for us tonight.

Also at 11, we're following developments in what could be a career ender for New York State Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV. He has been charged with drunk driving after he was stopped by cops last night. Police found a 31-year-old woman in the backseat of his car, passed out. There had been -- HAD BEEN -- talk of Powell running for New York City Public Advocate. Nina Pineda has our story tonight.

And we'll have the latest from the campaign trail, where the Democrats find themselves in quite a pickle. Should they have a "do-over" -- a re-vote -- in Michigan and Florida, where the primaries there didn't count because those states defied the national party and moved up their contests? Rules are rules, yes. But why penalize so many millions of people and not give them a say in who might become President?

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa (in for Liz Cho) and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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