Gov. Paterson in the news; Taxing food...

Behind The News
May 2, 2008 1:09:56 PM PDT
It's not often when a Governor says he's paranoid about his State Police. But that's exactly what New York Gov. David Paterson admitted today. He says he disclosed deeply-personal aspects of his life -- like extramarital affairs -- because he worried that the New York State Police were improperly monitoring elected officials, and they might leak his personal secrets.It's a stunning admission from the man in charge of the state police. So just how out of control is this department? Is it out of control at all? And why would the Governor say this?

We'll have the latest, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we are following several murder mysteries in our area, including an 18-year-old police officer's son in Brooklyn, who was shot last night; and a 17-year-old in Fairfield found in his house by his father, with a gunshot wound in his head.

And the weather's also making news. Here, we're expecting some rain this weekend, and in the South they're cleaning up tonight from severe storms, including tornadoes that have killed at least seven people.

Lee Goldberg is tracking the systems, and he'll have his weekend AccuWeather forecast, at 11.

And the rising cost of food is on the minds of a lot of people these days. Which makes an extra 8 percent tacked on to your food bill something of a story, especially when you discover you're not supposed to be charged that extra money.

One eagle-eyed Eyewitness News viewer discovered that one company was adding sales tax to his grocery bill. And they were apparently doing it to others as well. That's when Seven On Your Side's Tappy Phillips got involved. You can see what happened, at 11.

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

Two other quick items before we wrap up for the week.

The first is the death of Buzzie Bavasi, the former general manager of both the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. He died in his adopted home of San Diego last night, at the age of 93. I had the pleasure of interviewing Bavasi several times - once I spent a day with him. And for me, an ardent Dodgers fan for much of my life, it was a dream come true. And he knew it.

He loved telling me stories about Dodgers I grew up idolizing -- stories that were meant to shatter the boy's childhood myths, stories that were more often than not R or X-rated. He was the man in charge -- and he could be ruthless --- back when the players had few rights, and the owners ruled the roost. There was no free agency, and a team's contract, courts would later rule, represented a virtual slave/owner relationship to the team.

But Buzzie also made history. He helped the Dodgers, and the country, embrace black ballplayers. He helped Jackie Robinson and, later, Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella, become stars with the Dodgers.

And so we say farewell to Buzzie Bavasi. He was quite a guy.

And under our quote-of-the-day heading, this comes from the 43rd President of the U.S., talking in St. Louis about the economy. Said Mr. Bush, about the $600 tax rebates that he's handing out, despite a huge budget deficit and plummeting government revenues: "We wanted to make sure that people were encouraged to be consumers. We wanted to be consumption in our society." (my note: yes, that's what he said.) "And no better way to stimulate consumption than to let you have some of your own money back."

The hard truth, say most economists, is that people who are getting $600 or so back in tax rebates won't go out and buy a car, or two, or a new home, or even a new bike. They're more likely to pay overdue bills, which, although it's been 36 years since my last economics class, isn't how I remember the equation for how to stimulate the economy. But, who knows, maybe economic theories have changed since then.

BILL RITTER


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