Brutal quake pictures; Vicious dog attacks

Behind The News
May 13, 2008 1:16:17 PM PDT
We talked yesterday about how life changes in an instant, and how, despite our insistence to try to control our destiny, sometimes Nature has something entirely different in mind. And that is still top of mind today, with the images that are coming out of China. The pictures of parents sobbing in each others arms with their dead child, of children getting pulled barely alive out of the rubble, and of the collapsed buildings -- the images are haunting.

Unlike Myanmar, which is a long ways off from recovering from a deadly cyclone, China is accepting aid from the international community. The U.S. has pledged at least half a million dollars in aid; other countries are offering assistance as well, as are people in our area. We'll have the latest on the situation in China, where the death toll is at least 12,000 with 18,000 still missing, at 11.

Also at 11, we're covering the West Virginia primary, where Hillary Clinton is expected to win handily, if you believe the polls. Expected to win - but it's not going to substantially alter the overall delegate count. Barack Obama, in fact, picking up more super delegates. How much longer will Clinton campaign? "I still hear some dogs barking," said James Carville, a Clinton supporter and one-time campaign advisor to Bill Clinton. Meaning - the campaign will continue. But, somewhat surprisingly, Carville says that "I think the great likelihood is that Obama will be the nominee."

Our political reporter Dave Evans is covering the election for us tonight.

And we're on Staten Island tonight, where residents on one block are terrified of some vicious dogs, who get out of their yard and chase them into their cars in the morning. Lucy Yang has the story for us.

And with the price of gas at or near $4 a gallon in most area stations, we ran across this item today. Turns out mom-and-pop gas stations - -and there are a few of them in the country -- are having a problem with $4 a gallon gas. That's because the old-fashioned pumps, thousands of them, can't register prices more than $3.99.

It's costly to modernize or replace the pumps. Demand for fixing the old meters is sky high. One company that makes the meters, PMP Corp., in Avon, Connecticut, has hired extra workers -- now working overtime - to help stanch a 14-week backlog of orders.

One other note about these old-style meters: They can count up to $99.99 for the total sale, no more than that. For bigger cars and certainly for trucks, $100 to fill 'er up is hardly unusual.

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 Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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