Triple murder meeting; Unique graduation

Behind The News
May 19, 2008 1:09:34 PM PDT
They're meeting tonight in Tenafly, New Jersey -- meeting about a murder, a triple murder, actually. Murders that have horrified folks in this otherwise quiet, affluent neighborhood. The victims - a middle-aged man, his mother and her brother in law -- are Korean Americans, and it turns out that 5% of Tenafly's 15,000-or-so population speaks Korean. So tonight, worried members of the Tenafly Korean Parents Association are meeting to talk about the brutal stabbings - the story that led our newscast last Friday night at 11.

Jeff Pegues, who covered the murders for us, will be at the meeting tonight.

Also at 11, we'll preview the primary elections Tuesday in Oregon and Kentucky. Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are on the stump, although the tenor of this campaign is now decidedly tamer and slower than before. Clinton's bowing out is, many experts say, more a question of when and with what concessions, rather than if.

And a fascinating new "study" making the rounds tonight -- produced by Fox News analyst Karl Rove. Yes, THAT Karl Rove, architect of Pres. Bush's two election victories. He claims that Hillary Clinton would be the stronger candidate against John McCain. I suspect the numbers he uses are, under the best of circumstances, open to interpretation, because Obama fares well in some of the match ups. But the greater question is, given that many Republicans would love love love to see a McCain vs. Clinton race, is a study by Mr. Rove to be taken as intellectually honest? Wouldn't he be slanted toward Republicans? I'm no political scientist, but it seems to me that any study by a strategist for a sitting President may not be an "objective" analysis. Call me crazy.

One more political note: there's word today that former Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle is informally talking about going to work in the Obama campaign in the fall. She was forced out in February, but she is still viewed as a loyal Clintonite, and this could be a huge breach, if true.

Also at 11, Lucy Yang tonight heads to Columbia University, for a unique graduation ceremony. Insaf Abdullah, a Palestinian immigrant from Jordan, will receive her diploma. So too will her daughter, who was born one year after Insaf arrived in New York. Pretty cool.

And our in-depth story tonight is a look at women who are addicted to tanning. Yup, they exist, and you'll meet them tonight at 11.

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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