It's the middle of winter, and it's snowing

Behind The News
June 10, 2008 1:13:03 PM PDT
There's an infamous story that makes its way 'round our newsroom about one of the best-known -- and sometimes infamous - anchor here at Ch. 7, Roger Grimsby. He was never one to let tact or good judgment stand in the way of a clever quip, and so one night in the dead of winter when it was snowing heavily and the newscast was laden with snow coverage, he said something to the effect: "Good evening, Eyewitness News has learned it snows in winter."

It IS fairly predictable that it snows in winter, but what Mr. Grimsby didn't exude in his statement was that the snow affects people, hence the coverage.

The current heat wave -- now in its fourth day -- is not predictable given that it's early June. And it does affect people. There are again worries about power, calls for conservation, problems with the PATH train after a heat-related track fire, students and a teacher passing out from the heat on Long Island, and now, to break the heat, big thunderstorms expected tonight.

Happy spring!

Lee Goldberg leads our coverage of the heat and the thunderstorms, tonight at 11. (Click here for AccuTrack Radar)

We're also following a mysterious missing persons case under the Bear Mountain Bridge. Sam Israel, a hedge fund operator who was scheduled to surrender yesterday to begin a 20-year sentence for defrauding investors and misappropriating millions in investors' funds for his personal use, has disappeared. His car was found on Bear Mountain with the words "Suicide is painless" (the name of the title song of the "MASH" movie and TV series) written in dust on the hood of his car.

But his body has not been found. Is he dead? Or is he on some tropical island? We'll have the latest, tonight at 11. (Read more)

And finally, thanks to all of you who wrote in response to my comments yesterday about saying something in public when you see a "wrong." My example was watching in horror as a grocery clerk picked up spilled blueberries from the ground (dropped by a customer) and then methodically place them back in the package and then put them in the "for sale" bin.

I said something. And, it turns out, I'm not alone. Here are some of the comments:

Donna Stec from New Jersey wrote that "I know it is absolutely no laughing matter with clerks putting food that has hit floor back into 'active duty'. But your story did make me chuckle a bit since it made me recall an incident that happened about 40 (yes 40) years ago when I was in high school and I worked as a salesgirl in the local bakery. I have never forgotten this incident.

"I accidentally dropped a pan of fresh baked hard rolls on the floor of the back baking room and the owner/boss happened to be there and saw it happen. I profusely apologized and said that I guess I'll have to throw them out. And his comment was 'as long as it doesn't hit the ceiling--we sell it.'

"I guess his attitude was 'what they don't know won't hurt them.' But you do, indeed, take a leap of faith with the food you buy and the restaurant food you eat. Read Chef Anthony Bourdain's 'Kitchen Confidential' and it will make your blueberry incident and my hard roll incident look like a walk through Harrah's Seafood buffet."

And from Richard Huff, TV Editor of the New York Daily News, comes this:

"Blueberry buyers all over town are singing your praises. And, as a father of two, I know well the fear that comes over their faces when they think I might take similar action.

"They spend 15 minutes saying, 'Dad, you're not going to say anything are you? No, really, dad, don't.' Then, after saying that, and if I take action, they repeat my interaction with a waiter or someone for months afterwards.

"Stay cool."

Stephanie Adler from New Jersey liked my confrontational bent: "One of the things I picked up from my mother ? sometimes when people throw trash on the sidewalk, I pick it up and say (all innocent and sweet) 'I think you dropped something.' "

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.