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BEHIND THE NEWS: Moving forward

November 18, 2008 1:49:41 PM PST
It's not one of those easy-to-imagine scenarios - but humor me and pretend for a moment that you've just been elected President of the United States. And then pretend that the man who was your party's Vice Presidential nominee eight years ago was on the campaign trail for your opponent this go-round.

How would you treat him back in the Capitol?

There are those - which is to say there are many - who called for Sen. Joe Lieberman's political head. Barack Obama was not among them.

And so one of the President-elect's first acts was to send out the word -- no reprisals against the Democrat-turned-Independent-turned-McCain-supporter.

Talk about sending a message about moving forward.

We'll have the latest on the Lieberman situation, and Obama's transition into office, tonight at 11.

We're also on Long Island tonight, where Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy is finally addressing the racial bias murder of an Ecuadorian immigrant allegedly by a group of teenagers. It's a crime that has shocked the community and made national headlines. Good Levy is stepping up to talk about this - a week after it happened. But the venue he's chosen is a little curious: He's talking from his desk, and it will be broadcast only on News 12 Long Island, a local cable channel. He'll take no questions.

Curious.

You'll see his speech, or at least parts of it, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we're looking at the MTA's proposed cuts to deal with its $1.2 billion deficit. The bus and subway agency is planning to eliminate 1,500 jobs, and may shut down the "W" and "Z" subway lines, cut late night and weekend bus routes, and raise fares and tolls.

Tonight we'll ride the rails to see how passengers feel about the proposed cuts, and to see how the curtailed service would affect their commute.

Jeff Pegues is on the story for us.

And the timing of the MTA's proposal is certainly fascinating, coming as it does on the heels of our investigation into some track workers who spend their days NOT working. Our undercover investigation captured workers on videotape lounging instead of working. How easy will the public swallow fare hikes and service cuts when they see MTA workers getting paid for not working?

And Joe Torres takes a look at the grim reality of this holiday season from the point of view that may matter most -- children. How do you talk to young kids about cutting back on Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanza gifts? I've had the talk with my children this year. Joe's story is a great lesson for all of us, not just parents. (Click to see a preview)

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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