BEHIND THE NEWS: Christmas morning

December 26, 2008 12:32:47 PM PST
Thanks to everyone - hundreds of you - who sent us e-mails to read on Christmas morning. It's one of the most rewarding newscasts we do -- reading as many of your messages as possible.

Rewarding, for so many reasons.

It gives you all a chance to tell us what you think and what you're feeling, and then have them read on the air. And we get to step out of our role as presenters of the news and become conveyors of your emotions and perspectives.

It's a wonderful interaction, and yesterday lived up to our expectations on this, the eighth year we've done this. (Click here to watch the videos)

Again, thanks to everyone who wrote in. My only regret is we aren't able to read everyone's on air.

It was a strange Christmas day of news, what with all the horrible and sad news in our area. The family from Boston, driving to New Jersey for Christmas, that happened to be at the exact wrong place at the exact wrong time. A tree, out of nowhere, fell down on their car as they drove the Garden State Parkway; the car was crushed, killing a man and his mother-in-law. His two daughters in the back were hurt, but clearly will be scarred for life emotionally, having seen their dad and grandmother killed like that.

The car that went out of control and plowed into a Chanukah party on Long Island.

And the deaths of three other people - a little girl who fell out a window in the Bronx, playwright Harold Pinter, and entertainer Eartha Kitt.

Not exactly a celebratory holiday. But it was the day's news.

I hope you can join us tonight at 11, where we'll have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg with the weekend AccuWeather forecast, and Marvell Scott (in for Scott Clark) with the night's sports. I hope you can join us, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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