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Holiday weekend at home

May 22, 2009 1:07:02 PM PDT
Unemployment is up, the economy is still down, gas prices are up, and folks are staying home in droves this holiday weekend. Happy Memorial Day!

We'll have the latest on the Friday-night getaway tonight at 11, and Jeff Smith (in for Lee Goldberg) has the weekend AccuWeather forecast.

We'll also have the latest developments on the alleged terror plot. Today at New York City Hall, it was one big love fest with all the folks who thwarted the alleged plot congratulating each other, and Mayor Bloomberg handed out certificates to more than 100 detectives, officers and agents from the FBI, NYPD and state police.

The one guy who wasn't there was the felon who traded a prison term for the chance to work undercover for the FBI -- the guy who, according to leaders of the mosque in Newburgh where the suspects were recruited, asked congregants for two years if anyone wanted to "jihad"; the guy who later paid for the fake explosives and bogus stinger missiles the suspects thought were the real things that would blow up a synagogue and Jewish community center in the Bronx, and shoot down a military plane in Orange County.

That guy was a no-show - although we can assume we'll see plenty of him at the trial.

Also at 11, Tappy Phillips has the story of a local catering hall that went bust - like so many others, the victim of the recession. But left holding the ball -- some Sweet 16 parties and a June wedding and hundreds of other deposits, in limbo. The folks trying to get their money back called Tappy, and got 7 On Your Side.

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, right after 20/20.

Have a great holiday - this column will return on Tuesday.

BILL RITTER


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