Terror drill in New York City

June 9, 2009 2:24:55 PM PDT
Maybe some good came of the botched public relations stunt earlier this spring when the White House sent one of the President's 747s to cruise the Statute of Liberty - all for a photo shoot.

The fly-by over Lower Manhattan scared the pants off thousands of people; you'll recall the jumbo jet was being tailed by two Air Force fighter jets.

The problem was - no one knew it was happening, with the exception of a select few.

Now, some officials have apparently learned the lesson.

Beginning tonight through 1 a.m on Wednesday, the NYPD, the U.S. Dept. of Energy and the U.S. Dept. of Defense will be conducting a full-scale anti-terrorist training exercise on the Clearview Expressway.

The warning - issued hours in advance and with full disclosure.

Hey - what's the old saw your parents told you about learning from mistakes.

We'll have more on this exercise, tonight at 11, and read about where it is happening on our website, 7online.com.

We'll also have the latest on the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be brought to the U.S. to face trial. Ahmed Ghailani was transferred to New York City, and today pleaded not guilty to bombing two U.S. embassies in Africa in the summer of 1998. The bombings killed more than 224 people, including 12 Americans.

And quite a scene in Boston, where The New York Times' paper, the Globe, is now reeling with a 23% pay cut for members of its biggest union -- the Newspaper Guild. Is this a sign of the times, and of things to come? The union rejected the company's proposed wage cut of 8.3%, plus five unpaid days of furlough.

So the Times then brought down the hammer to achieve its goal of saving $20 million a year at the 137-year-old Boston Globe.

Some unhappy campers up there, to be sure. But if most people had a choice of an 8.3% paycut and five days off, or a 23% pay cut, I suspect they'd take the former.

In a New York minute.

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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