Officers shot, President in town

July 16, 2009 1:58:32 PM PDT
None of us knows what tomorrow holds. Life after all is one big crap shoot. What's that old philosopher's saying? Treat your body as if you'll live forever, and your soul as if you're going to die tomorrow. You get up in the morning, go to work ? these days I suppose we should add the caveat "if you still have a job" ? and while we don't like to think about it, can really survive thinking about it, the truth is it might be our last time leaving home.

We just don't know what the day might hold.

And that is truer for no one than a cop.

And we saw it clearly today, in New Jersey.

Five police officers ? four from Jersey City, one from the Port Authority - were shot and wounded ? two of them critically ? as they tried to apprehend two suspects wanted in a robbery last week.

(We reported the story of that robbery; you might remember there was surveillance video that showed the garage worker shot and stumbling into the street, where he collapsed. The video was shocking at the time because several cars passed him by, and didn't stop.)

Today before dawn, cops in riot gear descended on an apartment building in Jersey City. What followed was a blood-drenched gun battle. One cop was shot in the neck, another was shot in the face; he showed no signs of life when he was rushed to the hospital. Both are in critical condition tonight.

The suspects were killed.

We'll have the latest, tonight at 11. And as it happens, President Obama was in New Jersey today, campaigning for the re-election of Gov. Jon Corzine. Mr. Obama spoke about the shooting, and the dangers cops face every day.

Also at 11, California was at the forefront of the campaign to disclose toxic chemicals people may be exposed to. So it was curious today when a state panel voted against putting Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in some plastic baby bottles and toys, on the state's list of toxic chemicals that could cause reproductive harm.

There are those who believe the science about BPA is clear, but this panel apparently decided that, while there's plenty of evidence about the effects on fetal health in animals, the studies they looked at did not offer evidence of the chemical's effect on humans.

There are many people who are furious about this ruling. We'll have reaction, at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Jessica Taff (in for Scott Clark) with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.