American hotels bombed in Jakarta

July 17, 2009 1:09:54 PM PDT
We're in for some heavy weather tonight ? but maybe the way to look at it is the storm before the warm. Meteorologist Lee Goldberg is tracking the thunder boomies, and the sunshine that is behind them tomorrow. He'll have his AccuWeather forecast for the weekend at 11. Also at 11, we'll have the latest on two attacks ? one in Jersey City and the other half a world away, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

One of the cops shot in yesterday's gun battle with two armed robbery suspects is still in critical condition, fighting for his life.

Another officer, critical last night, was released late this afternoon.

There is some second guessing today about how the Jersey City cops ? and Port Authority officers ? handled the stakeout that went bad when one suspect shot an officer, and the subsequent storming of the apartment building where the suspects were holed up.

Should they have waited to take the building? Hard to say. If there were hostages inside ? or hostages about to be taken ? then clearing out the building was imperative.

Should they have done a less obvious stakeout? Perhaps.

We'll have the latest at 11.

We're also following the investigation into who bombed two American hotels in Jakarta. The suicide bomb attacks, virtually simultaneous at the Ritz Carlton and the Marriott. And they surprised many in Indonesia, because Islamic terrorist groups were thought to have been relatively weakened in the past few years.

Clearly, though, they still have the ability to do some damage. At least 9 people were killed and at least 50 were hurt, including a couple of Americans.

So who did this? We'll have the latest at 11.

And under the I'm-just-sayin' category: There are now four people representing the State of New York who were not elected to their (otherwise elected) seats.

Gov. David Paterson (was Lt. Gov. but moved up when Gov. Elliot Spitzer resigned after a sex scandal); Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch (appointed by Paterson last week in a move that many believe was unconstitutional); State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli was appointed (by the Assembly) after Alan Hevesi resigned in a financial scandal; and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was appointed (by Paterson) earlier this year to fill the Hillary Clinton's seat when she became Secretary of State.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Jessica Taff (in for Scott Clark) with the night's sports, including the big news in golf, where Tiger Woods failed to make the cut in the British Open.

I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20. And I have a story on the news magazine tonight ? about two brothers gored by the same bull in Pamplona. It's an amazing story, if you ask me.

BILL RITTER


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