Bloomberg's parking plan

September 30, 2009 2:00:48 PM PDT
I'm sure it's just coincidence, what with Mayor Bloomberg trying to win a third term and all, that hizzoner is now proposing, after nearly 8 years in office, a high-tech way for New Yorkers to find a parking space in the City and to pay the meters from their cell phones. Even to get notified via cell phone when the meter's about to expire.

Just coincidence, I'm sure. But a pretty cool plan.

While we bask in high-tech coolness, there's horrible tragedy 7,000 miles away in American Samoa. Scores are dead, with the toll expected to rise, after yesterday's earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

Our meteorologist Lee Goldberg did a great job last night explaining the physics of a tsunami, sparked by a big quake, and how it can travel thousands of miles. (WATCH VIDEO)

Tonight at 11, we'll have the latest on the disaster.

Should be quite a day tomorrow, when the two U.S. Airways pilots who safely landed their disabled jet in the Hudson River last January, take to the air for the first time since the accident. Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles are scheduled to fly from LaGuardia Airport to Charlotte, North Carolina. Their return to the cockpit - will be quite an event.

We're also following the police search for a career criminal who today was awaiting a new trial for attempted robbery. He showed up dressed as a lawyer - and was sitting on the defendants' bench when cops told him to get out. So he did. Right out of court. Right out of the courthouse. And right out of custody. Now an embarrassed Corrections Department is desperately searching for him.

And Tappy Phillips has the disturbing story of a family who went to the unveiling of a loved one's headstone. They wanted a picture on it. And they got it. Just one problem - the picture wasn't the woman who died; it was someone else's photo - someone they didn't know.

So they called for and got 7 On Your Side.

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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