When good ideas turn bad

November 24, 2009 1:31:59 PM PST
There was this great program in Portland, Oregon - that lasted for a few years. It was called The Yellow Bike. And these yellow bikes were everywhere in the downtown area.

Need a bike to get from here to there? Pick out a yellow bike at the corner, and ride it to where you want to go. Lean it against a wall on the corner for someone else to use.

Really great idea. Good for the people who needed to get somewhere quickly, good for the out-of-work people who were paid to keep the bikes up and running, good for everyone.

Tonight at 11, we have a disturbing story that takes the yellow bike concept underground. And instead of bikes, it's about guns.

Cops are calling them "community guns." Our N.J. Burkett has found that these guns are stashed in secret locations, where on any given day they are "borrowed" by gang members, used to commit crimes, and then returned to their secret location, to be used again.

It is, says Burkett, a growing trend, and these guns are being used in home invasions, street robberies and shootings of innocent bystanders.

And because the "secret" nature of it is often anything but secret, young kids are getting their hands on the weapons.

It's a frightening story.

Also at 11, a different look at mammograms. Last week there was the brouhaha over a proposed policy change in when and how often women should get mammograms. Now - a dirty little secret in New York: fewer woman are already getting mammograms, and you can blame the red ink-drenched state budget.

A program to screen lower-income and uninsured women in New York City has been slashed, and it's likely to be slashed even more. Thousands of women who rely on annual mammograms to test for breast cancer, are no longer getting screened.

Jamie Roth has our story tonight.

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.