Summer in spring

April 7, 2010 1:02:15 PM PDT
It felt more like August than April today. I walked through Central Park, with the barely covered folks sprawled out, soaking in the rays.

The dad in me hoped they were slathered in nothing less than SPF15. But the New Yorker in me was soaring. The City's crown jewel was sparkling, despite the downed trees from the winter storms, and folks streamed into the giant oasis in the middle of a concrete island.

Tourists and residents alike seemed - well - happy. And in an otherwise turbulent world, thank heavens for a sun-drenched day.

Meteorologist Lee Goldberg, who spent the winter tracking severe weather, tracks the tranquility of a summer's day in spring for us, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we're taking a closer look at the deals that airlines are offering this summer. Because it turns out the deals are sometimes not much of a deal. Not when you add in all those not-so-hidden fees that can turn an attractive come-on into a business-as-usual airfare. Stacey Sager has our story tonight.

And what's up with Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, who has proclaimed April "Confederate History Month?"

McDonnell is a Republican. His two immediate predecessors, both Democrats, refused to issue a similar proclamation - maybe because slavery was wrong and was abolished? Maybe because the South lost the war?

I'm just sayin'.

Oh, one other thing - and it perhaps is as outrageous as the proclamation: Gov. McDonnell in his declaration failed to mention anything about slavery.

Wow.

We'll also have the latest on the continuing search for the missing four miners at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia. Twenty five miners are confirmed dead from the explosion on Monday. And now the floodgates have opened in the criticisms against the mine's operator - Massey Energy. We've documented the hundreds of violations slapped on the mine last year alone, and the nearly $900,000 in fines - most of which the company didn't pay. Now, one West Virginia Congressman says at least three workers from the mine have come to him since the explosion, complaining about the lack of safety at the facility.

Where are federal regulators when it comes to mine safety? How they can keep an unsafe mine open, when the risks are so great? There's a reason the federal government is supposed to be in charge of these mining companies. Perhaps it's time those who are supposed to protect workers start doing that.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg with another stunning 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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