Eyjafjallajokull

April 15, 2010 1:09:31 PM PDT
What a mess for travelers, especially in and out of Britain, where airports have been closed at least until tomorrow morning our time. You can thank Eyjafjallajokull.

That's the volcano in Iceland. And if you think it's a hard word to read, imagine what it's like to try to say it. For the record, here's how we're pronouncing it: "Ay-yah-FYAH'-plah-yer-kuh-duhl." Say that three times fast.

There is, of course, nothing funny about what's happening. The world's biggest airports have been disrupted or closed - the largest airport shutdown since the Sept. 11 attacks, and one of the biggest shutdowns in peacetime ever.

The pictures are simply spectacular and spectacularly frightening. You can CLICK HERE to see what we've compiled on our website.

Tonight at 11, we'll take a couple different looks at the volcano: How it's impacting air travel in and out of our area, and Meteorologist Lee Goldberg looks at how serious and dangerous this event is. Or isn't.

We're also in the New Jersey town of Essex Fells, where a 91-year-old man was found murdered in his house. This is the first homicide in the 2,000-resident township in at least 30 years. We have new information about this story coming up.

We're also in Central Park tonight, where there's a move afoot to block the conversion of more than two dozen tennis courts into year-round courts. Some folks who live near the park are objecting to the City's attempt to put giant bubbles over the outdoor courts. Tennis buffs - who have seen their "bubbles" disappear to developers over the years - like the idea of year-round play in Central Park (the land in winter is not used at all), and the City is anxious to collect the fees that would accompany indoor tennis in the Park.

And Joe Torres takes a closer look at a fascinating New York Magazine ranking of the most livable neighborhoods in the City. Wait till you hear where they are.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers (in for 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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