Generations

June 21, 2010 1:44:20 PM PDT
I'm living this strange but enlightening multi-generational reality these days - and, I assume, for the rest of my days.

A relative newborn - nearly 11 months - and two teenagers, one of whom turns 18 soon and is now in Africa for a community service project.

I know it's uber cliché to say that time flies, but as I hold my youngest, I can't help but think that it really wasn't that long ago when my eldest was 11 months old.

Except of course that it was a long time ago - especially in the mind of a nearly-18-year-old, who doesn't for a nanosecond need to hear another schmaltzy memory from D.O.D. (that's Dear Old Dad).

I'm trying not to be anxious about her being 8,000 miles away, but I wouldn't be much of a father if I weren't a tad distracted by it.

Anyway, you didn't ask, but that's what's on my personal plate as we prep tonight's 11 p.m. newscast.

We're in federal court in Lower Manhattan tonight, as the accused Times Square car bomber, Faisal Shahzad, is set to be arraigned. The Pakistani-born American citizen was indicted last week on additional charges of using money and training from the Taliban in Pakistan in the failed bombing attempt on May 1. He faces life in prison if he's convicted. Jim Dolan is covering the case for us tonight.

We're also following the latest travails at the MTA. The beleaguered transit agency is in the midst of reducing dozens of popular bus line routes and cutting service on the popular 7 train connecting Manhattan and Queens.

But there's word tonight that the board is fed up with cutting service, and some board members are now vowing to push ahead the timetable for a fare increase - especially in light of the compromise to maintain free Metrocards for nearly 600,000 New York City students. Another fare increase, while the recession lingers? You can imagine the reaction. And we'll have it, tonight at 11.

And a warning for those who like to talk on their cell phones while driving ? there's another 24-hour ticket blitz set to begin tonight at midnight. The fines are $130 - perfect for a cash-strapped New York City budget.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's first-day-of-summer 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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