Out of the Cold War

June 29, 2010 1:48:51 PM PDT
It reads like something out of a cold-war spy novel. Russians, posing as typical Americans, living in the 'burbs, raising their families.

But, if we're to believe federal authorities, all the while spying for Russia.

Spying for Russia? What in the world kind of information were they passing on in their encoded messages and secret handshakes? Authorities haven't yet said. Where they "testing" the FBI as some have suggested? Experts tell us there's no evidence of that. They were in no positions of power, privy to no state secrets, so what's up with this case? And why, if they are/were indeed spies, aren't they charged with espionage?

These are all questions we're asking tonight, at 11.

And we're watching the carnival up in Albany, as New York Gov. David Paterson, stating the obvious and calling the budget a disaster. He says he's stopped negotiating with lawmakers, and is now preparing to line-item veto expenditures already voted on by the Senate and Assembly - thousands of them, one by one.

Also at 11, another hot, steamy day, although not as hot and steamy as yesterday. And Meteorologist Lee Goldberg says relief is on the way.

And we're taking a closer look at gift cards - because so many people have them piling up, unused. Turns out, according to Consumer Reports, there's a way to get rid of them. For money. Sade Baderinwa has our story, at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus 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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