When bad things happen

June 30, 2010 1:33:27 PM PDT
Maybe it's something in the water, but there seems to be a rash of bad things happening.

A fire in Paterson that kills at least 4 this morning, another coyote attack in Westchester, another child drowns at the beach, and New Jersey's congressional delegation is meeting with the Coast Guard to be ready in case the BP oil spill meanders up the coast and onto the Jersey shore.

It is, alas, often hard to keep a smile on your face and a song in your heart when the grimness is all around.

But we try.

And we're following up on the story we broke last night at 11 - a huge defeat for the NYPD and one of its premier programs. The New York State Legislature - voting to prohibit cops from keeping personal information obtained from innocent people in a "stop and frisk" situation.

The program is extremely controversial - critics say it's outright racial profiling - but the NYPD says it's a way to fight crime. State lawmakers disagree - at least with how information has been compiled in a database. And now, it's over - or at least part of it is.

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