Rabid raccoons in Central Park

July 1, 2010 12:47:30 PM PDT
There was a time when getting mugged was the biggest problem facing folks who wandered into Central Park.

Now those who walk around New York City's so-called "crown jewel" have to worry about falling tree limbs thanks to a radical cutback in the City's tree inspections and trimming from an annual budget of nearly $5 million to just $1.5 million.

(For the record, the City says it inspected a few months ago the tree with a branch that cracked and killed a 6-month-old girl last weekend at the Central Park Zoo.)

Peeps also have to worry about something else: Rabid raccoons. New stats show that there have been 114 cases this year, a huge spike. Fortunately, thanks to an aggressive trapping campaign, no human has been attacked since February. Still, it's enough to give you pause. We'll have the latest, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we're taking a closer look at sodium, hidden sodium to be more precise. Consumer Reports offers a fascinating study into the search for lower-sodium products and the difference in sodium counts is significant.

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

PS: Because of the 4th of July long weekend holiday, this column will resume on Tuesday.


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